What happens to Marissa in Swarm?

By Ricky Valero
Published: March 18, 2023
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What happens to Marissa in Swarm? We discuss a central character in the Prime Video series and her fate in the story. 

Swarm is a Prime Video series released on the streaming platform on March 17, 2023. The seven-episode series follows Dre, an awkward girl whose obsession with a pop star turns dark and twisted. The series was created by Donald Glover and Janine Nabers and is loosely based on actual events. Marissa is one of the characters on Swarm, and we share what happened to her on the show.

Who is Marissa in Swarm?

Marissa is the (adopted) sister of the main character, Dre. Her relationship with Dre was complex, as not many people liked her because of her awkwardness.

However, Marissa was also by her side to stand up for her and protect her. She also has a boyfriend named Khalid, who likes to ruffle Dre’s feathers with his relationship with Marissa. Marissa and Dre live together, and both share the same obsession with the artist, Ni’Jah, but Marissa’s isn’t as deep as Dre’s is.

What happens to Marissa in Swarm?

Marissa dies of an apparent overdose. Marissa and Dre had a big argument over her birthday and her boyfriend, Khalid. One thing leads to another, Dre goes out on the town, and Marissa spends the night with Khalid.

READ: Is Swarm based on a true story?

That night, Dre went home with another man, but the following morning, she woke up to hundreds of texts and missed calls from Marissa. Khalid and Marissa had gotten into a huge fight, and Marissa needed Dre to pick her up to get her away from him. Upon arriving home, Dre finds a lifeless Marissa on her bed.

Is Marissa confirmed dead?

Yes, Marissa is confirmed dead. After Dre found Marissa’s body in the bed, she took her to the hospital. While in the waiting room, we saw the doctors break the news to Dre, confirming her passing.

Later in the episode, it’s confirmed when Dre arrives at the funeral and sees Marissa’s body in the casket. It’s also mentioned throughout the rest of the show by several vital characters that use/blame the death on others.

Who plays Marissa?

Actress Chloe Bailey plays Marissa in Swarm. Bailey is known for her role in the Freeform series Grown-ish where she plays the role of Jazz Forster. Bailey is also known as one half of Chloe x Halle, a musical duo with her sister Halle Bailey.

The duo has earned five Grammy Award nominations since 2018. She is set to put out her first debut studio album as an artist, “In Pieces,” set to come out in 2023.

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