What Is The Clover Organization In Glass' Ending?
However, there's something more active going on in the deaths of the main characters in Glass than just society. The sniper who shoots Kevin has a black clover tattoo on his wrist, as does the soldier who drowns David, and, in the film's next rug-pull, Dr. Ellie Staple. Glass' world-realigning twist is that there's a secret organization, symbolized by the clover, that exists to keep superheroes down.
Glass' ending doesn't reveal too much directly about the Clover organization, but through flavorful dialogue, a lot can be inferred. They view superpowered beings as a threat to humanity's development - in Staple's words, they're "not fair" - and so attempt to both pacify the people themselves and keep wider awareness of them in the population a secret. The group has existed for 10,000 years in some form, pretty much since the emergence of modern humanity, and today function like any high-end secret society. They hold private meetings in restaurants to discuss plans, and in 2019 are sending Ellie Staple around the country to pacify outbreak situations.
There's not much set up narratively for this twist in Glass. That Staple and her swat team cornered David and The Horde so quickly certainly makes more sense knowing they're monitoring them, as does her arbitrary three day grace period, and there is a recurring mention of magicians using tricks of observation and deception; yet none of these can exactly be taken as "clues". However, thematically, they're right at the core of Glass from the start...
The Clover Organization Doesn't Want To Kill Superheroes - It Wants To Trick Them
If you think that the Clover society is some sort of superhero killer by default, that's not quite right. They ultimately care about pacification of the superhero presence, something that can be done a lot more simply with just the mind.
One of the central ideas of Glass that's extended from Split is the conflation of superpowers with mental illness. In the previous film, it was taken as mental illness born of hardship was a way to elevate a person, but here it's reversed, with it suggested the very idea is a delusion. In Glass' standout pink room scene, Staple breaks down how everything seen in the series so far can be explained in entirely rational ways: David's mind-reading is just advanced a magician trick; The Beast is just a man who withstood dud bullets and bent centuries-old bars. For an entire stretch in the mid-section, the movie entertains this theory, only for it to be smashed to pieces by the final act showdown.
Starting that questioning was the Clover organization's real plan. They play David, Kevin and Elijah's abilities as delusions of grandeur inside and out, hoping to convince the subjects and the people around them that they're nothing more than ordinary people. Clover knows that in the real world, the barrier of belief in such impossible powers is high - it took David a whole movie to accept he was unbreakable, while originally only two of Kevin's 23 personalities believed in The Beast - and manipulate that.
They only turn to weapons and violence when that hypothesis is rejected. At the end of Glass', all three superpowered characters comes to embrace their powers and gets support from a close loved one who fully believes the fantastical things they say; in that moment, the Clover society has failed and so has to take drastic measures. It's a small detail, but highly important to the films' themes of belief.
However, for all that's been discussed the Clover organization and their twist reveal is rendered almost a moot point by Glass' final twist.
- Glass (2019) release date: Jan 18, 2019