"Gone Girl" Has a New Ending: What Did They Change?
[Spoilers ahead, obviously.]
If there was one common complaint among readers of the criminal-thriller, it was that the story pretty much collapsed after Flynn's tense pacing and surprising reveals reached an awesome midpoint crescendo. Told through the dual, unreliable perspectives of husband (Nick) and wife (Amy), the story chronicles the disappearance of Amy on the couple's fifth wedding anniversary, shortly after the couple uprooted themselves from New York to the Midwest.
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Through diary entries shown in the first half of the book, Amy, a petite blonde, positions herself as a loving, devoted, and harmless wife who forfeited her life's savings for her husband's dream of owning a bar. However, it is slowly and brilliantly revealed that Amy is not who she seems-neither is Nick for that matter-and that she has masterminded her own disappearance and the elaborate framing of her husband. The thrill, for this blogger at least, came with the midpoint realization that the perceived victim was actually a wife so pathologically vindictive that she is willing to slash her wrists to leave incriminating D.N.A. evidence at the crime scene.
Understandably, Flynn and Fincher do not reveal much about the new conclusion in Entertainment Weekly's cover story. Their most telling revelation is simply how much the film's ending will differentiate from the book. "Ben [Affleck] was so shocked by it," Flynn tells the magazine. "He would say, 'This is a whole new third act! She literally threw that third act out and started from scratch.'"
In celebration of the news, we've brainstormed some of the changes we hope that Flynn has made to her original Gone Girl conclusion:
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- Less time (or even better, no time) at the motel. While her husband is being investigated for her disappearance, Amy is hiding out in a seedy hotel where very little happens aside from her being swindled out of her remaining cash by her neighbors. While we understand that hiding out in a remote locale is key for Amy's revenge strategy, can we give Amy a more captivating hideaway backdrop and more intriguing outlaws to keep her company?
- More character upkeep. In the first half of the book, Amy is a master conniver who has thought out every last detail about her disappearance. Once she is at the motel, however, she falters with some human but not very Amy-seeming errors. We would've liked to have been surprised during this phase of the story by something other than Amy's sudden incompetence.
- Darkly comedic scenarios for Desi Collings. We initially hoped that Gillian Flynn ran all of the Desi Collings passages of her book through the shredder. Upon being reminded that Neil Patrick Harris is playing the character in the film, however, we hope that Flynn has found a way to ramp up the scenes involving Amy's ex-boyfriend, tailoring them to suit Harris's comedic strengths.