By the end of this dialectic engagement between two self-consciousnesses -- one of whom originally remains resolute in the face of death and who becomes the Master, the other of whom gives in, valuing temporary, determinate existence, and losing control over it in the process, the one who becomes the Slave -- the dialectical initiative has passed entirely over to the side of the slave. A reversal has taken place, one that required a number of different conditions to hold.
The big question -- the reason why Hegel didn't just stop with this early section of the work -- is What comes next? But for the moment, that doesn't need to be addressed. Instead, we can look back over the path we've traversed -- and here is the last portion of it: