‘Will’ (2024) Film Ending Explained & Spoilers: How Did Jean Torment Wilfried And Lode?

Will intricately wove a tapestry of human emotions, moral dilemmas, and the cost of choices made during one of history’s darkest periods. The characters grapple with the harsh reality of the time, torn between the idealism of their profession and the desperate need to protect innocent lives. As the story unfolds, viewers witness the devastating revelations that unfold in the wake of Wilfried and Lode’s choices. The internal struggles of the characters mirror the external turmoil of Nazi-occupied Antwerp, creating a visceral and emotionally charged experience for the audience. Wilfried’s journey, laden with guilt and redemption, unfolded against the backdrop of war’s brutality, leaving an indelible mark. The poignant scenes reveal the sacrifices made, the alliances forged, and the inner conflicts faced by those who dared to defy the norms of their time.

Spoilers Ahead


What Was The Moral Quandary Faced By Will And Lode? 

In the heart of Antwerp, the police station served as an unlikely battleground for conflicting moralities during World War II. For Wilfried and Lode, joining the German police force meant straddling the thin line between duty and humanity. The film’s opening scenes reveal the conflicting perspectives on history—for some, mere names and dates; for others, a tapestry woven with significant incidents. Assigned as buffers the German occupiers, Wilfried and Lode soon found themselves entangled in a web of moral conflicts. Their training days were marked by dangerous revelations as they realized the brutal extent of their supervising officers’ ruthlessness. Forced to arrest a Jewish family without proper cause, the officers witnessed the heart-wrenching consequences of blind allegiance to authority. As they attempted to instill fear to extract money from the family, their supervisor escalated the situation by apprehending the family, including the little daughter. The officers, torn between their duties and a sense of justice, recognized the inherent wrongness of their actions within the framework of the military force to which they belonged.

A critical turning point occurred when, in a stroke of luck, the supervisor accidentally dropped his pills which made time for them to escape from his trap. Seizing this opportune moment, the mother and child escaped, prompting a frantic pursuit by the supervisor, who resorted to shooting at them in the rain-soaked streets. Wilfried and Lode, grappling with their internal moral conflict, intervened to aid the fleeing family, attempting to loosen the grip of the pursuing supervisor. During this harrowing rescue attempt, the supervisor, blinded by bigotry, hurled degrading insults at the officers, falsely branding them as “dirty little Jews.” Despite not being Jewish themselves, the officers felt the weight of prejudice and the moral stain associated with helping persecuted individuals. In a reluctant but desperate act, they resorted to violence, fatally shooting the supervisor in the head to secure the family’s escape. The conflict between their moral duty and the harsh realities of war unfolded in a tragic tableau. The aftermath of this impromptu act of resistance left Wilfried and Lode burdened with a heavy conscience. They disposed of the supervisor’s lifeless body in a manhole, attempting to conceal the evidence of their transgression. While their moral obligation led them to protect innocent lives, the shadow of their actions lingered, compounded by the constant threat of discovery in their police force. The incident underscored the profound moral dilemmas faced by individuals caught between their duty to authority and their innate sense of right and wrong. Wilfried and Lode’s actions, driven by a desperate need to defy injustice, encapsulated the complexities and sacrifices of navigating morality within the confines of a wartime reality.


How Did Jean Torment Them?

As they grappled with the aftermath of killing the “feldgendarm,” the weight of their moral obligation gnawed at Wilfried and Lode. In their police station, an atmosphere of constant vigilance prevailed, with colleagues sniffing around and probing into the mysterious demise of the officer. Jean, a fellow officer, cast suspicious glances at them, amplifying their anxiety. The two officers found themselves cornered, each harboring the fear of being exposed for their clandestine act. As the suspicion mounted, Jean’s gaze hinted at his awareness of their guilt, plunging Wilfried and Lode into a rising tide of anxiety. Desperate to deflect attention and shield themselves from the impending threat of exposure, they turned on each other, casting blame in a bid to sow confusion. However, confronted by Jean’s unwavering scrutiny, they ultimately chose solidarity, presenting a united front by vehemently disavowing any connection to the deceased supervisor.

Jean instructed both of them to escort him to the Communists, who wrote the message: “Nothing for Hitler; our food is for us.” The situation took a sinister turn when the Communists were compelled to eat the papers bearing the damning declaration. Subsequently, they were interrogated about the fate of the deceased police officer. Unable to provide an answer, the Communists faced a devastating fate: they were shot before the eyes of Wilfried and Lode. The weight of witnessing the consequences of their actions, yet being unable to confess their involvement, was a harrowing experience for both of them. Confronting Mr. Verschaffel, the man they thought could offer salvation, revealed a complex alliance. The attempt to confess about the dumped body in the manhole took a sinister turn when they discovered the Germans had already found it. Here, the propaganda films unveiled the virulent anti-Semitism prevailing in society. Shocked by the hatred, Wilfried informed the authorities about an impending attack on a synagogue. The ensuing chaos, orchestrated by Verschaffel, strained Wilfried’s relations with Lode, who initially struggled to trust him. One day, when they were at a bar with Yvette and others, enjoying themselves, they saw Jean, who came and got Wilfried dead drunk to extract the truth from his foggy mind. Being inebriated, he continuously vomited and even threw a punch at a soldier, nearly causing his demise. Wilfried’s parents were furious with him, emphasizing their indebtedness to Verschaffel and urging him not to divulge the truth that he was also an accomplice to the crime.

After the confrontation with Lode’s family, there was a palpable fear that Jean, now suspicious of their involvement in the supervisor’s murder to save the Jewish family, might pose a threat. Meanwhile, Jean beckoned Wilfried to witness something shocking. To Wilfried’s horror, he discovered the decomposed body of the supervisor on the ground. Jean disclosed that the Communists were not responsible for the death and expressed his desire to unearth the actual perpetrator, suggesting it might be Wilfried himself since he was supposed to be with the feldgendarm to apprehend the Jew family. In a disturbing turn of events, Jean resorted to torturing the head of the department in Wilfried’s presence, using hot and cold water, until the man succumbed to death. Witnessing this gruesome act shattered Wilfried, prompting him to break into tears and contemplate the grave mistake he had committed. Jean persistently urged him to confess, emphasizing the potential devastation if he didn’t come clean. Meanwhile, Verschaffel discovered that Wilfried was the one who had hidden the Jewish family. Seizing an opportunity, he presented Wilfried with the chance to eliminate the Jewish family.

Unable to carry out the act, Wilfried was spared when a Jewish woman suddenly appeared and killed Verschaffel with a shovel. In a similar vein, Jean took the life of the White Brigade leader, Lizke, as he attempted to rescue the Jews. To survive the clutches of the German police force and work in alignment with their antisemitism, Wilfried intentionally misled Yvette, providing her with the wrong address to prevent her from saving the Jews during a raid. The culmination of events during the Jewish raid was heartbreaking, with children being loaded onto trucks and others losing their lives. Yvette, finally recognizing Wilfried’s deception, couldn’t bear the truth and tragically ended her life by jumping in front of a train. The tumultuous events painted a vivid picture of the complex, morally conflicted world Wilfried found himself in during those harrowing times.


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Sutanuka Banerjee
Sutanuka Banerjee
Sutanuka, a devoted movie enthusiast, embarked on her cinematic journey since childhood, captivated by the enchanting world of the Harry Potter series. This early passion ignited her love for movies, providing an escape into the magical realms of cinema. She is currently pursuing a master's degree in media science, combining her academic pursuits with her unwavering passion for the silver screen.

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