‘The Watcher’ ending explained: How to interpret the ending of the Netflix series

All seven episodes of Netflix’s “The Watcher” were released on Thursday, October 13.

The true crime miniseries follows a mysterious series of events that transpired in a New Jersey home. It is loosely based on a true story and is an adaptation of Reeves Wiedeman’s New York magazine story “The Watcher”.

Naomi Watts and New Jersey’s own Bobby Cannavale star as husband and wife Dean and Nora Brannock, along with their children Ellie (Isabel Gravitt) and Carter (Luke David Blumm).

What is “The Watcher” on Netflix about?

In an attempt to escape the hustle and bustle of New York, the family moves into their dream home at 657 Boulevard in Westfield.

After moving into the house, the Brannock family begins receiving terrifyingly creepy letters from “The Watcher”, and their dream home quickly turns into a nightmare.

Dean and Nora began to spiral as they become obsessed with finding out who The Watcher is. Their marriage is in jeopardy, Dean loses his mind a bit and his job, and Nora gets mad and wants to sell the house.

The culmination of hair-raising events forces the family to accept defeat and return to New York. Dean and Nora are left with a void of emptiness as they never find out who is really watching them.

The vigilant

Noma Dumezweni, left, plays Theodora Birch, the private investigator in The Watcher. (Eric Liebowitz/Netflix)Eric Liebowitz | Netflix

“The Watcher” ending explained: Who is “The Watcher” in the Netflix series?

The Netflix series never reveals The Watcher’s true identity.

However, an ominous stare from John Graff (played by Joe Mantello) in the series finale may lead viewers to believe that he is The Watcher.

Dean suspects that John is The Watcher all along. An unexpected meeting, in which John acts as the local building inspector, leads Dean to discover that there is no such inspector named John Graff.

“No inspector named John. Not in Westfield,” a contractor told Dean, immediately raising his suspicions.

Was it a ghost that Dean talked to? It was a dream? Was Dean hallucinating?

John Graff’s story is finally revealed to the Brannocks by his private investigator, Theodora.

The story is: Graff and his family moved into the house years before the Brannocks. John shot and killed his entire family and flees the area, never to be seen again.

“I ran into him. Juan Graf. He was at my house,” Dean explained to the private investigator.

The audience can infer that John Graff is The Watcher.

Unlike Dean and Nora, viewers can see John Graff running through the underground tunnel that leads to the Brannocks’ house, hiding from Dean at the neighbor Pearl’s house, and looking eerily out the window at 657 Boulevard at the end. of the series.

Although Graff never appears as The Watcher, it’s easy to assume that he is.

Has “The Watcher” been revealed in real life?

The grisly true story that the Netflix series is loosely based on has yet to be resolved, and the actual Watchman of 657 Boulevard in Westfield remains unknown, despite lawsuits, police investigations, and DNA evidence.

And perhaps that’s why the show never clearly reveals the mystery, leaving viewers to infer The Watcher’s identity.

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