**Warning – Major spoilers ahead**
Debuting at the 2021 Venice Film Festival, Scenes from a Marriage has aired its final episode and we provide a recap of the ending.
Scenes from a Marriage stars Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain in the English-language remake of the 1973 Swedish miniseries of the same name by Ingmar Bergman. Developed by Hagai Levi, the series also stars Nicole Beharie, Corey Stoll, and more in supporting roles.
Scenes from a Marriage ending explained
Scenes from a Marriage episode 5, titled ‘In the Middle of the Night, in a Dark House, Somewhere in the World,’ sees Jonathan (Isaac) and Mira (Chastain) divorced.
Despite Mira being involved in a new relationship, we learn that she has lied to her new partner about watching her daughter, and instead, goes to continue her affair with Jonathan.
The pair visit their old house, while it is being rented out as an Airbnb, and spend the night together.
It appears as though signing the divorce papers has brought the couple back together, however, the show does not suggest that they will get back together.
Jonathan and Mira admit that they will likely never feel the same degree of love for anyone else as they did for one another, and the show’s conclusion makes a compelling illustration of how complicated love can get.
Scenes from a Marriage also presents an alternative conclusion to the happy ending tropes, by keeping the couple separated.
Will Scenes from a Marriage return for season 2?
No, it is not expected that Scenes from a Marriage will return for season 2.
The HBO series has been labeled as a limited series and will therefore consist of only five episodes in total with no promise of a second season.
Some shows on other streaming platforms have broken this rule and ordered a second season after being billed as a limited series or miniseries. However, Scenes from a Marriage is not expected to follow this route.
Reviews of the HBO show
Analyzing the myriad of emotions bottled within a contemporary relationship, Scenes from a Marriage has largely been praised for Isaac and Chastain’s leading performances, despite the bulk of the show being unable to match their intensity.
Various reviews, including The AV Club, admitted that the show didn’t reach its full potential until its recently aired penultimate episode.
Aside from the barrel of mixed reviews, the limited series has gained a 91% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and has also been praised for its truth, intimacy, and raw concepts.
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