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'The Guilty' Ending Explained - See The Dark Twist That Was Revealed!

'The Guilty' Ending Explained - See The Dark Twist That Was Revealed!

Jake Gyllenhaal‘s new movie, The Guilty, is officially on Netflix!

The new movie centers on Joe Baylor, who is fielding calls during a single morning in a 911 dispatch call center.

The movie watches as Joe focuses on one particular caller who is in grave danger, but he soon discovers that nothing is as it seems, and facing the truth is the only way out.

Click inside to find out what happened in “The Guilty”…


The movie opens to see that Joe, a quick-tempered cop, was demoted to working at the call center instead of in the field. He then starts to field 911 calls from everyone from businessmen to stoners.

Netflix's The Guilty

However, there’s one call that catches his interest, although it’s not clear why the woman on the other end of the line.

Emily, voiced by Riley Keough, calls the operator “Sweetie,” as if she was talking to her child. Joe very nearly hangs up on her, thinking perhaps the woman dialed a wrong number, or is drunk. But when Emily mentions that she’s out for a drive, Joe asks Emily if she’s been abducted. She says yes.

Using only yes or no questions, Joe figures out which highway Emily is on, that she’s in a white van, and that her captor is her husband—but she gives away too much in front of him, and has to hang up. Joe is frantic to save her, but the only lead he has is Emily’s address and home phone number. Using this, Joe speaks to Emily’s six-year-old daughter Abby, who tells him that her baby brother Ollie is sleeping in the other room and that she’s not supposed to open the door.

Joe convinces one of his police co-workers to check up on Emily’s daughter. When the police go to check on baby Ollie, they discover he has been horribly injured. Joe assumes that Emily’s husband killed the baby, kidnapped Emily, and fled.

Netflix's The Guilty

In this process, viewers also find out more about Joe and why he’s in the call center. It’s revealed that he’ll be in a trial tomorrow, and has convinced one of his friends to lie on his behalf.

As Joe gets Emily back on the phone, he talks into hitting her husband with a brick in the head and fleeing. Just before she does it, Emily starts talking about “the snakes in Oliver’s stomach.” Joe realizes Emily was the one who mutilated the baby and discovers that she did a stint in a psychiatric treatment center.

He realizes that she is the guilty one rather than her husband Henry. Joe speaks to Henry, who sobs on the phone that they ran out of money for Emily’s medication. When Emily seemingly killed the baby, he panicked and drove her away, saying that Emily has no idea what she’s done and he just wants to help her.

Joe gets Emily back on the phone, and she is standing on a tall overpass, in danger of falling or jumping. Joe talks a panicked, confused Emily down from the ledge by telling her that he killed a 19-year-old boy.

“I wanted to punish him because I was angry. He hurt someone,” Joe tells her. “I can’t kill you too, Emily.”

Netflix's The Guilty

Joe learns Emily doesn’t jump and that Oliver is actually still alive and in the ICU, meaning he was able to save the baby. He then calls his friend who was going to testify on his behalf at the trial, and tells him not to lie.

He also makes one last phone call to the journalist who had been nagging him to tell his story.

The movie ends with soundbites of journalists declaring that LAPD detective Joe Baylor pled guilty to manslaughter.


Jake recently opened up about how the movie was filmed.

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