'Messiah' Ending Explained: What Happened at the End and What It Means for Season 2

Throughout its first season, Messiah on Netflix explored the life of Al-Masih, A.K.A. Payam Golshiri (Mehdi Dehbi), who claimed to be the Second Coming of Christ.

Though the Netflix show's ending did not give us conclusive evidence as to whether the character is credible or a conman, it did answer a number of questions viewers may have had about Al-Masih's "powers," as well as suggesting he may not be the only person on Earth to have such powers.

In that final episode, titled "The Wages of Sin," we learn that the character does have some very big, maybe divine, powers, including the power to bring people back from the dead.

After the plane that Al-Masih and former Mossad agent Aviram Dahan (Tomer Sisley) are traveling in is shot down by the U.S. government, the latter wakes up in a flowery field in the middle of the desert. He asks a young shepherd what happened to him, and it is revealed that Al-Masih, who is unharmed from the crash, resurrected him.

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Al-Masih performs a miracle at the end of Netflix's "Messiah" Netflix

However, as one part of the ending suggests he has godly powers, other scenes suggest that he is a conman engaging the world in the biggest grift of all time. Eva Gellar (Michelle Monaghan), for example, learns that the so-called messiah was born on Earth, to a grandfather who raised him to be a conman in order to survive in their village—a backstory Al-Masih actually confirms. Other scenes suggest he has a history of mental health problems. However, when compared to the evidence of the resurrection, this seems like an inconsequential detail.

It might, however, hint at a darker path for the character. When the show's characters were announced, Arabic speakers noted that the character's name may be a reference to Al-Masih ad-Dajjal, an Islamic character similar to an Antichrist figure. The ending of Messiah Season 1 did not confirm this, but Season 2 could see the character's dark plan start to emerge, especially as we learn more about his association with cyber-terrorist and anarchist Oscar Wallace (Christopher Heyerdahl).

And if Al-Masih is the Anti-Christ, then Jibril Medina (Sayyid El Alami) may be the true Second Coming sent to confront him. At the end of the series, we see him survive a suicide bomb blast despite being mere feet away from the device. As he is taken away from the crime scene, we see him grasp the hand of a nearby corpse, in a move Den of Geek read as a sign that he too may have resurrecting powers.

As such, the writers may be setting up Messiah Season 2 when the true nature of Al-Masih's disciple Jibril becomes known, leading to a battle for the very future of the world between them as the Anti-Christ and Christ square up.

Messiah is streaming now on Netflix.

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