‘Night Sky’ Ending Explained & Questions Answered

Prime Video night sky It might not be the highest octane sci-fi thriller out there, but boy did the Season 1 finale end with a bang. Franklin and Irene York (a huge JK Simmons and Sissy Spacek) have had their fair share of hardships, but after ironing out a few bumps in their relationship, they’re ready to take on the next chapter…in space.

Put on your diving helmets and take a giant step forward in this final explainer. Plus, let’s look at the lingering questions we still need answers to.

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Byron (Adam Bartley) has his head in the stars.

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Byron is still missing

After Byron convinces his new pal Frank to let him out in the open on the alien planet, he inevitably ventures beyond the point where Frank’s walkie-talkie can reach his. Frank goes to the observatory and again tries to call Byron, but with no dice. Where the hell did Byron go? (We have a pretty good idea based on that big final reveal.)

‘What is on this planet?’

Frank asks Jude that exact question, and Jude’s sly answer is “Nothing”. Come on, Jude, we know you’re lying.

Toni finds out her father’s identity (sort of)

There’s a lot of talk about Toni inheriting her family’s legacy, but no one really does her the courtesy of explaining what that means. Well, until Cornelius (Piotr Adamczyk) – and yes, it took us until the last episode for us to even learn Cornelius’ name – obliges for his own benefit.

“You’re so close to God, and you don’t even realize it,” he says. Caleb, Cornelius reveals, is Toni’s father, which is likely why Stella turned cold when Nick raised him earlier. Where is Caleb? Apparently in a place called Caerul — a whole other mystery. At least we know Cornelius wants to take Toni there.

Toni and her mother Stella face each other in a bedroom.

Stella (Julieta Zylberberg) kept Toni (Rocío Hernández) in the dark about the Guardians.

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Stella finds who she is looking for

The person – not a thing – that Stella and Nick have been looking for all this time is Jude, aka the Apostate. It’s the word for someone who abandons their religion or faith, something that saw Jude end up killing another man to escape. In order to protect the Yorks, Jude gives himself up to Stella, who we find out is a Guardian. His mission: to kill the apostate.

As they have a not very friendly conversation, Jude reveals that he knows Stella. She was introduced to her mother when he was a little boy. A ceremony was taking place, presumably something to do with the Guardians, as Jude continues to taunt Stella: “I never really understood the Guardians. All this sacrifice. For what? To protect something they’ll never really be a part of. . .”

Stella and Toni make a Thelma and Louise

Ultimately refusing to kill Jude and appease Toni, Stella chooses to flee from the Guardians. She and Toni pledge to leave their home in Argentina – pledge to leave their community and their faith behind. This puts them in grave danger, but at least they have a bargaining chip: a bound Cornelius, whom they can abandon to prevent the Guardians from pursuing them.

Jude has a roadmap

Jude finds an address for his father, Gabriel, in his copy of The Count of Monte Cristo, which he left for Jude at Hannah’s B&B. Jude types the coordinates – written in what looks like an alien language – into the bedroom control panel, hoping they will lead him and his new traveling companion Denise straight to his father. They enter the room and end up in Thailand, somewhere in Bangkok.

Jude is sitting on the couch in the Yroks' living room reading The Count of Monty Cristo.

What an interesting book, in more ways than one.

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Who the hell is Hannah?

We already knew that the chatty B&B hostess wasn’t what she seemed — surely none of her guests negotiated a secret surveillance room and behind-the-scenes worker monitoring York’s activities. After she and the rest of her mysterious cohort overturn Stella and Toni’s van, Hannah speaks with Cornelius, and we find out that Hannah is another apostate on the run. “Welcome to the fallen world,” Hannah said in a chilling tone. What does she have in mind for Stella, Toni and Cornelius?

A dive into space

Not learning of Byron’s overconfidence, Frank heads through the rocky terrain of the alien planet out of Irene’s walkie-talkie range. He discovers a dead man wearing an old-fashioned shirt with big stitches. A knife sticks out of his chest. Frank then takes a nap when his air suddenly runs out, before Irene comes to his rescue.

Then comes the big reveal: Irene and Frank, able to breathe air without an oxygen tank, hear the distant sound of bells ringing and gaze over the next ridge at a beautiful civilization half-enclosed within walls in the shape of a dome. Could this town be Caerul? It certainly looks like some sort of promised land, given to people by a god.

Many outstanding questions

This finale sets us up nicely for a big second season (although there’s no official greenlight just yet), which could see the Yorks and Co. track down the various missing people who have traveled across Earth through rooms or on the mysterious planet. Byron, Gabriel and Caleb all have worried family members searching for their fate.

Hannah could be the new villain of season 2, even if she also fights against the Guardians. And what about those old coins? Are they going to the alien planet? Finally, in general, we still do not really know the purpose of the rooms. All we know is that they are all connected like a network of gates. What’s the bigger picture here?

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