Will There Be a 'Gone Girl' Sequel? No, and There's Good Reason For That
First things first. If you haven't yet read Gone Girl, or if you care about spoilers, please don't read further than this sentence, because I'm about to give the whole ending of this book away. Now, for those of you still with us, here we go: It's a question that's likely been on the mind of every fan since they flipped through the final page of Gillian Flynn's epic novel Gone Girl — and likely a question that will be on the mind of every fan after they see David Fincher's film adaptation of it when it hits theaters on Oct. 3. Will there ever be a sequel to Gone Girl that will finally give us some closure after that slight cliffhanger of an open-ending? I mean, it can't just end like that, right?
Well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but, it seems that whether we all like it or not, it can end like that — and it will.
If you need a refresher, basically the book ended with Amy having returned to Nick after faking her own disappearance and trying to frame him for murder with a series of faked diary entries chronicling his supposedly increasing abusiveness toward her (all fabricated). Though he's initially primed to turn her in to the police, Amy blackmails him, and reveals that she's pregnant with his child. As a result, Nick drops his plans to write a memoir exposing Amy as a sociopath and murderer in favor of raising his child, and she basically gets away with it all — the bad guy wins.
Not the most satisfying of endings, and also perhaps a bit open-ended — but author Flynn herself doesn't see it that way. In a 2012 interview with EW , Flynn commented on some backlash she'd received about the ending, and more-or-less said, plainly, that a sequel will never happen:
She's right, when you think about it — having Amy brought to justice is the only place this story can really go without seeming unrealistic, and there's no way even a sequel could cover that.
And what about Amy, perhaps, dying?
So, there you have it: Don't expect a Gone Girl sequel. But, if you're still itching for more stories like Gone Girl, there's a handful of novels here that will do the trick, and there's always Flynn's two other novels: Sharp Objects (already being developed into a TV show!) and Dark Places (also being developed into a film starring Charlize Theron and Christina Hendricks).
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