“The end of the patient”, explained: how does the story of Alan and Sam end?

FX’s psychological thriller drama series “The Patient” finally comes to an end this week with a relatively long episode that keeps the show’s spirit intact, which isn’t the most positive fate for the characters. It’s been clear for some time that “The Patient” doesn’t really focus on the physical or fatal consequences of the characters, but rather on their mental and emotional aspects. So it was always about how certain unsaid emotions and thoughts could be expressed, and the series finale emphasizes exactly that to bring about a sad but memorable and wholesome ending.

Spoilers ahead

‘The Patient’ Episode 10: Recap

The new episode picks up right after the events of “The Patient” Episode 9, in which Sam had taken Alan’s words in their usual twisted sense and decided to kill his father to end his lust for murder. Back home, Alan frantically calls Candace and informs her of what her son is about to do. The woman still has one of the most bizarrely relaxed responses, as she refuses to do anything to stop Sam from killing his father. The father, who we see for the first time shortly after this scene, had abused not only his son but also his wife, and Candace wishes him nothing but harm. It is now very clear to Alan that the idea that a person does not deserve death by murder, no matter how serious, is an idea very alien to both son and mother. Instead, Candace pulls out her chair in the basement, brings some beer, and drinks it in front of Alan, saying that’s exactly how she deals with the nervous situation whenever her son goes out. She shows sympathy for the families her son has now destroyed by killing their sons or husbands, but when Alan wonders why she isn’t telling the police to potentially save more families, Candace simply replies that she can’t. not. Although from every sane perspective she is somehow complicit in her son’s crimes, according to Candace’s interpretation she must first remain a faithful mother and cannot expose her own son. Alan seems quite disturbed by this exchange with the mother, but he always brings a little sympathy and offers her tissues when she starts to cry.

Sam arrives at his father’s house, and the man is finally seen, although there is nothing remarkable about him. The father, who seems to be living alone, makes a sandwich for his son and looks rather distraught and lost in life throughout the scene. Sam brings up their past and asks his father why he always physically hit him when he was a child, and the man replies that he just didn’t know. He says that Sam has always been an odd kid with very stunted social skills, and he then half-heartedly apologizes, which seems totally unacceptable while admitting guilt for molesting his child. Perhaps this enrages Sam, and he chooses this moment to strike, choking his father to the ground. But just as he is about to kill him, Sam stops and lets him go. He quickly returns home and informs Alan of this new success. Sam reports that even though he had all of his hatred and apathy towards his father intact, he just couldn’t pursue the murder this time. Alan congratulates him and then explains how it could have been because the man was, after all, Sam’s father, and parricide may not be as easy as any murder. Alan now takes advantage of this situation and tries to convince Sam that his job is done since Sam no longer needs therapy. He says that just as the young man had a confrontation with his father, which resulted in positive results, he himself had to go through a confrontation with his son, Ezra, because he realized how much he had hurt. her son and asks Sam to let him go.

However, Sam’s expressions change and after a while he brings a couch and a mini fridge to the basement room, saying he would fill the latter with any drink Alan wanted. . Sam now repeats Alan’s own words about therapy taking time to work, sometimes even years. He says he intends to keep Alan hostage in the basement for a while, possibly years, but would make sure he lives in comfort. That’s of course not what Alan wants, and the man now sits down to write a long, heartfelt message for someone, to be revealed later. That evening, when he’s finished with the message and carefully left it on the bedside table, the therapist calls Sam in for another session and now does a more truthful analysis of the situation. He strongly believes that Sam needs an outside force to help him with his murder addiction, because he will do it again. In order to stop, Sam must call the police and inform them of their crimes if he wants to accept Alan’s therapy. If not, he should either let Alan go or end this once and for all by killing him. Sam refuses to take either choice and says he doesn’t feel ready to make a choice. The next morning, when he’s out of the house, Sam drives by the police station, perhaps contemplating Alan’s advice, but his first priority is still his own protection. He returns home and has breakfast with his mother, after which Candace goes down to the basement to give Alan his food. Alan now honestly confronts Candace about her actions, or rather her inactions, both when her husband used to hit her son many years ago and also now when her son comes out to kill. Alan maintains a respectful, sympathetic tone, however, and Candace breaks down, possibly thinking about her own inability to do well. Once again, Alan offers her tissues, and as soon as she gets close to him, the therapist grabs her from behind, with the pointed tube of foot cream held menacingly at her throat. He yells at Sam, and when the young man enters, shocked by the scene, Alan tells him to make a choice.

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Sam still insists he doesn’t want to make a choice yet, and he also thinks his therapist is just playing the role of an abusive man who intends to hurt his mother but won’t. not really. He even tells Alan that he doesn’t believe Alan is the kind of man to hurt someone, but for Alan it’s his only way out of captivity. Based on his lengthy handwritten message from the night before, it’s clear that Alan just doesn’t want to remain captive to Sam, like a pet he says, any longer. If death let him escape this fate, so be it. In an instant, Alan pierces Candace’s neck with the metal tube and blood oozes from the wound. The next scene is confusing at first, as Alan is seen inside a gas chamber where he watches Beth as the poisonous gas fills the room, and he is then awakened from a reverie inside the Ezra’s house. Here he spends time with his whole family – Ezra, Shoshana, their in-laws and children, and Alan even sits and sings religious songs with them. These warm and affectionate scenes do not last long, however.

It soon becomes clear that Alan was thinking all this in his head as Sam had jumped on him and was now strangling him to death. As this happens, Alan’s face remains remarkably calm and still, as he has his family in his memory, and the man is eventually killed by Sam. Removing the chains, Sam drags the body into the adjacent room where he had previously dug a hole to bury Elias and prepares to bury Alan in that same hole. However, better judgments prevail, and now it seems that Alan’s therapy has finally had an effect on Sam, however small. We see Shoshana walk into Alan’s empty house, maybe a day or two later, and the woman is still puzzled and worried about her father, who is still missing. She goes through all the mail that has been piling up for the past few days, and among it she finds an envelope with a letter inside. This letter, written by Sam (he doesn’t mention his name, of course), says that Alan had indeed helped Sam a lot, and that he had also made him aware of the Jewish ritual of mourning requiring the corpse. Therefore, he had hidden Sam’s body in a public place and now revealed the location in Alan’s letter to the children. Along with this letter, he also attached Alan’s own handwritten message, which he had left for his children. In this, he thanks Shoshana for always being an easy-to-manage kid and professes his love for her. Afterwards, he addresses Ezra and expresses a genuine apology for always being biased against him and never supporting him the way he should have. Every accomplishment Alan had during his captivity is beautifully expressed through his words, and both siblings must find support in each other during such an emotional time. Although Ezra had his grievances against his parents, perhaps, especially against Alan, the father makes sure to erase those complaints and any remorse, even if he is unable to do so in the flesh. As Alan himself mentions in the note, he didn’t want his relationship with his son to be remembered as a failed and misunderstood fight between a father and his son, and he really makes sure that Ezra forgives him afterwards. his death.

Sam returns home, perhaps after dropping off the letter, and he visits the now empty basement where Alan had lived for so long. He wonders about his actions going forward, and now he seems to have his own dissociations, as the dead Alan appears to him and says that Sam actually won’t stop his killing spree no matter how he feels. right now. Once again, Sam listens to his therapist’s advice and decides to work on it. Sitting on the same bed, which was given to Alan, Sam now places the padlock around his own leg and chains himself to the floor. He then calls his mother, and once Candace comes downstairs; he gives her the keys. Although the mother is rather surprised, neither of them say anything, and we feel that the mother recognizes the step her son has finally taken to protect others and also himself. Granted, this self-captivity isn’t the best or most effective way to stop Sam in the long run, but at least it’s a step he takes. Whether or how long he can stick to this plan, we won’t know for sure as there’s no mention of “The Patient” returning for a second season. It’s also worth noting that “The Patient” doesn’t really leave room for a second season either, as things from the first season are so well settled.

“The Patient” finally ends with a scene from Ezra, as the man sits down with his own therapist and tries to talk about recent struggles in his life. He tells his therapist that he worries less about himself and more about the effect of this event on the lives of his children, his wife and his sister. The therapist then asks Ezra to tell him a bit more about himself, and just as Ezra is about to, the episode cuts to black and “The Patient” comes to an end. Ezra might need a therapist in his life anyway, because of the relationship he had with his parents. Perhaps the abduction and subsequent death of his father gives him the starting point.

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