Inventing Anna ending explained (And where’s Anna Delvey now?)

Inventing Anna. Julia Garner as Anna Delvey in episode 102 of Inventing Anna. Cr. Aaron Epstein/Netflix © 2021
Inventing Anna. Julia Garner as Anna Delvey in episode 102 of Inventing Anna. Cr. Aaron Epstein/Netflix © 2021 /

The highly-anticipated Shondaland production Inventing Anna has finally hit our Netflix feeds, and fans of both Shonda Rhimes and Ozark‘s Julia Garner are so excited to start binging. The drama miniseries follows the real-life con-woman Anna Delvey (real name Anna Sorokin), and the journalist who’s hellbent on telling her story.

As each episode promises, there is a lot of truth to the show, but there’s also some stuff that’s completely made up.

Inventing Anna is my favorite show of 2022 so far, and I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone else thinks of it! If you’ve already gotten to the finale and need some clarification, or if you’re just curious how the show ends and can’t wait to watch it all, we’ve got you on everything that happens in the conclusion. Plus, we’re breaking down where Anna Delvey is now.

Spoilers ahead for Inventing Anna.

Inventing Anna: Is Anna Delvey really a German heiress?

No, she is not. Although Anna does a great job convincing everyone who crosses her path that she comes from money, she actually grew up in the middle to low class. She was born in Russia and moved to Germany with her family as a teenager, and soon started to dream of the finer things in life.

Anna is able to convince banks that she has a trust fund back in Germany, and even goes as far as to use a voice changing app to pose as her fake banker to speak with Alan, her advisor. But it’s all a lie!

Inventing Anna: Is Anna Delvey sentenced to prison?

In the finale of Inventing Anna, we get to see Anna’s trial come to an end as her sentence is decided. Though Anna’s lawyer Todd (Arian Moayed) does a fantastic job defending his client, he can’t get her fully off the hook. And it’s a double whammy for Anna, who’s still upset with Todd for making her look naive and incapable of starting her own foundation to the jury.

The jury comes to their verdict, which you can see below:

  • Attempted grand larceny in the first degree (City National Bank) – Not guilty
  • Attempted grand larceny in the first degree (Fortress Investment Inc.) – Guilty
  • Grand larceny in the second degree (City National Bank) – Guilty
  • Grand larceny in the second degree (Citibank) – Guilty
  • Grand larceny in the second degree (Rachel Williams) – Not guilty
  • Grand larceny in the third degree (Signature Bank) – Guilty
  • Theft of services (Fly Blade Inc.) – Guilty 
  • Theft of services (Beekman Hotel) – Guilty
  • Theft of services (W Hotel) – Guilty
  • Theft of services (Le Parker Meridien Hotel) – Guilty

In the end, Anna is found guilty on eight charges and is sentenced to four to 12 years. Vivian (Anna Chlumsky) and Todd are disappointed and are both left wondering what their next career move will be. They both get so personally invested in Anna’s life and trial that they don’t know what do to with themselves once she’s sentenced.

How many years did the real Anna Sorokin serve in prison?

In real life, Anna was also sentenced to four to 12 years in prison. She was released on Feb. 11, 2021, nearly four years later.

Anna Sorokin now

While Anna was no doubt excited to enjoy her freedom when she was released from prison in 2021, she was then taken into custody again about a month later for overstaying her visa. She’s currently being held by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), awaiting her deportation back to Germany. But that doesn’t mean Anna has remained quiet.

Just last week, Anna penned an essay for Insider ahead of the release of Inventing Anna, sharing what her experience has been like behind bars and what she thinks of the Netflix series:

"“For a long while, I was hoping that by the time Inventing Anna came out, I would’ve moved on with my life. I imagined for the show to be a conclusion of sorts summing up and closing of a long chapter that had come to an end.Nearly four years in the making and hours of phone conversations and visits later, the show is based on my story and told from a journalist’s perspective. And while I’m curious to see how they interpreted all the research and materials provided, I can’t help but feel like an afterthought, the somber irony of being confined to a cell at yet another horrid correctional facility lost between the lines, the history repeating itself.”"

Anna is still waiting to find out if and when she’ll be deported back to Germany, a place she likely doesn’t see as home. Though we don’t know what her relationship with her family is like in real life, Inventing Anna depicts them as severely estranged, with her parents not wanting to come to New York for her prison verdict or to lend any support at all.

We’ll be keeping our eyes peeled for any new Anna Sorokin news, and in the meantime, you can stream all nine episodes of Inventing Anna right now on Netflix.

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