'Game of Thrones' ending with King Bran made sense, but an infamous line in the series finale completely soured the choice
Creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss added a small piece of dialogue that implied Bran could see into the future and knew he would be crowned king.But one thing from the series finale still rankles me to this day, and that's the moment when Bran tells Tyrion: "Why do you think I came all this way?"
© Nicole Rivelli/ViacomCBS, Inc. Sutton Foster and Hilary Duff on "Younger." Nicole Rivelli/ViacomCBS, Inc.
- "Younger" aired its series finale on Wednesday.
- Many fans, this writer included, were disappointed in how things wrapped up.
- One particular pain point was how the Josh/Liza/Charles love triangle ended up.
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Warning: Spoilers below for the series finale of "Younger."
After seven seasons of strong female friendships, love triangles, secrets, more love triangles, publishing shenanigans, and yet another visit to that same big love triangle, "Younger" took its final bow Wednesday night, giving Liza and Co. a sendoff that unfortunately left many longtime viewers (myself included) feeling unsatisfied.
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The culmination of the long-running series, which starred Sutton Foster and Hilary Duff among a beloved ensemble cast, was a strangely concocted sequence of events that had little celebration of the characters we've invested in over the last seven seasons.
Instead, it wasted far too much time on plots with no merit and positioned characters we loved to make decisions that made absolutely no sense. Even more disappointing was the fact that the series couldn't even stick a good, nostalgic landing because it all felt like an afterthought, rather than the completion of well-conceived circle.
It's hard to choose what moment of the 'Younger' finale left me scratching my head most © Nicole Rivelli/2021 ViacomCBS, Inc. A still from the series finale of "Younger." Nicole Rivelli/2021 ViacomCBS, Inc.
Was it the totally unnecessary (and frankly, super cringey) "Scamalot" musical plotline, where Liza was compared to Bernie Madoff?
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Or Lauren's entire story with Max?
Maybe it was Maggie suddenly making out with the woman who was canceling her just two episodes ago.
Mostly it was the fact that so much time was devoted to all of these things, leaving Josh absent for the majority of the episode - only to pop back in at the end in a big, but ultimately unsatisfying, way.
But more on that in a bit. First, while we're on the topic of people missing during this finale, where was any mention of the glorious Diana Trout (Miriam Shor)?
Apparently, she didn't merit even a single line in passing. Personally, I'd have loved a final Zoom pep talk between Liza, Kelsey, and Diana, and while I can accept that we can't always get what we want and understand the given reason that "scheduling and COVID-related matters" led to Shor's relative absence this season, I can't accept her being completely unaccounted for in the end.
The "Younger" finale won't be remembered for these things, though. The legacy it'll leave behind, which will undoubtedly be debated with the same fervor as the widely-criticized ending of "How I Met Your Mother," is the fair-weather conclusion to the ongoing Team Charles vs. Team Josh debate.
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The biggest questions we still have about Netflix's 'Who Killed Sara?' (including that one) heading into season 2
- Warning: There are major spoilers ahead for season one of "Who Killed Sara?" on Netflix.
- Season two of the hit series debuts Wednesday, and we've got some questions we hope are answered.
- Besides the killer's identity, we're wondering: Who was the real Sara? And did she really even die?
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The popular Spanish-language Netflix series "Who Killed Sara?" follows Alex Guzmán's pursuit of revenge for his sister's death.
Alex is seeking vengeance against the powerful Lazcano clan, who wrongfully imprisoned him for his sister Sara's death and likely also killed her.
After ranking in Netflix's list of top-ten hits for multiple weeks upon its March release, the series is returning on Wednesday for its second season.
‘Younger’ Boss Darren Star on the Open-Ended Optimism of the Series Finale and Movie Potential
[This story contains spoilers for the series finale of Younger, “Older.”] In the world of Sutton Foster’s Liza, it might appear that everything has come full circle by the end of Younger. But, upon further inspection with creator Darren Star, the series finale of the Paramount+ comedy does so in a “limitless” way. Seven seasons […]In the world of Sutton Foster’s Liza, it might appear that everything has come full circle by the end of Younger. But, upon further inspection with creator Darren Star, the series finale of the Paramount+ comedy does so in a “limitless” way.
Hopefully, this time around we can finally expect some clarity on major plot points, starting with the most obvious unknown — the identity of Sara's killer.
And that leads us to our first question…
Who actually killed Sara?
Well, all eyes are on Mariana Lazcano as the leading murder suspect, but if we can conclude anything from the first season, it's that nothing is as simple as it seems.
This recurring theme is highlighted in the series' opening frame, which displays a quote by mystery writer Agatha Christie: "Very few of us are what we seem…." That same statement even makes an appearance in Sara's diary (more on that later), so it's safe to assume that, as viewers, we'd be wise to question every apparent "clue" that's dangled in front of us.
What we do know is that our leading lady wanted Sara dead and enlisted her right-hand man Elroy to do her dirty work. But not without a little sexual and psychological manipulation, of course.
Shortly after learning that Sara is pregnant with César's baby, Mariana does what any wife would naturally do upon finding out her husband impregnated her son's girlfriend — plot said girlfriend's death.
It's not that Mariana's actions are fueled by her jealousy of Sara, which would follow the predictable route. We can deduce at this point that Mariana is well-aware of César's dealings in the basement of the family's prized casino; not to mention, she barely batted an eye when Chema exposed César's affair with Sofía, Rodolfo's wife. (What is it with this guy and Rodolfo's love interests???)
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The family image is on the line, and the matriarch must preserve it at all costs — including her bizarre loyalty to César, who seems to do no wrong in her eyes. Both César and Mariana will stop at nothing to protect their children, but we've seen that César's judgment tends to get a little clouded when his testosterone is involved. So, cue Mariana with the damage control, and we have ourselves a possible attempted murder that culminates in the tampering of the parasail Sara was encouraged to try first.
While that all tracks and would seem to point right at Mariana as the killer, it's not necessarily clear that Elroy followed through with cutting the ropes. The penknife that Mariana gives Elroy (gifted from Alex to Chema) is detected on the boat after the incident, but we never actually see Elroy do the deed. Elroy's hidden affection and soft spot for Sara could have been what caused him to back out of the plan at the last minute, despite Mariana's very convincing threats to leverage his dark past against him.
Considering what we now know about Sara's apparent mental illness, as illustrated by her diary entries and "I want to die" scribbles, could it be possible that Sara cut the ropes herself in an attempted suicide?
On the flip side, is Sara still alive? And what about her baby?
We have reason to believe that Sara may still be alive, and if that's not the case, at least her baby might be.
We have yet to see any flashbacks that feature her corpse. After Alex uncovers Sara's second diary with an entirely new set of clues, he leaves Elisa a frantic voicemail saying they were "wrong about everything" and "it was all a mistake." That being said, brace yourself for a wild theory: César kidnapped Sara after shooting her strangler in the Guzmáns' backyard and imprisoned her in his sex-trafficking operation until she gave birth to his child.
'Cruel Summer' showrunner breaks down the twist-filled season finale - including that big reveal in the final seconds and the kiss that made fans very happy
Insider spoke with showrunner Tia Napolitano, who talked about all those twists and big moments in the "Cruel Summer" season one finale.Insider talked to showrunner Tia Napolitano on Monday ahead of the finale airing on Freeform and had one burning question - why?
Sure, he has plenty of motive to arrange for Sara's death, but it could be that he paused his plans until she delivered his offspring, which is seemingly the most valuable form of currency in the Lazcano family. Keeping in mind the brutal murders of Flor and Imara, the immigrant women he enslaved in his sex ring, the possibility that Sara eventually faced this same fate could be very real once her existence no longer served a purpose.
This means that Sara might indeed still be dead, but it just wasn't the parasailing incident that killed her.
We also know that Sara wasn't as innocent as Alex thinks she was. In flashbacks, we see how she degraded Elroy when he professed his feelings for her, threatened to expose Chema's sexuality despite his pleas to keep it a secret, and then cheated on Rodolfo with his father and lied to him about it. She's not exactly the definition of a saint.
The promo at the end of the finale suggests that Sara might even have a sinister side, featuring a snippet of Sara smashing her head into a mirror and ravaging a room in a fit of rage. It's still unclear how this new information relates to the cause of her death (if at all), but it's very likely to have played a key role in the events leading up to it.
Who was on the receiving end of César's gun shot?
A lot of the evidence points to it not being Sara.
Not only would that be extremely predictable based on the two cuts of Sara and César we're shown, but it also doesn't seem probable if we take Sara's diary into account. She would have to be alive after the grave burial to document its exact location, unless someone else planted that page in her diary as a diversion.
We're thinking that the skull Alex unearths must belong to whoever tried to strangle Sara, and it's a scandalous secret César has hid all these years. Perhaps he even buried the body there to frame Alex for yet another murder once he eventually got out of prison.
What does the Marifer as Diana the Huntress reveal mean?
It apparently means a lot more than we're initially led to believe.
Marifer was Sara's childhood best friend. She also participated in a threesome with Alex and Chema. We know that Marifer was facing a crisis the day Sara left for the lake and called Sara begging for help, which Sara blatantly ignored. This could indicate the two might have shared an unhealthy friendship; however, Sara trusted Marifer with the tape of Flor's vicious beating and asked her to hold onto it in case anything happened to her.
But when Marifer presents the tape to Alex, she makes it seem as though she wants nothing to do with Alex's quest to uncover the truth, which obviously contradicts her mission as Diana the Huntress.
What is her real motive as this anonymous internet identity? Revenge against Sara could be a factor, or possibly even against Alex. Could she have had something to do with Sara's death? And to add another point of confusion — how does Nicandro play into this? Marifer seems well-acquainted with him and somehow kept in contact with him until his untimely death. Nicandro was also on the boat that fateful day of Sara's apparent death, but was hardly given much screen time.
Whatever the case may be, the second season will surely unravel some of these theories.
What exactly is Elroy's deal, and should we assume he's dead?
Throughout the first season, we're handed a sprinkling of flashbacks that give us context for the present-day characters' motives and behavior. We initially gather that Elroy is some sort of subservient figure to the Lazcanos, but in a way that differs from their other big-shot operatives, namely, Sergio.
Elroy is feeble, scatter-brained, and honestly seems afraid of his own shadow, yet he has no problem pulling out a gun or running over a perceived traitor. We learn why this is as the season plays out.
As a young child, he was selected from an orphanage by none other than Mariana and has been a slave to her mercy ever since. The reason he wound up in an orphanage is also a key detail. At an age when he could barely string words together, he killed his parents in two separate occasions that were dubbed "accidents," which Mariana makes sure to remind him of whenever she needs his criminal mastery. There's more to Elroy than that even; he endured significant trauma as a victim of sexual abuse inflicted by his father and experiences another form of it from Mariana.
Once Alex gets closer to exposing the truth about Sara, Elroy's demons catch up to him, which brings us to the current situation that has him in a hospital bed. At various points in the season, we get a feeling that Elroy's guilt might cause him to snitch; it's clearly devouring his conscience. Mariana is well aware of this, and her sighting of Elisa in his hospital room just confirms her suspicions. Miraculously Elroy's oxygen levels seem to tank after this, and Mariana has that same look of eerie calm mixed with forced concern when the doctors come rushing in.
Does Elroy still make it? We're not sure, but the chances are looking rather slim.
What's up with Clara's relationship with Chema?
Remember when Chema first tried to convince Lorenzo to have his friend Clara be their surrogate, pleading with Lorenzo that Clara loved him like a brother? It turns out she may indeed love him — just as a romantic partner instead.
Beyond the obvious act of voyeurism we witness, something about her attachment to Chema feels off. It almost seems like she's using his kindness against him, managing to drive a wedge in his relationship with Lorenzo at the hands of her abusive ex.
It's all too convenient now that Lorenzo is finding a new place to stay, prompted by his frustration over Chema's loyalty to Clara despite the mess her involvement has caused. Clara has successfully established her place in their home and now has Chema all to herself, which seems like the perfect setup for the moves she makes on him, as seen in the season two trailer.
An even more confusing element is also at play here — Marifer's involvement. The trailer shows Clara and Marifer consulting each other about a plan they had for Chema, which raises the question of how these two characters are connected. This seems like an interesting side plot that could weave itself into the main storyline, seeing as how Marifer was Sara's close friend and clearly knows more than she lets on as Diana the Huntress.
Should Sofía fear for her safety?
Our immediate answer to this is yes, she should very much fear for her safety.
Mariana has proven to be just as ruthless as César in her own perverse way, so our guess is that she's "handling" the situation "as usual." Maybe she's learned a thing or two from the Sara crisis and isn't literally plotting Sofía's death, but we have a feeling she's stirring up something, and that it isn't any good.
Whether that's excommunicating Sofía or stripping away her rights to her child remains to be seen.
Let's be clear: There are no real winners here in the resolution of the big 'Younger' love triangle © Nicole Rivelli/ViacomCBS, Inc. Sutton Foster and Nico Tortorella on the "Younger" series finale. Nicole Rivelli/ViacomCBS, Inc.
If you wore a "Team Charles" badge of honor, you'd already been witness to the slow decline of his character's charm and appeal, and you were scratching your head way back when he declined Liza proposal of being together without being married.
When Charles suddenly gave in to his lack of trust for Liza and used it to "test" her, he officially lost our support. In fact, his actions only proved that he and Quinn may have been just right for each other.
For those who proudly wore "Team Josh" across their chests, the grass wasn't exactly greener, despite what those last sixty seconds of the series would lead you to believe.
Does Josh end up as the ultimate winner? That's debatable, considering he had the least amount of screen time this season, a complete lack of character arc, and only a brief line about his success as a landlord.
For a character who's loomed so large over Liza and Charles's potential happily-ever-after, and the man who proclaims to Liza that he's "been right here…all along," Josh wasn't a factor in their final downfall - and let's be honest, he wasn't a factor this season.
The biggest disservice to reuniting Josh and Liza so quickly and clumsily in the last moment of the series is that we didn't even have time to remember that the characters were recreating the scene in which they met. Some, like me, may have briefly recalled the moment they met as one where Liza waves her shoe at the bartender, therefore filling in the blanks that Josh and Liza were coming full circle in the finale.
But many other viewers may have been so many years removed from that moment in the pilot that it didn't even strike them as a nostalgic reunion scene, which is what I assume that entire moment was hinged on. It needed to land in order for it to be effective; alas, it wasn't given the beat it needed to breath.
As an audience, we haven't been invested in Liza and Josh in years, and this entire season was devoted to Liza and Charles's strained relationship. Why would Josh and Liza's first meeting even be on our radar? The element of surprise was there, but without any buildup to it at all, it just wasn't enough.
We needed at least one reminder of why we swooned over Josh and Liza so long ago.
One bright(er?) spot in the otherwise disappointing hour was Kelsey's ultimate resting place, as the only character whose storyline seemed to come to a complete conclusion.
Hilary Duff's character may not be getting her spin-off, but she left New York and Empirical, where she's been sorely underappreciated, for Los Angeles and Reese Witherspoon, who value her fresh voice and ideas for the future of publishing, and apparently always have. (We're supposed to remember that Hello Sunshine worked with her before - yet another unmemorable call-back!)
'Younger' would have done better to focus on celebrating its strong female friendships in the series finale © Nicole Rivelli/ViacomCBS, Inc. Duff on the "Younger" series finale. Nicole Rivelli/ViacomCBS, Inc.
Imagine what those final moments of the series could have been, instead of what we actually got, and how they could have kept the original spirit of "Younger" alive.
Liza, Kelsey, Maggie, and Lauren, around the table, celebrating each other's successes. The ladies who've been the only consistent relationship for the entirety of the series. Ladies who've achieved success, despite every obstacle thrown at them.
Let that moment be for them. And Diana, on an iPad or something, right there with them. Fade out on that.
"Younger" was once a series with characters we loved to root for and a fresh story unlike anything else on television. I wish I had the same level of enthusiasm and nostalgia for what it once was, as that was what the writers were clearly banking on in order for the ending to feel satisfying.
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