It felt rushed and unsatisfactory for all those who had invested in the show for two seasons and was a perfect example of a show that was barrelling towards its season final without the knowledge of whether it would proceed to a third season or not.
I wouldn’t be surprised to hear alternate endings might have been shot and tacked on the end in the editing suite.
It’s very common for most dramas (including overseas) to reach a season finale without knowing whether they will return or not. Offspring was rarely renewed for two seasons under TEN’s former Programming Chief David Mott in 2012. That meant writers could craft Patrick’s demise at the end of S4 knowing they could rebuild Nina Proudman’s world from within for S5.
To their credit, it’s been a strong season. Last week we saw the shocking twist that Thomas (Ben Barrington) has seemingly been cheating on our Nina. Bastard! Didn’t he see what she went through in S4?
I’m not going to give anything away on how that plays out.
But I will say this. There are two episodes remaining and it feels like the storylines are being tied up. Not just for Nina, but for our ensemble too. If I didn’t know better I’d swear everybody expected to end the series here, but the audience response has thrown a bit of a curve ball. That would be a backhanded compliment.
The dilemma for writers in these limbo situations is to give a satisfactory closure that serves the season, can be an effective series closer (if it isn’t renewed), yet leaves the show room to explore new stories (if it is).
It’s a big call. Based on the track record of writers and producers thus far, you’d have to presume they can achieve this.