The Ending of The Matrix Trilogy Finally Explained

  • Published on:  Thursday, February 28, 2019
  • The Matrix is one of the most influential action movies of all time, but by mixing stylish gun-fu fight scenes with cyberpunk themes, it built to a trilogy that may have left a few moviegoers a little confused. Now that we've got some distance from the climactic installment, let's take a look back at the movies' meaning and break down the conclusion. Here's the ending of the Matrix trilogy explained.

    One major theme that came to the fore as the series reached its conclusion had to do with the similarities between humans and machines. In the original, they couldn't seem more different, but by Revolutions, programs in the Matrix are portrayed as being almost more human than our heroes, loving and happy individuals, as worthy of existence as any person. Further, characters from the first film who were firmly human or machine are portrayed in the sequels as having a little bit of both.

    The similarities go in both directions. Agent Smith, a program, copied his consciousness onto a human form, entering the real world through the vessel of a resistance fighter named Bane. Neo, a human, reached the Source to discover that being the One was his destiny because it was programmed into him.

    The humanizing of the Machines and the complimentary mechanization of Neo made for a storytelling turn that audiences weren't really ready for. People who saw The Matrix couldn't be faulted for expecting an ending that saw Neo winning by doing his Superman thing and eradicating humanity’s robot overlords. Instead, Neo triumphed by becoming a bridge between man and machine, sacrificing his own life for the sake of securing the future.

    He also made Hugo Weaving’s head explode, but that wasn’t quite as important.

    One widespread but inaccurate theory about the sequels is that the “real world” is actually a second Matrix. While the reasons why this isn't true are explained in the movies, they're also relatively easy to misunderstand.

    The real world isn't another level of the Matrix, but it is involved in another system of control. As the Architect explains at the ending of The Matrix Reloaded, each version of the Matrix is propped up in the real world by a controlled rebellion. With each new iteration of the Matrix, a select portion of the population is freed, allowed to live in Zion. There, they help to liberate people still inside the Matrix, searching for the One.

    Finding the One, the human rebels rally behind them, supporting them until they reach the Source. There, the One discovers that they are not meant to destroy the Matrix, but rather restart it. At this point in the cycle, the Machines attack Zion and destroy it, killing the rebellion.

    The One, having reached the Source, is made to choose between either reloading the Matrix and selecting a handful of survivors to build a new Zion, or walking away, supposedly causing a system crash, leaving the humans inside and outside of the Matrix all dead.

    Up until Neo, every One made the choice to restart, perpetuating the system of control. Because Neo loves Trinity, he chooses to sacrifice everything to be with her. This is the choice that makes him special. Keep watching the video as we explain the rest of The Matrix.

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    The man and the machine | 0:23
    Desert of the real | 1:40
    I see you | 2:57
    The virus | 3:54
    Mecha | 5:11
    The anti-virus | 6:09
    The plan | 7:21
    The meaning of Sati | 8:43
    Version 7 | 10:02
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  • Looper


     8 months ago +1408

    Do you think they'll ever reboot or continue the Matrix universe?

  • mrddarrio 111

    mrddarrio 111

     21 hours ago

    John wick is neo if he had taken the other pill. He woke up believing that his boring office life was instead an awesome movie action star type life.

  • Reddo Deado

    Reddo Deado

     2 days ago +1

    I like how people think that the "2" sequels are separate and not just part 1 and 2 of one giant 4 hour movie. Revolutions starts where Reloaded ended. Is it really that hard to see?

  • Stefan Taylor

    Stefan Taylor

     3 days ago

    I enjoyed watching the "trendy futuristic style and music from early 2000s. It was cringey 😂

  • Aeron Shamel jr

    Aeron Shamel jr

     4 days ago

    called ah way of LIFE! sinful

  • Aeron Shamel jr

    Aeron Shamel jr

     4 days ago

    like the wizard of OZ!

  • Captain Barbossa

    Captain Barbossa

     4 days ago

    Tight leather clad hAX0r3 with monumental egos and their prophet K.Reeves (pbuh) go on a 'teleports behind you/you're already dead' rampage against the sheeple machines bcuz they're woke as fuck and need to source more hair gel for trinity. Don't feel bad if you blinked then got lost and confused, most people have to watch the movies 400x to analyse the bullshit. The American blood runs strong through the matrix's veins as a subtle approach is as seldom as seen as the preferred method of going in guns blazing despite them not hitting anything due to everyone dodging bullets. The true answer to the matrix is that Neo is a drug addict, he was selling software in his apartment for stacks of cash to fund his habit. His boss gave him a talking to for being late for work because he slept in due to a drug crash. He was looking for Morpheus because Morpheus has the best pills in town. When he finally gets the hookup he goes sees him, buys a pill off of him, gets fucking munted and trips out hard. All three movies are his drug trip and they are all really just fucked up on the floor at morpheus' house.

  • r3dxfaction


     7 days ago

    The John Wick universe is just a matrix version where the Neo is given the live he wanted with Trinity and then she gets cancer

  • John Does

    John Does

     7 days ago

    It's sort of like the Constitution and how destroying the government to abolish it and rebuild subliminal message being sent

  • TheChamberofchillz


     7 days ago

    So another words these movies are amazing and that the haters of 2 and 3 are little whiners?

  • Gildardo Rivas

    Gildardo Rivas

     7 days ago

    Finally! Somebody gets it! It's what I've been saying all along almost verbatim ever since 2003 when the second and third movies came out. The movies require you to ponder about them for a bit, true, but it's not something that complicated, like Quantum Field Theory, or Einstein's General Relativity

  • George Doolittle

    George Doolittle

     7 days ago

    yes you are allowed to make stupid choices!



     14 days ago

    Mindblown O_o

  • Runningbull


     21 days ago

    Hear me out what If the whole thing is a matrix and the machines actually do understand self choice and love and they’ve actually created a simulation big enough to stimulate everyone in every facet whilst letting people also live our fantasy such as neo “becoming the one”

  • Ace Hardy

    Ace Hardy

     21 days ago

    Simulation 💻📱

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     21 days ago


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     21 days ago


  • Paindrah


     21 days ago

    Tbh real life spowers sound kinda stupid and ilogicall and a second level of the matrix would of been much cooler and interesting for the storry

  • Adam Montana

    Adam Montana

     21 days ago +1

    How anyone can think that that trilogy of films was not truly epic and remarkable,k after watching your breakdown analysis, truly confounds my mind.

  • Dubsfor20


     28 days ago

    Matrix revolutions is probably the worst movie I ever watched I’m so serious too I found it so boring it was just a waste of time I remember going to see it in the movie theater what a big fucking disappointment