Andy's driving down a road along the Pacific…the guys talk and laugh about all their hilarious Andy stories…Red works in a field, lonelier than ever. Looks like Andy got a happy ending…where's Red's?
At Red's 40-year-review, he decides to flip the script a bit. Instead of playing the sweet, kind, repentant soul as in the past, he tells it all like it is.
The members of the panel seem to appreciate his directness, because Red finally makes parole. Wait…all it takes is being rude and uttering a little vulgarity to get you out of prison? Who knew?
We lied. One more montage.
Red walks out of Shawshank, a free man. He gets put into the same apartment Brooks had when they let him out. Not the greatest omen.
Red considers committing a crime to get himself thrown back in Shawshank; the only thing stopping him is that promise he made to Andy.
Out in that hayfield Andy told him about, Red tracks down the rock, digs it up, and unearths a letter from Andy (along with a bit of cash). He asks Red to join him in Zihuatanejo. Hm…bagging groceries in a small town or chillin' in a beautiful city by the Pacific? Twist his arm.
Red tells us he committed the second crime of his life, skipping out on his parole and buying a bus ticket to the Texas border. He makes his way to Zihuatanejo.
He walks along the beach and there's Andy, working on his boat. The two come together and hug it out.