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In the final hours of the dark comedy, created by Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers, Dory (Alia Shawkat) brings about the end of the world, after her quest to spread joy and love in pill form fails. turns against him.

In truth Research group Fashion, Dory’s intentions to do good to others, and selfishly herself, again evolve into a much more complicated and fatal scenario that puts everyone around her at risk.

“I hate to say it babe, but you did it again,” said Portia (Meredith Hagner), Dory’s staunch friend and short-lived lover. “Except it’s a lot worse this time.

After escaping an entertainment house riddled with Dory-loving zombies, Portia and Elliott (John Early) catch up with Dory and Drew (John Reynolds) handing out “ideas” to enthusiastic consumers and fanatics. Elliott reveals that he replaced his friends’ pills the day before with placebos, preventing them from turning into flesh-seeking zombies that rampage through the city around them. Fearing for their lives, the gang flees to Elliott and Marc (Jeffrey Self).

They watch the news, which warns of a rapidly spreading “unidentified personality disorder”, until they are chased away by Marc and Elliott’s adopted son, turned zombie.

At this point, it’s pretty clear that Shawkat wasn’t lying when she previously spoke to TBEN about “[wraping] this world while destroying it at the same time. Dory and her friends roam the streets of New York City where they are greeted by seemingly endless chaos and bloodshed around every corner.

To make matters worse, Marc reveals he ate an entire bag of jelly beans he found on the floor – yes, he means those pills. Moments later, he begins to cough up blood and chase after Elliott and the group of friends. Before he can maim the main characters, he is run over by a car full of former Dory supporters.

The finale continues with Dory, Drew, Portia and Elliott running towards a bridge, led by a background character played by series co-creator Charles Rogers. Arriving in the quarantine zone, Dory, Drew, and Elliott are safe, but the guards take Portia away pretending she looks brainless and like a zombie. After everything they’ve been through, the trio decide to save their friend and they reunite, just briefly before being surrounded by zombies. As things seem to be drawing to a close for the inseparable group, a masked savior repels the zombies with a blowtorch. Chantal (Clare McNulty), who has been groomed by all the end-time talk and conspiracies of late wife Liquorice Montague (Kathy Griffin), takes the friends to her underground shelter. There, she and Dory bicker over who really brought the end of the world, a cheeky reference to the first season, and questions surrounding Dory’s initial intentions to track down a then-missing Chantal.

“Now the world is ending because of me,” admits Dory

“No, the world is ending because of me,” Chantal refutes.

Once settled in, the friends reflect on how long the chaos will last and whether what appears to be the end of the world was meant to unfold like this. And while it’s easy to expect Jeff Goldblum’s Tunnell Quinn to reveal the violent infatuation was just another of his sims, the finale moves months later to a New York wilderness. and post-apocalyptic where Dory and Drew get married and Portia and Elliott witness the extremely intimate ceremony.

The gang returns home but before entering the security zone, they are rinsed with disinfectant spray and scanned fleas confirm their human status. The friends think about their next steps and their future, just before they stumble upon a wall covered with hundreds or even thousands of “missing posters”.

In the obvious reminder to one of the Research groupFrom the first photos, Dory takes a look at the different instructions. However, instead of starting a quest to find one of the missing, Dory continues to catch up with her friends, who have accompanied her through unimaginable hells and returned. This is when the search ends.

Give your opinion on Research groupThe latest genre change in the series is co-creator, executive producer, writer, director and co-showrunner Charles Rogers. It explains how the start of the pandemic inspired the onscreen zombie apocalypse, and how the End of the World connects to the show’s general themes of narcissism and selflessness. Read a brief Q&A below, which has been edited for length and clarity.

TBEN: How did you and Sarah-Violet come up with the idea that a zombie apocalypse would tie the whole series together?

ROGER: We knew we wanted Dory to relive her near-death experience and become enlightened with great existential purpose Marianne Williamson-style, but once COVID started to spread in the very beginning of 2020, we started to seed. the idea that Dory and her friends are causing a worldwide virus and basically ending up with the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse on some level. We obviously weren’t expecting COVID to become what it has become, so as we all headed for lockdown, we realized that a more female-friendly dish for this experience – like zombies – would be nice. . more fun to watch.

TBEN: Why did you think a horror tour was the best way to revisit some of the big themes of the show: growing up and narcissism?

ROGER: The show’s commentary on adulthood comes to a head with friends “all becoming adults” at the same time as they bring about the end of the world, and there is something significant about the idea. that the culmination of all their choices, experiences and denial would amount to an apocalypse. There has always been an irony that in order to be fulfilled you may have to hurt yourself and others, and that any act of selflessness can always be intrinsically linked to narcissism.

It’s not necessarily a nihilistic take on life, especially because the show also celebrates what’s beautiful, cranky, and hilarious about human nature. But there is something interesting about an anarchist invitation like this that can make you think about the meaning of anything and what we are made of at any level.

And maybe the spiral still leads to doomsday horror.

TBEN: You mentioned earlier that last season’s satire takes on “how it feels like you’ve been at the height of black madness in this country for a few years”. How does that lend itself to the final?

ROGER: When designing the collective hysteria that you see at the end of the series, we thought more about classic end times examples like the movie. The day of the grasshopper or the paintings of Hieronymus Bosch or the Book of Revelations, than to say the riots on the Capitol. There is a balance in the writing of the series, where we want to do something that feels both timeless but also pointed to the present moment. So we didn’t want this to sound like a carbon copy of Covid’s hysteria, protests, and political divide – something important would have gotten lost in the translation had we tried to replicate our current state of being. .

Instead, the season takes a more fantastical approach – the aesthetic has never been so colorful, contagion begins in the form of jelly beans, and the final scene almost feels like a dream. Hopefully all of this gives the season the right distance from the real world where people can step back and reflect on the madness and trauma we’ve been through over the past few years.

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