'Extremely Wicked' Spoilers: Director Talks Final Scene and What Ted Bundy Told His Ex in Real Life

If you've seen Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile on Netflix, you know the shocking, dark final scene that marks the official end of Ted Bundy's relationship with Liz Kloepfer. If you haven't watched yet, be warned: spoilers ahead.

The concluding scene of the Netflix original film is a moment of admission, a woman's stand against abuse and a revealing, terrifying twist that raises questions about the years Bundy and Kloepfer spent in love.

To viewers, it may not be unpredictable, given that Bundy's story is common knowledge. But prior knowledge of Bundy's crimes and charismatic personality don't cushion the intensity of one word, painted in Bundy' breath on a window.

Director Joe Berlinger told Newsweek he took creative liberties with this final scene, and Bundy's actual last exchange with Kloepfer was anti-climatic by comparison. In real life, Bundy called Kloepfer, played by Lily Collins, on the phone. It's not clear exactly what he told her, but Kloepfer took it as a final admission of guilt. Berlinger explained that Bundy didn't outwardly confess, but from the information he did reveal, the phone call acted as a sense of closure to Kloepfer.

Berlinger didn't want to end the film with a phone call, as we see Bundy and his former girlfriend share heated conversations and vulnerable moments on the phone on numerous occasions. His decision to bring a defining, goosebump-invoking moment to their relationship allowed Berlinger to articulate the power and significance of a woman standing up to her abusers.

The final scene is Berlinger's ode to victims' strength and rehabilitation. "In this day in age in particular, having a strong ending where the female victim holds the perpetrator accountable in such a dramatic and visceral way was the only way to do this film," he explained. "I think that last scene is incredibly strong and give Lily's character some depth and strength that would otherwise be missing."

Though Bundy's disgusting acts took place decades ago, the message Berlinger wanted to portray in the film is that predators can blend into modern society with little question of their intentions. Painting a picture of family life, love and turmoil, Berlinger created an unexpected moment of strength to wrap up one woman's shockingly evil love story.