If pettiness were an art, Danny and Amy would be world-class artists. A single encounter between the two protagonists of Beef went through the snowball effect till it reached life-threatening consequences.
Every episode of Beef showed, without fail, the apathetic and egotistical selves of not just Amy and Danny but the whole main cast. Only when both were forced into sharing hardships did they understand each other.
Who knew poisonous berries could be used to bring people together?
If only Amy and George had consumed them together during their couples therapy. The hallucinogen freed Amy and Danny to talk and think about whatever they wanted.
The finale also brings out the farce that Amy lives in as she has made a life out of knowing about plants when she actually has no idea what she is doing. The final hospital scene feels just like home after a long patchy road under the scorching heat.
So here I am, with my glasses on, inspecting the minor details of Beef and its protagonists. Buckle up since this ride is going to be a long one as I take my time dissecting this incredible series and its equally quirky ending.
What Happens at the End of Beef?
The last episode of Beef began with us doubting whether the anti-heroes are even alive anymore. Looks like it will take much more to kill them than a car accident because seen Amy and Danny are at each others’ necks again—this time, in a desolate area with no signal.
Danny pushes Amy down a cliff to save himself, but the iron-willed lady survives again with a severely injured foot. Neither Amy nor Danny can reach their family through texts.
They agreed on an arrangement to escape the desert after flinging a string of insults. Alas, the pettiness never left their bones because what follows is a cat-and-mouse level of quipping. Danny eats their last food supplies, and Amy puts him in an arm bar.
When night comes, both begin to connect with each other. They understand the difficulties in life they have been through and why they are at this juncture despite belonging to different socio-economic backgrounds.
The following day, both of them get hit by reality when their phones’ service returns. They are flooded with texts that remind him of the disastrous lives they have to return to. Both have a change of heart, and Amy even offers a free lawyer to Danny.
When they try to cross a tunnel, they encounter George, who shoots at Danny. The next scene opens at a hospital where Danny is getting treated, and Amy climbs up his bed to lie down beside him.
Beef: Did Amy and Danny Fall in Love?
The easy answer to the question would be yes; Danny and Amy do seem to have fallen in love with each other. Amy offering up a free lawyer and even piling onto his hospital bed confirms her feelings. When Danny holds her in return, it seems to affirm that he doesn’t hold a grudge against her either.
The enemies-to-lovers trope might be overused, but Beef has utilized it in an unexpected yet fresh perspective. You could never tell that Amy and Danny would fall for each other until the last episode. I was half-expecting season 2 to become a crime thriller after one of them finally loses it and kills the other.
When Amy and Danny are stuck in the desert together, they realize they have no choice but to cooperate. Of course, the cooperation comes with silent terms and conditions. Both of them are ready to backstab at the first chance they get.
Despite pointing guns and childishly eating up the last food supplies, the duo realized they had exposed their worst selves to each other. Danny and Amy have very little to hide as sworn enemies, making them the best people to confide in. Why even put up defenses when you have already peed all over someone’s washroom?
The night in the desert stripped them of their pretenses. Dany is a competitive person who struggles with loneliness, and Amy is pushed beyond her capabilities by her family. They find unexpected solace in the other miscreant.
Even the hallucinations caused by the unknown berries proved their biggest fears. Danny is reminded of what he did to Paul, and Amy goes paranoid because of June.
All the name-calling and severe dissing only brought them closer, as they can never do the same with their dear ones.
When George shot Danny, Amy could have easily left him to die, erasing the witness to all her past sins in the procedure. Yet, she couldn’t deny the pull she felt towards him and made sure he was treated and even lay down next to him in the hospital.
Claiming that Danny and Amy are in love now won’t do the series justice. They developed from enemies to comrades; now, they see the other person and their struggles. The ending was left open for interpretation after all.
Is Danny Dead In Beef Season 1?
No, Danny is not dead, as was proven by the last scene in episode 10 of Beef. When Amy snuggled close to Danny, his hand rose to hold her. It is a miracle that he survived a bullet wound on top of a car crash, but we all need a season 2, don’t we?
Beef contains not one but two death scares for both Danny. The first scare was when Amy and Danny’s car chase led to them falling down a cliff. They survive the crash but discover themselves in a deserted land where they can’t find any signal.
Next, Danny pushes Amy off the cliff when she threatens him with a gun. The following day, they encounter each other again, but Amy’s foot is severely injured. Danny needs to know the way to the road, and thus they begrudgingly cooperate.
When both of them try to cross a tunnel, George finds them and shoots Danny, thinking he is trying to hurt Amy. Thankfully, the petty guy is still alive.
Will Amy and Danny Get Together in Beef Season 2?
Studio A24 has not confirmed a second season of Beef yet. Season 1 was released on April 7, 2023, and it takes months to confirm a sequel. So, keep an eye out for further updates.
As for Amy and Danny, they might have finally bonded, but their actual lives are still a wreck. Amy has a child, and George is determined to slam her with a divorce. Danny is also caught up in legal matters and has lost Paul’s trust. As soon as they get discharged, a bleak life awaits them.
If Amy and Danny do get together, the series loses its meaning since the Beef will be resolved. The two will likely get into another petty fight until things roll out of hand once again.
All of you series devourers will have to wait for quite some time to know if Beef will even receive a second season. Even if it does, get ready for a spiced-up version since A24 is known for its quirkiness.
Maybe Amy and Danny will beef once again, or maybe it will be a completely different cast with a different plot. Who knows? All we can do is keep guessing.