And so SIX comes to an end. That was both the best and worst series finale I’ve ever seen. To be honest, even if it had been just a season finale as intended, I may have felt the same. The writers threw everything into that gut-wrenching, heart-breaking episode and took us on a ride of emotions I will not soon forget.
I can’t truly recap the episode, not and do it any sort of justice. So a simple review and a goodbye will have to suffice.
We’re left with pain. For everyone, cast, crew, characters, and fans. Somehow this series ended with the most depressing finale possible. No one was safe, no one was guaranteed even a sliver of joy. Injuries and death abounded throughout. It was perhaps the most accurately told military story ever in that sense. For true warriors, it never ends. They bring home scars and pain both seen and unseen. War continues in one form or another. And for our SEAL team that held true.
As an audience, we hope for happy endings, yet also crave the gritty reality that comes from the ambivalent. Barry Sloane warned us all that we’d be angry at the end of the finale and that held true for almost everyone on twitter at least. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many cuss words scrolling by while live tweeting.
We’re left with so many questions it’s insane. Of course, that’s to be expected with any show cut off at it’s prime, but this felt particular egregious. Will Caulder survive his brain injury? Will Fishbait be paralyzed? Will Jackie recover from having to shot Marissa? Maybe most importantly, how will Bear continue after the news of Lena’s murder? That image. Those words, “I’m coming home” uttered on a voicemail to a dead wife. That will haunt me for a long time.
Thank you to everyone involved in this show for delving deep and giving us such a phenomenal show. For the respect shown to active duty, to veterans, and to military spouses. For the cast who live-tweeted along with fans, engaging to a level we don’t often see. For the creators who took a chance, going places other military shows haven’t had the courage. Thank you.
SIX created something special. Time for the other military shows to step-up and honor the legacy it created.