Nanny ending explained – what happens to Aisha?

December 16, 2022 (Last updated: last month)
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We discuss the ending of the Amazon Prime film Nanny, which will contain spoilers.

Nanny tells the story of Aisha (Anna Diop), an immigrant nanny for the daughter of an Upper East Side family. In a movie that pulls a lot from Ousmane Sembene’s Black Girl, there are a lot of really good things to like about this film. Diop is incredible here, showing flashes of true talent on the rise, but it is director Nikyata Jusu’s symbolism that will really keep the audience wondering throughout the film. This symbolism goes all the way to the very end in a very complex ending which I will try my best to explain.

Nanny ending explained – what happens to Aisha?

Throughout the film, Aisha has many different visions which cause her to see things that aren’t really there. After one of these spells, Aisha almost kills Rose in the bathtub. Luckily, she is brought back right before, drops the knife, and takes Rose to bed. Aisha apologizes to Rose, to which Rose tells her that her son Lamine caused her to do it out of jealousy. Aisha asks Rose why she would say that, and Rose turns over, not saying another word to her.

As we know throughout the film, Lamine, who is about to turn seven, is still living in Senegal and Aisha is trying to save up the money to be able to bring her son to America. She hasn’t seen her son in quite some time, but her maternal instincts never left her as she treats Rose in a motherly way, something that Lamine is missing out on. She is personal with Rose, feeding her African dishes and telling her African folk stories, and her relationship with Lamine has devolved into phone calls and messages.

When she finally is paid the money she is owed for working overtime, she has enough to bring her son and her Aunt to America, but while waiting for them at the airport, neither of them steps off the plane. After a few moments, Aisha calls her Aunt and finds her alone, without Lamine. Her Aunt goes on to tell Aisha how Lamine was at the beach and got trapped under the waves, eventually drowning. Riddled with grief, the end of this movie finds Aisha on the docks at a river in New York right before she jumps in and starts to drown, only to be rescued right before death.

Water symbolism can be found all throughout this film. Whether it is Aisha drowning in her work or in her personal life, she is constantly gasping for air hoping to breathe. When she jumps in the water, it seems as though it is an attempt to drown herself and let the pain and pressure of everything that has happened to her fully engulf her, but it also could just be a way to feel what her son had to endure without her.

Over the course of the film, she spent time looking after someone else’s kid and not her own in hopes that one day she would be able to have her son back. As she is in the water she looks up and sees a vision of Lamine. A mermaid that has been seen throughout the film in a menacing light is now fully realized. This mermaid was never trying to hurt Aisha, but instead was serving as a warning. In this sequence, the mermaid helps Aisha to the surface which raises the question of whether is she still warning Aisha or is she actually the menacing creature she seems to be and is guiding Aisha to further doom.

While she may still be alive, this is not a happy ending for her as even though she lives and now has a chance with Malik and his son, the presence of Lamine and the mother she couldn’t be for him will always hang over; this is the cost of the American dream. How the hope one carries can be completely stripped away in an instant, and there is nothing one can do about it. She tried to be the best mom she could for Lamine, and even if she truly believed this was the best way for him to have a better life, the price she had to pay for this sliver of hope is what will ultimately cause her a lifetime of grief.

What did you think of the ending of the Amazon Prime video Nanny? Comment below.

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4 thoughts on “Nanny ending explained – what happens to Aisha?

  • December 17, 2022 at 2:53 am

    Did she have baby by Malik but still not happy because the mother she could not be for her son?

  • December 20, 2022 at 7:50 pm

    Yes, she and Malik had a baby and she found joy in bringing forth new life but as a mother she will always carry the guilt of not being there for Lamine.

  • January 2, 2023 at 3:24 am

    I did not understand parts of the movie or the ending. I won’t recommend it.

  • January 6, 2023 at 10:27 am

    This was the most confusing movie I’ve ever watched. Rose’s parents left me wondering why they wouldn’t pay her. Was Aisha having visions or was it real. I rewind and rewatched several scenes….

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