Warning: SPOILERS ahead for The Curse of La Llorona
The latest installment of The Conjuring universe has arrived, so here's an explanation of how The Curse of La Llorona ended and what the post-credits tease means. Based around the Mexican folktale of La Llorona, also known as the Weeping Woman, the new film - produced by James Wan and Gary Dauberman - is the story of a woman who drowned her own children and returned as a wandering spirit, who cries as she searches for new kids to claim.
With the tale of La Llorona as its basis, The Curse of La Llorona largely takes place in 1973 Los Angeles. Anna Tate-Garcia (Linda Cardellini) is a recently widowed social worker who unknowingly gets involved with the curse. She believes she is saving two boys who are trapped in a closet by their mother, Patricia Alverez (Patricia Velasquez), who Anna believes is either drinking again or has gone crazy. However, the closet is revealed to actually have been protecting the two boys from a mysterious woman, and once they are freed, they are found in a river dead. When Anna is called to the crime scene, her two kids must come with her, and that is when her son Chris (Roman Christou) first encounters La Llorona.
From this point on, La Llorona makes the entire Tate-Garcia family her focus and torments them endlessly. We learn that it was actually Patricia who is responsible for this, as she blames Anna for the death of her kids and prayed to La Llorona to kill Anna's children and bring her own back. The family is not properly equipped to try and defeat the legend, which leads them to find Rafael Olvera (Raymond Cruz), a former pastor who has adopted non-church sanctioned methods to deal with such occurrences. With them all gathered in the Tate-Garcia household, here's what happens when La Llorona pays them one more visit.
What Happens In The Curse of La Llorona's Ending?
Olvera attempts to protect the house from La Llorona ever getting inside, but they don't realize that she is already with them during this time. When this plan fails, Olvera lets La Llorona think she has the upper hand. She throws Anna up against the wall and is able to grab Chris and begin pulling him out the door, which is when Olvera burns La Llorona with sanctified versions of her own tears. He is then able to line the doorway with seeds of the fire tree - the only so called witness to La Llorona's original deed, which thus holds a special power over her - that make it impossible for her to enter the house again as long as the line is not broken.
While this is a temporary victory for the family and Olvera, it does not last. The daughter Samantha (Jaynee-Lynne Kinchen) accidentally breaks the line trying to get her doll back that La Llorona took and left on the porch. La Llorona is then able to take Samantha and tries to drown her in the backyard pool, but she is not able to finish thanks to Olvera transforming the water into holy water, forcing her to leave. With Samantha safe, Anna and Olvera decide to put both kids in a closet to keep them safe, but that doesn't last as Patricia shows up and tries to offer them back up to La Llorona in exchange for her own.
Patricia shoots Olvera in the shoulder and La Llorona locks Anna in the basement. Samantha and Chris escape to the attic in the house to try and stay out of her reach, but it does not work. They are momentarily able to hold La Llorona off by showing her that they have her necklace, which Anna previously snatched in the pool. She reverts to her non-cursed form, but changes back once a mirror is uncovered. Olvera and Anna make it up to the attic during this time with help from Patricia, which results in La Llorona charging at Anna and the kids. She is finally defeated when Anna takes a cross made from the fire tree and stabs her in the heart... Or so we are led to believe.
The Curse of La Llorona End-Credits Teases Her Return
The Curse of La Llorona doesn't have a traditional post-credits scene that teases the film's connections to the larger Conjuring universe, and doesn't even show those who stick around anything new. All that is included is the familiar cry of La Llorona, which is used to tease that she is, in fact, not as dead as the Tate-Garcia family would like. After all, they are extremely happy to have survived this experience, and Olvera left the house satisfied with his own work. But, the return of her cry teases that she is not permanently defeated and could return again.
At this point, it is not clear if The Curse of La Llorona will generate a sequel or any further ties to the larger Conjuring universe. Director Michael Chaves is set to direct The Conjuring 3 though, so La Llorona could return sooner rather than later. Plus, if the movie proves to be successful at the box office (which will be needed after mostly negative reviews), then a true sequel could be used to pay off this ominous cry.
- The Conjuring 3 (2020) release date: Sep 11, 2020