Endings in GTA V
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Grand Theft Auto V has three discrete endings. Towards the end of the game, Franklin Clinton is forced to assassinate either Trevor Philips for FIB Agents Steve Haines and Dave Norton or Michael De Santa for Devin Weston. Alternatively, Franklin can choose to save both and eliminate his, Michael's, and Trevor's enemies once and for all. Once the player successfully completes one of the three endings, the remaining two are unlocked for replay to attempt to obtain gold medal completion.
The lead up
After rescuing Lamar Davis from the Paleto Bay sawmill and dropping him off at his house, Agents Haines and Norton show up, telling Franklin that he has to assassinate Trevor. Agent Haines originally wanted to kill all three; however, Agent Norton convinces him that Franklin and Michael are not the problem and should be spared. Franklin asks why they can't get Michael to kill Trevor, and Agent Norton tells Franklin that Michael can't do it, and Trevor won't let him.
- After The Big Score
Sometime after the Union Depository heist, Devin Weston shows up at Franklin's house, telling him that he wants Michael assassinated for ruining several of his business ventures and killing his legal counsel Molly Schultz. Weston also states that Michael has betrayed everyone he's ever known and got Franklin involved with the Federal government. Franklin states that Weston hasn't paid him for stealing the cars and Agents Haines and Norton already wants him to assassinate Trevor and cannot kill both; however, Weston says it doesn't matter, claiming that he has the clout to end both of their careers.
After Weston leaves, Franklin has to make his decision.
Option A: Killing Trevor
If Franklin decides to kill Trevor, he calls Trevor to meet him in El Burro Heights. Before meeting with Trevor, Franklin calls Michael for his assistance. When Franklin and Trevor meet, Franklin draws his gun against Trevor, causing him to call Franklin a Judas like Michael. Franklin then gives chase to Trevor, eventually ending up at the oil fields, where Michael rams his car into Trevor's pickup, where it crashes into an oil tanker. Franklin then shoots the leaking oil, which ignites and burns Trevor to death. After killing Trevor, Michael and Franklin go their separate ways.
Option B: Killing Michael
If Franklin decides to kill Michael, he calls Michael to meet him at the satellite dishes in Blaine County. On the way, Franklin calls Trevor for his assistance; however, Trevor refuses to help him kill Michael. When Franklin and Michael meet, Franklin makes his intentions known. Franklin then gives chase to Michael, where they end up at a factory and up one of its chimneys. During the confrontation, Michael tells Franklin that he was like the son he always wanted, while Franklin argues that he could have been betrayed and killed at any point. Franklin knocks Michael off the chimney, where he falls to his death. After Franklin leaves the factory, he contacts Lamar.
Option C: Deathwish
If Franklin decides to defy both Haines and Weston, he contacts Lester Crest on how to handle the situation. Lester contacts Haines and Weston, telling them that the bullion from the Union Depository heist is being smelted at the foundry in Murrietta Heights. Franklin has Michael and Trevor meet him and Lamar at the foundry to ambush the FIB and Merryweather mercenaries. After wiping out the FIB and Merryweather, Franklin has Lester to track down Haines, Weston, Wei Cheng, and Harold "Stretch" Joseph. Trevor takes Haines, who is at the Del Perro Pier filming his TV show, Franklin takes Cheng, who is at a club in Pacific Bluffs, and Michael takes Stretch, who is at the B.J. Smith Recreation Center. After eliminating Haines, Cheng and Stretch, Lester finds Weston at his estate, surrounded by Merryweather mercenaries. Trevor eliminates Weston's guards and kidnaps Weston, putting him in trunk of his car. Trevor drives to Paleto Bay to wait for Michael and Franklin to show up. The three push Weston's car into the ocean and then go their separate ways.