Those who innocently settled in to watch their favorite romance movie, The Notebook, recently found themselves facing heartbreak not unlike that in the film. Netflix audiences in the UK and Ireland took to social media to express their confusion and anger when it appeared the Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling classic had a different ending than the devastating finale they were used to.
For those who need a refresher on the film, it follows the story of a young couple in the 1940s Noah (Gosling) and Allie (McAdams) as they fall madly in love. In the original ending, Noah, who is narrating the story to a dementia-ridden Allie in present day, lays in bed with his love and they die embracing each other. In this alternate ending, however, the scene of the two dying together is replaced by a shot of birds flying over a lake. It's a nice metaphor, sure, but not quite the gut-punch that The Notebook fans know and love — and bawl over.
While fans had originally thought that Netflix itself had tweaked the final scenes, the streaming service assured the public that it wasn't their doing.
Things you should know…— Netflix UK & Ireland (@NetflixUK) February 27, 2019
– we did not edit the notebook
– an alternate version exists and was supplied to us
– we are getting to the bottom of it asap
– apparently some films have more than one ending?!
According to Netflix UK & Ireland, the alternate version was "supplied" to them. Maybe an alternate version that was made for audiences for which a scene of the couple dying was inappropriate was accidentally sent to the streaming service? Whatever the reason, audiences across the pond are still freaking out over the mishap.
The Notebook is coming to U.S. Netflix this month, hopefully with its original ending intact. If this incident has proved anything, it's that you can get away with messing up some things, but when it comes to fans' precious rom-coms: tread lightly.