Why ‘Angel’s’ Ending Was Fitting for the Show

Why ‘Angel’s’ Ending Was Fitting for the Show

One of the shows that I used to watch all the time was Angel. For those who don’t know, it was a spinoff of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, with David Boreanaz (yes, the one from Bones) at the helm. He played Angel, a vampire with a soul. Charisma Carpenter’s Cordelia joined in him Los Angeles from Sunnydale and they met Irish half-demon Doyle, played by Glenn Quinn.

There were slow moments during the five-year run. In fact, I really didn’t like the fourth season but I kept watching in the hope that it would get better. Luckily, season five picked it up again—I guess I was just a big fan of James Marster’s Spike joining the team by that point.

The ending of the show was a cliffhanger, even though Joss Whedon knew that the show was not continuing for another year. He always said that it was done deliberately, and really it was a fitting end for Angel. The group of protagonists were trapped in an alley, surrounded by various demons with no way out. It looked like they were all about to die, and would go down fighting.

Of course, we know now that Whedon always had plans to bring out an Angel comic, like he did with Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The story continued through the comics, but it still left some fans angry about the ending to the show. It felt like Whedon wasn’t quite finished and they wanted the loose ends tied up.

Really, it was a fitting end. It proved that not everything ends the way you expect it. It doesn’t always have a happy ending where the battle is over and the heroes live to tell the tale. Angel made it very clear that it was a war, and really the war can keep going on. The good guys might not survive (some didn’t), and life isn’t always nice tied up in a bow at the end. Loose ends are left.

Angel isn’t the only show to have that type of ending. Lost annoyed many fans by having a lot of loose ends left untied—questions left unanswered. The Sopranos had many fans questioning whether their cable just cut out right at the end.

Show runners like to keep us guessing and don’t always end shows the way we would like or expect. Angel left with one battle gone and another coming up. It fit the style of the show, in my opinion. I was happy with it.

What was one of your favorite TV shows? Did it end how you expected? Maybe it hasn’t ended yet. If that’s the case, feel free to share how you’d like it to end.

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