RIPD 2: Rise of the Damned ending explained – what happens to Roy?

By Amanda Guarragi
Published: November 16, 2022 (Last updated: February 17, 2024)

We discuss the ending of the Netflix film RIPD 2: Rise of the Damned, which will contain spoilers.

To everyone’s surprise, RIPD 2: Rise of the Damned is a prequel to the under-appreciated RIPD film starring Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges. The film’s premise is taken from a Dark Horse comic series: in the afterlife, a contemporary cop played by Reynolds is teamed with Old West sheriff Roy Pulsipher, played by Bridges to return to Earth and track down “Deados” – wayward souls possessing human bodies. Not many people remember the film, so to make a prequel with an entirely new cast with no actual connection to that film is interesting.

Even though the title technically makes this one a sequel, it’s considered a prequel to that movie. RIPD 2: Rise of the Damned is set in the American West of 1876, and it is regarded as a “spiritual” sequel to the first instalment. Sheriff Roy Pulsipher (Jeffrey Donovan) isn’t too thrilled about finding himself dead after a shootout with a notorious outlaw gang, but he does get a second chance to return to Earth after being recruited by the Rest in Peace Department. But avenging his own murder may have to take a back seat to save the world when a gateway to hell is opened in the old mining town of Red Creek threatening not only locals… but all of humanity itself.

RIPD 2: Rise of the Damned ending explained – what happens to Roy?

At the end of RIPD 2: Rise of the Damned, Roy knows he can’t return to Earth to be with his daughter. Even if he tries to make contact with his daughter, she will not understand him. She also shows him that they are now in the bodies of different people. They are in the bodies of two black bounty hunters, which will make things harder for them. Roy finds out that his daughter’s fiancee has been kidnapped, so he decides to go save him. The man that Jeanne and Roy were trying to find and prevent from opening the gates of hell has people hostage. The audience finds out that Otis is behind everything, including the Samuels’ attack. Roy and Jeanne attack the mine where Otis is keeping everyone captive, and an intense shootout begins. Luckily, they both have special weapons that kill the demons instantly. There is also a shocking reveal in the middle of the fight as Jeanne tells Roy that she is actually Joan of Arc. She then uses magic tears to destroy all the demons, but Otis ends up surviving and faces them on his own, revealing himself as Astaroth. They fight him together, and then Roy uses the last of his tears to send Astaroth back to hell. Everyone is released and Roy embraces his future with Joan as his partner.

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