Luke Owen looks at the pubs in The World’s End and what their names might mean….
WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THE WORLD’S END
While of course that name refers to the fact that the pub used to be a mail service, (until a businessman felt that weary travellers might prefer to “get twatted”), the given name for The World’s End most likely means that this simply is first pub they visit on their crawl. As far as I can remember, there isn’t anything in the following conversation that would suggest otherwise. Unless there is some deeper meaning in regards to the ‘Starbucks’ treatment of small town pubs. Which leads us too…
The name either refers to the ‘Starbucks’ treatment of local pubs, or the arrival of Oliver’s sister Sam. I lean more towards the former as Wright uses the same location, the same blocking and the same camera movements to show just how all pubs are getting the Weatherspoons make over to remove their unique and rustic charms. Everything looks and feels the same as the previous pub – hence The Old Familiar.
In said pub, they all walk to the bar together, sink their pints together, finish each others sentences and stumble back out the way they came.
Pub 6 – The Trusty Servant
Seems a bit harsh to call them dogs though…
With Andy trying to chase down Gary (while fighting off the advancing Robots), Steven gets into Gary’s car in an effort to get out of Newton Haven. Sadly for him though it doesn’t quite work out as he crashes through the wall of the pub and (seemingly) get’s taken by the Robots.
A car in through the wall certainly creates a hole doesn’t it?
Pub 12 – The World’s End
As I said at the start of this, Wright and Pegg are very good at dropping in subtle hints when putting scripts together – and The World’s End is no different. These pub names have been given names for a reason and it’s a lot of fun to try and work out just what they mean.