So man that episode was something alright, but at the same time it wasn’t, and that seems to be the main thing people didn’t quite like about it. All of us wanted to see Tucker being a fucking badass in Maine’s suit, or Grif finally getting to use the Grifshot again. We wanted to see our favorites fighting their way out and generally being awesome. We wanted that visual of them. And we didn’t get it, so maybe we all feel slightly cheated.
And so I thought about it for a few hours, and now I like how much is left to fan speculation. For all we know, Epsilon may have miscalculated and they all could be dead, or maybe they did win and the good guys did kick ass, but we won’t know. The trilogy is never resolved and we’ll have all these questions of what happened. We don’t know if the main villain of the past three seasons is ever caught. All that hype builds up to nothing. So yeah, I admit that it was kinda lazy, but it also felt like that was the point of the ending. That we won’t know what happens, just as Epsilon won’t know what happens. And that anger and frustration we feel at this unresolved ending is what Epsilon feels. So yeah, both Epsilon and the fans are angry at how we won’t find out.
“No matter how bad they seem, they can’t be any better, and they can’t be any worse, because that’s the way things fucking are, and you better get used to it Nancy. Quit yer bitching.” - Church, s3 eps14
And that’s the point. That anger we all feel is the point. Epsilon can’t change things and find out if his friends make it out ok, just as we can’t.
There is no way to kill off a character that’s been driving a show for practically 13 years, so the ending is imperfect (and Jess writes this better than I can). Throughout the season, I wondered how they’d pull it off. How were they going to pull off killing such an iconic character in the show? And they can’t. But the way it’s written, that it acknowledges its imperfection, is what makes it so good. Burnie and Miles know there isn’t a way to kill such an important character perfectly. No matter how they do it, it’s not gonna be good enough for Epsilon. So they chose to admit that it won’t be flawless, wrapped up in a neat and tidy bow, with the perfect ending. And that concession on their part, shown in the way they write the ending, is why I think the ending was perfect. Because it wasn’t.
But with this open ending, we can come up with their reactions ourselves. Your headcanon is that Carolina cried when she heard Epsilon’s message? Wonderful. You think maybe they all went on an adventure to try to bring him back? Great! Maybe you think that they let him go. Awesome. Or maybe a few of them died in the fighting. Cool! It’s open for fandom and individual interpretation and I love it. This is a goldmine of fanfic, fanart, headcanons, and more. It can be as happy as you want, or it can turn out as terribly as you want.
I feel like all the flash and bang was used in the earlier episodes. At the end of the day, when all the high stakes fighting winds down, all we have left is calmer and heavy stuff, and so I didn’t feel like seeing this fight was necessary. Sure, they could have squeezed one last action packed fight in there, but did we really need it? We already had plenty of that. Just as in s10, after the big fight with the robots, Epsilon wrapped things up with Beta, and Carolina let the Director go. And so now, after the big fights with Carolina and Sharkface, the freelancers vs the mercs, the fight to take down Felix, we’re good.
But at the same time, I’d love to see Hargrove get a shotgun to the face. And so, to me, the reds and blues kicked some ass, found Hargrove, and killed his lil bitch ass. That’s my personal headcanon for what happened.