Hey everyone! Uh. It’s Sara again. So I know in my other video
that I talked about The Magicians. I mentioned doing a video about
season 4 and kind of the wasted potential and like what they could have
done, uh, to kind of raise the emotional stakes and to make it feel less like I
just wasted 13 hours, um, for no payoff. However this is not that video. Um. This is
about The Magicians. But it is specifically about the finale and the
reply to the finale from the showrunners. Um. So obviously there’s gonna be spoilers
for the season 4 finale of The Magicians. So brace yourself. If you
haven’t seen it, yet maybe don’t watch this video if you don’t want to like
this to color that. Um. If you haven’t seen it yet, I don’t know if it’s worth it. There’s also gonna be obviously a lot of mentions for — about suicide in this
video so just know that going into it. And be warned about that. So the first
thing I want to talk about is how when you create something and you put it out
in the world whether that’s a book, a TV show, a movie, whatever. It doesn’t exist
within a vacuum. People are gonna bring their own
interpretations. They’re gonna bring in their own experience, their own their own
their own backstories. They’re gonna figure out what they feel about it based on
what they’ve been through. And so as creators, as writers it’s important to
remember that because you can’t control how people interpret things. The best you
can do is put that interpretation into the text itself to make sure that
there’s less room for interpretations that stray from your intent, but you
can’t really control that. With this particular story I guess I’ll say,
that’s very obviously kind of what the showrunners thought. Um. Is they did not
anticipate a response in the way that that’s happened. Um. And the
other thing that they failed to do is remember that there are rules that still
apply to writing stories. As much as they want to throw out all those rules and be
super daring and dramatic and do whatever they want, there are still rules
that you have to follow and namely audience expectations. If you’re writing
a fantasy show there are certain expectations the audience is going to
have that you have to comment on in some way. You can’t just throw out the entire
rule book. And when you forget that part it sort of sets your audience up for
disappointment. It’s not a great feeling um. And like in
this particular season they specifically set up Eliot and Quentin being something
like something potentially romantic. And then they had no intention
of exploring that. They didn’t even give anything to it. So obviously
audiences who were excited to see that are going to be disappointed
because they set something up that they had no intention of following through. On
the flipside they also had Quentin sacrifice himself slash commit suicide with
absolutely no buildup, um. Which also kind of… did not work out as they were anticipating. You know, basically, thing with this series is almost
unanimously or a very very large majority of this fandom the group of
people who enjoy The Magicians, who watch The Magicians, read Quentin’s
sacrifice as suicide. And so the idea that these showrunners “didn’t intend” for
it to be read as a suicide or to be pro suicide kind of doesn’t matter anymore.
Even if that were true uh because majority of the people are saying this
is how it comes across, this is how it read. So you can’t really just shrug your
shoulders and say but I didn’t intend for it to be that way so you guys are
wrong. And on top of that that’s also not the case because they went on a press
tour talking and congratulating themselves at how damn ambiguous this
ending was. And you can’t then turn around and
say that we’re not pro suicide we weren’t trying to make it seem like his
his suicide was a brave act that, that his friends moving on without him ten
minutes after his death is fine because you know what he served his purpose
because they intended it to be ambiguous. I mean there’s no way to read that any
other way. And even though John McNamara says, “I believe as one of the writers of
this script that he did not consciously kill himself, and I think that the scene
by the fire with Penny answers that. But it’s complicated, and there has to be a
little bit of ambiguity. I welcome people questioning, and I welcome people
wondering, and I welcome people hopefully reaching the conclusion that he did far
more good in his life than bad, and he did far more good by sacrificing himself
than not, and to me that is the ultimate takeaway.” But again he did sacrifice
himself for no other reason than the plot demanded it. So John McNamara also
said about Quentin’s “death” or “suicide,” “I think that exact question will hopefully
fuel debate and discussion and possibly be the source of a few academic papers
at institutions of higher learning. I think it is ambiguous. Emotionally, Penny
provides him with an answer, which is that Quentin was too attached to these
people, and they to him, for Quentin to have consciously given up his life. But
there’s a saying that a psychiatrist once said to me, which is that the
subconscious always gets what it wants and the conscious mind often never knows.” So that quote in and of itself proves that Quentin was suicidal at the time of his
death and that his unconscious mind that wanted him to kill himself won in the
end. Even if he didn’t consciously want to do it. So it’s this idea that they’re
trying to play both sides of this issue. They’re trying to pat themselves on the
back for making this really heartfelt ending where Quentin comes full circle
because the best thing about a suicidal depressed character starting a series is
having him end suicidal and depressed. Obviously. So as much as they want to
play the both sides of the issue, they you can’t. It’s framed
as a way that his his sacrifice, you know, his death
was this heroic brave act. And I’m not trying to discount that.
But to then turn around and have him literally question was this a suicide or
was this a heroic act as if the two can’t be the same thing. And then say in
interviews that they are so closely linked that they are the same thing. And
then follow it up by saying actually his unconscious mind that wanted him to kill
himself won in the end but it’s not suicide. Like you you you can’t — That’s.
that’s not a thing. Like I don’t know. Like I don’t know how this man has gone
his whole life saying stuff like this that like other people haven’t said, you
sound like an idiot. I mean I maybe I’m that person I don’t know. After the
episode aired obviously there was a lot of backlash, a lot of people who were
angry, betrayed, hurt, confused and the showrunners kind of did nothing to help
the situation. Um. And there were some very valid
criticisms, very valid concerns that were brought up. There’s the idea of making
Quentin explicitly bisexual or at least queer in this season to kill him a few
episodes later. It’s the idea of how it’s very blasé about mental health for the
sake of the drama. And for a show that tries to pride itself on how mature it
handles this type these types of discussions, and how it doesn’t want to
treat anything glib, to use Sera Gamble’s word. There’s the idea that
the whole, the whole series Quentin has been this hopeful character you know. He
kind of embodies hope for the show and then you kill him off because his
depression won, kind of sends a message that’s against the thesis of the show
and Quentin’s character itself. There’s the idea that Quentin’s death was
literally just for shock value. There’s no narrative value to this death at all.
And it’s obvious that they didn’t intend there to be because if they, if they
had, they would have done a little bit more this season to make that death narratively
satisfying and they chose not to. They just wanted to kill him for the sake of
it and that shows. There’s the idea that it’s glorifying suicide in the sense of
treating it like it’s this brave act, while at the same time belittling those
who are suicidal by saying if you if you really loved these people you wouldn’t
be suicidal, you wouldn’t kill yourself. Which is also very harming and dangerous
because some people who are suicidal that’s one of their main motivations for
potentially killing themselves is because they don’t want to be a burden
on their friends and family. And to have the show literally say, yeah these people
were your friends and you really helped them, but the point of your life was to
meet them and send them on this journey and now now you’re done so off you go.
Like good job. It’s kind of bad. So so there’s a lot of valid criticisms that
have come up with this article. You might not know from articles because SyFy
keeps pulling articles that are even vaguely critical of this finale, which is
dumb cause I kind of thought that at the very least we could still express our
opinions but apparently you have to make your own youtube channel for that to
happen. Which I did. So with all these criticisms that have — are being levied at this show and the show runners and the writers and the kind of blasé
they’ve handled this whole entire thing while also patting themselves on the
back, it was met with absolute radio silence from the showrunners. And while I
can say that it’s not necessarily their responsibility to shoulder our emotional
bur — our emotional burdens and our emotions and our feelings, you also do
need to respond to things that are being brought up on a show if you expect your
fans to still care. And I don’t want to say what we got was a an apology because
it wasn’t. It was barely a response. It was more of a statement of fact and I’m
gonna read them to you now so we’re kind of all on the same
page. So Sera Gamble tweeted, “Hello magicians beloveds! You
may have noticed my partners and I haven’t been active on social media
since the finale. Our intention’s been to provide space for you to discuss and
have feelings without the writers intruding with explanation are trying to
steer the conversation. We have seen strong reaction to the finale which is
not unexpected. We see are your effusive praise and your effusive criticism, and
to boil it all down to a simple statement just want to say, your feelings
are valid. We respect the viewers of The Magicians. We have thought a lot about
what people are feeling. The whole team has talked about audience response
across the spectrum. Everyone working on the show approaches it with thought and
care and this season’s finale was the furthest thing from an exception. For
those who’ve expressed personal personal pain we empathize with you. We write as a
way to work through our own. Not from a place of being detached or with all the
answers, but as artists sincerely investigating difficult questions about being human. We are glib about werewolf fish sometimes. Ok a lot, but we are not glib
about human pain. For now it was important to me to directly address you
here to tell you that we hear you sending much love to all of you hashtag
The Magicians.” … Yeah. I’m gonna just read the
other ones before I say anything at all. So then we have Henry Alonso Myers who also tweeted the same day, 5 days
after the finale. “Hey magicians peeps. You might have
noticed that after the finale we’ve been staying uncharacteristically silent.
We knew our story would provoke strong emotional reactions and we wanted to
give the phantom space to process without us interfering. Everyone handles
grief differently and we didn’t want to get in the way of that. Since then many
of you have reacted strongly both supportively and as well to express your
pain and frustration about what happened. As some time has passed without us
saying anything we wanted to reach out to tell you that we are both grateful
for the kind words and also we have great sympathy for those of you in pain.
As writers we approach what we do as a way to process and explore some of the
more difficult and messy things life throws at you. We’ve never
been interested in easy answers, which is why we’ve been drawn to
subjects that are challenging and characters that aren’t necessarily
mainstream. We know many of you see yourself in Quentin, as
we do too. We also know that death is one of those subjects that isn’t easy to
process for anyone. We’ve been touched over the years to see how much The
Magicians fandom has supported each other through difficult times. While we
absolutely don’t want to tell you how to feel, we thought it important to tell you
that we hear you. hashtag The Magicians.” I think my favorite response though is
probably John McNamara’s cause he didn’t even try. So he tweeted I echo Sera Gamble
and Alonso Myers. To those who found the season finale cathartic, thanks
for letting us know. To anyone for whom it brought pain, we hear you. I’m
profoundly grateful for the whimsical dark places The Magician takes us. Peace
to all.” So what did we learn from this? Nothing. It’s that they didn’t respond to
a single criticism levied at them. That’s the issue I have with this response is
if you want your fans to think that you care about them which you should because
your fans are the reason you’re still a TV show, you should have responded to
some of the criticism. Instead they went out of their way to talk about how some
people liked it guys maybe you’re just hashtag too sensitive. And then didn’t
comment on anything. Just. You can feel what you want to feel but you’re kind of
wrong about it is the vibe I got from every single one of them. And I just
think that at this point it might have been better for them just to say nothing
at all because what they came out with was uh, was that I guess. I — I mean I’m sure
someone crafted that statement and really thought this was great because it
doesn’t give them any blame, it doesn’t make them take any responsibility for
anything, and makes it appear like they care. But hearing someone and listening
are two very different things and it’s very obvious which one they’re doing.
Which is oh I hear you guys being loud and obnoxious but I’m not actually
listening to what you have to say. And I think part of the problem
is that they’re not seeing this as a serious issue. You know with the with The 100
fandom when they killed Lexa um spoiler alert
sorry. But I mean it’s a pretty big deal there’s a whole bunch of shit about it
so sorry. Um. There was so much backlash about it that the creator had to come
out and like talk about it himself. And the problem with The Magicians stuff is
that they’re not acknowledging anything at all. And they’re just trying to write
this off as oh this is just silly fan people who like are mad that they didn’t
get what they wanted at the end of this. And that’s not what’s happening here. And
it’s incredibly patronizing for someone to tweet that oh I hear you but you’re
wrong about what you’re feeling. Because No I’m not wrong about how I’m feeling.
We’re not wrong about how we read this in this this episode because you did
articles about how you wanted it to be suicidal but you didn’t want it to be
explicitly suicidal. You wanted it to potentially have some leeway to back
down from that. And you can’t now turn around and try to say that we are being
irrational for being upset about frame the framing of his death as a suicide
and framing it as this brave heroic act that he just willingly gave up his life
because the writers didn’t know what else to do with him. And that’s not okay.
The final thing I kind of want to talk about is Quentin’s death itself
um because I think it’s important to discuss in the terms of narrative
function. Um. Like I said I didn’t I didn’t anticipate doing a video
specifically on Quentin’s death. Um. I was just gonna do the one about season four
in general but the glib responses from the showrunners I was kind of upset by
it so I felt like I would channel that into this video. Um. And the thing to start
with is asking why did they kill Quentin? And the answer we have is because they
could and they thought it would be a shock moment. And they even went so far
as to say that he served no narrative function anymore.
So we had to kill him. Which is untrue. Um, because they literally just explicitly
made him bisexual. They could have explored that. They could have explored
what his father’s death and the guilt he carried over having his memories wiped
meant hap — how that affected him. They could have focused on does he feel
any guilt for what he let the monster do while it was possessing Eliot because
he was so desperate to save Eliot. He could explore his relationship with Eliot,
what it means for him and Alice or vice versa. He could explore what his
relationships are with the world around him. Does he want magic anymore? Maybe
that’s his thing at the end of the season is he’s like I don’t think I want
magic anymore. It wasn’t the answer I wanted so he goes off and does his own
thing. You could have had him crazily enough go and seek help because he was
suicidal and depressed and not a single person noticed at all. But I guess that’s
not narratively interesting so guess they just thought to kill him.
John McNamara even went so far as to say that they came to “this idea that
Quentin’s journey felt like it was coming to an end before the other
characters journeys were coming to an end. In terms of everything he was going
to learn about himself and in terms of magic.” And that “Quentin came in with a
very specific purpose and a very specific set of life goals and
challenges and in a way I’m not sure what we would have done with the
character had he lived. It felt like the major question in his life is is my life
truly worth living? Was it a good thing that I didn’t succeed in killing myself
at 15 or 18? He now has that answer. He mattered to these other people and their
lives are never going to be the same for knowing him.” So that’s not like a good
answer if you call yourself a writer. That his purpose as the main character
or one of the main characters was to meet these other people and change their
lives and then die young because the writers had didn’t want to explore his
character anymore. Um. It’s not good and when you’re killing
a character you do need to have a narratively satisfying arc. As much as
they want to go on and on about how this isn’t like not everybody — you don’t get a
Hollywood goodbye. You don’t get these great moments you don’t know. Not
everything feels fair and wrapped up and to that I just say we know. We live in
the world. Like we’re aware that we don’t get Hollywood goodbyes. That people that
we love will die before we get a chance to say goodbye. That things are gonna
change that we can’t control, that we can’t predict. It’s why we watch movies.
It’s why we watch TV shows. It’s why we read books, because we like the rules we
like knowing what we’re going to kind of get out of there. And there were ways to
have Quentin die that felt narratively satisfying, but that would have required
them to put in any amount of effort for the earlier 12 episodes of the series — of
the season, and they just didn’t want to do that. They just wanted to kill him
for the sake of the shock moment and to pat themselves on the back for how
“ambiguous” their ending is. And now they’re kind of perhaps shocked that
people don’t think it’s that great. I don’t know I can’t read their minds. They
don’t want to let anyone know what they’re thinking or feeling which is
fine that’s their thing but. I just cannot get over that this is what they
came up with. I mentioned earlier that they could have done something to make
this more narratively satisfying and what I mean by that is creating an arc
that felt complete even before Quentin died. And they didn’t
do that. Um. They didn’t do anything at all really with Quentin this entire season.
The only thing that Quentin did was the only emotion that Quentin had the only
arc that Quentin had was purely based on Jason’s acting because they gave him
nothing else. I mean his father died nobody commented on it except for Julia
in one episode and then nobody asked him about it again. I mean nobody asked him
about how he was doing. He was physically present the entire season but like
thinking back I can’t really remember anything that he did besides
kill himself and get back together with Alice. … That’s kind of — I’m sure he did
other stuff like I’m he was there. He had to have done something. He had a
quesadilla thing. That was cute. But like they didn’t give him anything else. You know
killing Quentin was always gonna be a dumb move. Um. It’s just a dumb move because
Quentin is the heart of the show. He’s the heart of these this group of people.
He’s the connection between them all. He’s the connection between all these
worlds. And I understand that they wanted to explore what that looked like without
him, but like I don’t think it’s gonna look very good. It’s not a thing I’m
interested in watching. And that’s why I keep saying like it should have had some
sort of narrative conclusion. A show that does this really well is Spartacus my,
one of my favorite shows, where every death felt complete every death mattered
and every person’s story felt complete perhaps before their death or with their
death where yes it sucked that they died but like you felt that their story was
complete in a way that doesn’t feel like the writers saying oh this bisexual
depressed suicidal 20-something grad student has no other purpose in life so
he might as well just die. That’s dumb. Especially because they had so many
things written in that they could have used. They could have had him trapped in
the mirror world. They could have had him trapped in the Underworld. They could
have cut away before we saw him walk through the arc so we weren’t sure if he
was alive or dead. They could have had him go to the castle blackspire with
the monster and just be trapped there like he was going to do at the end of
season 3. Then he would have been off-screen and it still would have had
the same impact of Quentin’s gone without coming up with this dumb shock
twist. They could have something could have gone wrong in the mirror world
because he used magic and maybe he ended up in Filory or a whole other universe
that we haven’t explored yet and nobody knows so they think that he’s dead. It
could have been maybe he got possessed by the monster when
Everett’s trying to take the bottle. You just needed to make it narratively
worthwhile and you didn’t because you had him sacrificed himself.
You keep saying sacrifice himself for Eliot, but Eliot wasn’t there. So that
didn’t pan out. That whole entire 13 episode arc of Quentin’s doing
everything to save Eliot didn’t have a nar — a satisfying conclusion because
Eliot didn’t see the sacrifice. They didn’t even have a moment to speak to
each other or even look at each other really and so that feels
narratively unsatisfying. Having Quentin get back
together with Alice feels narratively unsatisfying because it was so rushed
when like it wasn’t necessary. It would have been so much more satisfying to see
them come together and kind of Quentin go you know I don’t want you not in my
life anymore. Like I want to be able to forgive you. I want to be able to move
past this and work on being friends. Because now with Quentin’s death and how
its framed as a suicide just kind of feel like he’s putting his affairs in
order. And that’s bad like that’s really bad. That’s not how you want his final
declaration of love to be like he’s just putting all his ducks in a row before he
goes off to kill himself. Like that’s not great. And you know the
other thing is having Everett play this crucial role role in the final episode
is like boring because you didn’t build him up enough. I mean he came in and was
like I’m gonna use that and I’m I’m like okay give it to him Quentin
who cares at this point. I mean you didn’t build him up enough as
a bad guy. Like he was just a librarian who wanted to harness magic to learn
power. We don’t know enough about him to know whether he was honest or not. And
it’s the same thing with the library all season. Instead of building that up
organically it was just the library’s evil. And I’m like okay I mean it’s kind
of got fascist roots I suppose but like you didn’t really do a whole lot there
to explore that. Quentin’s death just feels like a waste.
It just feels. It’s it’s just unsatisfying. It feels like a waste and
there’s just — there was no stakes at the end where I didn’t feel that he needed
to do that. I didn’t feel like he needed to kill himself and Everett and the monster.
Like I just didn’t. The monster wasn’t that scary. Eliot was right at the end
of season three. He’s not that scary of a monster. He’s just very childlike and
just wanted to be loved and find, like not be trapped. They gave
the monster a bigger character arc than Quentin this entire season.
I totally forgot about that and then well, I mean, it didn’t matter. The
monsters dead to now so. But that’s a more satisfying ending because you gave
him growth so when he died I felt sad. I was like oh I’m kind of disappointed
because he was showing growth. He was showing this idea that Earth’s not that
bad, people aren’t that bad. That’s a narratively satisfying ending even
though it sucks. Quentin just dying because I guess this guy is bad even
though we’ve not had any interaction with him up until this point, is a
waste and it’s lazy storytelling. If you wanted it to matter you needed to seed
that earlier. You needed to seee Everett earlier. You needed to seed the library
being evil earlier. We should have known that the old gods were librarians
earlier so all these things converging in the second-to-last episode, the
third-to-last whatever, had a bigger impact because the final three episodes
you got slammed with so much information and I’m just like why did we not know
any of this information earlier? That would have raised the stakes it would
have been a much more narratively satisfying season and they just chose
not to. I just cannot get over the fact that like it’s just so bad. Um. And I
understand you know as a writer you as a writer myself like I don’t want to write
anything that’s bad. Like I don’t want to write anything that people don’t enjoy,
that people wouldn’t want to be interested in, but that’s also why you
have other readers. That’s why if you write like a novel you send it to people
to read and ask like oh does this story excite you? Like are you interested in
reading it? Do you care about the characters? And if you’re writing stories
about people whose experiences you don’t understand there’s a thing called
sensitivity readers where you send it off to people who can then tell you if
you’re playing into stereotypes or you perhaps saying things that are offensive
or rude. And I think had these showrunners had
some sort of sensitivity reader when they wrote this final episode somebody
could have pointed out how it does feel like you’re saying suicide is an act of
bravery and that it’s the brave choice and that your life only matters as much
as the people in it. Instead of your life matters because you’re living it. And
that’s like a bad choice narratively. And it’s irresponsible as people who are
writing a television show. You can’t just write whatever you want like like I said
at the beginning of this video, things are not they don’t exist within a
vacuum. There are other forces at work and you have to acknowledge those forces
and when you don’t you end up with this garbage can like this garbage fire that
just does not seem like it’s gonna go out anytime soon. I do want to end by
saying like thank you for watching if you have. I know this might not have been
like the most fun video but it felt cathartic for me to record it. So like
what does all of this mean together? If you put in the intent behind the writers
to make this ambiguous suicide sacrifice and the fact that Quentin had no
narrative arc it just means that Quentin didn’t get an ending that he deserved. I
mean killing Quentin like I said was always gonna be a bad choice narratively,
but you could have done it differently. You could have made it. You
could have made it less positive that he died. You could have had
his friends I don’t know care that he died instead of burn his
stuff in a fire ten minutes after he died. I mean you could have shown us a
little bit more because you want us to be like okay I guess it’s good that
Quentin died and I don’t feel that way. I feel like this is dumb. Like this was a
waste of four years for me to get to this point that the hopeful character,
the character that I related to, was killed off because the writers didn’t
feel like they had anything more to do with him. And it’s
just it’s a waste and it’s just just bad writing and it does not make me
excited for season five no matter how much they want to try
make me excited about how oh there is an overflow of magic now and that’s causing
problems. I don’t care. Magic could disappear tomorrow and I’d
be like I don’t care. I just don’t. Because you’ve already narratively
decided that Quentin no longer matters in any grand scale. And they keep talking
about how Quentin was the main character and how we killed off the like main
white guy and I just think fundamentally they’ve misunderstood their own show.
Because from season 1 Quentin has never been the main character. He was a main
character but for the first few episodes in the entirety of season 1 Julia and
Quentin were the two main characters because they had parallel journeys the
entire time. Both of them were coming in to magic in different ways. It was
neither it wasn’t one story over the others. It was their parallel journeys to
get to the kind of intersection. And then even very early on in season 1 we
started getting character other characters’ points of views. So this idea
that they seemed to have after four years that Quentin’s the main character
and we’re killing him because we want to explore these other characters
completely fundamentally misunderstands their own show because they’ve been
doing that the whole time. That’s the whole point of season 1 is Quentin
learned that he wasn’t this great hero, that he wasn’t the prophesized Savior,
that he wasn’t the chosen one. He was like there to support his friends and he
was there to kind of keep everyone together and be the heart and hope and
kind of keep people fighting for what’s right because that’s what he believes in.
And this ending doesn’t respect that character at all. Like I understand that
they wanted to make sure that they mentioned his mental health because that
was an important part of his character, but you did it so disrespectfully and
you don’t even seem to care about it now. Like what you should have done is when
you came out to make a comment is say, We’ve heard a lot from people who watch
the finale and we are surprised that so many people were so upset by the way
things turned about. It was not our intention for people to feel like we
were pro suicide or saying that it was a brave choice or that
if you are not doing anything brave or heroic that your life
isn’t worth living. That was not our intention. We wanted to make a
conversation happen, but clearly we miss stepped along the way. I mean you don’t
even have to say that but you just have to acknowledge the very real thing that
people are talking about and you chose not to. And so going forward
I just don’t know where they’re going to go from here and it’s not something that
I particularly am interested in seeing where they go from here. I know that they
like to write themselves into a corner and see how they get out but that just
proves to me that killing Quentin had no greater narrative reason because if
you had a narrative reason for killing Quentin, again the season would have felt
that and I would have a little bit more faith in what you’re doing in the future.
But to literally say oh we don’t really know what we’re doing, we’re just kind of
writing ourselves into impossible situations and kind of just seeing how
it plays out, it doesn’t make me confident in your writing ability. It
doesn’t make me confident in the story you’re telling because nothing you’ve
done will then feel narratively like it doesn’t feel like a cohesive narrative.
It just feels like you’re writing random things just for shock and that’s not
good for a TV show. You want things to matter. You want that narrative structure
there, it’s why it’s a television show. It’s why there are rules when you write
things, when you write movies, when you write television shows, when you write
books and novels, because there’s an expectation there. And when you fail to
account for those expectations people feel disappointed. Real life isn’t like a
fiction show absolutely, but that’s why we watch these things. That’s why we
enjoy them because there is rhyme and reason in them in a way that there isn’t
in life. And I’m not watching shows to be reminded that life is unfair. I’m like
well aware of that you could literally look around at any time any part of the
world right now and you could see life is unfair and things are pretty shitty,
so enjoying a fantasy show where there’s a hopeful message at the end of it is
great. Telling me that killing Quentin was to
show that death is messy is dumb. And I know John McNamara’s like well if
we bring him back in season five we’re in danger of hack-dom. But I mean I
wonder if that applies if he comes back in season six.0
If they get that far