Thea reveals that Eilert is back in town and worries he will fall back into his old alcoholic habits. Hedda’s latent boredom and frustration become more apparent. She toys with Eilert and sends him off to the Judge’s party.
Hedda finally faces the fact of her own pregnancy. She convinces Eilert to kill himself and burns his manuscript.
The Judge reveals that Eilert did NOT kill himself beautifully, as Hedda was hoping. He tries to blackmail her, and Hedda kills herself.