It occurs to me lately that there are so many great shows coming to an end and occasionally, it can feel like there are few things as difficult in the moment as trying to feel satisfied when a beloved series wraps up. Even harder is when a series ends and it does so in a way that leaves the audience without the closure they deserve and we are left wanting. Bojack Horseman’s series finale makes it a point to let you know that this is how life is and makes sure you understand that while a goodbye is intentional, it may not be the one you want. And this is a perfect sentiment to end on for a show that has multiple meanings and lessons to convey each and every episode.
If you have managed to watch through Bojack Horseman through its entirety, you would have surely recognized the many takeaways from the multidimensional titular horse played by Will Arnett.
Whether it be that we are in control of our actions or not, whether it be that all good things come to an end or that no matter what you do in your life to find happiness, we are all constantly looking for something to make us feel complete. Whatever the sentiment, whatever the lesson, Bojack Horseman is a show that celebrates the struggles and triumphs of our own imperfections while letting us know that it is okay to ask for help and that we certainly should ask because no matter what, rock bottom can always be further beneath our feet.
In the finale, Bojack is making amends after spending a significant amount of time in prison for breaking in entering in the previous episode. This has given him ample time to reflect on his own sobriety and to think about those that he has caused pain with his own selfishness over the course of his life.
From the start of the pilot to the final seconds of the finale, Bojack is struggling and desperately trying to feel wanted and loved by those around him. Some of the these characters like Todd, Princess Carolyn, Mr. Peanutbutter, and others may have accepted Bojack for who he is while demonstrating their own personal growths, while characters like Diane, who have been wronged in ways they can’t understandingly get past, hold Bojack accountable and recognize the importance and value of a final goodbye.
Not every character interaction between Bojack and others is going to necessarily give the closure you want in the finale. But that is okay. The ending lets you know that life is not perfect and smooth sailing and it never promised that it would be. Life is full of disappointments and you will fail, many, many times. For some, this is what life is all about and they accept it. For others, this is unacceptable and they fight it. No matter which side you fall on, or if you’re in the middle, the fact is that life will continue with or without you and with or without your successes and failures. Life goes on and it doesn’t owe you the ending that you want. And this was refreshing to see in a series that made me think so much about my own views and understanding of life.
Bojack Horseman is a solid show, one that entertained and help me see a different side to mental health and the struggles with morality and just living. Life is not easy, but there are those that will help you if you let them when you are struggling. This, above all else, is to me the most valuable lesson I never thought I would take away from a series about anthropomorphic characters who starred in a very famous TV show in the 90s.