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Reveal The Surprising Fates Of Our Favorite Characters: What Really Happened After The Movie End?

Are you tired of being left in the dark about what happened to your favorite movie characters after the credits rolled? Do you lie awake at night, wondering if Simba ever reclaimed his throne, or if the Griswold family ever made it home from their vacation?
Sure, you can always turn to the original source material to find out what happened next, but cliffhangers are annoying AF. Sometimes Movies just end without finishing what’s written in the novels. Ugh, why? Then there are movies that were successful, but for one reason or another, never got a sequel. And just like that, the poor characters' fates are left unknown. But fear not my dear, we are here to pick up the slack and give you the closure you so desperately crave.
On a brighter note, at least you get to feel superior to all your movie-only friends who have no idea what they're missing.

#1 Forrest Gump's Life After the Movie: From NFL Player to Homeless to Oscar Attendee

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It's safe to say that the Hollywood version of Forrest Gump took some creative liberties with Winston Groom's novel. Not only did the film deviate from the book's plot, but it also sugar-coated the story to make it more heartwarming and less offensive.
In the movie's ending, Forrest (Tom Hanks) marries his true love, Jenny (Robin Wright), who tragically dies from an unspecified illness. Forrest becomes a single parent to their son and continues to cherish his memories of Jenny.
However, in the book version, Jenny is alive and well at the end, and Forrest goes on to experience a rollercoaster of events. He plays professional football for the New Orleans Saints, loses his shrimp business, works on a pig farm, becomes homeless in Washington, has conversations with Jenny's ghost, falls for a new love interest, and starts a successful oyster business. The novel ends with Forrest attending the Academy Awards.

#2 Charlie and Wonka's Misadventures in Space: Mistaken for Pirates and Grandparents Turned into Babies

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Roald Dahl's sequel to Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, called Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, would be a tough story to translate into a movie. The book picks up right where the first movie ends, with Wonka appointing Charlie as his successor and taking him on a ride in his glass elevator.
As they soar higher and higher, they accidentally veer too close to a spacecraft called Space Hotel 'USA,' causing an international incident. They even encounter slug-like aliens before they finally plummet back to the chocolate factory. Things get even more bizarre when Wonka offers Charlie's grandparents his latest invention, a vitamin that turns back the clock. Unfortunately, the elderly grandparents revert to being infants.
Charlie and Wonka then embark on a mission to restore them to their proper ages, encountering more strange creatures along the way.

#3 After 'Rosemary's Baby,' Rosemary Has Been In A Coma For 26 Years. Her Reformed Son Unwittingly Unleashes A Deadly Virus, And Satan Drags Her To Hell

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Rosemary, the protagonist of the horror classic "Rosemary's Baby," has unwittingly given birth to Satan's son and decides to take care of him.
In the sequel, "Son of Rosemary," set in 1999, Rosemary has been in a coma since 1972 when a group of Satanists put her under a spell. With the death of the last member of the coven, the spell is broken, and Rosemary is awakened. She joins her son's organization but grows suspicious of his dark motives.
The story ends with Rosemary being taken to hell in an elevator, and a disturbing undercurrent of lust between her and her son. Critics widely panned the book, with one even suggesting that the author, Ira Levin, had birthed Satan himself.

#4 After 'The Graduate,' Ben And Elaine Are Fighting To Have Their Kids Home-Schooled, So They Bring In Mrs. Robinson To Seduce The Principal

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The final scene of "The Graduate" shows Benjamin and Elaine fleeing their wedding and embarking on a new life together. However, the reality of their situation slowly dawns on them as the bus pulls away.
In the novel version, Elaine takes Benjamin's hand as the bus drives off. Ten years later, the couple is living on the East Coast with their two sons. They decide to homeschool their children, but face opposition from the school principal. In an attempt to sway him, they enlist the help of Elaine's seductive mother, Mrs. Robinson, who still has her charms from her affair with Benjamin.

#5 After 'Fight Club,' Narrator And Marla Are Married, And Tyler Durden Is Secretly Running A Global Terrorist Network

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In the aftermath of David Fincher’s film adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk's novel Fight Club, the narrator (Edward Norton) manages to rid himself of Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt), his anarchist alter-ego, by attempting suicide.
Palahniuk’s comic book sequel, Fight Club 2, takes place years later. The narrator, now named Sebastian, is married to Marla and has a son named Junior. However, Tyler Durden has been secretly bribing Sebastian’s psychiatrist to create a global terrorist network named Rize or Die.
Marla is unsatisfied with her life with Sebastian and brings back Tyler by replacing his medication with placebos. As Tyler is brought back to life, he reveals a shocking truth: he is not just Sebastian’s alter-ego. He's actually a virus-like presence that has been passed down from generation to generation.

#6 After 'Election,' Tracy Flick Is A High School Assistant Principal Zealously Chasing A Promotion

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Alexander Payne’s 1999 film Election follows the story of Tracy Flick, a high school student with a strong drive for politics and ambition. By the end of the film, Tracy attends Georgetown University while Mr. McAllister is fired for trying to sway the election.
However, things change in Tom Perrotta’s sequel to the original book, Tracy Flick Can’t Win. Tracy is now an assistant principal at a suburban high school, and she's coming to terms with her mistakes. She watches men in her community being held accountable during a wave of #MeToo revelations. Tracy also begins to reevaluate the “affair” she had with a teacher in high school.
Although Tracy's life may not be what fans had expected for her, it provides a more humanizing view of the character.

#7 After 'Drive,' Driver Lives As ‘Paul West,’ Seeking Vengeance For The Murder Of His Fiancée

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In the aftermath of the movie Drive, Driver is left with nothing but his life after losing everything he had worked for. In the sequel novel Driven, Driver relocates to Phoenix and starts a new life under the name of Paul West. He even finds love again and is about to get married. Unfortunately, his fiancée is murdered by two men. He is then forced to resume his violent ways to seek revenge.

#8 After 'Snowpiercer,' The Inhabitants Of A Second Train Venture Outside To Avert A Collision With The Remnants Of The First Train

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In the movie the last remaining humans on earth survive on a train that travels through a frozen wasteland. Curtis leads the rebellion against the train's leaders, who orchestrated unrest to maintain sustainable population levels. However, after an explosion causes an avalanche and destroys the train, only two children survive.
The French graphic novel series Le Transperceneige inspired the movie, which made significant changes to the story and characters. In the first graphic novel, The Escape, a virus wipes out everyone onboard the Snowpiercer, and no one escapes. The sequel, The Explorers, features a second train called Icebreaker. And the third novel, Terminus, takes readers outside the train into a world of scientific experimentation and human genetics.

#9 After 'L.A. Confidential,' Ed Exley Is Trying To Take Down His Corrupt Boss But Gets Entangled With A Corrupt Vice Squad Lieutenant

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LA Confidential, James Ellroy’s neo-noir novel, was adapted into a movie in 1997, but Ellroy wasn’t impressed. He compared it to a tortilla: flat and shallow. The movie features Smith, a corrupt cop. He dies, but his crimes are covered up. However the book Smith survives and gets away with his misdeeds.
In the sequel, White Jazz, Ed Exley wants to take down Smith once and for all, but he’s not the main character. That role goes to Dave Klein, a vice squad officer who’s even more corrupt than Smith. Klein is framed for a murder and partners with Exley to clear his name.
The story is still about dirty cops and unresolved crimes, just like LA Confidential. So if you’re wondering what happened next, the answer is: “More of the same, but with a different crooked cop".

#10 After 'The Last of the Mohicans,' Hawkeye Falls In Love With A Woman He's Guiding Through The Frontier Wilderness

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In the 1992 film "The Last of the Mohicans," Hawkeye guides two British women, Alice and Cora, through dangerous territory in pre-Revolution America. Despite losing Uncas and Alice, Hawkeye and Cora fall in love and survive the perilous journey. The movie is based on one of James Fenimore Cooper's Leatherstocking Tales, which features the character Hawkeye, also known as Natty Bumppo.
In "The Pathfinder," Hawkeye once again guides a woman through the wilderness and develops feelings for her. However, a younger man comes along and steals her heart, leaving Hawkeye to continue his adventures solo.
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