Want the ARES ending explained? Maybe you’re confused about the ending of the Ares series on Netflix? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s our take on the new Dutch Netflix horror series. *SPOILERS*

Want the Netflix series Ares ending explained? Ever since Ares premiered on Netflix, we’ve seen people ask a lot of questions about both the plot and the ending. However, it’s often the same questions, so we’ve tried to make a little FAQ here and give our answers.

Obviously, this will be full of spoilers regarding key plot elements from Season 1 of Ares including the actual Ares ending. After all, we do need to get into all sorts of plot elements to cover the various questions about the ending.

If you’re looking for a mostly spoiler-free review of Ares, just click here >

Netflix series Ares ending explained

Let’s get into the Ares ending by talking about some of the most asked questions about elements of the story.  We start out by talking about “Beal”, the old lady, and that weird black substance.

Who is Beal?

The question should probably be what is Beal since it turned out to be the black tar-like substance that Ares members “expel” from themselves by vomiting.
Beal is a pool of all the guilt and conscience the Ares Society members have expelled. Basically, it’s pure evil! Going all the way back to the time the Dutch used slaves (as seen in a flashback), so it’s centuries of bad karma.

Who is the old lady?

We don’t know for sure yet. However, she was also an old lady in flashbacks when Maurits (father of Carmen) was young and went through his president initiation.

Is the old lady a witch and/or immortal?

It’s certainly very possible. She must have some power and the Ares Society both needs AND fears her since they keep her locked up.

What’s with Jacob’s black fingers?

Jacob comes into connection with the black stuff (Beal) and this actually becomes a part of him in the form of black fingers.
When he touches someone with these black fingers, that person immediately gets all their guilt and conscience back which they can’t live with.

Why do Ares members commit suicide?

When Jacob touches the Ares members, he shows them all their evil deeds and it’s too much to bear. They kill themselves because they cannot live with what they have done.
The trick of Ares Society menbers is that by expelling their guilt they can keep doing whatever it takes to succeed. However, this ends when their guilt is returned to them.

Did the Ares Society make Rosa’s mother crazy?

It seems like you can’t leave Ares without paying a price. Rosa’s mother is suicidal just like everyone touched by Jacob’s black fingers.

Rosa’s mom probably lost the ability to be rid of her guilt which means her conscience is killing her.

Why doesn’t Jacob’s black fingers work on Rosa?

Rosa is unlike any of the other Ares members. She seems to do bad things and expel them immediately by vomiting the black stuff.
The fact that this is special becomes clear when everyone is surprised that Rosa can “expel” while just a novice. This is not normal and must take years for others to do.
Netflix series ARES ending explained

What happens to Rosa in the Ares ending?

When Rosa jumps into the Beal pool of guilt and evil deeds, she immerges as something else. Her body is covered by the black substance and when she opens her eyes, they too are pitch black.
The obvious conclusion is that she is somehow the personification of Beal. Whether this makes her some kind of demon or maybe even the Antichrist or some kind of Messiah, remains to be seen.

What does it mean that Rosa becomes Beal in the ending of Ares?

By becoming the personification of Beal, Rosa now contains all the guilt (and secrets) of the Ares Society members. This should mean that she is very dangerous to them (just as Jacob’s black fingers was) while she isn’t dangerous to everyone else.
In other words, the Beal was never a monster chained up in the basement. However, this image (which we see several times during season 1 of Ares) is symbolic of guilt and evil actions being tied into the black substance.
Now that Rosa has taken on Beal, she has released the “chained up”-monster by bringing it into this world and setting it free.

Season 2 of Ares 

Hopefully, we’ll know a lot more if/when season 2 of Ares comes along since we do have more questions. Especially about the role of the old lady and what Rosa/Beal will do with her new status in both the Ares Society and the world as a whole.

That’s it. We hope the above little Q&A helped explain any questions you had about the Ares ending or plot. 

I write reviews and recaps on Heaven of Horror. And yes, it does happen that I find myself screaming, when watching a good horror movie. I love psychological horror, survival horror and kick-ass women. Also, I have a huge soft spot for a good horror-comedy. Oh yeah, and I absolutely HATE when animals are harmed in movies, so I will immediately think less of any movie, where animals are harmed for entertainment (even if the animals are just really good actors). Fortunately, horror doesn't use this nearly as much as comedy. And people assume horror lovers are the messed up ones. Go figure!
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