American Rust Ending Explained: Is Billy Dead?

With the release of the American Rust finale episode, the first season of this drama series has come to an end.

The American Rust finale left many questions unanswered, and a sequel can be expected to pick up on all of the key unanswered questions.

Read below to learn more about American Rust’s declared ending.

American Rust Finale Recap

American Rust Finale has been titled “Denmark.”

At the beginning of the American Rust final, Billy, played by Alexander Neustaedler, is released from the solitary confinement of the general inmates. Before he leaves, Billy leaves the director a note for Lee that he has kept his promise.

Aryan inmates who searched for his blood brutally beat him, resulting in a coma due to the drugs. American Rust IMDb

Heartbroken Grace, played by Maura Tierney, visits Billy at the hospital and tells him he will be fine. Yet, deep in her heart, Grace knows that she may not be able to.

Billy was sacrificed for Lee, played by Julia Mayorga, and Isaac, played by David Alvarez. Billy could have easily escaped this mess by revealing the true facts of the factory to his attorney Rachel, but he didn’t.

Elsewhere, after a cordial chat with Lee’s daughter, Henry takes an overdose of pills and sets off for the garden.

He’s likely collapsing to death in the garden, much to Lee’s horror. He took this extreme step when he began to see himself as a burden on his family and wanted to take the burden off Lee.

Del Harris, played by Jeff Daniels, chases and shoots Bobby Jesούςs, then shoots Jackson who arrives. He is also reported to shoot an elderly woman, a relative of Bobby’s who was a witness.

He then leaves the stage after professionally cleaning it up and making it look like Bobby and Jackson are killing each other when a stray bullet hits the older woman.

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Billy’s father, Virgil Poe, walks into Harris’ office and apologizes for his past mistakes. Virgil tells Harris that he found Billy’s gym bag with pictures and an empty kerosene can in a tool shed that belongs to him.

Virgil knew Grace had these photos in the trailer. This discussion shows that Harris and Virgil know that it was Grace who set the trailer on fire to get their son’s approval.

American Rust Ending Explained

Pittsburgh detectives later show up at Harris’ office to investigate the death of his former colleague Chuck Castellano. Harris denies knowing.

We see Isaac arrive at Harris’ office at Buell to make his confession. He also carries the key he used to kill Novik. Harris tells him to leave immediately and not show the key to anyone.

Harris did many questionable things as part of his duty, even when it came to protecting his loved ones. He did everything he could to save Billy and is now trying to protect Isaac because he sees no benefit in handing Isaac over to the authorities at this point and ruining his life.

With Bobby’s death, Billy is also more likely to be released when he recovers from a coma. Harris did Buell a favor by killing drug dealers Jackson and Bobby and somehow repaying his debt to Chuck.