If you like action movies and you also like genre stories that dig into one key conceptual hook and its many implications along the way, The Old Guard is a film for you. From how it wraps up to where it might go next, this is the ending of The Old Guard explained.
Here's your warning: spoilers ahead for The Old Guard.
The chief threat of The Old Guard is Merrick, a pharmaceutical tycoon who becomes convinced that Andy and her near-immortal crew are the key to opening up all sorts of pathways to curing disease, slowing the aging process, and perhaps even stopping death. Merrick has vast financial resources, tremendous tenacity, and the help of Copley's research. He also has Booker's help, and with all of that at his back he's very nearly able to capture and incapacitate every single member of the Old Guard.
Of course, by the end of the film Merrick has fallen out of his own skyscraper with an axe in his neck, so he won't be coming after them again any time soon. That said, as Andy notes near the end of the film, it's almost impossible to stay hidden in the modern world they live in. If Merrick was able to track them down and deploy his wealth to very nearly cage them all, who's to say an even wealthier business tycoon somewhere can't do the same, particularly after they learn about what Merrick went through? All it takes is one person with knowledge of the team who's willing to say what they know.
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Other powerful threats | 0:00
Nile's former life | 1:13
New layers of privacy | 2:18
Booker's exile | 2:55
Andy's survival | 4:06
Renewed purpose | 5:11