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Warning! The following contains spoilers for the Blindspot series finale! Read at your own risk! ZIP can't erase this!
NBC's Blindspot has aired its series finale, and man, it was a doozy of an episode. Jane's exposure to ZIP allowed for an obscene amount of cameos from past characters, and also delivered an ending that will have fans going back and forth on what happened as much as Sopranos fans do to this day. I won't be one of them, because I'm relatively sure I know which ending is real.
Blindspot viewers were shown two endings after Weller and Jane (who used her recent ZIP exposure to help her solve the case) disarmed the ZIP bomb in Times Square. In one reality, the two got their happy ending, fostered a bunch of kids, and everyone had come over for a family dinner of sorts. Patterson (whose first name is great) and Rich (who was with Boston) were adventuring around the world, and Zapata was a private investigator and a happy mother. Everyone was having a grand time together at a party, right until Jane was hit with an odd realization. It all seemed too perfect.
At that moment, Jane flashed back to the ZIP bomb disarming and Blindspot viewers saw a different scene. Weller and Jane kissed, the bomb was disarmed, and Jane collapsed to the ground. Paramedics arrived on the scene, but they were too late. The ZIP had taken over Jane's body and she was dead. In an ironic twist of fake, she was zipped up in a bag in Times Square.
So which ending is accurate? To me, it's obvious the answer is that Jane died, and the downer ending is the show's actual ending. My first argument is that while Jane said she got the antidote "just in time," we never actually saw that happen. Doctor Horne was far away from the action when the bomb was disarmed, and Jane even said she knew she didn't have much time left. Are we to believe she miraculously held on long enough to get the treatment?
To take things back even further, let's revisit the wedding scene. As Jane was traveling through the weddings of various characters, she was told by the hallucinations that it was all a construct. It was said to be a bunch of "bad bounces" and her brain attempting to give her a "happy ending before it shuts down." My thinking is this is exactly what happened after the ZIP bomb was defused, because again, Jane wasn't going to hold on for much longer.
I think I'm right, though only creator Martin Gero and perhaps a privileged few of the Blindspot team know the real answer. Gero shared his thoughts on the two endings with TV Guide, and apparently, confirmed that one of the answers is correct.
It's up to you to choose. I mean, I think it's pretty clear. But what's so incredible about it is that it is kind of designed to be a Rorschach test. it's been amazing. Like, half of the people really think, 'Oh, she died in Time Square,' and half of the people think, 'Oh, that's just a memory, or that's just an imagined possibility she's playing out in her head.'
Gero's thoughts only make me more confident Jane died (like another beloved character), though I could be entirely off base. Had the happy ending shown the trip to Jane getting the antidote as opposed to magically stepping off the elevator, I would've believed it. Unfortunately, it didn't, and just like Patterson didn't die even though it seemed to happen offscreen, I believe Jane was not cured in some location unseen by Blindspot viewers.
Blindspot is done, but that doesn't mean there's a reason to have your mind wiped of its memory. Continue to stick with CinemaBlend for updates on whatever comes next for the creators and cast, and the latest happenings in television and movies.