Confused by the end of Hamilton? Here’s what Lin-Manuel Miranda says


Phillipa Soo, seen here with Lin-Manuel Miranda, gets the very last moment in Hamilton. Disney Plus

Attention: Spoilers for Hamilton to come.

Fans who have known Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hip-hop musical Hamilton only from his casting recording may have been surprised by his final seconds once the film version deployed to Disney Plus last week. In the final scene, Alexander Hamilton’s widow, Eliza (Phillipa Soo), sings 50 years after her death, during which time she created an orphanage, raised funds for the Washington Monument, and strived to continue the inheritance from her husband. Then, in the last moments of the series, she looks directly at the audience and gasps, and the scene turns black.

Breath taking is an unusual way to end the show, and fans have debated its meaning. Some say that this means that Eliza is dead and that she is seeing her late husband again. Others say that she sees the public and realizes that her husband’s legacy has been preserved.

Miranda himself weighed in on Wednesday. The playwright responded to a fan theory that when Miranda, playing Alexander Hamilton, got closer to Eliza, he became the creator of the series himself.

“He takes Eliza’s hand and lets her know it’s OK,” said TikTok user Mallory Ellis in a video that was tweeted and brought to Miranda’s attention. “She breaks the fourth wall, she sees that he has told his story. BOOM! That’s why I’m crying, guys. ”

Miranda liked the idea, but points out that the theory crumbles when other actors side with Hamilton.

“It’s a great idea,” he admits in the tweet, continuing, “The breath is the breath is the breath.” I love all the interpretations. “

Last week, the Hamilton cast answered questions from Wired magazine, and Miranda again refused to define a meaning.

“I think it’s different for each Eliza,” he said. “I think it somehow crosses time, that this thing she sees is Hamilton, that this thing she sees is paradise, that this thing she sees is the world now . I think all of this is valid and absolutely fair. ”

Actress Phillippa Soo, behind the role of Eliza and plays it in the filmed version, spoke of the end in an interview in 2016.

“People say, ‘Is Eliza going to heaven? Does she see Alexandre? Does she see God? What is that? “Soo said in the interview. “And it’s all of those things. ”

To see the breath for yourself, check out Hamilton on Disney Plus – and don’t miss our six things that may surprise you about the hit musical.


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