We’ve got a couple of different stories to get to within this particular story on The Affair, starting with Ben’s status in the finale.
For anyone wondering as to whether or not we would see Ramon Rodriguez appearing in the final episode of the Showtime series, the simple answer is yes. Rodriguez himself confirmed that in a new interview with Variety, though he declined going into many details. What we do find rather interesting is hearing what he had to say about the two different versions of the Alison – Ben story in 409:
I’ve always thought that there is another version. I think part one seems obviously very much to be the idea of what could possibly happen, this sort of fantasy. And I just feel like part two is the opposite extreme. I imagine that might be something there in the middle. I think throughout the season you learned that, oh wait, if Ben did do that, he was able to clean everything up and have an alibi. It just leaves it sort of mysterious, which I really liked. I liked the idea that you don’t know. I think there is a part that’s suicidal for sure. I don’t know what exactly that is. Even in that last shot where we were doing the scene with the guy carrying Alison towards the ocean, we tried to also play that in a way where you don’t get a clear shot of Ben. I mean, I’m sure people could figure that he had the hood on. It was just the more mysterious we could be, to leave it up for interpretation, that was the exciting part.
As we state in the video below (subscribe for more, and be sure to check out our playlist), we do personally think that there should be a way in which to get a little bit of justice for Alison in the finale, mostly because it feels as though that character really deserves it after everything that she has gone through and what Ben did … if he really did it.
Showtime responds to Ruth Wilson’s appearance
Earlier today, we wrote about how Wilson said on CBS This Morning that she wasn’t allowed to discuss why she wanted to depart the series. Showtime released a statement on it this afternoon, but they didn’t exactly give a whole lot more information on the subject:
We can’t speak for Ruth, but heading into Season 4, everyone agreed the character’s story had run its course. Ultimately, it felt like the most powerful creative decision would be to end Alison’s arc at the moment when she had finally achieved self-empowerment. The impact of her loss will be felt as the series concludes next season. We thank the many fans who embraced the character of Alison and especially thank Ruth for her indelible work over the past four seasons.
Basically, there’s not going to be a whole lot more we get on that subject, and we ultimately have to be okay with that.
Nonetheless, we do want to hear from you about Showtime’s statement and your finale expectations now! Meanwhile, be sure to like CarterMatt on Facebook for some additional news regarding the series. (Photo: Showtime.)