How will Brotherhood end?
Last night’s penultimate episode of the Showtime drama Brotherhood was so good that honestly I’m a little concerned that the season (and, for all anyone knows, series) finale next Sunday will have no option but to be a disappointment. There are basically two ways this could go, right? It can continue down the path it began last night, in which all the characters crack and the bad, bad truth comes out. Or it could twist the unfortunate events of that episode into a surprise fairy-tale ending. Let’s play it out both ways:
Bad, Bad ending
Mike: Overdoses on all those drugs he’s been taking.
Tommy: Gets sent to jail for his insider dealing with the waterfront developer.
Eileen: Her week of bed-rest culminates in a horrific miscarriage.
Rose: As the only member of her family left, she faces her worst nightmare: living alone.
Kath and Colin: Mike kills her while on a crazy prescription-drug binge because he thinks she and Colin are having an affair. After spending half the season distraught over his love of Kath, Colin kills himself after Mike kills her.
Declan and Cassie: do not get back together.
Mike: We find out that he had his hand on some evidence that’s incredibly valuable to the FBI, and so despite the fact that he killed a handful of characters last night in front of an entire picnicking family, he gets immunity.
Tommy: Since Mike killed the key witness and informant last night, Tommy essentially walks. The waterfront developer closes the deal, pays out Tommy, and the entire family retires to their new countryside home.
Eileen: She has her baby, and it’s an incredibly joyous occasion, but she decides that she has enough kids and she gives the baby to childless Mary-Kate and Jimmy, who both gave moving performances on last night’s episode.
Rose: She lives on the porch of Tommy and Eileen’s country house.
Kath and Colin: Mike’s drugs start to have really weird side effects, and he forgets that he and Kath ever had a thing, so she and Colin get to go at it. Umm, no, that’s not going to happen. Honestly, I don’t see any way in which the show could spin it so that Kath and Colin end up together.
Declan and Cassie: do get back together.
Then again, Brotherhood has a penchant for forgetting where it’s going and heading in an entirely new direction. I also wouldn’t put a sort of “stasis ending” past the show—like, basically, they'd give us an episode like the ones we’ve seen all season in which everyone just keeps living their hopeless existences and nothing really happens at all. Either way, I’ll be watching.