Brave New World finale spoilers ahead.
Brave New World has finally landed in the UK on Sky One and NOW TV, after appearing in the US on NBC's streaming service Peacock earlier this year. The great remake of Aldous Huxley's dystopian novel could perhaps be even more depressing than the real world right now. Maybe.
The show made quite a few changes to the climax of the original book, which definitely leaves plenty of unanswered questions for Brave New World season two. But before we get into that, we'll break down how idyllic New London, land of orgies and high-functioning drug addicts, collapsed into a land of murder orgies and strung-out drug addicts.
John the Savage (Alden Ehrenreich) gradually builds a kinship with the subservient Epsilons of New London, as he becomes disillusioned with the sex-and-drugs lifestyle in the city, where the Epsilons are the lower-class citizens, delegated chores such as litter picking and cleaning.
By episode eight, 'Monogamy and Futility, Part 2', however, the Epsilons kill Director of Stability Henry Foster (Sen Mitsuji), as they begin their uprising.
Bernard Marx (Harry Lloyd) is then promoted into the role by World Controller Mustafa Mond (Nina Sosanya).
Mond is preoccupied with Indra, the artificial intelligence that helps run the city, including those gross eyeball implants that connect everyone.
However, Indra (aka Jane), who is represented on-screen by Sophie McIntosh, has a mother/daughter relationship with Mustafa, and decides that the humans are the problem with having a stable society. She says the best bet is to kill them all. Nice.
John's memories end up being shared with everyone by Bernard after Wilhelmina 'Helm' Watson (Hannah John-Kamen), asks to view them and experience emotions.
This is how Bernard discovers John's murder of the Director, who was also his father, in episode four, 'Swallow'.
Bernard heads out to confront John about the murder, and is also angry and jealous about his relationship with Lenina Crowne (Jessica Brown Findlay).
John ends up surrounded by the Epsilons after Bernard confronts him, but they side with John, seeing him as their new leader, and escort him to safety.
John and the Epsilons, led by CJack60 (Joseph Morgan), destroy the supply of drugs that keep the citizens' emotions stabilised. This turns the residents of the city mad, as they fight over the remaining pills. However, CJack60 also leads the Epsilons on a murderous rampage in an act of revenge, which John tries, and fails, to stop.
CJack60 confronts Bernard, but he manages to convince him that Mustafa and Indra are the real enemy and responsible for harsh society. CJack60 finds and confronts Mustafa, who declares she needs his help, after Indra tries and fails to distract CJack60, we see the ten founders of New London in stasis and plugged into the computer.
Mustafa reveals she founded the society with them, however, now they have to be killed to shut down Indra.
She asks CJack60 to kill Elliot, another founder, who CJack60's design is based on. As CJack60 strangles Elliot, we jump to a red room with floating glass balls (supposedly representing connecting minds) with Bernard and Indra (the computer program).
She realises she doesn't want to be alone now, and promises there are "other worlds, other places" and that she's found a way to make the humans happy. She also wants Bernard to be the new leader. And we know he loves a promotion.
We cut to Bernard unconscious on top of a cliff with a gold box next to him. Helm finds him and says she had a vision of him leading a group of people where they could feel things. They fly to the Savage Lands together and meet Sheila (Kate Fleetwood), who gives them a ride when Bernie flashes what's in his box. Oi oi. His final shot shows he still has an implant in his eye, which flashes gold, presumably containing Indra.
Lenina Crowne is seen speaking with Mustafa, presumably being offered the role as the new Director of Stability, or something similar, as she asks "Why me?" and Mustafa tells her because she's "different". Mustafa warns Indra is still out there, like a lost and angry hurt child, and warns she could do bad things.
Finally, we see John living a seemingly idyllic life with Lenina, similar to the one he described when they first got together. However, it's soon revealed he's not actually with her, as he's using a 'Sprite', a piece of technology projecting Lenina, and he's living alone in a run-down city, perhaps beneath New London.
We then cut to Lenina, far away, surveying a green and modern landscape – which doesn't look like New London – she looks outwards before smiling. Fin.
Indra was a new element added to the plot especially for the remake, and ironically that story is probably one of the show's weakest points, as it's unnecessarily convoluted. However, it definitely opens up territory for a season two, though such a thing has yet to be confirmed.
Brave New World ending explained - what's in the box?
It seems likely the savages will harness Indra with Bernard as their leader. BUT WHAT'S IN THE BOX? Well, Indra, we assume. But why would the savages' current leader Sheila immediately recognise it? It could also be Soma, or the recipe for the drugs, as it's suggested they're needed to set up a society with Indra.
Harry Lloyd (Bernard) told ET: "You assumed some kind of Indra, but no one knows. I saw David the other night (showrunner) and he's literally told no one."
Season two could explore Lenina and John's relationship, could they get things back on track? Alden Ehrenreich revealed there was a version of the ending where they did end up together. There's also her potential new role in charge, maybe alongside Mustafa.
Plus CJack60 and his army of Epsilons, could they form another gang faction to contend with in a future season?
The show's writer, Grant Morrison, told Inverse there's a "good chance" of season two happening. "Huxley's characters meet a grisly end [in the book]. We changed that because we want to open up more potential. So yeah, there's definitely potential for a season two, and it will venture into different territory, but still carry on the themes.
"It's a much bigger world. New London is only one of the cities and the Savage Lands is the size of North America. There's a lot of places to go and a lot of stuff from the show's bible that hadn't even been touched yet."
Brave New World book ending
In the book's original ending, Bernard and Helmholtz (a man in the original version), are banished to the Falkland Islands. Meanwhile, John is denied the chance to go with them, so he hides himself in a tower and practices self-flagellation to sober himself up from their corrupt society. Everyone becomes fascinated and comes to watch, including Lenina.
John becomes enraged seeing the woman he loves and hates, and begins whipping her, which sends the crowd into a frenzy. A drug-fuelled orgy ensues, because of course. The next day John remembers what he's done and is disgusted, so hangs himself. Yeah, and you thought the show's ending was bleak.
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