The Snow Girl Season 1 Ending Explained – Why was Amaya taken?

By Jonathon Wilson
Published: January 27, 2023 (Last updated: February 1, 2023)
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The Snow Girl Season 1 Ending Explained - Why was Amaya taken?

This article contains spoilers for The Snow Girl Season 1 Episode 6 including an open discussion of The Snow Girl Season 1’s ending.

The Spanish Netflix thriller The Snow Girl revolves primarily around the disappearance of a five-year-old girl named Amaya, and the dogged efforts of both the police and a journalist named Miren to find her over a period of several years. Based on the novel by Javier Castillo, it’s a twisty-turny affair full of grim subplots and unexpected turns, so here we’ll do our best to break down the first season finale and the plot as a whole overall.

So, Amaya is abducted from the annual Magi — or “Three Wise Men” — Parade in Malaga. The rest of the season details the efforts of the police, press, and public to find her, but she remains missing for years, causing indescribable pain for her parents. The investigation into her disappearance also opens several other cans of worms involving illicit dark web sex sites, Miren’s tortured backstory, and perhaps a murder or two.

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What happened to Amaya?

Let’s start with the obvious question first. As we approach the end of the season it is revealed that Amaya was taken by one of her mother’s patients at a fertility clinic, Iris Molina, who has been unable to concede children with her kindly husband, Santiago. Iris is absolutely desperate to have a child of her own. She takes Amaya from the parade on a whim, but in the years that follow, she deliberately keeps Amaya isolated. Eventually, she forgets who she was and begins to believe she is Julia, the name Iris and Santiago gave her.

Eventually, in the present day, Miren figures out that Iris is responsible. By this point, Santiago has been killed in an accident, and Iris and “Julia” have become closer and more co-dependent than ever. Knowing the jig is up, Iris tries to flee with Amaya and, in desperation, tries to kill the pair of them, as she had implied she would do earlier in the season. She’d rather this than give Amaya up.

The subsequent car crash kills Iris, but Amaya survives. However, even when reunited with her real parents, she can’t remember them and only responds to the name Julia.

Did Miren kill James Foster and David Luque?

Throughout the season we come to learn that Miren has a pretty heavy backstory. She was raped by three men who filmed the crime and has been struggling to get over the event ever since. Throughout the course of the investigation, both David Luque and James Foster become suspects. The former is the secret owner of a dark web porn site named Slide, and the latter is a convicted sex offender and frequenter of that very site. On it, he had even watched the video of Miren being gang-raped, which he’s all too happy to tell her.

Both Foster and Luque are killed in a fire in Foster’s caravan, and it is strongly implied that Miren finessed this by using photos she had taken of the two of them together to imply some kind of snitching in regard to their illegal activities. Miren’s mentor, Eduardo, finds these photos, puts two and two together and disposes of this evidence so that Miren cannot be connected to the crime.

The Snow Girl Season 1 Ending Explained

The first season of The Snow Girl ends with two things – a tease for a second season, and an explanation of the show’s title, which until this point hasn’t really been addressed.

The tease comes in the form of a book signing. Miren has published a book about her involvement in Amaya’s case. At the end, she receives an envelope from someone anonymous containing a photo of another young woman, bound and gagged, setting up another case for Miren to solve. Hopefully, she can do it a bit quicker this time.

The explanation behind the title is this: When Miren used to obsess over the VHS tapes Iris sent as proof of life, she would always see Amaya “in the snow”, the staticky interludes where the recorded footage gave way to nothing at all. The season ends, fittingly, by cutting to that same white noise.

You can stream The Snow Girl Season 1 Episode 6 exclusively on Netflix. What did you think of The Snow Girl Season 1’s ending? Let us know in the comments.

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