Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding star in the upcoming rom-com Last Christmas, and Twitter is obsessed with cracking the movie’s “big twist”
The trailer for Last Christmas dropped last night and it looks like a damn delight. The Paul Feig-directed holiday-themed romantic comedy stars Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke as a messy, downtrodden millennial who works at a year-round Christmas shop that she hates when she meets a seemingly perfect dude, played by Crazy Rich Asians star Henry Golding. They meet-cute, bond, he inspires her to follow her dreams (singing), and it’s revealed that Clarke once struggled with some kind of illness. That’s all we know from the trailer, and yet, Twitter has taken it upon themselves to guess at what the movie’s big “twist” might be.
Last Christmas might not have a big twist at all, but there’s something about the trailer, with its Christmas wonder and Clarke’s mysterious illness, that just makes you feel like there’s going to be some kind of supernatural or cosmic twist, and the internet is obsessed with figuring it out.
In the trailer, Golding’s character seemingly appears out of nowhere and is painfully perfect. This gave way to the premiere internet theory that his character is actually a ghost, or dead, and was sent down to Earth to change the protagonist’s life.
— David (@Dreams_on_Paper) August 14, 2019
More specifically, she’s dead and he’s her “guardian angel.”
I think it’s a combo of a couple – she died and he’s her guardian angel helping her get to heaven by having her realize she’s actually a helpful person. She’s like in limbo uhhhhhhh she’s gotta have faith she can do good?
— Sean Calloway (@BiiigggSean) August 14, 2019
Or Clarke thinks he’s a ghost, but he’s just a really good dude.
What if the twist in LAST CHRISTMAS is that both the audience and Emilia Clarke become convinced that Henry Golding is an angel/a ghost/all in her head but actually he’s a real dude who’s just improbably perfect
— Alison Willmore (@alisonwillmore) August 14, 2019
Another big theory is that Golding’s character isn’t just dead, he’s dead and he gave Clarke’s character a heart transplant, citing the song that plays in the trailer, “Last Christmas, I gave you my heart…”
#LastChristmasMovie theory: Henry Golding is an angel, and Emilia Clarke received his heart in a transplant when she was sick. 🎵 Last Christmas I gave you my heart 🎵
— Sam Wilson (@yeahyeahsam) August 14, 2019
If the twist in LAST CHRISTMAS really is that she has his transplanted heart, that inexplicably long and detailed trailer will have a lot to answer for.
— Guy Lodge (@GuyLodge) August 14, 2019
Another interesting theory — though a bit of a stretch — is that Clarke got a heart transplant from Golding’s deceased wife.
I’m thinking a) the sibling/spouse of the donor who is secretly watching their loved one’s heart but accidentally falls in love with the recipient; b) she’s still in a coma for some reason and when she wakes up she meets this beautiful human being; c)ex who she doesn’t remember
— Cintia (@cintibere_) August 14, 2019
This tweet also includes a bonus theory, which is that Clarke’s character already fell in love in Golding’s character but she forgot him when she came out of a coma, but let’s be real — coma plots are a little passé.
Some other “twist theories” are low-key depressing, like the one that Clarke has a brain tumor, is dying, and presumably hallucinated Golding’s character?
It’s a brain tumor. He’s not real, she’s dying. 🤷♀️
— Angela Smith (@lilbabybiceps) August 14, 2019
Or the one that they are both in comas, both dreaming of one another, but Clarke survives when Golding dies and gives her his heart.
I’m gonna combine theories. Ready? It is her coma dream, but Tom is also dying for real in the same hospital. But when he does his heart saves her.
— Ashley D. (@CarolinaAsh) August 14, 2019
But of course, there might not be any twist and it’s just a sweet movie about two individuals falling in love in December, which would be perfect on its own.
No twist in this movie would be the biggest twist of all.
— Scott Tobias (@scott_tobias) August 14, 2019
I legit want the twist to be…no twist. It leans VERY heavy on him being a ghost/angel. And when asked, Golding is befuddled, “I was trying to be nice!” All of her evidence is easily explained away and he leaves her, incredulous that she could more easily believe him as an angel
— Rob Dean (@neuroticmonkey) August 14, 2019
All of us when it turns out to be a straightforward rom-com about two people falling in love at Christmas and living happily ever after pic.twitter.com/KEcMmx2kGj
— Jenna Guillaume (@JennaGuillaume) August 14, 2019
Or maybe it’s just a Tarantino flick in disguise. Which, why?
The LAST CHRISTMAS twist is that, despite what the credits say, it’s the 10th and final Quentin Tarantino movie
— Richard Lawson (@rilaws) August 14, 2019
The great Emma Thompson plays Clarke’s mom in the film and also wrote the script, and she’s a damn queen so whatever plot she delivers will surely be delightful. Last Christmas arrives in theaters on November 8, 2019.