‘1899’ on Netflix: That Mystifying Ending Defined

1899 is the newest Netflix thriller present from the creators of Darkish. Its ending might bewilder you should you’re not paying shut consideration, so let’s try to determine issues out. 

Warning: Spoilers forward for the Netflix present 1899.

The present begins off as what seems to be a simple interval piece with just a little thriller. However issues begin to develop, and the present piles layer upon layer, main viewers to match it to the much-buzzed-about drama Misplaced, which moved from seemingly simple plane-crash present to sci-fi and supernatural thriller collection.

Let’s break down what’s happening, with loads of spoilers. 

Placed on the subtitles

First off, earlier than you watch the present, go into your streaming choices and alter it so the present shows subtitles reasonably than the dubbed model. As we clarify, the characters come from many alternative nations and converse many alternative languages. However that’s a part of the plot — there are scenes the place we have to know {that a} character doesn’t perceive one other particular person’s language. The subtitles clear that up, whereas the dubbed model clouds the matter.

Most individuals will get a greater expertise in the event that they set their audio to “English [Original]” and their subtitles turned on and set to “English [CC].”

The plot fundamentals

The present is ready on the steamship Kerberos, taking a bunch of individuals from London to New York. You’ll get Titanic vibes — a few of the passengers are wealthy and residing it up first-class in big non-public cabins, whereas others are caught in second or third class.

The characters are from everywhere in the world and have very completely different backgrounds. Viewers quickly be taught everybody has a secret, and a purpose to be fleeing Europe for the New World. The present begins by following Maura Franklin (Emily Beecham), a neurologist and one of many few feminine medical doctors within the UK, touring alone. Her brother, Ciaran (although his identify is hardly used), disappeared 4 months in the past, on the similar time that one other steamship from this similar boat firm, the Prometheus, merely vanished whereas at sea. Heck yeah, that’s a promising starting.

Isabella Wei in 1899.


Some main characters

There are such a lot of passengers and crew on 1899, all with fascinating backstories. However the present introduces them pretty slowly and distinctively, so that they’re simple to maintain separated in your thoughts. Listed here are just some:

Captain Eyk Larsen

Eyk Larsen (Andreas Pietschmann) is the German captain of the Kerberos. He drinks — and you’ll, too — as a result of he’s haunted by the horrific lack of his complete household in a home fireplace. When the Kerberos comes throughout the just about empty Prometheus, Eyk determined to tow the opposite ship again to Europe, which causes a mutiny, as few folks on his ship wish to return to the place they got here from.

Tove and household

Tove (Clara Rosager) is a pregnant lady from Denmark, and Maura helps her out early on with a being pregnant complication. She’s touring together with her household, however no husband, and there’s a horrific story behind her being pregnant. Members of the family are together with her on the ship, together with dad and mom Anker and Iben, brother Krester and sister Ada.

Daniel Solace

Daniel (Aneurin Barnard), sneaks over to the Kerberos from the Prometheus, and is so mysterious that, at first, it’s exhausting to inform if he’s an excellent man or a foul one. He undoubtedly has some expertise — he carries some type of sliding panel that seems to make the ship vanish, and he releases vibrant inexperienced bugs that may open doorways. However like the whole lot on 1899, his position is sophisticated. With out giving an excessive amount of away (full spoilers additional down), he’s crucial to Maura.

Ramiro and Angel

Ramiro (José Pimentão) presents himself as a Spanish priest, however there’s a narrative behind that, in fact. He’s touring with Angel (Miguel Bernardeau), a wealthy and good-looking Spanish man, and so they’ve obtained secrets and techniques, too.

Ling Yi and Yuk Je

Ling Yi (Isabella Wei) seems to be a beautiful, younger Japanese geisha, touring together with her stern-faced mom, Yuk Je (Gabby Wong). Their previous begins to unfold and nothing, even their nationality, is because it appears.

Elliot, aka The Boy

A boy who appears unable to talk and is discovered aboard the Prometheus.


Fflyn Edwards performs a mysterious boy in 1899.


Clémence and Lucien

Clémence (Mathilde Ollivier) and Lucien (Jonas Bloquet) are French newlyweds who don’t appear to take care of one another an excessive amount of. He’s a French International Legion veteran.


Jérôme (Yann Gael) is a French stowaway on board the Kerberos, and a conflict buddy of Lucien.


Virginia Wilson (Rosalie Craig) is a British brothel madam who intends to market Ling Yi in America as a Japanese courtesan. Ling Yi, we be taught, wasn’t the unique lady meant for this position, however by accident killed the meant lady whereas making an attempt to spike her drink and steal her place on the ship.

The Kerberos

The Kerberos is a personality all its personal. This isn’t your typical 1899 steamship. There are secret passageways in a few of the cabins that take passengers again to essential days of their lives and vibrant inexperienced bugs that may open doorways. A black materials begins rising out of the partitions and even impacts Virginia’s hand, creeping up her physique, like greyscale in Sport of Thrones. And the ship’s identify could also be extra acquainted to many as Cerberus, the three-headed hound of Hades, who guarded the gates to the Underworld in Greek mythology, stopping the lifeless from leaving. Simply because the passengers on the ship had been (principally) prevented from transferring on.

What’s with that ending?

Main spoilers forward.

1899 has eight advanced episodes, all of which slowly expose the key pasts of the folks on board and the secrets and techniques of the Kerberos. If that had been sufficient, it’d be a satisfying however simplistic Agatha Christie-like story. However as a substitute, this story needed to be “Misplaced” at sea. The lacking Prometheus isn’t only a lacking boat, and unusual supernatural and scientific happenings are afoot.

It’s all a simulation

However ultimately, it seems that the entire ocean voyage is a simulation created by Maura, who doesn’t bear in mind creating it. 

Daniel is Maura’s husband, and Elliot was their son. When Elliot died, Maura tried to maintain him alive by transferring his consciousness to the digital world, the place she and Daniel might spend time with him in a colourful, bunker-like playroom. And apparently genius Maura designed her simulation so others with lifeless family members might reunite with them.

Daniel is desperately attempting to wake Maura as much as free everybody. (“WAKE UP!” is a recurring motif of every episode’s starting.) A key Maura has, and the pyramid Elliot is discovered with, will launch everybody. However Daniel has modified the exit codes so that they now reside in a unique pyramid toy, and in Maura’s personal wedding ceremony ring.

Maura’s dad isn’t actually the mastermind

Maura’s father, Henry (Anton Lesser), the proprietor of the delivery firm, is observing the simulation from his modern-day workplace. It appears at first like he created the simulation, however actually, it was Maura, and he’s as helpless because the passengers.

It was her lacking brother all alongside

Bear in mind Maura worrying about her brother, Ciaran, supposedly misplaced on the Prometheus? He really is the one maintaining his sister, Maura, and their father, Henry, trapped within the simulation.

‘Misplaced’ in area

When Maura lastly wakes to actuality, she’s really on a spaceship within the yr 2099, together with the passengers from the Kerberos. A menacing message from Ciaran welcomes her again to actuality, and a pc message mentions “Undertaking Prometheus.” So the sibling battle for actuality seems removed from over.

Will there be a second season of 1899?

1899 was a well-liked sufficient {that a} second season appears probably. Creators Jantje Friese and Baran bo Odar instructed Deadline they’d prefer it to be a multiseason present, however that is dependent upon the Netflix scores. 

Actor Jonas Bloquet, who performs Lucien, mentioned that the solid requested the creators about what would occur if there was a season two, however had been basically instructed, “wait and see.”

We’re ready. And whereas we wait, we’re going to must rewatch the entire thing once more, to select up on all of the revealing particulars we missed the primary time.