Open Thread

The Best TV Endings, in This Week’s Open Discussion

What makes a finale satisfying?

This week, Slate’s Willa Paskin wrote about the complex and daring ending of HBO’s I May Destroy You, Michaela Coel’s compelling new comedy-drama dealing with sexual assault. This has us thinking about the best endings in TV history and what, exactly, makes them so satisfying? What elements do you need for a good finale? Do you want an ending to allow you to move on or give you the stirring feeling that you’d like to watch the show over from the start? Discuss the hows and whys of your favorite TV endings, in this week’s thread.

The Open Discussions are here for commenters to connect with one another outside the fast-moving, sometimes contentious article pages. It’s a place for online friends to share a joke or newcomers to get their feet wet. As always, our discussion topic is a suggestion, not a command, so feel free to (civilly) talk among yourselves.