Who is the killer? Why is Nick kidnapped? Are Ed and Dawn Gleed Dead?
Netflix’s “Clickbait” is a tense mysterious drama that delves into the dark impulses that Internet anonymity brings out in people. A murky kidnapping quickly takes an even darker turn when the victim’s survival is only guaranteed if a video of him does not go viral. These are the dilemmas the miniseries throws at us, and the mystery is full of identities and hidden motives. The show also leaves no detail behind, giving audiences a 360-degree view of the crime from the perspective of multiple characters, all leading to a truly explosive and unexpected finale. If you have a few questions left at the end, we’ve come to provide answers! Let’s take a look at the end of “Clickbait”. SPOILERS TO COME.
Summary of clickable baits
The series opens on Andrea Brewer’s birthday, where she sits around the table with her children Nick and Pia, her stepdaughter Sophie and her grandchildren Kai and Ethan. An argument between Pia and Nick soon breaks the affectionate atmosphere, and the former leaves, visibly upset. The next morning at work, Pia (a nurse) sees a video of Vince, one of her patients.
Much to her shock, the video shows a visibly injured Nick holding signs implicating him as a female molester. Upcoming signs contain explosive messages saying that Nick killed a woman and that “At 5 million views, I’m dying”. On the video there is also a number of views, which already amounts to a few thousand. The news spread like wildfire, and soon everyone in Ethan and Kai’s school saw the video, which has up to 300,000 views.
Pia and Sophie go to the police, and Detective Roshan Amir is put on the case. Based on surveillance footage, he investigates a man named Curtis Hamilton, with whom Sophie is revealed to be having an affair. However, the man is fired for lack of evidence. Shortly after, a woman named Emma Beesley shows up, claiming to have had an affair with Nick. At this point, when the number of views has already reached 5 million, Nick’s body is found, clubbed to death.
As the police, Sophie and Pia examine Nick’s online profiles, they discover that he actually had multiple online dating profiles and was in contact with multiple women. A reporter named Ben Park, who continues the story, then learns that one of the women (Sarah Burton) with whom Nick was in contact is now deceased, the cause of death being suicide. It is also revealed that shortly before his kidnapping, Nick was seen arguing with one of the girls (Tara) from his volleyball team.
In a flashback, it is then revealed how Sarah Burton’s brother Simon Burton and his friend kidnapped Nick, held him hostage in a truck, and posted the video viral. However, when Simon is brought in for questioning, he confesses to kidnapping Nick but denies killing him. Meanwhile, Pia also realizes that many women who claim to have met Nick on online dating sites have never met her brother in person. Nick’s son Ethan also begins investigating his father’s online dating profiles and, with the help of his friend, manages to get the address of the person who created the profiles. Unfortunately, his younger brother Kai attempts the address and goes home alone, intending to avenge his father’s death.
Clickbait Ending: Why is Nick kidnapped?
Kai is surprised when the house turns out to be that of Nick’s elderly colleague Dawn, who greets the confused young boy. However, Dawn and her husband Ed’s sinister intentions are soon revealed when we see Ed pull out his gun before the two offer to drive Kai home. Through flashbacks, we then see how Dawn stole Nick’s personal information, created profiles, and formed relationships online with several women. Her husband, upon finding out, protested vehemently but became part of the crime when he killed Nick after the man came to confront Dawn for creating the fake profiles.
Back in the present, Kai manages to escape Dawn and Ed but is pursued by the latter, who tries to shoot him. Sophie and Pia, along with the authorities, show up just in time and manage to save Kai and restrain Dawn. Ed tries to fire one last bullet but is shot dead by the police. In the final scenes of the finale, we see Sophie and Pia finally at peace over Nick’s death, with Sophie once again able to cherish the memory of her late husband without being haunted by the idea that he is unfaithful.
As the Serpentine Mystery draws to a close, we realize that Nick has been the victim of not one but two unfortunate circumstances. The explosive claims that he injured and killed a woman (whom he brandishes on signs in the viral video) were actually not his fault. The woman who committed suicide is Sarah Burton, who suffered from mental illness and found solace in the online relationship she thought she had with Nick. When the person controlling Nick’s profile turned their back on Sarah, she committed suicide.
Sarah’s brother Simon, who was extremely protective of his sister and worked as an online content moderator (hence his internet prowess to make the video go viral untraceable), then tracked down the real Nick after seeing his photos on the profile with which her late sister communicated. . Holding Nick responsible for his sister’s death, Simon and his friend kidnapped him and held him hostage in the truck where they filmed the viral video of him holding the incriminating signs. However, later during questioning, Simon says that despite the original intention to kill Nick, he realized that Nick was not the person behind the profile who caused his death. sister and let him go.
Who killed Nick? Why is he killed?
Nick is killed by one of the most unlikely characters in history. Having escaped from Simon Burton and realizing that his identity has been stolen, Nick goes to his colleague Dawn. By chatting with Simon, Nick is able to understand that Dawn, who has the password for her phone, access to her work computer and knows about her marital issues, is the only one who could have made such compelling online profiles. from him. When Nick finally confronts Dawn, she tries to calm him down but to no avail.
As they argue, Dawn’s husband Ed comes in from behind and clubs Nick with a hammer, killing him. The couple then disposed of the body and cleaned up all evidence of the crime from their home. Ed, who is initially seen as a calm man with a penchant for model trains, is shocked when he finds out about his wife’s online activities. Once Nick shows up at their house – and after seeing how notorious the case of his kidnapping has become – Ed realizes that there will be huge repercussions for him and Dawn if authorities ever find out who was behind them. fake profiles.
Therefore, in an attempt to cover his wife’s footsteps, he kills Nick. We also hear him mention that he does not want to go to jail. Ed kills Nick because he wants to live his days peacefully and doesn’t want to get entangled in this complicated matter, which could lead him and his wife Dawn to jail. The whole situation is very ironic because Dawn, who started out by creating the fake profiles, never thought it would get so serious and just wanted to feel admired, even though it was by strangers on the internet.
Is Ed Gleed Dead? What happens to Dawn Gleed?
The explosive finale finds Nick’s son Kai kidnapped by Dawn and Ed Gleed and taken to their trailer, where they discuss what their next move should be. Dawn wants to speak the truth and confess to her crime of identity theft, but her husband stops her, saying that they will also be convicted of Nick’s murder. Meanwhile, Kai escapes but is chased by the elderly couple, Ed even trying to shoot him but misses.
When the authorities arrive just in time, Dawn is arrested. Ed, who eventually manages to grab Kai, holds the gun to the child’s head but can’t bring himself to shoot and lets him go. Ed then tries to fire a bullet in the direction of the cops but is instantly shot by them. Although not confirmed, it is almost certain that Ed is dead as we last see him lying on the ground, bleeding. Dawn’s fate is also not discussed, but she will likely be sentenced to a significant prison term of up to life.
Ironically, his initial crime of stealing Nick’s identity, while devastating, would have earned him a lighter sentence. Thanks to the actions of her husband, Ed, who murdered Nick so that their lives would not be turned upside down by Dawn’s fake profiles, the hapless wife is now complicit in murder and kidnapping (Kai), making her crimes a lot. more serious. Dawn’s case and her eventual fate perhaps most clearly state how minor dark impulses – like hers, of just wanting to feel affection – can be amplified by the internet and turn into horrific crimes.
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