Altered Carbon Ending Explained - Spoiler Alert

Netflix's Altered Carbon Ending Explained - Spoilers Ahead

The mystery to solve is who killed Laurens Bancroft? Bancroft actually killed himself.

In his (Bancroft's) next life as a new sleeve he hires Takeshi to learn who his killer was (which is how the series starts). But the bigger question in this Netflix 10 episode series is why did Bancroft kill himself? It is because Kawahara (the big boss of the Houses) tried to blackmail Bancroft to help him strike down Resolution 653 (that would allow Houses murder victims to testify after being resleeved). Kawahara gets Bancroft's wife to give him a drug that would make him murder a House call girl. Bancroft does kill her, but does not cave to the blackmail, and instead kills himself. And now Takeshi is brought back to unravel the whole mystery. 

Altered Carbon Film Series Summary

This Netflix original series is about how humans no longer die, because they can now transfer their consciousness into bodies custom manufactured and made with skills and other desired attributes. A very old (not in the sense of an aged body, because the man kept switching bodies to stay young) rich man, Laurens Bancroft, revives Takeshi Kovacs, a warrior who was in stasis for many years, in order to sleuth out his (Bancroft's) murder.

Altered Carbon trailer, below

Netflix release date (for Altered Carbon Series, Season 1) Feb 2nd, 2018, watch it here

Genre: Sci Fi

Altered Carbon is a Netflix original series that was created by Laeta Kalogridis (from the book), and produced by James Vanderbilt, Laeta Kalogridis, Dana Goldberg, and David Ellison. 


  • Tamara Taylor plays Oumou Prescott
  • James Purefoy plays Laurens Bancroft
  • Adam Busch plays Mickey
See the rest of the cast here.

What book was Altered Carbon based on? 

The (2002 hardback was released) 2003 paperback novel, Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan, that can be purchased on Amazon below:

Altered Carbon Series Reviews

Altered Carbon received pretty decent reviews, with Rotten Tomatoes giving it a 6.78 out of 10, but that was prior to release, so the jury is still out on how Netflix watchers will like it. An NBC article calls it "too violent"  


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