Is The Son new tonight over on AMC? We’d, of course, love to be a part of this world, its multiple timelines, and emotional narratives a little while longer … but we’re not going to have a chance to see.
Ultimately, though, there are no The Son new stories to tell. We’ve reached the end of the road and last week’s installment was the series finale. We presume that for a lot of people out there, this was clear judging from the death of Eli in the “present”-day storyline. We’d also seen already in the future how that story had been augmented in order to better alter the legend of who he was.
The Son was never meant to be a show with a long run on the air. Pierce Brosnan signed a short contract the moment he came on board the series, and there was likely an understanding early on that this story had a natural beginning, middle, and end. Given that the season 2 finale concluded with Eli’s death, they must have known entering the season that there were no plans to do anything more.
Do we think that the writers could’ve found a way to do some sort of spin-off featuring some of the other characters within this world? Sure, but the ratings weren’t enormous enough to justify it and it would require the show to drift somewhat from its original source material. We never got the sense that this was something anyone involved was altogether interested in doing.
Instead of getting more of The Son, what AMC is likely to do moving forward from here is work in order to develop some other content set within the Western world with a lot of the same styles, motifs, and themes. They’re going to do what they can in order to ensure that they remain an ambassador for this genre; we just hope that whatever they do next will continue to showcase the spirit of the era. We know that Westerns aren’t always mainstream, but the success of the Red Dead Redemption video game proves that in the right setting, they almost certainly can be.
What did you think about The Son during its run over on AMC, and where do you want to see the series go from here? Be sure to share right now in the comments and come back soon for some more news on other shows. (Photo: AMC.)