Recently I watched Dexter’s final episode. It was a series I was watching for eight seasons and I was anxious to know how the story would end. Well, if you were a fan too, you’ll know that the ending was disappointed. For most of us anyway.
That made me thinking about endings and my mind flooded with all the endings that stuck in my head. Until I came up with a conclusion. We pay more attention to endings than it should.
We watch a series or read a series and we keep moving from one season to another, from one book to another, trying to figure out how the story will end. That keeps us watching or reading, right? But we enjoy the moments we spend reading (or watching), we think about it, we talk to friends, recommend them to watch it too or read it. We are excited. And then we are close to finish it. The final episode or the last book. Our hearts pounds and we are eager to know the end. Will the MC find peace? Will he/she find redemption? Deep down we all hope for a happily ever after.
But turns out the ending isn’t good. We are not happy about it and that means is no good. We shake our heads, we get angry. The image we had created shatters into million pieces and a sour taste takes the place of the sweet one we were used to have. And now what?
Even though the end of a story is important, it’s not the most important part of the story. Happy ending doesn’t necessarily means that the character will be happy and smiling. If he/she gets what she/he wants, then it’s fine by me. I prefer if the ending is logical and fits to the story than a happy ending which will just make me smile.
So, I get Dexter’s ending and even though I am not happy with it, I am satisfied. Ending is tricky but after all few it’s just a few minutes in a show, or a few lines in a book. It’s no big deal.
What do you say?