The ‘BoJack Horseman’ finale cited mixed reactions from fans who hoped to see their favourite anthropomorphic horse get a happy ending.
For a show that taught us so many lessons, ‘BoJack Horseman’s’ finale, although eminent, was hard to watch. Although an animated series, their realistic take on life and how it evolves consistently has been lauded by fans. The series followed BoJack Horseman, a humanoid horse who is “lost in a sea of self-loathing and booze”.
- Sarah Lynn met her end in season 3
- Which other characters died in ‘BoJack Horseman’?
- Did BoJack die in the ‘BoJack Horseman’ finale?
The adult animated tragicomedy is set in a parallel world in Los Angeles, particularly Hollywood (after the ‘D’ gets stolen). BoJack was once a 90s sitcom star, which made him a famous name, but he has lived alone in his Hollywood Hills mansion ever since. As you already know, his short-lived fame met its end and the series chronicles his attempt at returning to the small screen.
The show’s handling of controversial themes and its portrayal of honest friendships and life has been highly regarded. Every character is held accountable for their mistake, especially BoJack, who doesn’t get away with hurting the feelings of those around him.
He receives his punishment at the end of the final season and learns that there are consequences for every action. Fans would’ve loved a happy ending for BoJack, but the show was too realistic for that. He does get an ending, but not necessarily the one you’d expect.
Keep reading to find out more about the characters who died in BoJack!
Sarah Lynn met her end in season 3
Sarah Lynn (voiced by actor Kristen Schaal) was a troubled pop-star and former child actress on ‘BoJack Horseman’. She portrayed the role of BoJack’s adoptive daughter on “Horsin’ Around” and later went on to become a pop-star. Sarah was troubled, owing to her battles with substance abuse, and acted reckless, self-centred, and like an arrogant teenager.
In season 3, Sarah overdoses on a drug given to her by BoJack, after a month of binge-drinking. At the end of the “That’s Too Much, Man” episode, Sarah and BoJack go to Griffith Park Observatory, her favourite place in the city. She passes out after expressing her wishes of wanting to be an architect, her last unfulfilled wish.
Sarah was quite intelligent and dreamed of being an architect for as long as she could remember. She never achieved her goals because of being forced into a life of fame and substance abuse at a young age. BoJack was with her while she was dying, but did nothing about it. She was an active participant in her own self-destruction but some fans of the show believe that BoJack could’ve saved her. Sarah’s death plays an important role in the final season of the series.
Which other characters died in ‘BoJack Horseman’?
BoJack’s mother Beatrice Horseman initially appears in flashbacks but is a supporting character in season 4. Throughout her son’s flashbacks, Beatrice is seen as passive-aggressive, neglectful, and verbally abusive, all qualities that deem her unfit to be a mother.
She coped with her misery by smoking and drinking, and always made it clear to BoJack that he was an embarrassment to her. It is revealed that she died in season 5, due to complications surrounding her old age and dementia. BoJack revealed that he was with her during her final moments, which were filled with meaningless screams and cries.
Another character that died in ‘BoJack Horseman’ was Corduroy Jackson Jackson, who gives in to his urges and dies of auto-erotic asphyxiation. The most unfortunate death, however, occurs in the ‘BoJack Horseman’ finale, which sees BoJack drown … but with complications.
Did BoJack die in the ‘BoJack Horseman’ finale?
If there’s one thing we learned from the ‘BoJack Horseman’ finale, it is that recovery is a continuous process. It is a long time of making continual efforts to better yourself, and even if you feel lost, you have to keep trying. The series proved that it is the only way.
His character’s death in the ‘BoJack Horseman’ finale by drowning felt like it was a long time coming. It was inevitable, it was meant to happen and there was no other way. Initially, every viewer mourned BoJack while they saw his depression and addiction drowning him (literally), but that changes when he is rescued by the occupants of his former house.
He is later acquitted and sent to jail for breaking in and his attempted suicide, where he lives a life of repentance. The episode is symbolic in portraying BoJack’s death through a metaphor that sees him live without the people he hurt and took for granted. When he is released from jail, BoJack sees that his friends and the world have moved on without him.
Albeit heart-breaking, BoJack was held accountable for his actions and didn’t just get a free pass. The episode is a reminder that friendships evolve, and everyone gets an ending, but not necessarily a happy one.
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