Daisy Jones and The Six Spoilers Ahead
An ending could make or break a series. While in some unfortunate cases, it ruins years of development and regresses for reasons that aren’t clear, the memorable shows remain the ones that satisfy their viewers while simultaneously honoring the characters. Amazon Prime’s Daisy Jones and The Six is the latter, using its final episode to make the story a compelling work of art, combined with the stunning penultimate.
From the beginning, the narrative tells the audience that the Chicago show matters, but it never prepares us for love brimming within—in fact, it almost leads us to believe it’ll be a blood match. But Daisy Jones and The Six takes the Chicago show and fuels every flickering minute of the performance with an unbeatable sort of adoration that catalyzes their breakup. Whether it’s Daisy walking over to Karen during “No Words,” Simone’s inclusion in “The River,” or the “Look At Us Now (Honeycomb)” encore, every minute of the performance is a profoundly poignant spectacle that stays with you.
At its crux, Daisy Jones and The Six is about second chances. It’s a story that focuses on seizing the opportunity to live again, and it’s about people realizing that they don’t have to remain broken. It’s about agency, redemption, forgiveness, and the kind of love that lasts a lifetime. From the crowd starting the first few notes of “Look At Us Now (Honeycomb)” to Daisy’s quiet, beautifully sincere “go,”—it’s a masterpiece, brought to our screens brilliantly with Riley Keough, who’s been a star throughout and to the very final moment. Keough packs so much heart and understanding into her expression that it’s all-encompassing. One word, but colossal in significance—go, it’s okay, live, heal, it’s okay.
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It’s hard to talk about this finale without calling every scene and performer beautiful because that’s what it comes down to. How Camila Morrone plays her anguish during the performance and the years of heartaches that she’s repressed to the love in her eyes while recording the video is gut-wrenching to watch. Sam Claflin’s authentic display of vulnerability in his inability to sing, followed when he talks about Camila and what their life meant to him, is no small achievement. Everything we see with Suki Waterhouse and Will Harrison embodies the heartaches between then and now. And then there’s how Sebastian Chacon and Josh Whitehouse foil each other’s vastly opposite feelings—it all appears like a grievous car crash bound to leave a mark.
“I’ve been in love. And it hurts, doesn’t it? But it doesn’t have to. Love doesn’t have to bombs, tears, and blood. Love can be peace. And it could be beautiful. And if you’re lucky to find somebody who lifts you up, even when you don’t deserve it—that’s where the light is. […] Find someone who helps you see the light. This is a love song.”Daisy Jones, Aurora Tour, Chicago
Daisy Jones and The Six is a love story, and how the final performance maps out this fact by allowing the characters to choose themselves and, by extension, each other is a heartbreaking tragedy. Additionally, the differences between the book to the show work to establish why it matters that their recoveries and second chances are of their own doing and no one else’s. Theirs is a story about the trials of messy, complex people finding their glimmer of hope in the somebody who matters most to them, but simultaneously knowing their time has to end.
It’s interesting how Julia’s role thus makes the story that much more captivating because she’s the only person they’d share the truth with—the only person who’d dig deep to find the unfiltered heart of the band’s time together. It’s about knowing that when a good thing can go bad, you have to let it go before destruction damages people further, which is essentially what the Chicago performance marks—their conviction (sans Warren, whose oblivious spirit is part of the splendor). And in the very end, it’s all about Camila Dunne—the heart of the band, the brilliant source of light in all their lives. It’s a celebration of her life, desires, unbeatable warmth, and how her presence changed all their lives for the better. It’s why the name still works without Pete because it’s about Camila and everything she embodies and stands for.
The vulnerability each performer brings to our screens when they talk about her makes the episode nearly impossible to watch (in the best way). It feels too authentic, staggeringly bare, achingly transparent, and so profoundly earnest. And that’s not a bad thing, not even close, but damn if it doesn’t hurt. Daisy Jones and The Six is about understanding that second chances can lead to the most sensational developments if only people allow themselves to believe. It’s about the detail that soulmates aren’t always meant to be together and that real, lasting love knows no bounds. The love they all share for each other and every remnant of it that they picked up from the stage in Chicago to carry with them is palpable in every word they speak throughout the interviews, making it much more haunting and simultaneously healing.
Daisy Jones and The Six is now streaming on Prime Video.