Ocean's 8 ending explained – from double-blinds to double-crosses

Warning: Contains Ocean’s 8 spoilers.

Ocean’s 8 unites a cast of some of the most famous actresses in the world for a huge diamond heist at the Met Gala. And like all heist movies, there are some surprising twists and turns at the end that flip the whole thing on its head.

So, in case Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter and Awkwafina pulled too fast a fast one on you, here’s how the end of Gary Ross’s movie goes down and what it means.

Firstly, there are the Toussaint diamonds that are the focus of the heist. Debbie Ocean (Bullock) decides to pin the theft on art dealer Claude Becker (Richard Armitage), the ex who landed her in prison for five years.

She plants some of the diamonds on Claude at the ball – but she needs a woman on the inside. Step forward Daphne Kluger (Hathaway), the team’s actress dupe who isn’t quite as clueless as she seems. Daphne rumbles fashion designer Rose Weil (Bonham Carter) and demands to be let in on the heist.

Having been Claude’s date for the ball, Daphne seduces him and photographs the diamonds in his flat, allowing the police to search the place and find them. Thanks to some ladies posing as non-existent socialites to sell the remaining jewels and deposit money in an account in his name, Claude is blamed for the theft.

But that’s not all – while everyone (including the audience) was focused on the missing Toussaint necklace at the gala, Lou (Blanchett) enlisted ‘The Amazing Yen’ (Shaobo Qin) from the original trilogy to steal the crown jewels that were on display in the museum, bumping up the value of the heist for its participants significantly.

The movie ends with Debbie back in the mausoleum where her brother, Danny Ocean (George Clooney), is buried. Or is he? Debbie doesn’t seem entirely sure, but he doesn’t pop out of his coffin as we were probably all expecting.

Instead, she pours herself a drink and toasts his coffin: “You would have loved it.”

The Ocean trilogy’s Reuben Tishkoff (Elliott Gould) had met her there earlier to tell her that Danny knew about her “brilliant” plan but hadn’t thought that it would work – so her final visit was probably to rub her success in a bit, too. They are siblings, after all.

Ocean’s 8 is out now. Book tickets here.

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