Last night, Heirs went to a world that is all good and left us deprived in the will she left behind. Spoiler warning and frustration ahead.
Now it's official: the best TV series ever created, with a perfect cast and writing never seen before – left behind a finale, which is at best mediocre.
As someone who has watched every late-night interview with the cast and penned every podcast about it for five years, I am forced to state that the series, like the Roy children, messed up at the moment of truth. The finale didn't have any proper specific weight, and series creators Jesse Armstrong and director Mark Mylod, who write the season finale, caused its stock price to crash last night, which is a shame. The two episodes preceding the finale were also much better.
True, there is something brave about this finale in which no one is delivered from his misery. But winning Tom's jackpot thanks to his ability to be an idiot with luck and a character who doesn't threaten her appointees is still not worthy material for a full-length finale.
What did we inherit anyway? A wonderful scene in which the three heirs let go of their ties and intrigue and allowed themselves to be children and lick a block of cheese in disgust so that Mama's husband could not touch it.
"Descendants" was the best series I've ever seen, it took on an impossible task: fill the void left at HBO after the success of "Game of Thrones." I think she surpassed her.
From the first episode, Logan Roy and his childish children scorched the screen: privileged and fragile, who would sell their father, literally, for shards of affection and power. As if looking at the mechanism of a luxury watch, we were exposed to the gears that drive the scum of the upper echelon: defense, repression and manipulation mechanisms wallowing in a moral swamp.
"Heirs". Excellent writing and amazing cast, photo: uncredited
The finale won't really leave an emotional or narrative imprint – the climax moment when Shiv Roy breaks the agreement and teams up with Tom to arrange the CEO position for him – even a mediocre series on Netflix can provide.
I have a suggestion: Instead of a plot twist, give us a twist in reality – go on for another season. We want to see Kendall, who has 7% soul left, make another turnaround along the way, see Tom try to perform the role of CEO in his familiar eel, see how the balance of power between him and Shiv is reversed. We deserve to see how Roman takes his hundreds of millions and continues to create chaos or finally buy empathy. If not another season, give us some spin-off around Uncle Greg's clumsiness or presidential hubby Connor.
But maybe a mediocre finale is Descendants' way of educating us: Even if you think you deserve something in life, there's always someone stronger than you who will think otherwise. Deal.
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