One of the saddest moments in the ‘BoJack Horseman’ finale took place when Sarah Lynn died, but it’s worse when you realise that BoJack didn’t save her.
There are very few animated series in the same format as ‘BoJack Horseman’ that have connected with their viewers emotionally. BoJack isn’t just a wonderfully animated series, there’s character development, there’s a humble take on life, it’s storytelling at its greatest!
- How Sarah Lynn died
- BoJack waited 17 minutes for this reason
- The memories came back to haunt him in season 6
The Netflix series is of course entirely fictional, but the characters and the lives they’re living are real. The struggles and hardships that they face, the feelings they feel, it’s all relevant to human life.
If you’ve watched ‘BoJack Horseman’, you’re already familiar with the unexpected death of Sarah Lynn, a truly memorable character. But have you ever wondered why BoJack waited for 17 minutes before calling the paramedics to save her?
Keep reading to find out!
How Sarah Lynn died
Sarah Lynn, who played humanoid horse BoJack’s daughter on the 90’s sitcom “Horsin’ Around”, is the show’s wild child. A former child star and a present-day pop star, Sarah is extremely intelligent and has only one dream, to become an architect.
Unfortunately, her struggle with substance abuse gets the best of her and doesn’t give her the opportunity to reach her full potential. In the penultimate episode of the third season, BoJack and Sarah visit Los Angeles’ Griffith Park Observatory, which is her favourite place because of the building’s dome-shaped structure.
In her final moments, BoJack and Sarah look at the stars and talk about what they want to do with their lives. She then overdoses on a drug that BoJack had given to her, at the end of her month-long bender. Before passing out and falling silent, Sarah says “I wanna be an architect”, her last words. When BoJack realises that she stopped responding to him, he calls out her name three times, after which the screen fades to black.
BoJack waited 17 minutes for this reason
The later seasons make a harrowing revelation that BoJack could’ve saved Sarah Lynn but didn’t. BoJack stages a call to himself from Sarah’s phone, on the night she died. He waits 17 minutes before calling medical services so that he doesn’t get into trouble himself.
BoJack and Sarah were both consuming highly illegal drugs and even if Sarah was saved, they’d be in serious trouble. She dies at the hospital the very same night. Some fans believe that Sarah was impossible to save and had written her end herself, but it’s heart-wrenching to imagine that BoJack didn’t even try to save her. He could have certainly been in a lot of trouble, but there’s no justification for letting someone die. He was being plain selfish and deserved to be acquitted for her death.
Sarah had a ton of potential and could’ve turned her life around, making her dream of being an architect a reality. Alas, she died tragically young and never had the chance.
The memories came back to haunt him in season 6
In the final season of ‘BoJack Horseman’, our protagonist attempts suicide by overdosing on pills, and breaking into his old house and drowning in the pool. He experiences a near-death experience where he realises the importance of life and the meaning it holds.
An astounding attention to detail is revealed when BoJack discovers he’s drowning at the 17-minute mark. He is then reminded of the time he left Sarah to die and waited for 17 minutes before calling the paramedics. Instead of saving her life and taking the fall, Bojack makes a selfish choice and is seen living with the guilt of that decision.
The series never gave BoJack a free pass for his self-destructive behaviour and held him accountable for it. That’s one of the reasons behind the show being a critically acclaimed success, this is a story that’s been constructed to showcase the harsh reality of life.
The hard-hitting portrayal of delicate themes, that we as a society are only beginning to have conversations about, is incredibly brave, and a massive feat for television. BoJack must have waited 17 minutes, but he repented for much longer and finally coming to terms with the fact that there are consequences for everything.
Do you hold BoJack accountable for Sarah Lynn’s death? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!