To All The Boys: Always and Forever, the third film of the ‘To All The Boys’ series released on 12th February 2021 and instantly became the go-to Valentine’s watch on Netflix. The popular romantic comedy based on the Jenny Hans novels follows the story of Lara Jean and Peter Kavinsky as their love births, blooms, struggles and thrives.
What happens at the end of To All the Boys: Always and Forever?
The film begins with Peter Kavinsky and Lara Jean in a healthy space in their relationship. High School is about to get over and they are completely over the problems that John Ambrose had caused in their relationship as shown in “To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You” as there is absolutely no mention of it in the film.
The two have decided to go to the same college and not be one of those couples who break up because of college. They decide on going to Stanford because it is not too far away from home and Peter can get a football scholarship and Lara Jean can study English Literature. In fact, Peter has already gotten into Stanford and Lara Jean is anxiously waiting to get accepted. Just to be safe, and on Margot’s persuasion, she also applied to UC Berkeley and New York University. On the side, Lara Jean’s dad is also getting married and the girls are excited about it and participating in the wedding activities quite actively.
One night at dinner, Lara Jean hears back from Stanford and realizes she didn’t get it. But after a series of confusing events, she ends up carrying forward the lie that she got into Stanford with Peter, who is quite excited about their college life together. Lara Jean also had her whole life envisioned with Peter by her side and now Peter was slipping away from her dreams of the future because she was not going to Stanford. On a school trip to New York, Lara Jean tells Peter the truth about not being accepted to Stanford but to Berkeley, which is only an hour away from Stanford by car. Peter is supportive towards her and the two decide that Lara Jean will transfer to Stanford after the first year.
On that trip to New York, Lara Jean gets along with Gen and the girls go to a New York University party, where Gen has already been accepted. That night, she realizes New York is love at first sight situation for her. She has a lot of fun in the city and can imagine herself living there, as though she belonged there. But she is scared of losing Peter and ruining their relationship. It is when she gets accepted into New York University and cannot get it off her mind, that she tells Peter she has decided to go to New York. They don’t break up immediately. They give each other their yearbooks and ask each other to write letters in school, with a threat of separation at the back of their minds. They have known all their lives that high school relationships cannot bear long distance during college.
At the Prom, Peter is crowned King and everyone has a lot of fun. Back home, Lara Jean sneaks Peter in and tries to get intimate but Peter gets annoyed that she chose to go to New York, his abandonment issues from his father getting the better of him. He breaks up with her and leaves. Lara Jean even asks him not to come to her dad’s wedding and the two don’t meet after the breakup. It seems like the end of their love story.
Peter meets his father for lunch and expresses his feelings of hurt in front of him. That’s when his father also talks about love and the mistakes that he has made in his life. Something in Peter moves and he decides to fix things between Lara Jean. He writes a letter to Lara Jean telling her the story of their meet-cute because that’s how they know they’d end together. The two go to different colleges and the meet-cute seems like a sign of closure for the audience that they end up together.
As of now, there are no talks of a fourth installment of ‘To All The Boys’ as it is based on the novels. But Jenny Han could take their story forward, or Netflix could come up with an original story considering there’s a good demand for what happens next.