The Devil’s End in Ohio Explained: Did Mae Survive the Cult?


He Devil in Ohio The ending is a disturbing close to the Netflix miniseries, and some aspects may need to be explained to make the full impact of the story clear. Devil in Ohio It premiered in September 2022 as a miniseries consisting of eight episodes. The show follows hospital psychiatrist Suzanne Mathis (Emily Deschanel), a mother of three whose home life is slowly but surely falling apart. Enter a mysterious fugitive who arrives at the hospital, Mae (Madeleine Arthur). Mae is calm, stoic, and fiercely intelligent and immediately forms a bond with Suzanne. When Suzanne brings Mae home to her family, the young woman’s terrifying backstory is slowly revealed.

Devil in Ohio features a solid cast of actors and an intriguing story about a cult that will go to any lengths to regain what they’ve lost. The tone, setting, and performances combine to create a chilling atmosphere that builds throughout the eight episodes before finally culminating in a thrilling finale. Devil in Ohio uses tropes from similar television shows and can sometimes feel like a retread, contributing to its lukewarm 50% score on rotten tomatoes. It may not be the most original thriller series, but Devil in Ohio it still delivers a satisfying ending that changes how the rest of the show can be understood in retrospect.


What happens in the ending of Devil In Ohio?

The final episode of Devil in OhioIn “The Dawning”, Mae returns to her family’s home in the Amontown cult compound. Suzanne sneaks into the complex to rescue her adopted daughter while Sheriff Wilkins (Bradley Stryker), a member of a secret cult, tells Detective Lopez (Gerardo Celasco) to stay out of town. Mae’s father, Malachi (Tahmoh Penikett), begins an ancient cult ritual that involves burning Mae alive, but before he can carry out her plan, Suzanne arrives. She saves Mae and burns down Amontown, killing Mae’s biological mother, Abigail (Caroline Cave). Lopez also arrives and kills Sheriff Wilkins, ending the cult threat.

With Mae saved and the cult seemingly defeated, Suzanne can finally return to her normal life. However, worrying events shake Lopez and Suzanne. After Lopez is congratulated for his work ridding the police department of cult members, he returns to Amontown with a warrant, only to find it completely deserted. Suzanne now lives alone with Mae, separated from her daughters and Peter. (Sam Jaeger), who are concerned about Suzanne’s near-obsession with the girl.

In the last scene of the show, Lopez calls Suzanne to tell her that she has proof that Mae has been secretly responsible for bringing Suzanne to Amontown and putting her in a position to rescue Mae and defeat the cult. Suzanne suddenly realizes that she has been so distracted figuring out what happened to Mae, that she doesn’t actually know Mae, the person at all.. Suzanne hangs up the phone and Mae repeats a line from the first episode: “We deserve this.” The camera then pans to a large cult shrine with Suzanne’s photograph in the center and Mae’s photograph above it.

Mae manipulated Suzanne during all hell in Ohio

What becomes very clear at the end of Devil in Ohio is that Mae has been manipulating Suzanne throughout the series. Mae works to drive a wedge between Suzanne and her family, and she begins to do so early in the show. Early in the season, Jules (Xaria Dotson), Suzanne and Peter’s middle daughter, begins to form a bond with Mae despite Mae’s eccentricities. This makes it surprising when Jules publishes a photo in the school newspaper. Mae’s pentagram-shaped scar on her back., causing a rift between the family. However, Mae then reveals that she inserted that photo herself, apparently to give Jules a more popular newspaper article.

He Devil in Ohio The ending indicates that this was just another example of Mae’s manipulation. The inciting incident that sends Mae back to the cult in the penultimate episode is her seeing white roses at the Fall Ball, a trigger. Detective Lopez reveals camera footage showing Mae placing those flowers at the dance. Mae wanted to return to Amontown, and specifically she wanted Lopez and Suzanne to follow her to her family so she could take them out of the picture and make Mae and Suzanne dependent on each other. It’s exactly what Mae wanted all along: Suzanne all to herself.

Daria Polatin, who created Devil in OhioHe also wrote the novel on which the series is based.

Mae survived after the cult fled

Mae cutting dinner at the end of Devil in Ohio.

Although Mae’s mother died at the end of Devil in Ohio, Mae remained alive. With the cult also fleeing Amontown, it seems that Mae has managed to survive the fate that her family and her cult had in store for her. She reveals herself in Devil in Ohiothat Mae’s family cult believes their community is prosperous thanks to a deal they made long ago with Lucifer..

The agreement requires that one woman sacrifice herself every generation. It is the origin of her mantra, “The chain will not break..” Mae was the next to be sacrificed, but because her mother willingly gave her own life to the cult in the finale, Mae is now safe from the cult, which no longer needs her.

Mae’s cult has disappeared

Mae in a wedding dress and black feather crown in Devil, Ohio.

When Detective Lopez finally gets a search warrant for Amontown in the Devil in Ohio In the end, he returns and finds that everyone has disappeared. There is no sign of anyone left and López is lost again. During the ritual, Abigail sacrifices herself, signifying that despite the chaos of the night, the cult successfully renewed her vow to Lucifer, as they understand it. The cult could reappear anywhere now, and the cycle of terror and violence could continue, which is precisely why Detective Lopez is so concerned about his disappearance.

However, there is some good that comes from Lopez and Suzanne’s fight against the cult. On the one hand, they save Mae, who, despite being manipulative and mysterious, was still an innocent young woman who was being prepared for a murderous sacrifice. Lopez’s other big victory was her killing Sheriff Wilkins and removing him and his cult cronies from the ranks of the police force. Malachi’s cult depends on having friends in influential positions, and Detective Lopez ensures that wherever the cult reappears, they won’t have the help of his police force.

Suzanne’s family no longer trusts Suzanne or Mae

Suzanne screaming in a cornfield in Devil in Ohio.

There is a brief time skip. Devil in Ohio after the night of the sacrifice, and it is revealed that Suzanne and Mae now live alone together, while Peter and his three daughters live separately. It is never explicitly explained why they live apart, but Peter mentions that Suzanne promised not to bring Mae closer to the girls and implies that her problems are not because of Mae, but because Suzanne ignored her family because of her psychiatrist work. she.

Peter’s problems with the house, his daughters’ fights, and other family obligations are overlooked because Suzanne is worried about her job, specifically Mae.. The cult, danger, and supernatural occurrences are things Peter believes they as a family could have faced, but it’s Suzanne’s near-obsession with her job and her willingness to put it in front of her family that drives them away. . Everyone else may see Mae as manipulative, but only Suzanne realizes too late that she has turned her attention to someone she doesn’t really understand, and her decisions may now be hers. have caught.

The True Meaning of the Devil in Ohio’s End

Mae screams as Suzanne holds her in Devil in Ohio.

Devil in Ohio It’s mainly a story about mothers. There are three mains on the show and each one makes different decisions regarding their daughters that have massive consequences. Suzanne’s mother allowed her husband to abuse Suzanne, which is why he develops such a strong protective instinct over Mae, trying to protect her at the cost of losing sight of who she is actually protecting from her. Abigail, Mae’s biological mother, also chooses an abuser over her daughter. Abigail would rather sacrifice herself to the cult than leave with Mae.and be the mother her daughter needs.

Then there’s the latest mother, Suzanne. Although Suzanne may think that she is doing the opposite of what her mother did by protecting Mae, she is in the process neglecting her other children. Suzanne is so obsessed with not repeating her mother’s mistakes that she loses sight of everything else. The bindings are not good at Devil in Ohio. The cult was obsessed with some mythical deal with the devil that now forces them to sacrifice one of their own. And Suzanne was obsessed with Mae, not realizing that she couldn’t really see the kind of person she let into her home, at the expense of the people she loves.

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