‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’ Ending, Explained: Does Clare And Henry Get A Happy Ending?

The Time Traveler's Wife

The Time Traveler’s Wife is a story that comes from the imagination of author Audrey Niffenegger, and it has become one of the most successful and beloved books involving time travel. The story is a fantastic mix of science fiction with a huge dose of romance as we meet the characters of Clare and Henry who are trapped in a very strange relationship.

You see, Henry is a time traveler, but his travels are at random, and he has no control of when they occur. This is a huge disruption for any sort of normal life, including romantic relationships. Henry just snaps out of existence constantly and comes back just as quickly. However, he manages to meet Clare when she’s a kid, and she grows up in love with him, when they finally meet for the “first time” it seems like they are a match made in heaven.

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The Time Traveler’s Wife is a fantastic show, it involves all the crazy occurrence that we have come to know and love from time traveling stories, and also has a huge dose of emotion, and romance. For many in the audience, tears will be hard to contain. The six season episode does a lot of storytelling, and the ending leaves some things in the ir. Beware of spoilers in the next paragraphs if you have not seen the season finale.

What Happens At The End Of The Time Traveler’s Wife?

For most of the season, we have been seeing how Clare and Henry fell in love with each other. We see that both characters are struggling to reconcile the fact that they get married, but they met backwards in each of their timelines. It is a bit complicated, but the show manages to make it easy to follow.

To make a long story short. Clare meets Henry for the first time when she is six years old. At that point in time, Clare is a very lonely child, with no friends, and a family that doesn’t really involve her. That’s why when she meets Henry she gets pulled towards him, she finally has a friend that she can talk to and play with.

The Time Traveler's Wife

This version of Henry that Clare meets comes from a future where they are married. Henry, of course, hides this fact, even when Clare herself starts becoming suspicious that she might be her wife in the future. Clare is still a minor, so Henry is as gentlemanlike as he can, being a friend to Clare and nothing more.

Henry on the other hand meets Clare for the first time when is 28. She meets a woman that is already in love with him, which is weird, especially, because Clare is in love with a version that is older than he is at 28. Clare gets quickly disappointed when 28-year-old Henry is just not the man she thought he would be. This becomes the main conflict of their relationship.

Through some very emotional moments, and a lot of character development, the couple pushes through their weird condition as lovers and companions and realize that they made each other the best versions of themselves by helping each other. This is the moment when they decide to marry, as Henry proposes to her at 18 and Clare answers two years later to Henry’s younger version.

However, stress always seems to increase Henry’s jumps in time, and just like that it happens, he jumps, and jumps without control. The worst happens when he jumps the day of their wedding, and it is then that the older version of Henry needs to attend the wedding and marry Clare. It all seems perfect as Clare marries the version he always loved first.

The Time Traveler's Wife

Young Henry is instead thrown into the future, where her marriage with Clare is all but over. Clare wants kids, but she has had several miscarriages as the fetus seems to have the same time travel condition as Henry, and they jump out of the womb and comeback outside of it. It is nightmare fuel stuff. Henry gets a vasectomy, as he never wants to have kids. Clare explains to young Henry that love isn’t forever, but insists that young Henry should visit her more. The season closes with both versions of Henry on opposite sides of the timeline.

Will The Time Traveler’s Wife Have A Second Season?

There is no doubt that there will be a second season of The Time Traveler’s Wife. There are still many plot threads that have not been closed at all. Also, this first season of the show manages to cover just over half the plot of the original book. HBO will surely greenlight a new season very soon.

Throughout this season, we see Henry experiencing some very scary omens that seem to foreshadow that something really bad is going to happen to him in the future. We also see him in a wheelchair during his oldest self. How does Henry end up in that state? Is there a way to escape the flow of time? There are many questions left unanswered.

There is also a quite pivotal scene where Clare’s brother, Mark, seems to have shot Henry somehow, but we haven’t seen that version of the character at all. That is just one more point that needs to be wrapped up. Where will the next season come? We don’t know yet, but Moffat and his team are surely working on it.

  • Nelson loves all things related to storytelling. He has spent most of his life studying narrative, applied across all mediums; film, TV, books, and video games. Mulholland Drive is his favorite film.