July 31 2018

The Last Man on Earth Cliffhanger Resolved

The Last Man on Earth ended its fourth season on a cliffhanger, and then it was sadly canceled. What happened next? Series star Will Forte has luckily revealed the ending.

When we last saw Tandy (Forte) and the crew, they seemed to be in a good place, and looking to establish a home in their virus destroyed world. Then, as the season closed, we saw them surrounded by dozens of people in gas masks and Tandy said his infamous, “Balls.” What happened next? Appearing on the Good One podcast, we finally know who those people were.

But the way that we would have handled these people — basically they had been in this bunker and they went down when the virus had first started. They had some kind of medical expert or scientist who knew, “At this certain point, the virus will be dormant. You’ll be safe to get back out.” Then they see a bunch of stragglers — us. And we represent a real threat to them, because they’d thought everything was dead, so they quarantine us.

And we eventually communicate with them a little bit. They get comfortable with us. They’re very nice people. They look scary but they end up being nice people. They’re probably a couple famous people in there hopefully, or at least one. Somebody, I don’t know. Somebody’s acting. Somebody’s the main person. And eventually we’d all get comfortable with each other, and they would kind of let one person out. They wouldn’t be scared anymore.

But then we are immune to the virus but we’re carriers. And so we would infect them and they’d die like wildfire. And then we’re back to just us. And maybe one famous person we could talk into staying around. So that would have been it. That arc would have lasted four or five episodes. At the very end we were hearing, “Oh they’re going to bring you back for ten episodes so you can finish up.” Because to be honest, I told you about the schedule being just so insane and I was thinking, Oh, ten episodes sounds great. It sounds like a doable amount that I won’t go crazy with. So we would have tried to figure out how we would have rushed to the ending.

I hate cliffhangers, so I’m grateful Forte has revealed the ending here. Seeing as Carol (Kristen Schaal) liked to draw ‘portraits’ for every funeral, I can just imagine a line of her drawings at a mass grave.

The Last Man on Earth was one of those sitcoms that were almost too clever. It constantly reinvented itself and you never had a clue where it was going with the story next. That’s part of the reason I loved it.

All the episodes are on Hulu if you’ve never seen it, and they are well worth a watch if you’re looking for another binge.

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