The new show Warrior Nun has hit Netflix just in time for a holiday weekend binge. The thrilling new series based on the manga of the same name follows young Ava (Alba Baptista) as she rises from the dead only to discover she’s been gifted the magical powers of the “Warrior Nun.” Season 1 of Warrior Nun follows Ava as she grapples with these powers, and more importantly her newfound responsibilities. It all comes to a head in Warrior Nun Season 1’s thrilling finale. It’s a wild episode full of shocking twists, upsetting revelations, and a cliffhanger ending. So what does the Warrior Nun ending mean?
Luckily Warrior Nun‘s creator and showrunner Simon Barry hopped on the phone with Decider to walk us through the show’s whiplash-inducing finale…
MASSIVE WARRIOR NUN SPOILERS AHEAD!
In many ways, Netflix’s new action series Warrior Nun is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a rip-roaring adventure series in which nuns fight demons in the name of the Catholic Church. However, it’s also a lot more than that. The series follows a recently deceased orphan named Ava as she comes back to life endowed with superpowers thanks to an angel’s halo inserted in her back. (Yes, she’s confused by it, too.) At first exhilarated to have a second chance at life, Ava quickly realizes that her new gifts come with a price. She not only is hunted by demons but shadowed by the Order of the Crucifix Sword (or OCS), the secret sect of warriors devoted to the “Warrior Nun” herself.
After finally coming to grips with her role in all this, Ava decides to join forces with the kindly Father Vincent (Tristán Ulloa) and the loyal sisters of the OSC. There’s Shotgun Mary (Toya Turner), Sister Beatrice (Kristina Tonteri-Young), and fresh from what appears to be a trip to hell (?), Sister Lilith (Lorena Andrea). The group converges on the Vatican just as their rivals are poised to take control of the church. Their mission? Use Ava’s powers to phase into the secret tomb of Adriel, the angel who willingly gave up his halo to create the first Warrior Nun, Areala. There, they are supposed to uncover a mystery that will rock their enemies. And boy, they do!
So what’s the deal with the real Adriel (William Miller)? How shocked should we be by Father Vincent’s heel turn? What happened to Lilith? Where did Ava’s Halo come from? And why does Warrior Nun end in a cliffhanger?!? Here’s the Warrior Nun Season 1 ending explained…
WARRIOR NUN ENDING EXPLAINED: WHY DOES SEASON 1 END WITH A CLIFFHANGER?
The last moments of Warrior Nun tease an epic battle. It’s Adriel + Father Vincent + a host of demonically possessed people against just five of the OCS’s bravest warriors. While the girls vow to fight beside each other “in this life or the next,” Shotgun Mary resists this defeatism and says it’s going to be in this life. She begins to fend off the possessed folk and then its…end credits?
Hey, Warrior Nun, what gives? What happens to Ava, Shotgun Mary, Sister Beatrice, and their friends next?
Warrior Nun showrunner Simon Barry told Decider yesterday that the cliffhanger was intentional. “I’ll start by saying that we knew, in terms of cliffhangers, that pretty much every Netflix show I watch tends to build towards a really robust and really intriguing set-up for an end of season,” Barry said. “So we knew that we wanted to do that early on in the process, for sure. We didn’t know what it was going to be, necessarily, but we knew that we were basically planning to build some kind of cliffhanger into the show.”
So if you’re left hungry for more Warrior Nun…that was the point.
WHO IS ADRIEL IN WARRIOR NUN? IS HE REALLY AN ANGEL? WHERE DID THE HALO COME FROM IN WARRIOR NUN?
From the beginning of Warrior Nun, we’re told that the first Warrior Nun was a medieval figure named Sister Areala. When she fell battling a demon, the angel Adriel gifted her his own halo to save her from death. Over the course of Warrior Nun Season 1, it’s inferred that the Catholic Church is hiding some dark secret in Adriel’s tomb in the Vatican. When Ava phases into this tomb, she discovers that Adriel isn’t dead at all. Nor is Adriel an angel.
So what’s the truth behind Adriel’s backstory? Is he a fallen angel-turned-demon? A straight up devil? Something else? And as Lilith points out, did he steal the halo from a real angel? Barry teased that all these were questions to be answered in a potential Warrior Nun Season 2…
“When we were breaking Season 1, we were already thinking about Season 2 and where we could go with the show. You have to do that these days, because obviously you’re building for success,” Barry said. “We wanted the halo’s story to be a bit of a mystery and be a bit of a contradiction, so that we would have more of a journey of mystery to continue into Season 2 if we were lucky enough to get one. That was really, for us, a way of teasing the audience about the halo’s history and what it is, how Adriel got it.”
So…all we know for now is Adriel is bad. Probably. We think. It’s complicated.
IS FATHER VINCENT THE REAL VILLAIN IN WARRIOR NUN?
Perhaps the biggest twist in Warrior Nun Season 1 is the revelation that kindly Father Vincent has been playing Ava and her friends the whole time. At the end of Warrior Nun Season 1, it’s revealed that he is a servant of the nefarious Adriel and he was the one who orchestrated the murder of the last Warrior Nun, Sister Shannon.
But was it really that much of a shocker? After all, there was that weird scene with Dr. Salvius and the revelation that he had a dark past. Warrior Nun showrunner Simon Barry told Decider there are even more clues to Father Vincent’s true nature if you rewatch the season.
“As far as the Adriel/Vincent idea, that was an early early concept from the breaking of Season 1. We were in the writing room for the first couple of weeks, and the idea of us settling the mystery of Shannon’s murder — and also who was going to be ultimately orchestrating a lot of things — we wanted it to be somebody close to the group, and Father Vincent was the first choice,” Barry said.
“It was one of our earliest inspirations,” he said. “Even when we started production, we told Tristán [Ulloa], who played Father Vincent, we gave him the goods early on. He would know he was playing both sides. If you rewatch the season, you’ll see that there are a lot of clues that we dropped in, that without that knowledge, kind of just go by. But when you do see them, they become very obvious.”
WHAT HAPPENED TO SISTER LILITH IN WARRIOR NUN?
About halfway through Warrior Nun, we watch as Sister Lilith is stabbed by a demon and seemingly transported to hell. She is presumed dead, but later arrives back at OCS headquarters. When put under the observation of Dr. Jillian Salvius (Thekla Reuten), it’s revealed that she not only has a magically healing burn scar where she was stabbed, but the ability to grow claws.
By the end of the season, though, she has re-teamed with the OCS in their fight at the Vatican. When the truth about Father Vincent and Adriel are revealed, she is the one who volunteers to confront them. Adriel recognizes that she’s been to the other side, and he seems perplexed by her. There’s also the fact that her hair is growing profoundly grey before our eyes. So…what the heck is going on with Sister Lilith?
“Lilith certainly has a very interesting journey because of what happens to her, but we weren’t trying to single her out in any way that was unique to our story. We just wanted the idea that her journey to the other side would be, in a way, part of our Season 1 mystery, and also could feed into Season 2, if we got one,” Barry said.
Yes, it’s another thing we have to wait for Warrior Nun Season 2 to address.
So get out your rosary and say a few Hail Marys that Netflix orders one sooner rather than later.
The post ‘Warrior Nun’ on Netflix: Showrunner Simon Barry Explains that Cliffhanger Ending appeared first on Decider.