I know what you mean, but I see more optimism than is apparent in this finale. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a happy ending, but neither is it a grim one. Here is what I wrote in another thread, as a reply to someone who was upset by the direction this ending took.
I share some of your frustrations; but I’m not sure we got a happy ending.
I think we got a non-ending. Like you (and Wayne) I wanted to learn more. And this ending left me wanting. But I can’t pretend it was not meaningful.
Julie’s story continues.
The case might continue through Wayne’s son - he kept the piece of paper after all, and might follow up. Or not.
Wayne’s story continues through his family, his grandchildren and his best friend by his side.
Wayne and his wife live on together in his endless cycles of memory, taking him back and forth through time - the flat circle from season one.
Wayne found everything he ever searched for - his family united and Julie Purcell. He found them all and yet... he doesn’t know it. He lost his memories and still found himself in them. He attained closure but he’s still looking for it. Per the last shot of the finale, he will always be on Recon in the intricate endless jungle of his mind.
Always searching. Always seeking answers. A true detective.
What an intelligent and incisive review. I agree about the point about his son keeping the piece of paper with the address.
I noticed that too.
That's a pretty cool way to put it. Kudos.