If there is a platform that this spring has dominated the beginning of the week, that is HBO Max. Not only for ‘Succession’ or ‘Barry’ but also for ‘Mrs. Davis’, the absurd genius of Damon Lindelof and Tara Hernandez which has reached the conclusion of its first, and for the moment, last season on Tuesday.
An ending that has closed the story of our favorite nun quite well, Simone de betty gilpinand your personal crusade with the highest AI of the world with elements of all kinds: wizards, whales, Jesus himself, the Holy Grail and a large conspiracy organization. By the way, spoilers for the end of the series..
Written by Hernandez and Lindelof from a story by Nadra Widatalla and Chikira Bennett’final intercut. that’s how I am your horse‘ closed the adventure in a quite satisfactory way, leaving us ojipláticos with the account of the creation of the algorithm and an emotional farewell scene between Elizabeth Marvel and Gilpin, with Mrs. Davis disconnecting. Or so it seems to us.
The Grinder of Discord
And it is that in what we see Simone and Wiley (Jake McDorman) moving away on the horizon, the camera takes a slight turn towards the windmill that decorates a commercial establishment. The surprise is capital when it moves slightly.
A cryptic final plane which has its clear meaning: leaving a small question mark both in the viewer and in the series. Although it is a fairly closed ending, this detail could serve as a hook to return with a season 2 that, for the moment, is not confirmed despite the fact that its creators and protagonists want it.
In this sense it is Owen Harrisdirector of the series and responsible for this final episode, who has spoken, among other things, about the meaning of this last shot:
“That’s the reason we go back to the mill, because the mill is not necessarily conclusive about anything. The windmill may simply be the wind. It may be something super natural. It may be something where perhaps someone is communicating from a different area of our history. Maybe it’s Mrs. Davis. We ended up taking the character of Mrs. Davis, which I really like, and you wonder: do we turn her off or not? It’s weird because there’s a small part of you that thinks, do you really want to do it? And especially because you see how Simone has grown from her relationship with Mrs. Davis and has benefited from it in terms of the question that she needed to answer in her own life.
It should feel like that sensation of a cool breeze in the air, or some other scent wafting through the air that can suggest a future for things. Whether it’s Simone and Wiley or something else. That’s what I love about this series, even when I read the pilot, is that feeling of joy and optimism. It is a series that arose from the pandemic and a situation in which we felt trapped, lost and confused. I’ve been making Black Mirrors and even though the ones I did had a sense of care and love, it felt like the world was doing a great job being dystopia and this is a series with a happy heartbeat. This was unashamedly crazy, joyful and absurd and embraced that gaming feeling when everything felt really heavy.”
Black Mirror Davis
In the same interview, Harris talks about his work in ‘Black Mirror’, where he has signed episodes like ‘San Junípero’ or ‘I’ll be right back’ and how Charlie Brooker’s dystopian anthology and this series are alike in that sense:
«This is similar to the Black Mirrors that I have done. They don’t pose a question and give you the answer at the end. They tell you a story that allows you to look at a question from a slightly different point of view that may open up an angle that you may not have considered before. I think Mrs. Davis did a very similar thing.
We raise these big, huge issues of faith, religion, technology; our relationships with all those things, with each other. These bigger questions are not necessarily answered. What we end up doing is we focus on relationships, and as an audience, those are the questions you want answered. He wants to know how things end between people. Because that is what attracts and fascinates us the most.»
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