Spoilers below for the entirety of Season 3 of Bloodline, so be warned. And watch out for Kevin.
Throughout the majority of Bloodline's third and final season, the story was tethered to Kevin's trial, and all of the machinations involved with keeping him from paying for his own crimes. And then came Episode 9, which was a complete format and story overhaul, with John at the center of a mental breakdown that doesn't get overtly explained. And as jarring and fan-splitting as the episode was, co-creator Todd A. Kessler makes it sound like a necessary element in understanding John's mental state so close to the end. In his words:
Todd A. Kessler's answer there is somewhat like the episode, as well as the season and series as a whole, is that one can be of two minds about it. On the one hand, everything he's saying is completely understandable, because John's fractured psyche and Kyle Chandler's performances are so much of what Bloodline can hang its hat on. With an abundance of the plot sticking to Kevin and Roy Gilbert's burgeoning relationship early on, John doesn't get all of the focus that he arguably deserves, and giving him his own unforgettable standalone installment was a solid way to capitalize on that.
On the flip side, it becomes harder finding common ground concerning the placement of this episode as the entire series' penultimate installment, especially while fans were still trying to grasp the importance of Mark Valley's just-introduced "best friend" character. Taking a step back and knowing that Netflix had kinda screwed Todd A. Kessler, Glenn Kessler and Daniel Zelman by chopping episodes from Bloodline's third season months after dropping the initial cancellation, then it's slightly more understandable why things felt somewhat cobbled together. Slightly.
But even if not everyone could agree with how successful the episode was from a narrative standpoint, it's hard to deny just how confusing it all was. And Kessler told THR that creating that viewer fugue was part of the point.
It's likely John won't ever get arrested, though, as the bonkers finale had John legitimately confessing his major crimes to Aguierre, who bewilderingly brushed it all off and chose to pretend that John was just so stressed that he was talking crazy. And it's possible that John will make his confession to Nolan about having killed Danny, but the show ends things before fans can know what happened. And as Kessler also says, those final moments were what really resonated with the creators, as they felt it was best to have audiences answering their own questions where the scene's outcome is concerned.
Unfortunately, Bloodline has completely wrapped its run, with no more stories from the Rayburns coming in the future. You can currently catch all three seasons streaming on Netflix now, and our 2017 Netflix schedule will show you all you need to know about what's coming, and our summer premiere schedule will show you everything heading to TV in the near future.