‘Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities’ Dreams in the Witch House Ending Explained

Welcome to the Ending Explained for Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities, Episode 6, titled “Dreams in the Witch House”. The episode now available on Netflix is one of the two stories by H.P. Lovecraft that were adapted for the anthology. The episode stars Rupert Grint, Ismael Cruz Cordova, DJ Qualls, and Tenika Davis. The episode tells the story of Walter Gilman, a man who is in search of the next life. When Walter was a kid, he saw his twin sister die and get sucked into a strange forest. Since then, he has been searching for a way to bring his sister back.

Dreams in the Witch House feels the most like a classic adventure from the thirties, the decade where the story was written. Rupert Grint does a great job as a man obsessed with protecting his twin sister even after death. Tenika Davis also brings a lot of presence to a role that would have been an afterthought in the hands of another actress. The episode is directed by Catherine Herwick, and her commercial vibes ring all throughout the piece. It isn’t scary at all, but it is certainly a great ghost story. However, some plot points are left in the air.

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The following paragraphs contain spoilers for Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities, Episode 6, Dreams In The Witch House.

Why Is Walter Looking For The Afterlife?

The episode begins with the introduction of Walter and his twin sister, Epperley. Epperley seems to be suffering from some sort of disease, and Walter swears he will protect her no matter what. The promise is impossible, of course, as no one can really stop death from happening. Epperley dies, and Walter sees her spirit out of her body. To make matters even worse, she is dragged by an unknown force into a forest, and the shocked Walter never hears from her again.

Many years later, we see Walter, now an adult, looking for ways to reach the other side. However, most of the mediums are just charlatans, and Walter is left without options. His best friend, Frank, suggests that they should move on with their lives, but Walter’s only objective is to find his sister once again. Walter works in a pub and, following whispers, he talks to a man who says can offer him the chance to visit other worlds. Walter pays for the experience, and he is given a beverage called Liquid Gold. He drinks it and falls asleep.

In his dreams, or maybe in real life, Walter actually manages to cross to the Afterlife, and there she finds her now little sister. She hasn’t aged one day. Walter says he will bring her back, but Epperley says it is impossible. Walter keeps experimenting with Liquid Gold, and his crazy behavior begins to frighten his friends and even people at his work. Walter decides he will not ask for help, and through research, she discovers a woman now dead called Keziah, who was tortured and died, in Salem.

Does Walter Manage To Bring His Sister Back From The Dead?

Walter moves to an old house where Keziah used to live. Apparently, the woman was in possession of a key that could open a portal to the afterlife. He decides to search the room where the woman lived to discover her secrets. The room is damp and looks pretty terrible. Walter pushes through the hard conditions, and he starts living there. It is revealed that a strange rat with a human face moves through the room without being seen. One night, the rat brings Keziah herself, and Walter freaks out completely. The rat talks about setting themselves free from their prison.

Walter uses Liquid Gold inside the house and plans to bring Epperley home once and for all. However, Keziah follows them. She wants to possess Walter’s body. It is revealed that the dead cannot be revived unless someone dies. So, she plans to kill Walter and take his body. She fails, and both Walter and Epperley manage to go back to the world of the living. Epperley is still a ghost, as she doesn’t have a body. Walter looks for help and finds a woman who has also been assailed, but Keziah. Together, they go to a church and ask a Mother’s help to escape from Keziah, who is following them.

Walter calls Frank, and he comes to help. Keziah surrounds the church and attacks the group, killing the Mother in the process. Keziah enters the church and grabs Walter. They teleport back to the house, and she begins to possess Walter. Epperley sees her brother and danger and jumps to action, wounding Keziah with the key, and her body fades away. Epperley says goodbye to Walter. She isn’t afraid of death anymore, so she can move on to the next level.

The woman and Frank take care of Walter. They investigate the room and find weird objects, including the corpse of a rat with a human head, and Keziah remains. Walter starts convulsing, and the two witnesses see how the rat digs out of Walter’s chest, killing him. Frank and the woman leave. Walter’s corpse moves and leaves the house. It seems the rat is now in possession of Walter’s body and is ready to use it in ways Walter never could.

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