Warning! Spoilers for The Third Day below!
Series finales are always heavily scrutinized. This is especially true of a show like The Third Day. Built on mystery and just general oddities, the HBO miniseries is one of the strangest shows on television this year. This island of Osea and its inhabitants are all complicated enigmas that draw audiences in. But after five episodes, was the ending going to close the circle properly?
The Third Day culminates in the moment everyone who has been following the show has been waiting for. The second half of the show has been even more twist heavy than the episodes starring Jude Law. The difference is the sudden changes have delivered revelations and not added to the mystery. This is one reason the “Winter” episodes may be more intriguing to some.
This is also an example of the great writing of the show. Each episode has been a confusing build to the meeting in the series finale. As weird as things got (and this is not counting the 12 hour live special), The Third Day kept giving viewers an audience to come back to. The question became just how complicated would the show decide to make things?
Thankfully, the writers decide to make things refreshingly simple. Taking all six episodes as a whole, everything makes much more sense. The Third Day is less about a mysterious island and its people’s traditions (though this is still a big part of the story). Instead, it is a tale about loss, grief, and how people handle them. Some may be upset by how easily things are resolved – the answers regarding the island seem unimportant in the grand scheme of things – but the show is a powerful one.