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An alternate ending (or alternative ending) is an ending of a story that was considered, or even written or produced, but ultimately discarded in favour of another resolution. Generally, alternative endings are considered to have no bearing on the canonical narrative.

Examples in literature

Examples in movies

Alternative endings are often filmed before being scrapped, and may be subsequently included as a special feature in the film's DVD release. These alternative endings are a special type of deleted scene. In other cases, ideas that were presented but discarded early on are alluded to by the production team in commentary or interviews.

Some movies also present the alternative ending on International releases as well as their international Home media release, with its original region release only showing the alternative ending on certain TV channels.

The following are examples of known alternative endings to movies:

Examples in television

In TV shows, producers may want to keep the ending of an episode a secret, even if it means keeping it from the stars themselves. In such a case, they will usually film more than one ending and not tell the cast which one will be used.

Examples in music

Examples in video games

Main article: Video games with multiple endings

Many video games also have alternative endings. Since video games are an interactive medium, these endings are generally posed as a result of player action; such as completing the game in a harder difficulty, taking a different route through the game's storyline and succeeding or failing at given tasks.

See also


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  2. ^ Julie Bosman (July 4, 2012). "To Use and Use Not". The New York Times.
  3. ^ a b Amy Mulvaney (November 25, 2019). "The original ending for The Fault in Our Stars was way more tragic than you'd expect". The Independent.
  4. ^ Salten, Felix (1923). Der Hund von Florenz (in German). Wien: Herz-Verlag. p. 184.
  5. ^ Salten, Felix (1930). The Hound of Florence: A Novel. Translated by Huntley Paterson. Illustrated by Kurt Wiese. New York: Simon and Schuster. pp. 230–.
  6. ^ "15 Things You Didn't Know About The Bourne Franchise". ScreenRant. 2016-07-30. Retrieved 2020-03-27.
  7. ^ "Clue (1985) - IMDb". Retrieved 9 June 2019 – via
  8. ^ "Ernest Goes To Jail DELETED SCENE #14: 'ALTERNATE ENDING!' - YouTube". Archived from the original on 2021-12-21. Retrieved 2021-02-06.
  9. ^ "Marillion – 'Brave'".