'Palm Springs' Stars Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti Share Details about Potential Sequel
At first, you would expect Palm Springs to be a conventional rom-com when two unconnected guests, sad-boy Nyles (Andy Samberg) and sardonic Sarah (Cristin Milioti), meet-cute at a wedding, but this one has a little twist.
Like all Hollywood clichés, they flirt, and by the end of the night, they’re undressing under the stars. But events take a shocking turn when Nyles is killed, revealing a hilarious Groundhog Day-esque time-loop roadblock, and now they find themselves in a predicament of reliving the same day repeatedly.
SPOILER WARNING: Plot and ending details for Palm Springs follow.
It appears Nyles was already stuck in the loop, and he quickly discovers that with a new person trapped, it might be a game-changer. The two embark on a journey to find a way out, and by the movie’s end, Sarah seems to have figured out a way for them to break free and return to their everyday life.
Palm Springs' Ambiguous Ending
The two plan to detonate an explosion in a cave at the very moment they cross the time horizon. Nyles, who has fallen in love with Sarah, is initially reluctant to go but ultimately agrees to take a leap of faith with her after she confesses she loves him too.
They enter the cave together adorned with explosive gear and are enveloped in an explosion. The screen then cuts to black.
Instead of waking up in their hotel rooms as they have like the past days, Sarah and Nyles are seen lounging in a vacant pool when the homeowners show up. It is assumed their plan worked but is never actually affirmed.
The ambiguous ending leaves room for many mysteries. Did the duo really do it, or did they slide right back into another repeated day in their monotonous existence?
Despite the Groundhog Day setup, the movie was unpredictable with many fresh ideas for the time loop premise that it solidified the film as a future cult classic.
Palm Springs 2 Could Be On the Cards
Palm Springs gave audiences a fresh re-dimension on the time-warp trope. That said, there’s only so far one can go with such an overused plotline, but the Palm Springs crew are thinking of other ways to disrupt this all too familiar concept to bring viewers something new and intriguing in a possible sequel.
In an exclusive interview with RadioTimes, Samberg and Milioti discussed the possibility of a sequel stating that they have talked about it. The Brooklyn Nine-Nine star iterated he would love to star in a sequel, and all they needed was an incredible script.
Without giving too much away, Samberg also gave an insight into what one can expect in the sequel.
I mean, it could go in a lot of different directions because I feel like even the way that the movie ends is slightly open ended, depending on your interpretation.
Milioti also revealed that because she, Samberg, Andy Siara (writer), and Max Barbakow (director) all have a very different idea of how it ends, they have to first get on the same page for the sequel.