The final episode of The Plot Against America leaves fans with more questions than answers so that ending needs to be explained.
The Plot Against America arrived on our screens at a fascinating and crucial point in time for politics, not only in the US but around the world.
The series imagines what might have happened had the result of the 1940 US election had gone the way of the right-wing Charles Lindbergh, who strongly opposed the US entering the Second World War, instead of Franklin D. Roosevelt.
After airing in the US earlier in the year, The Plot Against America arrived on UK screens on July 14th and comes to a conclusion on July 28th.
However, it’s safe to say that the ending of The Plot Against America has left fans with plenty of questions which need to be explained.
But just what does the ending of The Plot Against America mean and does it set up a second season?
The Plot Against America on Sky Atlantic
The Plot Against America arrived on Sky Atlantic on July 14th here in the UK, several months after the series debuted on HBO in the US.
The series, set during the early years of WWII, explores what might have happened had Franklin D. Roosevelt lost the 1940 US election to Charles Lindbergh, a right-wing aviation hero, deadset against the US joining the Second World War.
Upon winning the election, life changes for those living in the US, particularly Jewish people, who are persecuted and abused as they were in Nazi Germany during the 1930s and 40s.
After six episodes, The Plot Against America concludes on Sky Atlantic on July 28th.
The ending of The Plot Against America
The sixth and final episode of The Plot Against America is undoubtedly the most dramatic of the season as anti-Semitic violence escalates across the US with radio host and anti-Lindbergh activist, Walter Winchell, being assassinated.
Thanks to his radar expertise, Alvin is recruited into a secretive anti-fascist group, shortly before the plane of Charles Lindbergh mysteriously disappears.
Meanwhile, after hearing concerning reports, Herman and Bess travel to Kentucky to help Selma and Seldon Wishnow after they were relocated there in the previous episode but quickly learn that Selma had been murdered by members of the Ku Klux Klan.
Following the disappearance of Lindbergh, chaos descends upon America with martial law being declared by stand-in President Wheeler.
Eventually, the First Lady announces that an emergency election will be held in order to see a new President elected and order restored.
However, there are suggestions, as ballot papers are burned, that not all is fair in the election.
The episode ends with Lindbergh still missing and the results of the emergency election still unannounced and up in the air.
Explained: Does episode 6 set up season 2?
- Yes and no.
The biggest factor against a second season of The Plot Against America is its source material, the 2004 novel of the same name by Philip Roth.
Roth’s novel is a singular book rather than a series so, beyond season 1, there’s no source material to work from.
However, with the lingering questions left by the final episode of The Plot Against America, you could see why fans of the series would be asking for more.
But while there are questions that go unanswered, you get the impression that they’re supposed to remain unanswered, showing just how uncertain the future can be which is especially poignant as the 2020 US election draws ever nearer.
The Plot Against America concludes on Sky Atlantic on July 28th while the full series is available to stream on-demand and via the Now TV app.