Obliterated EPs on That Finale ‘Climax,’ Plus Hope for Future Seasons: ‘As Long as There Are Bad Guys in the World…’
Spoiler alert: We’re about to discuss a minor plot point from the finale (Episode 8) of Obliterated, now streaming on Netflix.
The minds behind Netflix’s Obliterated had a simple vision for the Las Vegas-set action-comedy series: “big reactions, big laughs, big scares and big tension.” If you’ve binged (or possibly tripped) your way through the show’s eight-episode first season this weekend, you already know that this was a mission accomplished.
Speaking of accomplishing missions, can we talk about that ending? And no, we’re not referring to the team successfully thwarting the terrorists’ plot to blow up Las Vegas. We figured that would happen. We’re talking about McKnight (Nick Zano) and Ava (Shelley Hennig) finally finishing, you know, the business they started in Episode 1. Then boom. Cut to black. Roll credits.
According to executive producers Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, the decision behind that final (money) shot was two-fold: not only did the characters deserve it after two-failed attempts throughout the season, but they also “didn’t think we’d ever seen a show that ended on a shot like that.” (If they’re wrong, we’d love to hear about it in the comments.)
The moment was made even more memorable when paired with suggestive imagery (champagne bottles popping, etc.) from the team’s victory party. “The last line of the script is very descriptive,” the EPs note.
But will there be a morning after for McKnight and Ava? “Obviously nothing’s promised” in terms of the show getting a second season, but the EPs are “hopeful that the world reacts to the show like we hope they do.” And if the opportunity for a second season does present itself down the line, they’re ready to make it happen: “We fall in love with our characters and everything we write, and the movies that we wrote throughout our careers have had sequels.”
Simply put: “As long as there are bad guys in the world, then there’s the potential for our team to come together and party and hopefully save the day elsewhere.”
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