Fallout Showrunner Confirms What We All Suspected About the Ending

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Fallout Hank MacLean Season 1 finale ending

The ending of Fallout's first season left fans wondering if Season 2 will move to an iconic location seen in Bethesda's popular video game Fallout: New Vegas. 

Rather than an adaptation of any single one of Bethesda's Fallout games, the 2024 series is an original story set within the same world. Taking place in Los Angeles in the year 2296, Amazon Prime Video's adaptation is the latest story in the Fallout timeline so far.

Fallout's eighth episode saw Hank MacLean (Kyle MacLachlan) flee Los Angeles in the power armor after he was exposed as the one who dropped the bombs on Shady Sands. In the final moments of the show, Hank's next destination was seemingly revealed to be one very recognizable location from Fallout lore: New Vegas. 

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Fallout Showrunner Teases Season 2 Location

Fallout TV Show New Vegas
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With speculation rife about where Fallout Season 2 could go, one of the series' showrunners, Geneva Robertson-Dworet, has added some fuel to the fire.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter prior to Fallout's official Season 2 renewal, Robertson-Dworet said the Season 1 finale serves as a "little flick towards what we're going to do" next season:

"We don’t want to do too many spoilers, but we are ideating right now on a potential Season 2. Fans should look forward to the finale as a little flick towards what we’re going to do with a potential second season."

When pressed on whether this means the series will explore New Vegas, the showrunner responded, "that would be a big spoiler," before declining to comment more. 

Jonathan Nolan was quizzed similarly by The Wrap and said there is "one locale in particular" that he would love to explore from the Fallout games.

"[There is] one locale in particular that is closed to my heart that I’d be excited to explore if we got a chance to."

Fallout New Vegas game

While Nolan did not elect to reveal this location, Fallout: New Vegas is one of the most popular games in the franchise, so it seems plausible that Nolan, as a fan of the games, could be hinting at this.

Fallout's credits also provide a hint for the next season. Each of the episode's end-credits sequences has set a precedent of showing snippets of locations the series then explores in subsequent episodes. The end credits of Episode 8 highlight many locations from Fallout: New Vegas, providing a further hint that this is where Season 2 is heading.

What Could Fallout Season 2 Do in New Vegas?

Fallout TV Show New Vegas
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Assuming Fallout Season 2 is heading to the wastelands of Nevada, the new location certainly provides some interesting story potential. 

It seems likely Fallout will continue on from the end of Season 1. 

In the eighth episode, it was revealed that the Ghoul, who was previously Cooper Howard, had been searching the wasteland for his wife and daughter. It also seemed like Hank, as a cryogenically frozen Vault-Tec employee, had some information on their whereabouts. 

The finale saw Lucy, who had been made aware of her father's evil actions, team up with the Ghoul to hunt him down. 

With Hank clearly journeying to New Vegas after escaping Moldaver's captivity, it seems like the answers about Cooper's family may be located there as well. 

The ending of Fallout: New Vegas is famously open-ended. In the final act, the player's character (the courier) can choose to side with the New California Republic, Mr. House, Caesar's Legion, or as an independent, all of which will result in a different ending and fate for the city of New Vegas. 

While the TV show takes place roughly 15 years later in the timeline, setting the next season in New Vegas opens up the potential for the series to address what happened after the events of the 2010 game. 

Fallout is streaming now on Prime Video.

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Lauren Rouse has been a writer at The Direct since the site launched in 2020. She has a huge passion for everything pop culture and currently writes news articles for the Marvel, Star Wars, DC and video game branches.