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Devil’s Hour ending explained: Does Lucy die?

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Devil’s Hour follows a woman waking up from nightmares every night, right at 3:33 a.m., without fail. When linked to a series of murders, she must resolve the surreal dilemma that has usurped her entire life thus far.

Warning: the article contains major spoilers.

Plot Summary

Lucy Stevens wakes up every night, without fail, at 3:33 a.m. from one nightmare or another. She’s been doing this for as long as she can remember.

She is the mother of Isaac, a young boy totally devoid of emotions, standing still and staring/watching without blinking. He seems detached, with few hints of any form of expression.

Lucy is separated from her husband, Mike, who has not yet divorced. Mike loves Lucy but doesn’t even extend a grain of that love to his child – the reason he left their lives, except to occasionally sleep with Lucy.

She also has an elderly mother who suffers from schizophrenia and dementia. Lucy works for the Child Protective Service and is a dedicated worker.

While she wants and tries to have her son’s condition diagnosed and treated, she herself continues to experience bizarre issues in her perception of reality.

Meanwhile, DI Ravi Dhillon is on the trail of a serial killer who hasn’t been caught in years, but a recent case helps DI make a connection that also results in some crucial leads.

Dhillon, along with fellow DS Nick Holness, digs deeper and ends up making a chilling discovery. The new leads connect Lucy and her son’s name to the case and the serial killer, with no explanation behind it.

Meanwhile, Isaac is kidnapped and Ravi is given the case. They eventually track down the site where he might be, with some inexplicable and supernatural help from Lucy’s visions, which she believes are memories.

However, Lucy claims she never experienced those memories. Isaac returns to Lucy and later tells a bizarre and confusing story of how he ended up in the woods.

Meanwhile, the connection between Lucy and the serial killer uncovers other cases that take place in the present. Lucy and Dhillon grow closer as they gather important leads regarding suspected serial killer Gideon.

They eventually catch Gideon but he says nothing for three days, demanding to have a session with Lucy Chambers, who is the only one he will talk to.

Lucy walks into the room, curious to know why all the things that have happened to her have happened and continue to happen, and how her son and Gideon factor it all in.

What Gideon reveals to Lucy and Ravi is nonsense, and even the most gullible are unlikely to believe it. He tells them about this thing called Recurrence and how he keeps living the same life in the same body over and over again.

However, the peculiarity of him is that he remembers all the memories of the past lives he lived. He also tells Lucy that she’s not supposed to live the life she’s leading right now.

Amid all the bizarre and absurd explanations, Lucy believes it, but in the meantime, Isaac is in trouble again. Lucy again has a dilemma before her, either to try to escape her suffering or to embrace her.

Devil’s Hour ending explained in detail:

What is recurrence?

Recurrence is the ancestor of all conflicts in Devil’s Hour. Throughout the series, inexplicable and frightening events occur that affect Lucy and her surroundings.

There is no logical explanation for any of this other than the safe hypothesis path which involves a clinical/scientific answer. However, Gideon explains the concept as best he can.

He explains that everyone dies and is reborn the same way, as in, their lives repeat over and over again, only they don’t remember once they die and are born again.

What is Gideon’s power and specialty?

Gideon explains that even though everyone lives, dies, and then repeats the same life, with the chain of events recurring over and over again, he is a special case.

Gideon claims he can remember all of his past lives and reset his life at will. Each time he wants to start over, he simply kills himself, but one direction after another, he comes back to life.

He began to voluntarily reproduce and retain all his memories of his past lives when he was little. It was his father who first committed suicide with him and his brother following a failed marriage.

However, over several recurrences, Gideon begins to retain memories of what always happens to him.

Not to be a constant victim of his fate, Gideon alters the course of his life, killing his father before he can ever do the same to him and his brother.

Gideon lives and dies countless times after this, gaining a talent for the dead and resetting his life.

Why does Gideon kill and torture?

Since Gideon could remember what had happened before, he began to become more and more aware of world events, and even events related to specific individuals.

To change the fate of others and save them from suffering, Gideon would kill the perpetrators beforehand so they could never commit their wrongdoings.

He confesses to Lucy and Ravi that he made a list a long time ago and that he writes down all the names of the people he wants to kill in order to be able to save their future victims.

As for why he’s torturing Connor Larson, he has an answer. Larson is a special case because Gideon wanted to experiment with him.

Instead of killing him before he can sexually assault five women, Gideon wants to completely change him as a person, so his wrongdoings never happen.

He assumes that since fear is a great tool to change someone’s personality, he would torture them to change their inclinations towards rape or sexual acts, even.

Why does Lucy wake up at the devil’s hour?

Lucy continues to get little glimpses of her past lives as visual echoes in the real world. She still has that sense of Deja Vu throughout the show.

Later in The Devil’s Hour, it is revealed that she can also remember fragments of her other curls. This explains why she always wakes up at 3:33 in the morning and the little glitches she also suffers from when she is wide awake.

Her mother was supposed to kill herself when she was young. She used a gun to shoot herself in the head, the sound of which had woken a little Lucy from her slumber.

Following this, little Lucy came downstairs and saw the heartbreaking scene. It was the worst experience she had ever had in her life.

She grows up to be a detective, along with her husband and colleague, Ravi. They end up catching Gideon who tries to convince them of his absurd powers but Ravi never believes him, which is not quite the case with Lucy.

Gideon is locked up and waits 25 years in prison for her to tell him about the worst experience she has ever had, namely the death of her mother. After learning this, Gideon resets his life.

He then uses the information to change Lucy’s mother’s fate; she cannot shoot and lives; Lucy leads a different life and grows up to be a child protection officer and not a detective.

Gideon wanted to continue his rescue efforts to lessen the suffering, but he still gets caught by Ravi and Lucy.

No matter how many times he tried, he could never sway Ravi and so in order not to get caught, he opted for Lucy instead, waiting over two decades to do so.

He ends up stopping her from having her worst experience by preventing her mother’s suicide, thus changing her life and creating huge ripples that then haunt her for the rest of her life.

The daily 3:33 spiel is due to her unintentionally returning to the day her mother died in the original timeline, unaltered by Gideon.

Did Lucy and Isaac die in the fire?

The Devil’s Hour ends with a tragedy in which Mike intentionally lets the fire continue to burn down the house, with Isaac in it.

As he is trapped in the flames, he calls out for his mother one last time, with a truly heartbreaking and moving cry for help.

In the voicemail, Isaac says “I love you” to his mother, emotionally destroying her and making her all the more determined to put her life on the line to save him.

She rushes into the fire and continues to probe inside, with extreme flames and soot making it painfully impossible for her to breathe, her consciousness slowly slipping away as she seemingly dies.

There’s no on-screen death that Isaac suffers from, it’s only implied. Meanwhile, the following recurring timeline introduces Lucy as what she was originally meant to be – a detective.

In this timeline, Lucy worked on the Gideon case for years, along with Ravi. Here, she has never lived in the no. 7 house, instead, is the home of the Warrens who kept haunting her and Isaac in the previous loop.

Lucy’s death in the house fire is surprisingly more obvious than Isaac’s. Lucy apparently chokes to death and the unchanged Lucy has another Deja Vu when she sees the burnt side of Mrs. Warrren’s face.

Since Gideon explains early on that the small child can travel alone between worlds, it could be that Isaac just disappeared from the Chambers house to the Warren house.

However, if he had teleported into Warren’s house, he would have encountered the same fire and flames, unless he found a way out of the fire in the previous world where Mike had left it burning. .

Lucy has a sketch of Isaac hanging on the wall in the train station, meaning he was able to travel to this world, most likely when he disappeared from the previous loop for two days. Being an anomaly, Isaac’s fate has every right to be ambiguous.

Who is the reason for all this chaos?

Gideon, no doubt. While Isaac’s timeline may have partially come into being because of Lucy, it was Gideon who instigated all the alterations in his quest to alleviate suffering, giving rise to other forms of suffering.

The moral crux of The Devil’s Hour is found in the title of the sixth episode – “Amor Fati”. A Latin phrase meaning “love of one’s destiny”, it is also associated with Nietzsche’s philosophical thought experiment of “eternal return”.

It is an assumption that over a period of time, everything in this universe must reproduce.

Gideon realizes that all beings must go through the Eternal Recurrence, the loop of existence that continues forever and ad infinitum.

Where others are blissfully unaware that they are part of this perpetual return, Gideon is not. The question is, if we knew the eternal return, would they accept their destiny and its infinitely perpetual nature? Or would they fear it?

Gideon’s answer in The Devil’s Hour is clear. He can’t stand to let fate take its course. He dreads it and wants to flee the suffering it causes or will cause.

Awareness of predeterminism gave Gideon free will, but the suffering takes its toll one way or another no matter how hard and hard he tries.


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