Explanation of the end of ‘Black Mirror’ Season 6 Episode 5 ‘Demon 79’


For anyone who is confused about the ending of the fifth episode of Black Mirror season 6, let us try to help you! We’ve also covered the remaining episodes of Black Mirror season 6, but here’s the ending explained to demon 79.

demon 79 is the fifth and final episode of the sixth season of Black Mirror, directed by Toby Haynes and written by Charlie Brooker.

This is the basic premise of the episode:

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“Northern England, 1979. A meek sales assistant is told she must commit terrible acts to avoid disaster.”

Explanation of the end of Demon 79

After inadvertently making a contract with the demon named Gaap. Shoe store assistant Nida is forced to murder three people in 72 hours or the nuclear annihilation of the world would begin, of which she is shown a vision.

Believing that she has gone insane, Nida tried to run away from Gaap, but this led her to her first victim, Tim Simons. To convince her to kill Tim, Gaap reveals to Nida that Tim is sexually abusing her daughter, which would result in her death by suicide at the age of 28. Hitting Tim over the head with a brick, she falls into the river to her death. The next day, his wife reports him missing and the police begin to investigate.

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Image. Gaap’s Talisman – Netflix

If anyone thought Gaap was lying, when police visited Simons’ home, his daughter’s behavior revealed that the demon was telling the truth about Tim.

Nida is horrified by her actions, but Gaap eventually convinces her to find a second person to kill. She first goes to the pub, however, as the only known Indian woman in town, she draws attention to herself. The waitress catches her talking to Gaap, but she thinks she’s muttering to herself. Nida chooses Keith, a man known in town for killing his wife. After following Keith to his house and having an extremely awkward moment in his room that results in a quick trip to the bathroom, Nida waits for him to return with a hammer in hand. Keith accepts his fate and Nida kills him.

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Image. Paapa Essiedu as Gaap (right) – Netflix

Tragedy strikes when someone else comes home before Nida can leave. He catches her trying to leave the house and Gaap convinces her that she can’t leave any witnesses to her. After a quick fight, Nida stabs the man through her chest with a kitchen knife. We learn from Gaap that the man was Keith’s little brother, Chris. Nida had hoped that Chris was a bad man, but Gaap reveals that he was just normal.

Gaap mistakenly thought that Nida was done after three of the murders, but a quick phone call to Hell revealed that Keith’s death didn’t count, as he was directly responsible for someone else’s death. Nida and Gaap bond over their fear of being exiled and sent to eternal oblivion. She also learns that her hatred for Vicky made her corruptible and why her blood summoned Gaap for her trial.

Nida has 24 hours to kill once more.

The next day, Nida’s racist co-worker, Vicky, makes Tim Simons’ daughter, who has come with her mother to buy shoes for the funeral, fit her shoes. Gaap helps Naadi feel better when she reveals that he has saved her five years of further abuse from her, that she will no longer commit suicide, and that she will become a grandmother at the age of 57.

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Image. Katherine Rose Morley as Vicky – Netflix

After overhearing a deep conversation between Mark Smart and Vicky, Nida forces Gaap to reveal Smart’s future. Here she learns that the would-be Conservative MP is set to become Britain’s extremely racist and fascist future Prime Minister. Gaap is not happy with Nida’s choice, but his mind is made up. His transformation into a badass is confirmed when he steals the fancy leather jacket from the store.

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Image. Anjana Vasan as Nida – Netflix

The police investigation leads CDI Fisher directly to Nida. She does a poor job of convincing Fisher that he’s completely innocent. This results in Fisher following Nida when she begins her plan to kill Mark Smart. In Nida’s search for Smart, she loses Fisher’s tail at a train crossing and Gaap continues his attempt to convince Nida to murder someone else. However, her argument results in her telling him to get mad, so he leaves.

Mark Smart Black Mirror Season 6 Episode 5 Demon 79 Ending Explained

Image. David Shields as Mark Smart

Nida runs Smart’s car off the road, injuring him. She lands a handful of painful blows at Smart with her hammer, but before she can execute the killing blow, Fisher is able to stop her. With no Gaap on her shoulder to convince her to kill Fisher, she backs away from her and allows herself to be arrested.

Nida tries to give her statement at the station, and despite telling them the whole truth, it’s clear that her story is too crazy to be believed. She watches the countdown to midnight, ready to witness nuclear annihilation, however nothing happens.

The peace is shattered when sirens in the distance attract the attention of Suzy and Fisher. Gaap reappears and reveals to Nida that the apocalypse is occurring and, thanks to his failure to stop the apocalypse, he is being exiled from Hell to eternal oblivion. Gaap offers Nida the chance to join him in eternal oblivion, and rather than go to hell, she gladly accepts. Suzy, Fisher and the other Tipley cops witness the beginning of the nuclear apocalypse.

As nuclear weapons fall on England, Nida and Gaap walk into eternal oblivion, paired forever.

What is eternal oblivion?

The theory of eternal oblivion is the idea that there is simply nothing after death. This means that when a person dies, their soul, spirit, or energy has no other material plane to travel to, resulting in a state of non-existence.

Gaap summed it up in perfectly articulate detail in his explanation to Nida.

However, no one said anything about the fine print, which means that as Gaap’s human partner in eternal oblivion, Nida and her demon friend will never be alone, forever.

Why is Hell upset about the Nuclear Apocalypse?

In May 1979, the world population exceeded 4.3 billion. With 4.3 billion souls about to enter Hell, you’d think whoever’s in charge would be grateful. However, the extinction of the human race at the hands of a nuclear holocaust means that no more humans will be born, thus no more souls for Hell.

Had the nuclear holocaust not occurred, Hell would have been drip-fed with many billions more for decades to come.

There is also the possibility that there are several hundred million innocent lives that are about to enter heaven before hell.

Not to mention, billions of souls in the space of 24 hours is too much paperwork to process down.

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