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Like I said, the only clue we really got was when the series finale trailer announced "The End of All Worlds is Coming." I know you thought they were just trying to say something catchy, but we can also take it literally and make our best guess, even if it isn't easy with the little they gave us to work with. I don't know if almost all the other worlds would be better candidates than Juliana's timeline, since we saw other timelines where Joe executed Frank with a shot in the head and where Joe shot Juliana in the cave. Maybe it's just that God's merged the worlds and cleaned everything up, so when they go back out there all that's left are the people who'd get along and be kind to each other, along with a peaceful world that would naturally happen with all the powermongers gone. The fact that Hawthorne Abendsen, who seemed to know he had some kind of spiritual purpose, was still alive and happily expecting to see his wife alive somewhere, could be a sign that they've won the big spiritual battle they were fighting and we're free to imagine the best outcome, as vague and open-ended as the ending was. In that case, it would be nice if God would just let people know that's what happened, so they don't have to walk around in a daze wondering and worried there might still be Nazis or other sociopaths amidst them. Maybe the only way it would make sense that all the parallel worlds suddenly ended is if God or the Creator or whoever created the universe grew so disgusted with what was going on in all the worlds and the arrogance of the Nazis' plans to invade other ones that he shut the whole thing down to start fresh and only kept his favorite humans alive to populate the new world. The portal scene on its own is confusing, but the final season trailer declares "The end of all worlds is coming," so I assume we're to conclude that the closing of the portal brings about the end of all the parallel worlds. And then I got the feeling when Hawthorne Abendsen's eyes lit up that he expected to find Caroline alive somewhere, meaning that he somehow knew the worlds had merged into a happy peaceful whole where everyone who died is alive again. It was strange how dazed everyone seemed though, because Juliana's visions made it seem like the people in the distance were approaching with a very specific purpose. "Most likely one of the others in attendance would have quickly slit his throat and then asked him if he saw that future as well." This should have been how it ended. It actually would have been truer to the rest of the show. lol. this is so true if you think about it. lol. That should be the very last scene of the whole series. Then it would all have been worth it. I have to say that all of the flowery language here does the movie a bit of a disservice. I agree that Olmi loves his characters, and it's a great experience to see turn-of-the-past-century Italian farm life in such detail, but I'm sure that this film is meant to creep up on you and have more bite than you'd expect, albeit in a very low-key way. If you really think about it, as innocent and idyllic as it all may seem, it's a damning commentary on human society as a whole, with life in the farming village meant to serve as a microcosm of larger society and all of the hypocrisies and inequities and lack of empathy that we just take for granted. I mean, for all of the outward piousness and rote prayers and superficial cooperation, not a single neighbor raises a finger to speak up for the family that was unfairly evicted at the end. Not only that, no one helps them move or even just wishes them well. Instead everyone hides from the family's sight because it's considered a shameful thing to be evicted. The episode with the Catholic nun springing the adoption on the newlyweds also shows how this religious institution for all its supposed sanctity just sees the adoption of children as not much more than a business transaction. The couple will get the money that was left with the boy, and the family is meant to view the adoption as being beneficial not because the boy is going to bring love and happiness into the home but because he's a future working hand. Sorry if I interrupted all of your dreamy reveries.... View all replies >