The Ending Of Ready Player One Explained

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The Ending Of Ready Player One Explained

Ready Player One, Steven Spielberg’s adaptation
of Ernest Cline’s bestselling novel, has finally arrived in theaters. From its dazzling opening sequence to its
epic final battle, the film is absolutely packed with decades upon decades of pop culture
references. But while some are just fun Easter eggs, others
actually serve a plot function in the grand finale. We’re here to sort it all out as we explain
the ending of Ready Player One. The ultimate video game showdown For Ready Player One’s finale, only the biggest
pop culture-packed showdown would do. So Parzival — also known by his real name
of Wade Watts — takes action, putting out an open call for help to the entire world,
setting the stage for the ultimate battle inside the virtual universe known as the OASIS. Taking place on Planet Doom from the Voltron
cartoons, the battle involves everyone from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to Chucky
himself, who goes on a murder spree perhaps unmatched in his own franchise. And after the evil Nolan Sorrento summons
MechaGodzilla to assist him, he’s taken down by Daito, who pilots the iconic RX-78-2 Gundam
from Mobile Suit Gundam after being dropped off on the planet by Serenity from Firefly. Perhaps the best part? Just as the evil I-Rock is about to kill the
good guys, Sho takes him out using the ultimate ’80s weapon — the glaive from Krull. Nice. A magic spell The whole battle is staged in order to help
Parzival and his friends get inside Castle Anorak, which is covered by a magic spell
summoned by the powerful Orb of Osuvox. Luckily, the team has someone on the inside
— Artemis, who is able to take down the shield by uttering the magic incantation that
summoned it. Here’s the kicker: the spell is actually a
quote from from the 1981 fantasy film Excalibur known as “The Charm of Making,” a spell spoken
by both Merlin and Morgana Le Fay. Who knew, right? “Have you forgotten the charm of making?” (Klingon translation: “South Park’s Imaginationland
did it first.”) The value of an extra life Even after the Orb is deactivated and the
battle seemingly lost, Sorrento isn’t ready to quit. Instead, he uses the Cataclyst, an artifact
which unleashes a mega bomb that instantly kills every avatar on the entire planet. Every avatar except, as it turns out, Parzival’s. Why? Well, earlier in the film, Parzival had won
a bet with the robotic curator of the Halliday Journals, an archive that documents all the
pop culture obsessions of OASIS founder James Halliday. The reward for winning the bet was an old
quarter — which, in classic video game terms, could be used for an extra life to keep playing
on an arcade game after you died. Thanks to having this extra life, Parzival’s
avatar was resurrected, and he was able to complete Halliday’s final puzzle. The original Easter egg After all of that trouble to get there, Halliday’s
final challenge seems deceptively simple: A vintage television, an Atari 2600 console,
and playing the right game in the right way. The game is the 1979 classic, Adventure. And the trick, which Parzival immediately
understands, is that you’re not actually supposed to win the game — you’re just supposed to
find the Easter Egg hidden inside it. It’s not just any Easter egg, though — it’s
literally the first video game Easter egg, as the very term “Easter egg” was coined to
describe the secret message in the game, which reads “Created by Warren Robinett.” A movie about Easter eggs which has an Easter
egg about the first Easter egg? Now that’s truly meta. One last test Even after he’s won the final key, Parzival’s
challenge isn’t over. The last test comes when Anorak offers Parzival
a contract, telling him all he has to do is sign and the OASIS will be his. Parzival refuses to sign, though, because
he realizes it’s a test — Halliday, played by Mark Rylance, had forced his partner Ogden
Morrow, played by Simon Pegg, to sign a similar contract and regretted it for the rest of
his life. Fittingly, the test is an echo of a similar
morality test that plays out at the end of the classic film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate
Factory, from which the plot of Ready Player One is borrowed. “I said GOOD DAY!!” The true Easter egg When he completes the third challenge and
passes Anorak’s contract test, Parzival is indeed granted control of the OASIS. But the true prize, represented by a literal
giant glowing egg, isn’t money or fame — it’s Halliday’s belief that connecting with real
people in the real world is more important than anything you might do in an imaginary
online fantasy world. Wade finally comes to agree, which is how
and why he wins in the end. The lesson is driven home when Parzival emerges
from the real world to find Halliday’s one time partner and best friend, Og Morrow, waiting
for him. It turns out Morrow had secretly been monitoring
the competition through his own OASIS avatar — the curator of the Halliday Journals,
who gave Parzival the extra life he needed to win. In a symbolic gesture, Wade honors what he’s
learned from Halliday by hiring Morrow back as an OASIS consultant, finally repairing
the rift that cost Halliday his best friend. Taking the leap As the new owner of the OASIS, Wade is suddenly
the most powerful person in the world. But he uses his powers for good, putting the
lessons he’s learned from Halliday into play. He and his friends get Sorrento arrested for
ordering the murder of Wade’s aunt. Then, he orders that the OASIS be shut down
two days a week to force people back out into the real world. And finally, he does what Halliday couldn’t
and kisses the girl, winning Artemis as the ultimate prize. Because in the end, love is the ultimate Easter
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Looper · March 30, 2018 at 8:13 pm

What other movie endings would you like us to breakdown next?

The Flash · August 14, 2018 at 8:46 pm

I was looking for an explanation about this part:

"You're not an avatar, are you?"


"Is James Halliday really dead?"


"Then what are you?"


Can anyone explain this? Or is it just an unsolvable mystery?

gadgetgeko · August 14, 2018 at 10:23 pm

This doesn’t need an ending explained.

Aaron Pantera · August 16, 2018 at 5:17 pm

This is narration not explanation of the ending. Tbh everyone who watched the movie already knew everything in this video. I just thought you will explain how the hell halliday is talking to him when he is already dead and he is not an avatar.

jennifer stewarts · August 16, 2018 at 8:08 pm

oh come on, that's the easy stuff, I was hoping you'd go into the whole, "your not an avatar are you?" "is he really dead?" thing… was it an ai? uploaded consciousness?

Aidan Sumner · August 16, 2018 at 11:16 pm

I still have an Atari 2600 yay

green house · August 17, 2018 at 2:22 pm

halliday's avatar is actually real.
halliday lived in his virtual reality.

Sebastjan Kusar · August 17, 2018 at 4:43 pm

i thought they were going to explean the creator of the game, who said that he is dead and that he is not an avatar.

MDJ _ · August 18, 2018 at 4:06 am

If there's a sequel to ready player one wouldn't be the title not ready player one but READY PLAYER TWO?

JacobBoii · August 18, 2018 at 10:34 am

How do you block a YouTube channel?

loopytronic · August 21, 2018 at 2:36 pm

Nothing to explain tho

Michael · August 25, 2018 at 2:42 pm

Would definitely recommend reading the book before the movie! Doing so has made me appreciate the ways in which Steven Spielberg and the scriptwriters put their own unique twist on the original story. Be prepared for late nights of page turning though, I personally had trouble putting it down. I also thought the relationship between Wade and Artemis was considerably more romantic in the novel. Who doesn't like a bit of romance?

MrRapperj · August 25, 2018 at 3:45 pm

When the movie started Parzival said he could and actually did change his avatar. So why did he need the Clark Kent glasses to disguise himself after winning the first key?

Travis McGuire · August 26, 2018 at 3:57 pm

Are there actually people out there who didn't understand the ending? Wow…….

Kevin Thomas · August 27, 2018 at 4:44 pm

Thematically the movie doesn’t work for me. The Oasis is basically the Matrix, they should have destroyed it.

Slothful .gamer · August 28, 2018 at 4:01 am

Was anyone confused by this?

Haffis Maseiz · August 28, 2018 at 10:20 am

It is almost as sword art online season 1 the anime

Josh Jimenez · August 29, 2018 at 4:24 am

Sorry but I liked the book better

Péter Zolnai · August 29, 2018 at 10:46 pm

You didn't explain shit this was a breakdown but whatever

Jamjamtherodent · August 30, 2018 at 2:42 am

I loved this movie!

Potty Smith · August 31, 2018 at 8:16 pm


Kurt Sloop · September 1, 2018 at 2:21 am

I saw the movie first and loved it. Then I read the book and realized that the movie…..well…..fell short….incredibly short.

Read the book, you wont regret it….

Chad Thornbro · September 1, 2018 at 2:02 pm

Wade was suppose to be on the inside. They screwed up the movie really bad.

Alex Tigre · September 1, 2018 at 5:34 pm

The magic spell is from Excalibur. The charm of making.

Jalbesbe · September 3, 2018 at 1:48 am

Actually more recently they found out that his Easter egg was actually not the first but another game had beaten him to the punch.

Choose2Live C2L · September 6, 2018 at 5:37 pm

Jesus Christ I'm happy ray stop smoking with Chantix….but OMFG. PLEASE stop with this damn ad

Matthew Matson · September 7, 2018 at 12:50 pm

Movie was stupid. It lacked any depth. The book was far superior. There’s no reason to explain the ending, because it was it was so clear you’d have to be blind not to see it. Sorento was a cartoon character in the movie. In the book he was an actual villain and 3 dimensional character.

iClone Animations · September 8, 2018 at 3:45 am

I wish this had more character development. Some lesson for the heroes to learn, etc.

RED CITI 5IVE · September 10, 2018 at 5:12 am

great movie i love it just like I love thinking of myself getting into the video game virtual world , Hopefully they make a Ready Player Two movie featuring some virtual gangsta crazy cast members like Carl Johnson from GTA San Andreas , vito scaletta from Mafia 2 , wei shen from sleeping dogs and the baddest old school Johnny Gat from the original Saints Row lol the movie will be overly rated like rated M 17 + for mature lol .. as a grown folk , we won't care about two fucks flying lol

Redstreak 18 · September 12, 2018 at 1:36 pm

The ending to me says that Halliday was able to transfer his subconsciousness into the game world and knew the decade he was in, he was so far ahead. He also knew, it's not where reality is at, and wanted someone more down to earth, literally.

Joshua Knode · September 12, 2018 at 3:20 pm

Willy Wonka's plot has little if anything to do with Ready Player One. Charlie Bucket didnt win by refusing to sign a contract he gave back the Gobstoper. . .did you see that movie?

Time Vortex · September 16, 2018 at 12:27 pm

there could have been newer electronic music in the film and the ending should have been some cool thing about the clan runnning the oasis and not the couple kissing.big fail there . i guess spielberg is old….8/10

Ziggy Campbell · September 19, 2018 at 4:57 am

like the predator the jungle hunter and beserker the super predator

David Prodigy · September 19, 2018 at 11:48 pm

The movie was even better than expected.

daprescription · September 20, 2018 at 1:35 pm

The movies ending was garbage compared to the book.

Mateo_76 · September 20, 2018 at 2:35 pm

Vrchat is the closest to oasis, 10 years from now we might have a virtual reality similar to oasis.

crusader68 · September 22, 2018 at 5:59 pm

A quarter was simply what the games cost back then to play.
I wonder how many young people seen Excalibur before this movie?

D E · September 23, 2018 at 12:56 pm

The movie visuals were great. The movie sucked compared to the book though, the challenges were better in the book as well as when parzival had to play a perfect game of pacman in order to get the mysterious quarter that would eventually be the extra life.

Kenji Reukin · September 24, 2018 at 5:08 pm

one of the BEST MOVIE has ever watched. no kidding this is an absolutely freaking good movie

Menzi Shabangu · September 26, 2018 at 10:27 am

A movie about Easter eggs which has an Easter egg about the first Easter egg?

An0nym0usPLAYZ 3 · September 27, 2018 at 12:03 am

Whats there to explain?

Chicken Towel · September 28, 2018 at 11:04 am

I didn't quite get about Halliday and Ogden's relationship. What's the mistake in signing the contract?

E. Squatch · September 29, 2018 at 5:49 am

Just watched this tonight. Fantastic! The ending is classic. Indeed a Willy Wonka ending. Good story telling has a bit of ambiguity leaving room for interpretation. You can decide for yourself.

Sorted Jovanny · September 30, 2018 at 9:30 pm

That was a dumb decision to shutdown the oasis.. lets say he shuts down the oasis sat and sundays right? What happens to people that dont work those days and us the only days they got to play in the oasis now they cant play, he should have put a tine limit or something.

MisterStun · October 1, 2018 at 3:51 pm

This is literally a run down or recap of the entire movie explaining everything that was clearly obvious. I thought I missed a secret scene or there’s more behind the scenes of what happened but no. Just a recap of the entire movie.

Kuyq Lostvayne · October 4, 2018 at 10:20 pm

Where are the lol champions in rpo

Zac Close · October 6, 2018 at 3:28 am

Nothing like the book

Alika Achong · October 7, 2018 at 4:43 am

Okay if you needed this video to explain all these parts of the movie, you wouldn’t have understood the movie’s message at all and are probably as dumb as a brick wall

Dum Dum Movie Reviews · October 10, 2018 at 11:31 am

I clicked on the video thinking this is the explanation that I would get

“You’re not an avatar right?”


“Is James Halliday really dead?”


“Then, who are you?”

“Goodbye Parzival.”

Ram Queen · October 12, 2018 at 6:57 am

I thought we were gonna get treated to what Halloway we saw at the end.

TheAlleyWayKing · October 15, 2018 at 4:28 am

A classic pedophilia reference at the end with an old man walking out with a little boy, classical Steven Spielberg, pre much rubbing it in and saying y'all can't do nothing, he put it in Indiana Jones as well.

Kudoshi · October 20, 2018 at 5:17 am

From someone born the 2000s.
I couldnt get 95% of the reference. Only reference i could get was the gundam,overwatch,halo, the easter egg adventure and some other generic ones like kingkong,mario and dinosaurs and so on.

To me it was pretty okay.

Travis Thot · October 20, 2018 at 9:59 am

This is personally my favorite movie

Cesar Silva · October 22, 2018 at 4:41 am

So why did Halliday force Ogden Moro out?

Trafalgar D. Water Law · November 5, 2018 at 3:13 pm

no need to explyn .. online gamers related this movie .. 👌👌

Julius ZionZoShow #LakerGang · November 7, 2018 at 6:50 am

Greatest gamer/visual /pop culture movie of all time…..don't @ me

UNNOOBABLE PLAYSZ · November 13, 2018 at 12:12 pm

First to the Key,
First to the Egg!!!

chris goo · November 25, 2018 at 10:37 am

want to know something exciting and awesome? they have Gloves that you can wear when using VR, so that you can actually touch and feel it! they already made 360 Treadmills but I don't know about the suits you wear to feels object and forces. I think that they are working on suits to wear like that. but….the most exciting thing is…. they are making…. The Oasis. yea, I'm not kidding! you can already play a WIP simulation of the Oasis! but do you know how freaking amazing your computer has to be when The Oasis is Fully Complete? well I bet they are gonna make future computers that are gonna work faster than NASA's Super Computers (no offense NASA).

Jorge Uchiha · December 12, 2018 at 4:17 am

The book is way better

joe 5D · December 14, 2018 at 3:59 pm

What did he do with the winning money

Morimoto · December 15, 2018 at 8:22 am

The ending was just disappointing. So what if people kept playing in the virtual world? It got literally everything in there. Have you seen their world? It sucks. I predicted the ending to be like that its just seeing it actually happen at the end makes my eyes role.

Black Ops VII · December 16, 2018 at 8:37 am

Is their a Ready Player 2 and 3

Raychelle Mallari · December 18, 2018 at 7:55 am

This movie had all of easter eggs the shining movie hello kitty Cs go street fighter superman minecraft batman

Richard Warlocc · December 21, 2018 at 4:55 am

nothing was explained

Adam Conway · December 24, 2018 at 7:37 pm

The spell lools like a beat machine or rim ad

Brenden Y · December 28, 2018 at 8:39 am

was a good adaptation. As a film, id give it 9/10. It struck a lot of retro gamer chords in me. Buuut, I wish it was more faithful to the source material. Even if they had to stretch it over more films

TheSRBgamer63 · December 28, 2018 at 7:56 pm

Compared to book,movie is a joke…

Emerald Gamez · January 1, 2019 at 11:20 pm

Just saw this movie tonight and it is amazing like omfg.

Timmy Robinson · January 3, 2019 at 1:28 am

Im curious… was the curator making that bet perhaps him wanting Parcival to win… thereby kind of cheating the game a little? (Once you know who the curator actually is).

Antonio Masters · January 3, 2019 at 6:28 am

He's in the oasis. If anyone remembers seeing sword art online season 1 the story is simililar.

Josue Nieves-Barreto · January 5, 2019 at 8:28 pm

I was amazed when first watch this film. Ending I realize it look just like a reminder of one of I watch along time ago.

vinicius · January 6, 2019 at 8:50 pm

Tu não tá explicando nada putona, tu só tá dizendo o que aconteceu diotona

cverdo · January 6, 2019 at 11:16 pm

Was expecting to explain ending scene with Halliday, not short run trough movie…

Chris Noggins · January 9, 2019 at 3:20 am

What anout the part at the end when he ask Halliday, your not a Avatar are you? Was that Holiday Spirit in the game?

Smrt Persin · February 2, 2019 at 11:12 pm

Oh come on all this was in the book

david diehl · February 7, 2019 at 12:41 am

You missed the biggest question, was he just an aviator/ Or did he have his consciousness downloaded to the oasis?

Kira Cattan · February 10, 2019 at 1:05 pm

hehe I LOVED the Chucky reference… Was perfect!!

Malak Adil · February 12, 2019 at 7:46 am

same as sword art online season 1 .

erene · February 14, 2019 at 6:35 am

Let be honest, no movies were ever as good as its original books

Rein Joaquin · February 15, 2019 at 3:32 pm

Holiday is the ultimate cheat code

Vuong Anh · February 17, 2019 at 3:43 am

I know the witch is james haliday

JuStMrS1MPS0N · February 20, 2019 at 5:08 pm

1. This doesn't clarify the actual ending
2. Mechagodzilla was taken down by Artemis. Not Dyto.
3. We watched the movie, didn't need an explanation of the entire movie. Maybe try new writing tactics?

Just my two cents.

toshibavoodoo · March 11, 2019 at 9:13 pm

willy wonka!! Brillant…

TENOE TENOE · March 12, 2019 at 1:05 pm

I watched back to back

i love books · March 16, 2019 at 10:32 am

This should be a VR game lol

grogdizzy · March 18, 2019 at 6:28 pm

Whoever decides the titles for your videos should be fired. This explained everything except the ending

SupaSniper · March 28, 2019 at 12:38 am

in the book diato dies

Kean Rein · March 31, 2019 at 12:24 pm

Pls let me know part 2

Monkey 'D'eandro · April 13, 2019 at 11:05 am

This doesn’t explain the ending😑

Kevin Forslund · May 1, 2019 at 11:01 pm

Percival: something I don't understand, your not an avatar…are you?

Halliday: No.

Percival: Is Halliday really dead?

Halliday: Yes.

Perzival: Then what are you?

Hallyday: Your father…

Perzival: Wait what?

Halliday: Goodbye Percival, thanks…thanks for playing my game.

''Goes out through the door with the younger version of himself and with a weird smile on his face.''

sicklyplace · June 1, 2019 at 1:58 am

Is ready player 2 gonna come out

BruceWayne82 · June 1, 2019 at 4:32 am

Who was Holiday at the end? He asked was Holiday really dead he said yes. Then asked was he his avatar he said no. Then asked what was he and didn't get an answer unless I missed something. What was he?

SlickNick595 · June 8, 2019 at 1:13 pm

Should have also explained if Haliday in the Oasis at the end was actually Haliday’s spirt or is that up for debate?

BlueTransAm83 · June 13, 2019 at 12:28 pm

It’s the best explanation I could find of the end. Although the real world part is way off. He talks about balancing the real world a bit. Because now things are much different 5 days a week instead of 7 in basic. But the duel test of good job, loyalty and then the twist,,,,,,,,,, of humanity after you think your in. I’ve had that test in my head for years since the original Willy Wonka. I don’t think it’s fair, but needed. Because the layers of a onion are deep. Like people I feel are wonderful people. Just don’t get the pure ness of a good song, a gorgeous view, and a fun time. If anything rides above that for a person. Why should they have any power.

James Bradley · June 22, 2019 at 1:01 am

Thank you for the excellent explanation😎👍🏻

MysticLance 456 · August 4, 2019 at 1:21 am

But all u did was explain the movie from begging to ending 😐

Brix Dalonos · August 6, 2019 at 2:15 pm

what is the purpose of this scene?

Nerdgasm 03 · August 28, 2019 at 3:12 am

An ok movie with a blade runner level ending speech from haliday

venture bullettrain321 · September 17, 2019 at 3:05 am


Xades · September 17, 2019 at 10:24 pm

haliday is alive and is in the game, he messed up with his girl and loved the vr more than reality and u can clearly tell he was in the game from the start

The way he acted when wade was moving in the car saying "Don't accidentally erase the oasis on your first day" thats 1 in a million chance he would say that. It would be a cutscene with scripts along to talk with him. and he tested him and everything. His body was dying but his brain was alive so he took his chance

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