So, all things considered, I’m high key obsessed with how the show ended? Like, don’t get me wrong, I’d much prefer to get a season 5 (at least) and let it end properly with intent but considering it was cancelled, I honestly feel so lucky that this is how it ended.
Because, sure, there’s a lot left really open but it’s all things where their future conclusions can kind of be guessed?
Of course, everything I’m about to say from here on out is pure speculation based mostly on what we’ve seen on the show with a bit of my bias and desires thrown in, haha, but stiiill...
Let’s start with the Hills.
Even if they do go away, which I think they will and probably before they find out about Annie. In fact, they might already be gone by the time she’s in handcuffs. Presuming there would’ve been a time jump at the beginning of season 5 — which I think there would have been — we might get some glimpses into the Hills’ lives before they inevitably return to Detroit because they will. Failing that, the show might have jumped between them in their new lives and the others back in Detroit but come on, they’re coming back eventually. We know this. We also know Ruby and Stan are going to be fine, even if they argue or even if it becomes clear moving wasn’t the right choice and leads to a (temporary) breakdown in their relationship, they always come back together.
I think getting away would’ve shown Stan what Beth’s dream sequence showed her: things won’t change. No matter what’s been said it’s clear Stan still believes that half the things going on with Ruby are because of Beth but being away from her will probably show him that’s not true and leaving really didn’t change a thing. Plus, I think it would’ve become clear that he can’t break Beth and Ruby up, haha.
Then there’s Annie.
We know at some point she’s getting out of prison. Either Beth pulls strings to get her out and possibly even gets the help of Rio or even Phoebe who — and this is where my personal desires really come in — might continue to battle with her moral compass to decide what lines she’s willing to cross because she knows Annie didn’t commit those crimes and the law doesn’t always work. And let’s say Annie does get out. It could be for good, it could just be on bail. A time jump would cover her initial time in prison (or time out on bail) and bring us closer to a court day which could mean Beth doesn’t pull strings but we see Annie getting off in a somewhat legal way. Or hell, maybe she spends a good chunk of the season inside. Maybe the whole season. I doubt it but even if she does, she will get out, just like Ruby (and the Hills) will return home.
And we also know that Greg(g) still cares about Annie and a part of him is possibly even still a little in love with her so there’s no way he’d take Ben from her, at least not entirely, and we’ve seen how much Ben has changed/grown (including his relationship with Annie) so if he finds out the truth about everything, there most likely would’ve been an exploration of that (like there was with Sara), but there’s no way he would turn his back on her. At least not forever.
And then Beth.
We can presume her new council position would’ve been throughout season 5. No doubt — especially if there was going to be a time jump — her divorce would’ve been settled and a custody agreement in place. If Annie’s in prison or going on trial, that would be her main priority. At least to begin with.
Tying into that would be Rio because he’s working with her. There’s that whole, “you got it, boss” moment but god, there’s just so much there. This is really the first time that, other than maybe 1x04 (and that era), where they’re mutually deciding to work together and not one worming their way into the other’s business or being forced to work for one another. She says he works for her now and the fact he agrees is a verbal confirmation that he’s relinquishing some of his power because arguably, he wouldn’t have wanted to give that up before when he had Nick on his back. There’s already limited power for him to give, why give it to someone who’s new? Someone he could simply just have power over but he doesn’t need to now.
And listen, I really highly doubt it would have been Beth in a boss position with Rio on her payroll doing anything and everything she said. What feels like the likely scenario is that they’ll work together. Like, sure, she might have a slight edge over him but I don’t see it being a repeat of Nick’s control over him, I don’t see Rio letting that happen again. The last two episodes showed trust, communication (albeit minor), and as I said, a relinquish of (some) power.
Even if I’m wrong, which we’ll never know now, but let’s say I am, they’re still going to be working together in season 5 and everything screams that it’ll be different to the previous times because it benefits them both and presumably quite equally. Will it be smooth sailing? Doubtful. But if the finale suggests anything, it’s that they’ll be together (at least in business, but who knows where else it would’ve gone).
And honestly based on that conversation with Nick in 4x16 — and maybe this is my desires really creeping in again — Rio would help with Annie because even if it’s not out of the goodness of his heart, Beth’s priorities would no doubt be there and her focus on the business could slip in a dangerous way. It’s beneficial all-round to get Annie out whereas, at least at the time, getting Dean out wasn’t so much (plus we know his strings were through Nick who probably wouldn’t have helped with Dean anyway). Still, there is the possibility that he believes it’s good all round if Annie stays in prison and that she takes the blame but that could still lead to her getting less prison time or a miss-trial or whatever so it won’t come back on anyone else. I mean, we have to remember putting her prints on the gun was Annie’s idea and was to protect Beth, she might even want to stay in prison if it means keeping the heat off of Beth.
My point is, every part of the open-ending has at least one definite detail. Like, Stan and Ruby would be fine and would eventually come home. Annie would get out of prison (or no longer be under arrest) at some point (there could possibly be a trial). And Beth would be divorced and co-parenting. As well as that, she and Rio would’ve actually worked together and been on the same side in a way that, let’s be honest, they’ve never fully been.
Like, it’s speculation, plain and simple but there’s no way we wouldn’t have gotten that bare minimum for the girls (and Rio, technically, although I do believe there’s more for him too). So really, the “cliffhangers” — the Hills possibly leaving, Annie being arrested, Beth and Rio’s new roles/working relationship — they all have obvious directions (albeit multiple options) and the fact a tv series finale, that wasn’t supposed to be the final ever one, left so much open for exploration but still managed to offer some guidance to how it could go and the key things that might (or: probably will) happen, it’s the better kind of open-ending for sure.
Again, I want a season 5, but based on all the season finales we’ve had, I’m so happy it was this one that became unintended end for the show.
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