Wow we’ve seen a lot of spoilers and speculation these last couple days. It’s been a lot of fun for me! Given that we seem close to generating another over-blown spoiler thread on this site, I thought now might be a good time to open another alternate discussion thread. So join me after the jump for some finale speculating.
I suppose it’s only natural this close to the end that our speculation would run rampant. But we’ve certainly been fueled by a series of interviews Yvonne Strahovski has given in the last two days. If you’ve missed them you can read here or here.
So it sounds like we will get an action packed finale right up to the very end. There will apparently be some sort of Chuck/Sarah tension in 5.12, but we have little information on what it’s source or resolution may be. We also don’t know how long, if at all, it may continue into the finale. The exact words we’re hearing are “something a little tragic happens” the end will be “satisfying” but something (possibly “not material”?) will be taken from Chuck and Sarah.
If those aren’t some cryptic and confusing clues I don’t know what is! So of course we all speculate wildly; I mean, what else is fan to do?! With a few clues from what’s going on in the show now and some vaguely worded episode synopsis this is as easy as decyphering a Mayan calender
My favorite speculation at this point is that Chuck (or Sarah?) may have some memories deleted from the grey matter. This would seem to suit some of the criteria; and yet we could easily see a satisfying ending as Sarah (Chuck?) happily stands by her man (his woman) even if he doesn’t remember having met her… Now you all know of my affection for fan fiction, we’ve actually seen this situation addressed a couple times by creative fan writers. The first that comes to mind is “Chuck vs the Missing Years” by Malamoo. The idea in this story was that to loose the Intersect Chuck has all memories from when he first got the program removed. Of course the drama comes when Sarah makes the unilateral decision that Chuck would be better off without her, so she decides to quietly exit his life. So much of the back story to this tale is different from the show now that this would no longer seem likely or plausable. Even in Malamoo’s version Sarah will quickly realize fleeing her destiny is a poor choice. This story is a great read, but it does go AU from early S2 and no longer is likely to bear much resemblance to the show. A closer match might be the similarly named “Chuck vs the Missing Memories” by ersk4. This is one of my very favorite fan fictions. In this one Chuck has also lost memories back to before he was the Intersect; but this time Chuck and Sarah are married and have a three year old daughter. So the dramatic thrust of the story is Chuck coming to grips with a changed life and with Sarah by his side as a source of strength and protection. The story doesn’t end with so much out of place for Chuck; but the show could do a lot worse than ending near where this story picks up. It might leave a lot of questions hanging, but there’s no doubt Chuck (and Sarah) would still be happy, loved and successful.
Other variations we’ve speculated involve maybe mind control of Chuck or Sarah leading to the fight of 5.12 and final clash with the final villain. Perhaps this situation leads to the lost memories in the finale. But where both of these speculations feel inadequate to me is that first; they are A LOT like fan fiction ideas I’ve seen and second; the show itself has already played this card with Morgan.
But then maybe that’s forshadowing; and Chuck or Sarah will acquire the Intersect to battle the big baddie and suffer both megalomania and memory loss by the finale. Perhaps this is “Sarah’s most heroic act” that we’ve heard of in the previews?
Other big losses we’ve heard of focus on children. Its clear that thoughts of children play a major part in the story right now. So we’ve suggested both a miscarriage or infertility. Either of these could be quite the tragedy, yet still lead to a satisfactory ending. My biggest issue with these theories is that we’ve been told the loss will not really be physical.
I have the same reservation about a major character death. Although a death was teased as far back as Comic-Con, I’m not currently sure if there will be one. If someone does die in the these last couple episodes I think the leading candidates would be Mary Bartowski (perhaps in a heroic scene where she finds some redemption for having abandoned her family so many years ago) or Casey (his life has long been about sacrifice for the “greater good”. So in a way, a heroic death for Casey would just be about fulfilling destiny. But it would seem a shame now, when he’s just finding things worth living for).
So speculate away! This has been a fun few days. We only have 16 days left until the end so this may be our last chance to be utterly wrong about Chuck!