Archive 81’ Ending Explained

‘Archive 81’ Ending Explained: What Happened to Dan and Melody in ‘Archive 81’?


This spooky sci-fi mystery horror streaming television series was developed by Rebecca Sonnenshine, who was also an executive producer for the project together with Paul Harris Boardman and James Wan. It’s based on Archive 81, a podcast that first aired in 2016. Netflix premiered the series on January 14, 2022, with the first episode airing on that date. According to Netflix’s Top 10s, the series was viewed globally for 128.47 million hours between January 9 and 30.

Dan and Melody are played by Mamoudou Athie and Dina Shihabi, respectively. Graduate student Melody’s documentary project, which was shot in an abandoned apartment building, was destroyed in a fire, and her professor assigned Dan the task of restoring the video.

Archive 81 season 1 ending explained

The final episode begins with a lovely lullaby. Jess and Melody form a friendship in a park in a new video. Jess says, “When I’m older,” It is my dream to soar across the sky and see everything from a bird’s-eye view. This quietly sets up the future for both of them since Melody is unsure of what she wants from the future.

After that, we see Melody being confined to a mental hospital. In order to keep Melody safe from harm, Dan’s father, Steven, has placed her in this location. He promises to whisk her out of town within a matter of hours. In light of the fact that Samuel’s cult is still active and eager to utilise Melody in their demonic rituals, some form of protection would be helpful, although this situation is far from optimal.

At least Melody has been reunited with her best friend for the first time in a long time. She has been in the hospital, too, sketching drawings of Iris Vos, who tried to summon Kaelego back in the 1920s, and Annabel has been doing the same. In her words, “She’s not dead,” Annabel assures us. “She’s in there.” The other side. I hear her beckoning.

There was a Ferryman in town.” He’s no longer visible to me, but I know he’s up there. The comet is the key that unlocks the door. “The ritual will open the door tonight.”

A more mature Annabel concludes this recap by disclosing that Sister Mary Cecilia has left behind some tapes of her own, which she now goes by the name of Jess. So Dan and Mark can finally get the truth about what happened in the Visser building basement before that fire by hacking out an old Fisher Price camera from the ’90s.

Before the cult ceremony can begin, Melody, from the ’90s, convinces Jess to leave the building. The caretaker captures Melody, but not before knocking her out and dragging her to the basement.

What information do we possess? In order to capture this scene before the magic went berserk and destroyed the Visser, Jess had returned in secret.

Samuel re-started the ’20s cult in 1994, using Melody’s power as an unwitting Baldung witch to power the ritual that would create a door that opens into the shadow dimension, as Mark explains in his handy recap. Even in 1924, Iris was sucked into the trap. They are now attempting to communicate with our beloved characters through their dreams and artistic visions.

Is that all? Dan heads to Virgil Davenport, the man who hired him to investigate these godforsaken cassettes in the first place, with this new information. To save Melody, the plan is to seek Virgil for aid reopening the portal. While Samuel may be his brother, Davenport has no interest in him either.

It doesn’t take long for Dan to discover that his father had been keeping the tapes in a storage facility all along. As a result of this, their ancestral home was destroyed in the first place.

In order to keep the monster from escaping from that dimension, someone slaughtered Dan’s family many years ago.

Despite Jess’s departure, Samuel tells Melody, “It’s okay. This is the one I’ve been looking for. In the midst of this, Samuel slashes Melody’s palm, allowing her mystical Baldung blood to ooze out of the Kaelego statue and cover everyone in it.

When everything goes according to plan, save for the obnoxious composer getting her throat slit by Samuel, it’s just like the Roaring Twenties. It’s time for the magic to be cast, and the curtain between the realms to be lifted. She reappeared in the swirling energies as she did in 1924, looking exactly as she did at the time. In the end, Samuel does what any (in)sane person would do and drags Melody along with him as he enters inside.

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