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'The Pale Blue Eye' Ending Explained: The Real Killer Revealed?

'The Pale Blue Eye' Ending Explained: The Real Killer Revealed?

As the murder mystery comes to a dark and twisted end, we take a detailed look into it's conclusion.

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The Pale Blue Eyes takes us all the way back to the 1800s amidst the darkness and mysteries lurking in every corner of West Point Academy. Oscar-winner, Christian Bale stars as a detective who is tasked to solve the murder mystery of a cadet in the academy, and joining him is none other than Harry Melling as Edgar Allan Poe. Together they venture to unravel the unknown in a gothic backdrop of New York. The film is based on the 2003 novel by Louis Bayard, and Scott Cooper wrote the screenplay and directed it. Despite getting a limited release in select few theaters on December 23, 2022, before moving to Netflix on January 6, 2023, the film generally received positive reviews.

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What Is The Premise Of The Pale Blue Eyes?



 

The official summary of the film reads as follows, according to IMDB: "A world-weary detective is hired to investigate the murder of a West Point cadet. Stymied by the cadets' code of silence, he enlists one of their own to help unravel the case - a young man the world would come to know as Edgar Allan Poe."

The Pale Blue Eyes Ending Explained: Who Is The Real Killer?

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By the end of the breathtaking story, it is revealed that detective Augustus Landor is the killer himself who is responsible for the deaths of Leroy Fry and Randolph Ballinger. Landor has previously tried to mark Lea and Artemus as the killers post their death, and he was convincing enough for Daniel as well. Landor has effectively tried to put the blame for his own crime on two dead people who cannot object to his claims, but in reality, Landor has murdered the two cadets as an act of revenge. Since Fry and Ballinger had raped Landor’s daughter Mattie, Landor wanted to make the culprits pay with their lives. The young poet Edgar Allan Poet confronts Landor, who doesn’t try to deceive Poe in any way. Poe is torn between wanting to turn Landor to the authorities and choosing to keep his silence. Poe has a level of respect and admiration for Landor, who has always protected him and even made Poe his assistant. Poe lets the matter slide away even when Landor deceives him the first time. So Poe chooses silence because he has been suffering ever since he joined the Military Academy. He wasn’t impressive like his peers or the best soldier, but Landor acknowledged his potential and took him under his wings. However, in the end, Poe parts ways with Landor as a punishment for his deceit and doesn’t expose his crime to the authorities.