gunshot and a picture fading to black ended the first season of The End of the F***ing World season 1, but included no indication as to whether James survived being shot. The new trailer briefly flickers to the beach where Alyssa and James were last seen trying to evade the police — except this time, James is shown lying on his back and clutching his side, which is covered in blood. Alyssa is hovering over James, trying desperately to help him. Another flash of the scene shows someone dragging Alyssa away from James as she screams out for him.
Coxon’s crooning voice covers the beach scene with the accusatory question, “Hey little sister, what have you done?” Alyssa started a runaway life with James due to Alyssa’s desire to find her biological father and get away from her mother and stepfather, so this perfectly placed line could well be pointing the finger at her for landing her and James in this rather sticky situation. The rest of the trailer sees an almost robotic Alyssa going through the motions of life, suggesting she feels a deep sense of guilt for the events that unfolded on the beach.
The opening lines of the song all seem to continue on that tone: “Hey little sister, who’s the only one / Hey little sister, who’s your superman / Hey little sister, who’s the one you want / Hey little sister, shotgun.” Alyssa has wanted James since the first episode of , but the shotgun that ends the first verse of “White Wedding Part I” also ended the first season of the show… and may have ended James’ life and Alyssa’s chance at happiness.