From Sopranos to Fleabag: 10 of the best TV finals | Television
Don Draper has existential depression at a New Age healing camp, then closes his eyes, smiles, and makes up the most famous TV commercial of all time. The cynicism is breathtaking. Draper is lost as a person. Everything around him has been destroyed, and he is totally alone in the world. But it’s okay because he found a way to sell soft drinks. Money always wins.
In which, after spending a decade and a half as a largely realistic drama about members of a youth club, the characters suddenly learn that they are fictional characters from a TV show and attempt to write their own destiny. . After being attacked by a dinosaur, the youth club is rigged with dynamite and destroyed. It’s a real thing that actually happened.
What makes Fleabag’s finale so special is his very last moment. After the hardships of the previous episodes – marriages, miscarriages, love affairs, endless gins – Fleabag has a moment of awareness. The fourth wall, the one she has confided in since we met her, holds her back. And so – with a sad, sweet smile – she says goodbye to us.
Like in It’s a Wonderful Life, an angel comes to Earth to show JR Ewing what things would be like if he had never been born. Unlike It’s a Wonderful Life, however, the angel then transforms into a devil with bright eyes who begins to cry out about how JR should definitely kill himself. Which, over time, is quite unexpected.
Some say the Breaking Bad finale was too neat: Walter White traveled his world trying to correct the evil deeds of his time as Heisenberg before he died saving his friend. But the episode moved like an elegantly designed machine; a fitting end to one of the best shows of all time.
Little house in the meadow
When this picturesque little drama ended, the land on which the sets were built had to be restored to its normal state. It meant destroying several buildings. And that’s why, to save on production costs, Little House’s finale ended with the characters blowing up their own homes. Totally inspired.
The show, which was to resemble The Simpsons, but with animatronic anthropomorphized dinosaurs, ended with everyone dying. Earl, Homer’s dino dad, neglected the environment, caused an apocalypse, and had to spend the last moments of the series explaining to his toddler that they were all about to be killed. It was a children’s show, remember.
A blackout so abrupt that viewers complained to their cable operators. The final sequence is built in silent terror. A family eats at the restaurant. Their daughter has difficulty parking. A man continues to glance. What happens to Tony Soprano? Is he murdered? Condemned to spend his life throwing panicked glances at the door? Series creator David Chase refuses to explain. Hopefully it stays that way.
In Episode 1 of Damon Lindelof’s surreal supernatural drama, 2% of the world’s population disappeared. In the last episode, a woman claimed to have answers but described them so shyly that even she didn’t seem to believe them. That was it. So what happened to the missing? Are they dead? In Paradise? Sometimes you just have to let the mystery be.
Some people say the finale of Lost was bad. These people are invited to line up and fight me. The episode ended with most of the castaways leaving the island, only to be reunited in a place that existed outside of time and space, in a waiting room for the afterlife. Yes, fine, that sounds pretty bad written. But you weren’t there, man.