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May 03, 2019 21:20:22

Endings

by @keenencharles | 273 words | 11🔥 | 124💌

Keenen Charles

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I've written a couple of posts about the two big series endings recently, the MCU Infinity Saga and Game of Thrones. The anticipation and thrills an ending brings is rarely seen for any other part of a story. New beginnings can be anticipated if they build off existing work see: The Force Awakens, Avengers. Middles can be the most interesting but they're rarely met with the same hype. But endings, endings make us all pay attention.

An executive behind The Walking Dead TV series recently mentioned in an interview that their universe was only just beginning. After almost 10 years on the air, this universe and its story was no closer to a definite conclusion than when it began.

I really enjoyed the early seasons of the Walking Dead and kept up with it even when I accepted it'd never be the great show I always hoped it would be. But along the way, one glaring problem always stood out to me. The show's story seemed to have an ending in mind.

An ending gives a story a goal. It acts as a north star to push characters towards. Without it, everything begins to feel aimless. The arcs that characters take begin to feel pointless. A lack of significant changes to the status quo eventually makes enjoyable worlds feel boring.

It's always sad when a beloved character or story reaches its end. But that ending adds so much depth to these fictional stories. They reflect real life, a finite end to a story that could've lasted forever. But if it lasted forever would we cherish it as much as we do when it's ending?

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    @keenencharles I was a big fan of TWD for the early seasons, but like you, my interest waned particularly around the time Negan came into the picture. I never read the comics. I stopped watching it a couple of seasons ago. I am spoiled by shows like Breaking Bad, which had perhaps the best possible and most satisfying ending. Yes I think creators of stories and shows owe the invested audience a proper end to the saga (looking at you David Chase and the finale of Sopranos that left a bad taste in my mouth for the show as a whole even though I loved watching up to that point.)

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | May 04, 2019 11:35:55
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      @brandonwilson I stopped watching at the same point. It just began to feel like they've done this story before and I'm pretty sure they'll try it again soon. Breaking Bad has definitely spoiled me, it didn't overstay it's welcome and ended exactly when the story called for it. In the hands of someone else, we might've got another five seasons of Walt building his empire just to keep the show going.

      Keenen Charles avatar Keenen Charles | May 04, 2019 14:34:49
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