The "Outer Banks" Season 2 Ending, Explained

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*Major spoilers for Outer Banks season 2 below!*

In real life, the Outer Banks of North Carolina are known as a vacation destination with no worries. On Netflix's hit YA series of the same name, it's the base of an action-filled adventure where a group of local teens, called Pogues, try to find the treasure hidden in their hometown. The Pogues face tons of dangerous obstacles thanks to the high-class Kooks and Ward Cameron, who will stop at nothing to keep them from moving on up in the world.

And, believe it or not, season 2 brought on even more drama and cliffhangers than season 1. If you just finished your binge-watch of Outer Banks season 2, you're probably still trying to process everything that happened and your mind might be racing with tons of questions about season 2's crazy ending. Read on to dive into what the ending of Outer Banks season 2 means for the future of the series and where the Pogues are headed next.

Ward Cameron continues to cause trouble

Now, we all know Ward as an ally to the Kooks and Sarah's villainous dad. He's the one who pushed John B's dad over the edge to his death and does whatever it takes to stay in the clear — even if it means faking his death and killing his own daughter, Sarah.

With Ward severely injured thanks to a physical fight with John B aboard the Coastal Venture ship, Rafe will most likely have an opportunity to take the reigns when it comes to capturing the treasure.

Photo credit: Jackson Lee Davis - Netflix
Photo credit: Jackson Lee Davis - Netflix

The Pogues were *so* close to securing the cross of Santo Domingo

If it wasn't enough that the Pogues lost the $400 million in Royal Merchant Gold to the Camerons, they also lost the gold cross of Santo Domingo to them. While John B fights Ward to spare Sarah's life, the rest of the Pogues attempt to throw the cross overboard after figuring out that they might not be able to keep it.

Of course, a Cameron has to come in and ruin any chance of a win for the Pogues. Sarah's brother, Rafe, corners Pope and steals the cross for himself. The Pogues then jump off the ship to save themselves from the deathly wrath of the Camerons. This is when they end up on a deserted island — which they claim as Poguelandia — with no water or food. Despite becoming instant castaways, they made it out safe and alive, and that's what matters.

What does it mean now that Big John is actually alive?

In the season finale, it's revealed that Big John — a.k.a John B's dad who everyone thought was dead this entire time — is actually alive and wants him to find the treasure the Pogues have already been searching for. Talk about a major plot twist.

Big John had sent a letter to Carla Limbrey, who actively made the hunt harder for the Pogues throughout season 2. In the letter, he says he'll help Limbrey with a lead under one condition: if she helps John B and the rest of the Pogues find the shroud. This can make Limbrey the Pogue's greatest enemy — or ally.

According to Outer Banks showrunner Josh Pate, Big John being alive means that John B will embark on yet another journey of self-discovery.

"John B's relationship with his dad is a huge theme and having his dad back around and eventually they're going to meet back up and John B has to reconcile his idealized version of his dead dad with the reality of his alive dad. It gives us a lot of thematic father-son stuff to work with," Josh told Entertainment Weekly.

Guess we'll have to wait till Outer Banks season 3 gets greenlit to find out.

WATCH SEASON 2 NOW

Season 2 of Outer Banks is now available to stream on Netflix with subscriptions starting at $8.99 per month.

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