Warning: major spoilers for Last Christmas ahead.
When the trailer for the holiday rom-com Last Christmas dropped back in August 2019, Twitter immediately jumped into decoding it , This movie, most commenters contended, is not just another romantic comedy. There was a secret hiding in plain sight – some darker, wild twist that just had to be lurking under the surface. George Michael song: Last Christmas ghost and Henry Golding ghost skyrocketed.
From the chaos, a single theory coalesced .
It's based on the song Last Christmas so all I literally gave her his heart.
̵1; Katie Pacek (@ kpacek330) August 14, 2019
henry golding does not speak to anyone but emilia clarke in that trailer. hey wears the same outfit multiple times. therefore, he is a ghost, or her conscience, or her guardian angel.
– alex (@alex_abads) August 14, 2019
If the twist in LAST CHRISTMAS really is that she has been transplanted heart,
– Guy Lodge (@GuyLodge) August 14, 2019
If he turns out to be some sort of angel who does not hang around
– Robert Pattinson's French accent on The King (@JennaGuillaume) August 14, 2019
Last Christmas Henry Golding literally gave her his heart and now he's a ghost because he does not interact with anyone else in this trailer. https://t.co/41U22by7DM
– Ang Ferraguto (@MagnaFarta) August 14, 2019
LAST CHRISTMAS: hey check out our rom com –
Romancelandia: movie's haunted
LAST CHRISTMAS: what?
Romancelandia: * loading up a Kindle * movie's haunted
– AZ Louise, Gender Cactus ️ (@az_louise) August 14, 2019
plot twist: she had a heart sickness and the guy's heart donor and he's her guardian angel bc of that and that's why the song goes "last "i gave you my heart" https://t.co/r31wCZPNag
– amy (@rlandsbindaclub) August 14, 2019
me thinking last christmas is gonna be a fun lighthearted romcom vs everyone in the comments saying the guy is not real and emilia is imagining him pic.twitter.com/GDDc07s5ct
– lucy (@emiliasboob) August 14, 2019
Again, spoilers ahead. Last warning
The Twitter interpretations were right, and Last Christmas does focus on a lyrics-inspired twist. The movie's protagonist, Kate (Emilia Clarke) has had a heart transplant. Her new crush, Tom (Henry Golding) only seems to interact with her. His apartment barely seems lived in.
Just as social media predicted, the Twenty years ago when Kate goes to the apartment where she thinks Tom lives, only to discover it's been on the market since last Christmas, when its previous owner was in a car accident. Yes, Tom literally ends up giving Kate his heart, via a transplant. Kate has spent on her own. (So when they kissed, they just open-mouthing thin air?)
After Tom is not real, Kate gets to share one last moment with him. She's shockingly sanguine about it. (If I fell in love with the ghost of my organ donor, I would be freaking out.) As they hold hands, she asks why she can say he's a part of her. To everyone who guessed that Henry Golding was dead, and that the lyrics were entirely literal, congratulations. But why does not the movie follow the rest of the song? Or will there eventually be a prequel called Christmas Before Last where we see the previous year's organ donation, where his heart went to somebody less special, who disappointed him and eventually ended up with the? Now there's a cheery Christmas love story.