Quotes / Ending Fatigue

My tragic tale I won't prolong
And if you did not enjoy my song
You've yourselves to blame if it's too long
You should never have let me begin!
Tom Lehrer, "The Irish Ballad", Songs by Tom Lehrer

This is how it's gonna be, Sid? The ending of the movie was supposed to be at the house; I mean this is just silly.
Ghostface, Scream 4

Lemme tell you something, if Peter Jackson really wanted to blow me away with those [The Lord of The] Rings movies, he would have ended the third one on the logical closure point, not the twenty-five endings that followed.
Randal Graves, Clerks II note .

Oh, come on! Now what? Can't we ever just win and have that be the end of it?
Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic Forces


Believe it or not,
This movie's still on,
It should have ended two hours ago!

This thing is like a Hydra! You cut off one ending, two more grow in its place!!

And then we get three ó count Ďem, THREE! ó endings! Itís like Clue, if Clue were hyperviolent, full of profanity, and not that great!

A good story is like a good bowel movement: it's only really satisfying once it's ended, because if you just keep going eventually your body runs out of shit and moves on to pushing all your internal organs out your sphincter until only a foul smelling shell remains and anyone who wants to get into your incredibly long poo gets turned off because they have to go through all the poo up until that point to have the necessary context.

They managed to write in a few smart jabs about what a shallow, pointless, and purely emotional victory it actually was. Lucky Quinn lived a long and comfortable life as a mob boss, while Aiden's years are surely numbered since the whole city (on both sides of the law) are after him. So you also get some nice food for thought while you make your way through a crazy-difficult cop chase that tests everything you've learned up to that point. That hotel mission, from beginning to end, is an explosive blaze of glory that explains everything you need to know about the revenge story that begins the game — but does not end the game.

Just when you escape from those cops, the game suddenly remembers all those other characters it brought up earlier, and it does a much sloppier rush job of wrapping up their arcs... This game just keeps going and going. It doesn't even wanna stop when it's halfway through the credits! It would've been fine — it would've been stronger! — if they'd wrote in the ending when the actual climax and the actual final boss happened. But it keeps going for like an hour after that, and it just gets harder to take it seriously the longer that climax goes on. It's like the quality of the game climbed up a really high flight of stairs toward the end, and then someone kicked it right back down.
George Weidman on Watch_Dogs

Somewhere, around the hour-and-a-half mark, The Lone Ranger makes the fateful decision not to end. Worse, the movie keeps not-ending for another full hour.
Christopher Orr in his review of The Lone Ranger

CinemaSins on their review of The Return of the King

Anonymous on the ending credits of Tokyo Crystal Mew Episode 1

The movie was seemingly over. I canít really explain a whole lot without spoilers, but what was happening to the characters, what they were saying, the fact that there was, I donít know, a major plot point resolved, all pointed to the credits rolling any second. But no, I had to sit through more.
Mr. Movie, in his review for The Ring.

"There's a fine line between entertainment and a hostage situation"
Ross Noble, Things.

"AUDIENCE: Wait, what's going on? The movie ended when they found the missing girl. Why aren't credits rolling? Was I supposed to be caring about Cräig's career the whole time? [...] No. The movie is over. Stop ending. Stop it, Fincher."

"There are four dreaded words that should never, ever, come out of my mouth when I'm playing something; and that's: "When does this end?". When I get to that point, everything beyond that is just a slog to get to the credits and then to never play that game again.
Somecallmejohnny. "X-Men Legends"

THIS MOVIE NEVER ENDS! Oh, it ended. Splendid!

End! End!! JUST BE OVER!!!
Graham Linehan, on the ending of the Father Ted Christmas Episode. That he himself wrote.

If I had to use a word to describe the ending, it would be "patronising". The game knows that if you've gotten this far, you're so desperate for closure that any ending short of a rickroll would have been acceptable, where being subjected to twenty hours of barely-connected events and plotlines that don't go anywhere would have made even the most patient man go "FUCKING END, ALREADY", and I should know, because I was that patient man and that patient man said that every five minutes.

Anyway, that person comes in and beats the big dragon... but it turns out that the show still has 5-6 episodes to go, which are like... imagine after killing the final boss in a video game, you reload to finish the remaining side quests.