The Deleted Scene at the End of ‘Thelma & Louise’ Reveals What Really Happened to Them
It’s been 30 years since Thelma & Louise was out.
The film, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon, followed two friends, Thelma (Geena Davis) and Louise (Susan Sarandon), who flee to Mexico after Louise kills a man who tries to rape Thelma.
Thelma & Louise is best known for its dramatic conclusion, in which the couple is surrounded by cops and on the verge of being apprehended.
Rather than surrender, Thelma and Louise decide to “keep driving” and drive their 1966 Thunderbird across the Grand Canyon.
The couple is seen holding hands as they push the car over the edge in the final scene. The Thunderbird is still in mid-flight over the cliff when the shot cuts to a bright white end-screen.
After some fans speculated about whether or not the couple would survive, the movie’s DVD version included a deleted scene that answered all of their questions.
Unlike other alternate endings, this one picks up right where the theatrical release leaves off, acting as an expanded version of Thelma & Louise, teasing a glimpse into what happened to them.
As the two drive off the cliff, the extended scene shows the car crashing into the massive rocks below, with an enraged Hal (Harvey Keitel) running to the edge to watch.
The clip then cuts to a final shot of the two driving off into the distance, which appears to be a sign of Thelma and Louise’s classic “keep on walking,” rather than a remarkable survival.
In contrast to the film’s original Hans Zimmer score, the extended ending uses B.B King’s “Better Not Look Down.”
Prior to the film’s release in theaters, the ending was shortened.
Scott told Entertainment Weekly in 1997 about the decision to go for the shorter version, “You know they’re going to die.” Still I decided to go out on a high from being in command of the car.”
Surprisingly, the film almost had a completely different ending at one point.
Scott wasn’t initially sold on the ending, Sarandon told the paper. This is a condensed version of the information.