Phillipa Soo Explains Gasp at the End of Hamilton

Phillipa Soo explains what the gasp at the end of Hamilton actually means.

Briana Phipps

AfterBuzz TV Producer, Host & Writer
Posted On:August 3rd 2020 9:05 pm pst

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Now that Hamilton has been out on Disney+ for awhile there have been many discussions over what certain things within the show mean or symbolize. 

From people believing that Burr dancing on a table covered in a red table cloth that gets pulled away and the lights turning blue represents his change to a democratic republican, to Javier Munoz’s glances toward Lin through his time playing Laurence are meant to represent the rumored love affair the two had. However, one of the most talked about moments of the entire show is Eliza’s gasp at the end and what it is supposed to mean. 

The two biggest theories include that she is seeing herself in heaven being reunited with Alexander or that Alexander transforms into Lin at the end to show Eliza that he told her and Alexander’s story and shows her everyone that came to see. 

Which one is right though? The answer is both are correct. In a recent interview on SiriusXM’s “The Jess Cagle Show”, Phillipa Soo, who plays Eliza, explained that her gasp actually changed meaning with every performance. 

“Night to night it was different. But yes, the character of Eliza sees Hamilton or sees the legacy or sees the orphanage. It was an exploration for me every day because you do a show eight times a week for a year and you find new things every time.” 

She also confirmed that even the people that believe she broke the fourth wall to connect with the audience are correct, saying she would look out at all the faces and acknowledge the story they had all witnessed. 

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So there you have it straight from Eliza Hamilton herself, no matter how you interpreted the ending, you are correct. It’s one of the great things about film and theater, being able to have a meaning that is unique to you while others have their own versions, and it makes sense that Eliza would have many different reactions at the end just like anyone who watches the show gets something different out of it with each watch. 

What did you think the gasp meant? Let us know in the comments below. 

Hamilton the film premiered on Disney + on July 3rd, 2020 giving the app a 74% ratings boost from the previous month. The film could also be nominated for an Emmy next year under Outstanding Variety Special while it will not be eligible for an Oscar since it is still deemed a stage production. 

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