++ Inhuman Condition just recently concluded and I finished watching it, and here are my thoughts on how it ended and the series overall.
Inhuman Condition, Episodes 21 - 33 (the finale)
I'm actually pleasantly surprised with how everything was wrapped up. I have no idea if they're planning a second season or if this is just the finished product of what they had in mind, but for all what we got it was a lovely story with a proper beginning, middle and end, with the last few episodes concluding the character arcs and journeys that were introduced to us from the beginning. It does leave you wondering about what is going to happen to certain characters and what their next step may be, but as a whole it felt completed.
Clara got the ending she wanted, after fighting the "living dead disease" for five years with little to no success of finding a proper cure, she finally was approved of physician assisted suicide. And even if her relationship didn't end well with Linc, her relationship with her father improved and she got that closure with him that she needed, including him being there for her final moments. It is a rarity that this particular topic is handled in this manner anywhere in media, since most times when a character wants assisted suicide they almost always change their minds in the end. Clara felt more at peace with her decision and she needed the support and love from those around her to support this decision, and even with some complications she got it. For the first time since getting the disease she has decided her own fate. I'm happy she got that and I'm happy with the way her story ended, and it was on her terms.
Linc's story ended on a positive note, after hitting rock bottom and going the lowest point possible due to all his anger and frustration and exhaustion of everything happening around him that was beyond his control, he was confronted by Kessler during an intense stand-off. Linc's video message in the finale was powerful, raw and real. He is healing and getting better, but he isn't abandoning the cause that he believes in. He's just focusing on redirecting those emotions and trying to place them into doing something positive to make a change instead of placing himself in the line of fire as before. I was surprised of the turn his story took, but I honestly couldn't see any other way of him turning around.
Tamar probably has one of the most complex and intriguing arcs of the entire series, and it's perhaps one of the reasons why I love her. One of the important aspects of her storyline was the progression of her becoming more confident and comfortable with herself and her abilities, overcoming her anxiety, and then becoming an independent young woman. In the end, she learned the harsh truth about the reasons why she was held in captivity, the manipulation and deception that Graham and the Center was doing to her, and even if Kessler was initially afraid of her powers at first she became the only person that Tamar could trust. We still have so much left unanswered about where Tamar came from, where her powers originated from and the limits of which she has. But that wasn't the point of her story. Her story was, ultimately, about overcoming the personal obstacles and reclaiming her personhood. The fact that the Center was keeping her in captivity for years, studying her for unknown purposes, having lied to her and made her blame herself for something that wasn't her fault, really raises so many questions. But in the end, Kessler not only came through for her but also gave her the door of disappearing and escaping the assholes who want to control her. Tamar was finally given the freedom she wanted, the freedom she rightfully deserved.
(As I was watching the episodes I was thinking that Tamar might've become an antagonist, given how determined she was about not going back to the Center no matter what anyone said or did, and while that would've been fascinating to watch as she basically took control in that way, I'm glad that it ended on a more positive note. At least for her, she was able to escape without fear of her powers, without fearing herself. It was the perfect ending for her, imo.)
And finally we have Dr. Kessler, who ended up risking literally everything for her patients, believing in and helping them when nobody else would. What I found interesting about Kessler is how I often went back and forth between my thoughts about her, whether even with her good intentions she was doing more harm than good. Ultimately though, it was shown through the second half of the series that Kessler is someone who truly believes that these young people aren't dangerous, they are discriminated against and live in a harsh world and need someone to listen to their problems, to guide them, to help them in any way possible. We see how her dedication to helping these kids affects her personal relationships, her family, and how even they can't seem to understand her need to help her patients. It's why, in hindsight, she initially reluctant to sign Clara's approval for assisted suicide. It wasn't entirely the right way of handling the situation at first, but it is understandable given her previous encounters of losing patients and she would've felt like she had given up on Clara, had failed her. She wants to help all her patients especially in a world that treats them like the Other; they're inhumans, and therefore deemed too dangerous or even irredeemable by nature, and Kessler doesn't believe that.
Kessler was the catalyst of seeing these patients and their stories, and her story is how this job, her mission, was something that she wanted. She may have been lost for a time, but she found her purpose. Everyone else around her felt like she was wasting her time, but as the series went on it became evident that she was more determined than ever to save those within her care, even if they didn't believe her either until the last several episodes. With her last attempt of helping and saving Tamar, it was something she knew would get her in trouble, but she did it anyway because she knew it was the right thing to do.
All the characters in the series went through major developments and shifts with their arcs, hitting rock bottom to eventually rising from the ashes, and while the ending does leave us wondering and wanting more from this world and what may come from Kessler's self-sacrifice in helping her patients, it was surprisingly satisfactory to everything that was given to us. Whether it gets a second season or not, I'm very happy with the outcome. It is possibly the most raw and intense webseries I've seen yet. It conveys important messages and it does a fantastic job at portraying people, human and inhuman alike, as realistic as possible. Their struggles are our struggles, and it was such a ride watching it.
++ Also, we got the trailer for the third and final season of Carmilla, which will premiere September 15th. It's still rather bittersweet that it'll be ending, but I'm pretty excited nonetheless on seeing what they're planning for the climax of everything we've seen and how the story itself will conclude. And what I'm enjoying from the minimal of what we've seen from the trailer is the different camera angles, a new different location, and of course who they've cast as Laura's father. I mean, seriously, it just makes perfect sense!