Blindspot Finale: What Was Up With That Ending!?!?

Season finales are supposed to be momentous. Shows should do enough to justify spending months (or years) on a particular storyline, but also tease future storylines. Of course, that's simple in theory and difficult in execution -- as evidenced by the final episode of Blindspot's second season.

"Lepers Repel" brought the season-long Sandstorm plot to a head, complete with the needed showdowns between Kurt (Sullivan Stapleton) and Shepherd (Michelle Hurd) and Jane (Jaimie Alexander) and Roman (Luke Mitchell). It also offered some brief moments of reflection and synthesis among the characters, with Kurt and Jane finally confirming their love for one another and the other members of the team playing up their Fast and Furious-esque makeshift family. In those moments, Blindspot successfully capped off the best parts of an improved second season.

Yet, amid those high points, this finale turned in some of the messiest, try-hard finale-iest stuff you'll see all May.

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The ongoing crusade to stop Shepherd and Sandstorm already had pretty clear stakes -- like end of the free republic stakes. "Lepers Repel" picked up right where last week's penultimate affair ended, with Kurt stuck in an underground bunker with the other COGS hoping to enact the Truman Protocol and restart the federal government once Shepherd destroyed it. Once Kurt and the returning Keaton (Chad Donella) broke out of the bunker and returned to the team, the hunt for the most dangerous terrorist was on.

In crafting the hunt for Shepherd, creator Martin Gero and company demonstrated a great sense of continuity, pulling the random threads of the season and Shepherd's plan -- the satellite, the rocket fuel, the microchip Jane and Roman stole, the recent procurement of toxic material, etc. -- together to actually illustrate that Shepherd was as smart as she pretended to be. Those are the kinds of things that reward close viewing, but also show that writers rooms can craft long stories about world domination.

However, for some reason, the episode also featured an extra angle that was simply not needed. Apropos of nothing, the new FBI director kindly informed Jane that she wouldn't have to stay in New York, or with the unit, once Sandstorm had been defeated. Suddenly, everyone on the team was having conversations about whether or not they wanted to remain together, professionally or personally. Patterson (Ashley Johnson) expressed a desire to move on and urged Jane and Weller to do the same. Keaton randomly offered Zapata (Audrey Esparza) a job with CIA. Reade (Rob Brown) affirmed his potential move to Quantico.

This was intended to give the hunt for Shepherd an additional spark of interpersonal drama. Will Jane and Weller ever admit their feelings for one another? Has Patterson finally broken down after holding everyone together for two years? Is Zapata fed up with the FBI's half measures?

Blindspot Renewed For Season 3 By NBC

Laid out like that, with consideration of Blindspot Season 2 in totality, this drama and these questions track pretty well. The show has committed to telling those stories -- in spurts, but they've still been there -- and therefore it was worthwhile to attempt to make some bigger pay-off with them. But it was handled so awkwardly, with the unnecessary external pressure of different job offers or life opportunities, that it fell flat.

And that was before the episode answered those lingering questions with a rousing shrug. Jane and Weller did finally hook up, but nobody left the unit. They cried it out, laughed it out and drank it out.

That the show thought a finale about the possible end of the U.S. government needed this extra nonsense and then did very little with that nonsense is just disappointing. That it in some ways distracted from the otherwise good Sandstorm stuff -- shortening the pursuit for Shepherd to a pretty generic shootout, solid fisticuffs and a whole lot of Patterson barking out orders while looking at a screen -- is even more disappointing.

Shepherd, the one good villain this show has ever had, ultimately went out like a chump. As much as the opening minutes built her up as a real threat, the remainder of the hour made her look as ill-equipped as any goon-of-the-week. Even her monologue to Weller about his commitment to doing the right thing and fixing America rang hollow, despite Michelle Hurd's best attempts.

Meanwhile, Roman somehow came out of this all looking even worse. He didn't exactly turn against his mother again, nor did he really commit to being fully evil. While those shades of gray work well for a show like this, him simply jogging away while Jane froze, gun in hand, felt pretty anticlimactic.

Of course, that both Shepherd and Roman got the short shrift and yet still remain alive is surely connected to the episode's final moments. Two years in the future, Jane has left the team -- and the modern world -- to climb mountains and hang out with monks.

Little of her self-exile was shown, however, because Weller quickly re-emerged, bearing a literal mystery box addressed to Jane and featuring some kind of disc that "activated" Jane's tattoos into... doing something. They lit up like a Christmas tree. MYSTERY ABOUNDS.

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There's no reason to speculate what this all means. That's what the (somewhat surprisingly greenlit) Season 3 is for. But Blindspot did a rock-solid job of moving beyond clunky tattoo-related mysteries this season, and became a better show for it. A return to that might have been enough to convince NBC to order a third season, but it doesn't seem particularly exciting to me.

Ultimately, "Lepers Repel" played like a season finale from a show that knew it could be cancelled. It worked supremely hard to create the illusion of potential change, only to return things to the status quo and only then to jump ahead in time to suggest the kind of change that characters didn't actually choose. Along the way, it kneecapped a couple of solid characters that could very well return but likely won't be as compelling the next time around.

Now that Season 3 is confirmed, hopefully Blindspot moves on from the messiness of this episode and remembers what made it semi-regularly improved in this run.

Blindspot returns in the fall and moves to Friday nights on NBC.

This article originally appears on TV Guide.com.

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May 29, 2017
Blindspot has excellent characters and is fun to watch. Not too happy about Fridays, but somehow H-5-OH thrives there--although I no longer bother with it. Anyway, the real TV season is getting underway with some great stuff from many sources like Hulu, Netflix, Amazon, TNT, as well as others...
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May 27, 2017
Corky-- Are you a fucking retard? This show just reset itself... I know that when you work for the corporate man you can only say the most mundane and moronic things-- but really do try to make it look like you're not a complete fucking retard in the attempt.
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May 30, 2017
Man, are you seriously going mad because of a Blindspot pseudo article?
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May 26, 2017
Well it glad that Blindspot got season 3. Just really hope it can win back viewers.
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May 23, 2017
Other than their extreme methods, I'm still not convinced that Sandstorm are actually the villains of this show. Every nefarious thing they accuse the government of is true. They spent an entire season exposing rampant corruption across the governmental spectrum. For me, this is much like Continuum where the "terrorists" could be quite easily viewed as "freedom fighters" by a large section of the populace.
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May 21, 2017
They move the show to Friday?? A lot of shows got canceled because the ratings didn't go very well after the show was put on Friday nights. I hope this doesn't happen to this show...
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May 20, 2017
That's really a plot twist, a big one by the way.
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May 20, 2017
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THIS IS ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THIS PIECE OF SHIT SITE ANYMORE - WHICH WAS DESTROYED LAST YEAR BY CBS AND TVGUIDE - FUCK THEM BOTH!!!
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May 29, 2017
Well said...
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May 19, 2017
I HATED the second season and removed the show from my DVR half way through. Luke Mitchell sucks, and did to Blindspot what he did to Agents of SHIELD last season.
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May 19, 2017
An improved second season? That's a joke right? The second season has been a complete mess compared to season one, I was hoping they wouldn't renew this but at least with how it ended it gives me hope that they will wipe the slate clean and possibly return to what made it a interesting show in the first place.
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May 19, 2017
I like Blindspot. Season 1 was pretty damn good, Season 2 has not been up to Season 1 standards, but was still very enjoyable. There are very very few shows out there that are always strong. Now, the ending obviously was arranged in such a way that if the show wasn't renewed, we probably would have ended up with not only having Kurt and Jane kiss, but perhaps a wedding scene for these 2 lovebirds and sending them to the 'happily ever after' scenario with an 'adios amigos' to our show.

But since it was renewed at the very last moment, they added some extra footage after the kissing scene which clearly shows that there was a wedding or an engagement promise, and something happened, Jane ran off, somewhere to find herself, or something , she panicked, who knows, clearly, she left Kurt.

Kurt still has the ring, he finds her and for the reasons that there is trouble brewing, he has 3 staff members missing , more than likely kidnapped as he states to her, she's needed back
He also brought a box for Jane.
There is a device inside which when they both touch it, it activates.
Then all her tattoos are glowing strong.
Hey, This is the setup for Season 3.
So, who orchestrated this?
Well, let's be logical.
Who would know about her tattoos being able to glow?
1) Sheppard
2) Roman (let's assume his memories are back)
3) Whoever did the ink
4) Whoever provided the ink
5) Perhaps whoever created the ink, assuming it's not the same as whoever did the ink
6) Whoever did the device (can be a collaborative effort right?)
Seems like nano technologies at its best. How did that ever escape the scans from the FBI? Too advanced for their tech to detect? :)

Perhaps Jane will uncover more memories of herself during the search to find out more about this puzzle.

Anyways, if Sheppard is still under guard and Roman is still free, then perhaps it was Roman.

But then again, it has to be someone who was connected to Sheppard and SandStorm and the team has put a few of these associates down, some of them were pretty damn right and powerful.. But have they found them all?

Or, could this be a contingency plan for something else. What if there was a scenario which takes into account that Jane's memories weren't going to be restored. What if this is one of the goals for Season 3, to restore her back to her full old self? Then, from there, this could be a contingency plan to allow for SandStorm to be resumed.

The show is called Blindspot, so, who will be 'Blindspotted' this time? Kurt was the target in Season 1, Jane was the target in Season 2. Could it be Kurt again? If not, then who? or is it a who? or something else?
So, I'm looking forward to Season 3.

Season 2 may not have been perfect, but it was still better than many shows out there, I was entertained, it did its job! :)
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