Alternate Endings

Alternate Endings

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Alternative Endings may refer to either unpublished footage or works of fan-fiction films that offer a different conclusion to a story. While deleted scenes of alternative endings are sometimes included in their DVD releases, on the Internet, alternative endings are typically presented as fan-made parodies or satirical sketches that poke fun at their canonical counterparts,


On December 20th, 1986, an episode of the comedy sketch show Saturday Night Live featured a sketch depicting an alternative ending to the classic Christmas movie It’s a Wonderful Life in which the George Bailey beats up Mr. Potter.


Following the launch of YouTube in 2006, alternate ending videos filmed and/or edited by amateur fans rapidly began to grow in numbers, with some of the earliest submissions parodying The Notebook, I am Legend, Spider-Man 3, and Star Wars Episode III (shown below).

On March 6th, 2007, the YouTube channel How It Should Have Ended[1], which creates animated alternative endings, posted its first video, an alternative ending for Star Wars Episode IV (top left). As of February 2014, the video has over 8.9 million views and the channel has over 3.2 million subscribers. The channel has created alternative endings for films such as Harry Potter (top right), Titanic (bottom left), and Iron Man (bottom right).

On May 18th, 2008, Funny or Die[2] posted a video filled with alternative endings to Juno that featured the titular character killing her baby, created in the style of official DVD alternative endings complete with actor commentary. As of February 2014, the video has over 2,300 views.

On May 24th, 2011, College Humor[3] posted a video featuring an alternative ending for Back to the Future that revealed Biff committed suicide because of “Calvin Klein.”

On November 17th, 2013, TVWeb uploaded an alternative ending to the TV drama Breaking Bad":/memes/breaking-bad that imagined the whole series was just the nightmare of Bryan Cranston’s character from Malcolm in the Middle.

The video created an idea that fans had joked about on Tumblr for several season, that Malcolm in the Middle and Breaking Bad took place in the same world. The video was covered by websites such as The Huffington Post[4] and Buzzfeed.[5] As of February 2014, the video has over 650,000 views.

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