I managed to cut about 1000 words total from that ending. In more practical terms, it equaled about two pages.
If I were to cut the subplot entirely, we’re looking at another 3000 gone, minimum. Some things would have to be rewritten, and I’d need a different (and much smaller )bridge to the ending, but… that’s about another six pages. Which can be huge in terms of pacing.
So basically, I’m still very unsure about this ending. I’m thinking about harassing some friends and family, people who aren’t familiar with my work to give it a read and tell me what they think of the ending.