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Be aware there are spoilers for the ending of Hereditary.
Ari Aster’s Hereditary is deeply disturbing and also a bit complicated. It weaves in its mythology in such a way that you’re never completely sure how much is happening and how much is just the characters’ deteriorating mental state. But there is a supernatural element to the story and that element is key to understanding the film’s twisted ending.
Sense - Peter - Alex - Wolff - Paimon
Before we try to make sense of the ending, let’s just recap briefly what happened. Peter (Alex Wolff), now possessed by Paimon, one of the eight kings of ****, is worshipped by the cult of Paimon that his grandmother, declared “Queen Leigh” by the cult’s followers, formally led with Joan (Ann Dowd) as her top lieutenant. The decapitated bodies of Peter’s parents have been positioned into a worshipful position, and Peter, who is now addressed as Charlie (Milly Shapiro), because he also has his sister’s spirit, is told that the trinity (presumably the Holy Trinity of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost) has been destroyed and that Paimon now reigns. Hail Paimon!
So what exactly led to this conclusion? The biggest clue is the name of the film—Hereditary. There’s something particular to this bloodline, and while the title also refers to mental illness, the real thing that the supernatural aspect stands in for, in the case of the film itself, there’s something special in Leigh’s bloodline that she needs to summon Paimon, who will bestow riches upon his followers as long as he’s in the body of a male host.
Annie - Toni - Collette - Life - Mother
Annie (Toni Collette) has spent her life trying to keep her mother’s influence away from the family, and especially the male members. She tried to abort Peter and she didn’t want her mother to even touch Peter. This harkens back to the “schizophrenia”...
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