Neeson vs. Wolf: Storyboard Depicting Unseen Final Fight in 'The Grey'

Grey Final Fight storyboard
Photo: Ray Harvie / Joe Carnahan

There was a lot of discussion regarding the ending of The Grey on this site. My article "Did You Hate the Ending to 'The Grey'? Why?" continues to get reads to this day.

Upon the film's release there were two camps with regards to the ending. The most vocal of which hated the end of the film in which Liam Neeson is face-to-face with the alpha wolf and just as Neeson springs into action, the film cuts to black and the credits roll. There is a brief coda at the end of the film, but this offered very little consolation to those that were upset they didn't get to see the Neeson vs. Wolf battle they felt the trailers suggested would take place.

As we already know, writer/director Joe Carnahan shot the ending with the fight between the two alpha "dogs", telling Daily Blam, "I had a different version of the ending that we shot that's this big blowout with Liam and the wolf... maybe I'll put it out as a deleted scene. I didn't want to hand feed anything to the audience, I want to make them think about the film and extrapolate their own conclusion. But there's a scene that plays after the credits that's really fun. I did that for pure artistic expression. [People] that we've shown it to cheered."

Unfortunately for those looking for the deleted ending on the DVD/Blu-ray you didn't get it, but today Carnahan tweeted out the above storyboard from artist Ray Harvie, depicting what it may have looked like. In the tweet he wrote:

And by the way, if you've never seen the post-credits ending, give it a watch below.

  • dre

    One of my favorite 2012 movies. Glad he ended it where he did.

  • navaneethks

    This made it to my top 10 of 2012. But I am not understanding the post credit scene?

    • Brad Brevet

      Dead wolf and what may or may not be the final breath of Neeson's character.

      • Bill

        The way I interpret the post credit scene is:

        Wolf's chest goes up and down, with Neeson using the wolf as a pillow. Maybe both are gearing up for round two.

  • Adu

    I liked the way they left the ending open, it is what made the movie more memorable for me.

  • Django

    I thought the ending was perfect.

  • kollering

    I liked some portions of the movie but for a survival film I had a harder time with it overlooking the natural dangers. Especially when Liam gets out of the icy river and sits there in the snow in his wet clothes, I mean come on that would equal death. Not only does he not go into hypothermia, he's ready to duke it out with a gigantic wolf.

  • Trevor Hohmann

    I really enjoyed this movie and yes as kollering mentioned there are some flaws with reality that you just go 'oh come on now'. Looking past those I found it memorable and well done. However, if they had spent a little more time on fixing little things like that they could have vaulted the movie so much higher imo.

  • Trevor Hohmann

    p.s. that ending was perfect imo, it left the result to the imagination with his father's poem still in the background in my memory. If we got to see them fight it out, I don't think the poem would still have the same effect. But that is just me.