'The Old Guard' Ending Explained: How Quynh Scene Sets Up A Sequel

The Old Guard has shot straight to the top of the Netflix charts, opening up the possibility that the movie will get the sequel hinted at in the comic books the film is based on. The Old Guard 2 is also set up by the ending of the movie, which sees a figure from Andy's (played by Charlize Theron) past return with possibly evil motives on her mind.

How the ending of The Old Guard sets up a sequel

WARNING: The following contains spoilers for the entirety of The Old Guard.

At the end of The Old Guard, Quynh (Van Veronica Ngo) shows herself to Booker (Matthias Schoenaerts), revealing that she is no longer in her watery perpetual grave.

Earlier in the movie, Andy's one-time partner Quynh was introduced, and we learned that the pair of them had been found guilty of being witches five hundred years ago. After numerous execution attempts failed, their tormentors found a way of dealing with Quynh. They locked her in a medieval torture device known as an iron maiden and threw her into the water. Leaving her to a fate of centuries of drowning to death, reviving and then dying again and again.

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Quynh reappears in the final scene of 'The Old Guard' Netflix

Though Andy was able to escape before she faced a similar fate, she was never able to find her former partner. It is not revealed how Quynh has escaped, but it is hinted she was able to slow break her way through her tomb (similar to how Uma Thurman's Bride does so in Kill Bill Volume 2) over the centuries of her captivity.

What she hasn't done over those hundreds of years, however, is lose her sense of humor. When Booker discovers her in his apartment, she is seen drinking a glass of water, a pitch-black comedy reference to her watery fate.

The ending of The Old Guard also does not reveal what Quynh wants now she is free. Does she want to be reunited with Andy, or does she blame her for never finding her and leaving her to die thousands of times.

If the comics are anything to go by, it's the latter. In the sequel series The Old Guard: Force Multiplied, the Quynh character (who is called Noriko in the comics) is the main villain, and Booker is her often unwilling accomplice.

Mysteriously, she says to Booker, "it's nice to finally meet you," even though he only became immortal centuries after she had been thrown into the water. Though it is likely that she has been having the same dreams featuring the faces of other immortals that the members of The Old Guard have had, the series writer has hinted that something more mysterious is going on.

Speaking to Polygon, Greg Rucka said: "We wanted to say 'Look, the mythology is bigger than you think it is. There is more going on. That was something that I had no interest in exploring in the comic, but I think when you're making a movie you're a little more obligated to at least promise answers to questions."

Though Quynh/Noriko is the villain in the comics, this could be different in the movie. After all, Noriko returns after being washed aboard, while Quynh was deliberately tortured for centuries: Something that is likely to give her a much darker view on humanity.

Rucka hinted at this in his Polygon interview: "I think what Veronica does with the one line she has sends chills down the spine...And the fact that she's pouring herself a glass of water. You kind of go, OK, the lights are on, but nobody's in that house anymore."

The Old Guard is streaming now on Netflix.