The shocking ending of Fear Street Part 2: 1978 reveals intriguing clues that suggest why the witch was murdered and decided to curse Shadyside.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Fear Street Part 2: 1978, which is now streaming on Netflix.
One of Netflix’s biggest mysteries Fear Street The trilogy is the reason why the witch, Sarah Fier, decided to get revenge on Shadyside and not Sunnyvale. Attacking the poorest city casts her in a more evil light, but it’s a bit inconsistent as to what her grudge is. Part 1: 1994 hinted that it is because people desecrated his grave, but Part 2: 1978 now suggests that it could be random and a curse built from hatred. At the end of the latter, clues are dropped that suggest why Sarah was really murdered and what this vendetta is about.
In the finale, Deena and Josh tell Christine Berman that they know where the witch’s bones are. All they need to do is find his skeleton hand on the Hanging Tree, which they dug up at the mall. It is the same place where Camp Nightwing was decades before, so with this they head to the grave to gather the body and break Sarah’s curse.
But as they commit the act, Deena’s soul connects with Sarah’s energy and she begins to have visions. His mind is then transported to 1666 as Part 2 ends, thus beginning the next chapter. After the “To be continued” card comes out, we will quickly get the advance of Street of Fear, Part 3: 1666, and it becomes clear that Deena will relive Sarah’s memories in the settlement before it splits into the two cities. We see various characters from the two chapters so far playing other characters, implying that Deena is looking at her ancestors.
Could it be that Deena is a descendant of Sarah’s lineage, ergo, why did her nose bleed when her bus passed the grave in Part 1. But more importantly, it’s what Deena experiences that can completely rethink the franchise. There are quick shots of Sam, Deena’s girlfriend in 1994, and Deena once again having sex in 1666, hinting that Sarah Fier might have been a lesbian in these Puritan times.
We also see religious citizens judging women, lining them up, assaulting, killing them, and then throwing bodies, but as these snapshots go by, they may be women falsely accused of witchcraft or gays being persecuted by bigots and bigots. Of course, it stands to reason that they were part of a coven, but since Sam’s mother in Part 1 I hated her for loving Deena, and since LGBT acceptance is a big theme in this story, it seems that homophobia may be the main cause of all the violence back then.
If the village murdered Sarah’s lover, that could be what inspired her to give her soul to Satan, cutting off his hand for the devil and then possessing assassins over the years to make their bloodlines pay. It just seems like a coincidence that Deena is the one to jump at Sarah as a container, as she’s been begging Sam to come out in public. Thus, Deena may realize that this witch hunt turned a good woman evil in the name of revenge, and might reconsider her decision to stop Shadyside’s punishment.
Directed and co-written by Leigh Janiak, the Fear Street trilogy stars Sadie Sink, Kiana Madeira, Olivia Welch, Benjamin Flores Jr., Darrell Britt-Gibson, Ashley Zuckerman, Fred Hechinger, Julia Rehwald, Jeremy Ford, and Gillian Jacobs. Part 1: 1994 and Part 2: 1978 now air on Netflix, followed by Part 3: 1666 on July 16.
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