Resident Evil is an action horror film series based on Capcom’s Japanese video game franchise.
Resident Evil Ending Explained
Netflix had us under its wing for Andrew Dabb’s live-action Resident Evil series.
While the franchise was once remembered for the Milla Jovovich-led movies that threw Capcom’s games out the window, 2022 has heralded two entries to the Resiverse thanks to the underwhelming Welcome to Racoon City film and the unrelated eight-part Netflix series.
Dabb’s show is a faithful adaptation of the source material, serving as a continuation of the games that takes place after Resident Evil Village – though, sadly, there’s no cameo from the notorious Lady Dumitrescu.
The (literally) explosive finale saw clones, crocodiles, and casualties galore. So, what did you miss? Here’s how the Resident Evil ending ties into season two.
The finale, which was split between 2022 and 2036, focused on Billie and Jade Wesker in their teenage and adult years. In 2022, Jade is aided by Simon Marcus as they storm the Umbrella HQ in New Raccoon City in an attempt to save Billie.
Albert Wesker and Bert, his clone, are also present. Fans wondered how Wesker survived his iconic volcano death in Resident Evil 5, but it turns out that before the original Wesker died, he created three clones in the Arklay Mountains.
The Wesker we follow in the series is an oddly sympathetic clone, Bert is slightly insane, and Alby was killed in 2005.
Billie bites Simon in a fit of rage after succumbing to her zombie dog bite and the T-Virus adapts to her body. The villainous but brilliant Evelyn Marcus arrives on the scene and realizes her son has been infected, putting a bullet in his head to save him from the horrors of turning into a “Zero”.
The Episode Review
So, if the writing in this show was bad, it was topped off with a moldy cherry on top: a cliffhanger ending that resolves nothing. This story is so far removed from Resident Evil that it defies belief at times.
There’s just enough nostalgia to keep fans of the games interested, but it’s poorly integrated into a story that can’t decide what kind of show it wants to be.
There’s clearly a push/pull in the writing room between those who want to implement parts of the games and those who don’t. In the end, we get this strange dual-timeline affair with no crossover (yet) and essentially played out as two storylines in one – neither of which is particularly interesting.
The majority of this show has been consumed by teen drama, and there hasn’t even been a zombie outbreak, as Billie is clearly Patient Zero alongside her twin sister.
This story would have been fine under any other name than Resident Evil, but the writers have poorly constructed it with sloppy worldbuilding and events that have no rhyme or reason. We get a little backstory involving 1998 and the original Raccoon City, as well as some familiar character names, but that’s about it in terms of similarities.
Instead, Resident Evil is the latest in a long line of IPs that have been twisted and stripped of their core premise to the point where they are unrecognizable.
This is a bad show with bad writing, bad characters, and a bad understanding of what made Resident Evil great in the first place. This one is a flop, and I doubt it will be renewed for a second season.