After six seasons of navigating a frenzied and frequently depressing life as a has-been celebrity, Bojack Horseman ended this year with the titular central character of BoJack finally allowing other people into his life. Creator of the show, Raphael Bob-Waksberg, spoke about wanting to end the show in a manner that provided some sort of closure to BoJack's perennial loneliness.
"I think, for me, I will say that I wanted the last moment to be about BoJack and Diane together in that last moment. And more than even about Diane, I wanted it to be about BoJack and somebody else, because there's a lot of times when you have a show with a strong central character like BoJack Horseman. The show is called BoJack Horseman. It's in some ways it's an ensemble show, but in most ways, it's really centered on him and his experience. And a lot of times when you have shows that are built like that, the final moment is on that character alone. And I felt like it was... And we've ended almost all of our seasons on BoJack alone. But for me, it was really important that the last image the audience was left with was not BoJack alone. I wanted it to be BoJack and somebody else."
The question of BoJack's isolation and why he pushes people away has been one of the central themes of the show through all its seasons. That theme was explored once again in the series finale, with BoJack and his long-time flame Diane having one last heart-to-heart before seemingly moving on from each other, this time for good. The open-ended nature of their final conversation has led to much speculation among the show's fans, and for his part, Raphael Bob-Waksberg has no desire to influence the speculation one way or another.
"I want to be very careful when I talk about the ending, because I feel like what I like about it is that it's open to interpretation, and I worry that if I share too much about my interpretation, that will be read as the correct interpretation. I don't want to shed new light on the end of BoJack, because I want people to have their own interpretations. Those kinds of examinations really frustrate me."
However fans choose to interpret the show's finale, one source of relief for everyone was the fact that BoJack did not die in the end, despite plenty of hints being dropped beforehand that it was where the series was heading. But according to Bob-Waksberg, BoJack dying was never really on the cards for the Netflix show's ending.
"I don't think BoJack dying at the end was ever seriously discussed at any point, making the show. I don't think... That wasn't something I was interested in. We kind of knew the ending as we were going a little bit in this last season specifically. And I think if we were doing one episode at a time and kind of figuring it out as we went, maybe after 15, we would have had a real conversation of like, "Well, you know, do we want him to die? Maybe now that we've we told this story, maybe this is the correct course of action." But we always, in my mind, knew he wasn't going to die."
This news originated at Collider.