We've all watched those period dramas where we've gotten into the story and like a good number of the characters and then the period drama ends and all we can say is "WHAT?!" (Or you didn't like the period drama at all, but you still expected a decent ending). Here is my list of the Top 5 Worst Period Drama Endings (keep in mind that this is my opinion). Of course, there will be spoilers ahead, so read at your own risk.
5. He Knew He Was Right -- Main PlotNever mind the subplots (which were better than the main plot anyway), the main plot must be counted on this list. While watching the main plot that told the story of Emily and Louis Trevelyan's marriage falling apart, you feel as if you're watching a train wreck in slow motion. Then it gets to the end and though you were hoping that somehow the damage wasn't too bad and could be put back together, it couldn't and lives were lost (okay, one life). Not exactly the ending you were hoping for... But at least you could say that Louis finally believes his wife and that she has been faithful to him, however it cost him his life.
4. Mill on the Floss (1997)One of the things the 1978 version of Mill on the Floss did better than the newer version was the ending: it was inevitable that Maggie and Tom were going to die and there was some form of closure at the ending with Mrs. Tulliver and Phillip Wakem visiting the grave. With this version... First of all, it was so dumb how they died: they both fell in the water and it was as if they didn't even try to get out (which they totally could have) and it didn't even look like Tom was that tangled in the rope. Secondly, they fall into the water and drown... and that was it. No closure. Let's ignore the fact that Phillip Wakem (along with most of the other characters) practically disappear from the story. They die and that's it. There should have been at least another three minutes to wrap up the ending.
3. Remains of the DayAh yes, the ending that makes you say, "Why did I watch this movie in the first place?" (though for me, it was because we were watching it in class). The ending made the entire plot line pointless: the whole plot was about the butler, Mr. Stevens's relationship with the housekeeper, Miss Kenton, before she left to get married (a marriage that was unhappy and ended up being estranged). The story is pretty much told in this giant flashback and then the ending comes in the present where Miss Kenton was supposed to go back with Mr. Stevens to the house they were working at. But in the ending, Miss Kenton was pretty much like "Oh, I'm not going to go back to work with you anyways. Bye." So Mr. Stevens goes back to the house he works at and releases doves with the new owner, and that was it. So, why did we watch this movie? Essentially it was a pointless flashback... an okay flashback, but pointless.
2. A Christmas Carol (2009)I disliked this version of A Christmas Carol pretty quickly while watching it, but the ending badly ended a bad version of A Christmas Carol. Yeah, I should have known what I was getting into when I knew Jim Carrey was going to be a bunch of characters, but that ending was ridiculous. Scrooge ceased to be Scrooge and was just Jim Carrey in all his nuttiness and antics. Riding on the back of carriages, acting silly in the streets... I know Scrooge is supposed to be overjoyed about life, but it was just ridiculous.
|I just couldn't show Matthew at the side of the road... Still too painful... |
This is where it should have ended.
1. Downton Abbey -- Series 3Cruel, Julian Fellowes, absolutely cruel! Now, you all know how much I love Downton Abbey: I fell in love with it while watching the first series. I thought the first Series ended cruelly (in fact, I nearly put it down in this list)... until I remembered the ending of Series 3. Honestly, there should be a rule that you don't kill of a character at the last possible second of a series. I know, Dan Stevens wanted to leave Downton Abbey to pursue other options (in my opinion, not a good decision), but did they have to kill off Matthew at the last second the way they did? And right after Mary gave birth to their son and heir? It was bad enough that Sybil died half way through the series and then Matthew has to die too? We were still getting over Sybil! They should have just ended the entire show at the birth of Matthew and Mary's heir... just so we could walk away and feel good. Because of this ending, I'm really not looking forward all that much to Series 4... I'll still watch it, but I don't have any great hopes for it...
So, that's my list of my Top 5 Worst Period Drama Endings? Which period dramas do you think have the worst endings? Leave a comment!