Where the Crawdads Sing ending explained and did Kya kill Chase?

Where the Crawdads Sing's twist ending shocked fans and many are still looking for answers - here is the ending explained...

Where the Crawdads Sing ending
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Where the Crawdads Sing was released in cinemas this summer and fans are gobsmacked by the twists and turns in this beloved novel that has been brought to the big screen.

Where the Crawdads Sing was released on Friday, July 22, 2022, and some fans have been reflecting on the shocking twist ending that surprised many fans. If you loved the book and can't quite remember how it ended, or you've just watched the film and can't quite understand the final scenes, this is Where the Crawdads Sing ending explained...

*Warning: spoiler alert!*


Where the Crawdads Sing ending explained

Where the Crawdads Sing's ending confused a number of fans as many did not see the shock twist coming. 

At the end of the film (and the book), Kya is finally released from jail and acquitted of the murder of Chase Andrews. The people in the town realize that this case was brought against the 'Marsh Girl' unfairly and she was simply an easy target because the townsfolk hated her. The case was flimsy and Kya was clearly not guilty.

We then skip into the future and see that Kya and Tate lived happily at her home in the Marsh and grew old together until Kya died in her 60s. However, the mystery still remained, who actually killed Chase? And where was the shell necklace that Kya gave him? All is then revealed...

Who killed Chase at the ending of Where the Crawdads Sing?

Following Kya's death, Tate uncovers Chase's missing shell necklace and poems written by Kya in their home on the Marsh. It is revealed through a poem titled 'The Firefly' that Kya was in fact the one to kill Chase. 

After Chase attempted to rape Kya, she realized that she would never be safe from him and decided to take his life and make it look like an accidental fall from the abandoned fire tower. She took back the necklace that she once gave him, and this piece of evidence confirmed to Tate that she had been the one to kill him. Tate destroyed the necklace in a symbolic move that showed he would take Kya's secret to the grave.

It is also revealed that the poetry by Amanda Hamilton, a writer who publishes poems in Barkley Cove’s local newspaper, is actually Kya's pen name and she was the one publishing these poems all along. 

Where the Crawdads Sing

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Who is in the cast of where the Crawdads sing movie?

This film is set to be one of the best book-to-movie adaptations this year because of the incredible cast. Daisy Edgar Jones from Normal People and Fresh stars as Kya, also known as Catherine Danielle Clark, and the 'Marsh Girl'.

The film also stars Taylor John Smith as Tate Walker. Taylor is best known for his roles in Sharp Objects and You Get Me. The cast also includes Harris Dickinson as Chase Andrews. Harris is best known for his work on Maleficent: Mistress of Evil and The King's Man.

Other members of the cast include David Strathairn as Kya's lawyer Tom Milton, Garret Dillahunt as Kya's father, and Ahna O'Reilly as Kya's mother.

Reese Witherspoon was a producer for this movie in association with her production company, Hello Sunshine, but the actress does not star in this film. Hello Sunshine has also been associated with other films such as Gone Girl and Hot Pursuit. The company has also been behind TV shows such as The Morning Show and Little Fires Everywhere.

When is the release date of Where the Crawdads Sing the movie?

The film was released on Friday, July 22, 2022, in the UK and US and is still currently available to view in cinemas. The film has not yet been released on any streaming services, but it is rumored that it may be launched on platforms such as Netflix by the end of the year, or early in 2023.

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