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Interview With the Vampire Episode 1: Recap and Ending Explained!

The AMC television series ‘Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire’ is based on author Anne Rice’s seminal 1976 novel of the same name. The drama series, created by Rolin Jones, follows Louis de Pointe du Lac, a human turned vampire who narrates his life story to journalist Daniel Molloy.

In the first episode, titled ‘In Throes of Increasing Wonder…,’ Louis recounts his experiences as a Black man in 1910s New Orleans, particularly his interactions with the mysterious and sinister Lestat de Lioncourt.

Viewers will undoubtedly have many questions about Louis’ past and relationship with Lestat. In that case, here’s everything you need to know about the episode 1 ending of ‘Interview with the Vampire’! WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!

Recap of Interview With The Vampire Episode 1

The series premiere episode, titled ‘In Throes of Increasing Wonder…,’ begins with journalist Daniel Molloy nearing the end of his journalism career and preparing to publish a book about his experiences.

He receives a letter from Louis de Pointe du Lac, who invites him to his manor. We learn that Louis is a vampire during their meeting. He is irritated that Molly left his story out of the memoir.

Molloy provides practical reasons for the exclusion and demands that Louis provides him with an unfiltered and detailed account of his life, particularly after transforming into a vampire. Louis agrees, kicking off the titular interview.

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As Louis describes life after his father’s death, the story shifts to 1910s New Orleans. Louis was forced to take over his father’s responsibilities as the eldest son of an African American family with several business ventures.

He runs a brothel to support his brother, Paul, who wants to be a priest, his sister, Grace, who is getting married, and his mother. While Louis is dissatisfied with his life, he maintains a tough exterior because several livelihoods rely on him.

Lestat de Lioncourt, a French businessman, notices Louis in the streets of New Orleans one day and is taken by his beauty and personality. Soon after, Lestat formally introduces himself to Loius, and the two men begin to get to know each other while looking for investment opportunities in the city.

Louis realizes Lestat has a knack for messing with his mind and hearing his thoughts. Lestat, on the other hand, consistently downplays the situation. Lestat eventually uses one of Louis’ brothel workers to set up a steamy hook-up between them. Following the incident, Louis recognizes the otherworldly nature of Lestat’s abilities and decides to keep a safe distance between the two. A tragic event, however, forces Louis to confront his emotions and Lestat once more.


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Louis returns to his normal life after severing ties with Lestat, but he begins to feel trapped. He, on the other hand, is looking forward to Grace’s wedding and concentrating on growing his business. The de Pointe du Lac family has a great time at Grace’s wedding, and Louis dances with his brother, sister, and friends.

Paul and Louis climb to their house roof after the reception to watch the sunrise. The brothers, who hold opposing ideologies, have a heart-to-heart on the roof and appear to resolve their differences. However, Louis is taken aback when he sees Paul jump off the roof and commit suicide. Louis is in a dark place after his brother’s death, and he begins to reflect on his life.

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Louis’ mother blames him for Paul’s death, and Louis is overcome with guilt because he could have prevented his brother from jumping off the roof. As a result, Louis visits a church and confesses all of the sins he believes he has committed. During Louis’ confession, it becomes clear that his tough exterior is merely a mask, and his soul is crushing under the weight of enormous expectations and responsibilities. For the first time, we see Loius as the hollow shell he has become. Furthermore, he lacks the courage to end his life, exacerbating his dilemma.


After finishing his confession, Louis realizes the priest is no longer alive and discovers Lestat sucking the man’s blood. As Louis tries to flee, Lestat brutally murders the other church members. Finally, Lestat admits that he wants Louis to be his companion and gradually seduces Louis into accepting the bite. He compares the bite to Louis’s desire for the sweet release of death. As a result, Louis accepts the bite. However, by agreeing to join Lestat, Louis unwittingly traps himself in the misery of eternal life.