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Sorry To Bother You Ending Explained: The Horse Twist

Sorry To Bother You Ending Explained Horses Equisapiens

Sorry To Bother You, written and directed by Boots Riley, is a darkly comedic movie that reflects the pressing social issues of our time.

While the script is unique and original throughout, the Sorry To Bother You ending is both profound and absurd.

The story follows Cassius Green, a struggling telemarketer, who eventually becomes successful by using a ‘white voice.’ As he climbs the corporate ladder, he abandons his values and becomes corrupted by a world of success and fortune.

After being taken through a surreal journey, the audience is left with a poignant commentary on the current state of our society. In this article, I’ll unpack the hidden meaning and layers behind the film’s ending.

Sorry To Bother You Ending: What Do The Equisapies Represent?

As Cassius gets higher up the ladder, he is invited into Regal View CEO Steve Lift’s office and offered some cocaine. 

Cassius then makes a shocking discovery about the dark secret behind his employer’s future plans.

In an effort to create a more productive workforce, the company is turning humans into horse-people hybrids, known as Equisapiens.

The significance of the Equisapiens is very apparent. Essentially, turning humans into animals is a metaphor for the capitalist class’ obsession with increasing productivity at the expense of human dignity.

The horrific actions the company is taking towards the workers reveal the inherent exploitation of the working class, which is a fundamental theme throughout the movie.

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Cassius’ Character Development: Emerging Resistance

Throughout the film, Cassius is depicted as a passive character who is willing to do anything to get ahead.

However, when Cassius is invited to be the leader of the Equisapiens towards the end of the movie, he begins to resist the company’s practices and joins a union alongside his fellow workers.

Interestingly though, Cassius’ sudden transformation emerges from his character flaw.

In other words, he realises that he is being invited into a functional role. Despite the position of power that Steve Lift offers him, Cassius realises that he would still be an insignificant part of the capitalist machine, and just like before, his life would mean nothing.

This realisation galvanises him into action and leads him to humiliate himself on national TV to raise awareness about the company’s practices.

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Cassius’ Resistance: The Plan

Cassius links up with his friend and colleague Squeeze to hatch a plan against Regal View, the company behind the Equisapien program.

They also manage to set a group of trapped Equisapiens free from WorryFree’s captivity.

The film concludes with a sense of triumph as Cassius overcomes his selfish tendencies and works with others to make a positive impact.

He realises that he is part of something larger than himself and that if the working class band together, they can truly make a difference.

The Horse Twist: The Final Image

However, the movie’s final image is a poignant reminder of the lasting impressions of one’s choices.

It transpires that the ‘cocaine’ Steve offered him was, in fact, a serum to turn him into an Equisapien. Cash experiences a bout of pain before the final shot shows him to have developed a horse-like nose. 

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Sorry To Bother You Ending: The Post-Credit Scene

Cassius’ tragic fate haunts him, and the post-credit sequence adds another final image to the story. Cash becomes motivated to take a final act of resistance against the capitalist class and seeks revenge more personally.

Cash and his fellow Equisapiens storm Steve Lift’s house seeking revenge for their mutation and exploitation.

Despite the absurdity of the situation, Cash’s decision to fight back against the capitalist machine is a decisive moment that underscores the film’s message.

While Cash may now be a half-man, half-horse hybrid, his actions show that he can still make a difference and stand up against injustice.

The post-credit sequence serves as a reminder that the struggle against systemic oppression is ongoing and that we must continue to fight for a more equitable world.

For a deep dive into the Sorry To Bother You ending, and to learn how this is contextualised by the script’s relationship between character and theme, click the button below to watch my video essay on the screenplay.

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Nick Fore Script Doctor / Script Consultant

Nick Fore is an experienced script consultant who reads screenplays for the British Film Institute.

He has written comprehensive coverage on over 1,000 scripts and has helped screenwriters get their work into development with production companies such as Imagine Entertainment and Screen Ireland. 

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