Alice In Borderland Season 2 was released on 22nd December 2022, and after watching the series, we have decided to answer some of the questions fans might have about the series.
‘Alice in Borderland,’ a Netflix survival action thriller, is based on Haro Aso’s renowned Japanese manga series.
The story revolves mainly around Ryohei Arisu (Kento Yamazaki), who arrives in a strange world with his buddies Karube (Keita Machida) & Chota (Yûki Morinaga) and discovers that to survive, they must compete in numerous deadly games.
Four card suits symbolize four different sorts of games. Hearts indicate psychological strength, spades represent physical strength, diamonds represent intelligence, and clubs symbolize teamwork.
Alice In Borderland Season 2 Recap
Alice In Borderland Season 2 is all about Arisu and Usagi discovering who they are, what it is to be alive, & what it means to live. As they look for answers to these difficult questions, they must deal with the brutal face cards to determine whether they may return home.
Along the way, they meet enemies, friends, and opponents who become friends in unpredictable ways, showing the human core beneath a hopeless, relentless, and ruthless exterior.
Alice In Borderland Season 2 Ending Explained
What is the Borderland?
As the name suggests, Borderlands is a world that stands on the verge of life and death. It is where everyone who dies medically or has a near-death experience is sent. These “immigrants” are then forced to play short games to determine if they will return to the world of the living, die forever, or become a resident of the Borderlands.
Do the participants return to the real world?
After the end of the game, the remaining players are all asked if they want to stay and become “citizens,” presumably like the prior face-card game masters. But, of course, this implies that there has already been a version of these games and that there may be another version with citizens like Banda and Yaba.
Arisu, Aguni, Usagi, Kuina, Chishiya, and Akane reject the offer—even Niragi.
Those who refuse the option to return to the actual world, albeit one destroyed by a meteorite that they all mistaken for fireworks, are alike.
They’re all patients in a hospital, joined only by the fact that their hearts all stopped for one minute after the accident, but otherwise strangers; they have no recollection of what happened in Borderland.
And yet, as they walk through the hospital grounds, they feel a quiet, unsaid connection, a sense of shared experience and sentiments. It’s not exactly a happy ending, but it’s close.
Who is Joker?
In the season finale, a wind gust blows away all the cards on a table, leaving just the Joker card, whose representative never appears on the show.
This is different from the situation in Aso’s manga story, where Arisu meets the Joker just before being sent back to the old world. The Joker, shrouded in darkness, is not human. Instead, they question Arisu if they resemble God or the Devil.
Although Arisu never expresses it, he imagines the being as a ferryman assisting the dead in crossing the Sanzu River.
The Sanzu River has a comparable significance in the Japanese Buddhist tradition to Vaitarani in Hinduism or the River Styx in Greek mythology. As a result, the Joker, according to Arisu, is more like Charon than God or the Devil.
I want to think Arisu and the group haven’t yet reached the freedom they want. In several card games, the Joker is the highest trump card or a wild card. This means that everything everyone is seeing and experiencing might be simply another game, the final one they have to win.
The world around them might be an illusion, built exclusively for those who win the previous rounds – the most challenging round they must overcome.
If there were a third season of Alice in Borderland, this might be the most dangerous and frightening stage for Arisu and Usagi to face!