Glass spoilers follow.
M Night Shyamalan has finally offered an explanation for the divisive ending to Unbreakable and Split spin-off Glass.
The long-awaited movie intermingled the worlds of Shyamalan's '90s commercial peak with his late period renaissance, as the super-powered David Dunn (Bruce Willis) clashed with the shape-shifting Horde (James McAvoy).
Rather than having either character go out in a blaze of glory in a climactic final battle, David actually dies when he's drowned in a shallow puddle because of his vulnerability to water.
More than a year after Glass was released, the horror director spoke to Uproxx about how David's death was absolutely meant to upend the audience's expectations.
"Well, in the end, that the simplest thing can take the strongest person down," he insisted. "That it's like more of Achilles' heel that, in the mythos of it, you don't need an army to take down the strongest man if you know their weakness."
Shyamalan's explanation didn't seem to dawn on many critics and fans, as he has admitted to being deeply distraught over the rejection of Glass by its audience.
"I was in London when I heard the US reviews for Glass were poor," he told IndieWire. "I was in a make-up chair for a TV show, and I cried...
"Boy, did I feel distraught that day."
In spite of the sour critical reception, Glass was still a massive financial success that directly led to Shyamalan signing up with Universal to make two more projects, which he's described as "original" ideas.
Next up is the thriller Old, starring Mozart in the Jungle's Gael García Bernal, Sharp Objects' Eliza Scanlen and Jojo Rabbit's Thomasin McKenzie – currently set for release on July 23, 2021.
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