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The Empty Man Ending Explained - What Happened to James?

What is The Empty Man?

By Mehrdad Khayyat

July 18, 2021

If you can’t figure out what was all the story behind James, we have The Empty Man ending explained with all the details you need to know.

Originally premiered in 2020, The Empty Man is a horror-thriller with a complicated story

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Please note that the following paragraphs contain heavy spoilers. So, make sure to avoid reading if you have not watched the movie yet.

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The Empty Man Ending Explained

The Empty is among those movies that unfold every mystery in the last couple of minutes. Let’s find out about each character to figure out the ending.

What is The Empty Man?

Have you ever ask yourself during the movie that why it has a special focus on bridges? Well, that’s the main concept. The Empty Man is like a bridge between our physical world and a second world where only thoughts and consciousness exist.

The cult members, known as Pontifex Institue, seek to unify the two worlds and to make it happen, they need to find a body for The Empty Man, their bridge, to reside in the physical world.

Who Was Paul?

When hiking in Bhutan, Paul accidentally falls into a cave where he unintentionally becomes a new vessel or host for The Empty Man. Until the very end of his life, Paul remains as a host for The Empty Man and allows the cult to benefit from the unified worlds.

With Paul’s body getting destroyed gradually, the cult has to find a replacement body for The Empty Man, and that’s where James comes in.

Who is James?

Simply put, James is nobody. James didn’t exist until the cult decided to create him as a new body for The Empty Man. Thanks to the powers granted to the cult members through the unification of the worlds, they managed to create James only three days prior to Paul’s death.

In order to make James ready to accept The Empty Man, the cult members created some never-existing memories for James through the connection of consciousness. Following James’ creation, each one of the cult members started to play a role in James’ three-day adventure to make him believe that he is a real human with a real history.

So, yes. All the movie from beginning to the end, except for Paul’s hiking, was a scenario created by the cult to drag James to the hospital and make him accept The Empty Man to reside in his body.

In the end, when all hospital staff bow to James, it turns out that the cult has much more members than you probably would have expected.

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Mehrdad Khayyat

Mehrdad is a Senior Staff Writer at DualShockers. He started writing about video games since he was a high-school student. He's probably one of those rare Rainbow Six Siege fans that have the game installed and updated on every available platform.

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