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The Patient Finale Ending Explained: What Is The Fate Of Alan Strauss And Sam Fortner?

FX’s psychological thriller drama series The Patient finally wraps up this week with a comparatively lengthy episode that keeps the spirit of the show intact, which isn’t the happiest of fates for the characters. while “The Patient” doesn’t really focus on the physical or fatal consequences of the characters, but on their mental and emotional aspects. Finale emphasizes just that to bring a sad, but the memorable and sane ending.

Alan understands the idea

Alan understands the idea

The new episode picks up again right after the events of The Patient Episode 9, in which Sam took Alan’s words in his usual twisted interpretation and decided to kill his father to quench his thirst for murder back at the house Alan now desperately calls for Candace and informs her about what her son is up to. The woman still has one of the oddly most relaxed reactions, as she refuses to do anything to stop Sam from killing her father. The father we see for the first time shortly after this scene had been abusive not only to his son but also to his wife, and now Candace only wishes him harm.

Alan is now very clear that the idea that someone doesn’t deserve to be killed by murder, no matter how bad, is a very alien concept to both his son and his mother. Instead, Candace pulls her couch down to the basement, gets some beer, and drinks it in front of Alan, saying that this is exactly how she handles the nervous situation every time her son goes out. She shows sympathy for the families her son has so far destroyed by killing their children. or husbands, but when Alan asks why he isn’t reporting it to the police to potentially save more families, Candace simply says he can’t. she must first remain a faithful mother and not abandon her own child.

Alan seems quite disturbed by this exchange with the mother, but still shows her some sympathy and offers her some tissues when she starts to cry. Sam arrives at his father’s house and eventually sees the man, although there is nothing out of the ordinary about him. that. The father, who seems to live alone, is making a sandwich for his son and looks pretty distraught and lost throughout the scene. Sam brings up his past and asks his father why he used to physically hit him when was a kid and the man replies that he just didn’t know. He says that Sam has always been an odd kid with severely stunted social skills, and then also offers a half-hearted apology that seems totally unacceptable as he admits his guilt for the attack. 

This may annoy Sam, and he chooses that moment to attack, 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. about this new Success. Sam reports that although he had all his hatred and apathy towards his father intact, this time he just couldn’t pull off the murder. Alan congratulates him, then explains how that could have been, since the man was Sam’s father, and parricide might not be as easy as murder. Alan now takes advantage of this situation and tries to convince Sam that his job is done because Sam no longer needs therapy. He says that just as the young man had an argument with his father that brought positive results, he himself had to go through an argument with his son Ezra because in he realized how much he had hurt his son and he asked Sam to let him go.

Sam’s expression changes, however, and after a while, he takes a couch and mini-fridge to the basement room and says he’ll stock the latter with whatever drinks Alan wants. Sam now repeats Alan’s own words about therapy taking time. to work, sometimes even years. He says that he intends to hold Alan hostage in the basement for longer, if not years, but would make sure he lives comfortably. That’s not what Alan wants, of course, and the man now sits down to text someone a long, heartfelt message, which will be revealed later. Having finished the message that evening and carefully placed it on the bedside table, the therapist calls Sam for another session and now conducts a more truthful analysis of the situation. He firmly believes that Sam needs an outside force to help him with his murder addiction as he will start it again. In order to stop, Sam must call the police and inform them of his crimes if he is to accept Alan’s therapy. If not, then I should either let Alan go or end this once and for all by killing him.

Sam refuses to choose either option, saying he doesn’t feel ready to make a choice. The next morning Sam leaves the house and drives near the police station, perhaps taking Alan’s advice into account: but his first priority remains his own protection. She returns home and has breakfast with her mother, after which Candace goes down to the basement to give Alan his meal. The husband beat his son many years ago and also now when his son goes out to kill. However, Alan maintains a respectful and understanding tone,  and Candace breaks down, perhaps reflecting on her own inability to do the right thing. Once again, Alan offers her some tissues and as soon as she approaches him, the therapist grabs her from behind, holding the pungent tube of foot cream threateningly to her neck. He yells at Sam and when the young man comes in, shocked by the scene, Alan again challenges him to make a decision.

What Is The Fate Of Alan Strauss And Sam Fortner?

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Sam still insists he doesn’t want to make any decisions just yet, and he also believes his therapist is just playing the role of a violent man who’s trying to harm his mother but really doesn’t want to. He even tells Alan that he doesn’t think Alan is the type of man to hurt someone, but for Alan, this is the only way out of captivity. From his long handwritten message from the day before, it’s clear that Alan simply no longer wants to remain Sam’s prisoner, like a pet, he says, If death allows him to escape that fate, so be it. In a brief moment, Alan pierces Candace’s neck with the metal tube and blood oozes from the wound. The next scene is initially confusing as Alan is seen in a gas chamber, watching Beth as toxic gas fills the room, and then wakes up from a dream in Ezra’s house. Here he lovingly spends time with all his family: Ezra, Shoshana, his in-laws, and their children, and Alan even sits with them and sings religious songs. However, such warm and loving scenes do not last long.

It quickly becomes apparent that Alan was thinking all of this in his head as Sam jumped on him and now chokes him to death. When this happens, however, Alan’s face remains remarkably calm and still given that he has his family. in his memory and Sam eventually kills the man. Sam removes his chains and drags the body to the adjacent room where he previously dug a hole to bury Elias and prepares to bury Alan in the same hole. However, better judgment prevailed, and now it looks like Alan’s therapy with Sam has finally made an impact, no matter how small. We see Shoshana enter Alan’s empty house maybe a day or two later and the woman is still confused and worried about her father who is still missing. Check out all the mail he’s collected these days. , and underneath he finds an envelope with a letter inside. This letter, written by Sam (who of course does not mention his name) says that Alan helped Sam a lot and also made him aware of the Jewish mourning ritual that requires the bodies. He had hidden Sam’s body in a public place and told the location in the letter to Alan’s children.

You have also included Alan’s own handwritten message in this letter, which he had left for his children. In it, he thanks Shoshana for always being a simple girl to get along with and professes his love for her. He then turns to Ezra and sincerely apologizes for always being prejudiced against him and never supporting him as he should have. Any understanding Alan had during his captivity expresses itself beautifully in his words, and the two brothers need to find each other’s support in such an emotional moment. Although Ezra had his grievances against his parents, perhaps Alan, in particular, the father makes sure to remove those grievances and any regrets even though he cannot do it in the flesh. As Alan himself mentions in the note, he didn’t want his relationship with his son to be remembered as just a failed and misunderstood battle between a father and son, and he genuinely makes sure that Ezra forgives him after his death. 

Sam returns home, possibly after leaving the letter, and visits the now-empty basement where Alan has lived for so long. He questions his actions in the future and now seems to have dissociations. alone when the dead Alan appears to him and tells him that no matter how he feels, Sam isn’t really going to stop his killing spree. Once again, Sam takes his therapist’s advice and decides to work on it. in the same bed given to alan, sam now places the padlock around his own leg and chains himself to the floor.

Then she calls her mother and once Candace comes downstairs; He gives her the keys. Although the mother is quite shocked, neither of them says anything and it feels like the mother is acknowledging the step her son has finally taken to protect others and himself. Granted, this self-imprisonment isn’t the best or most effective way to stop Sam in the long run, but at least it’s a step he’s taking. We won’t know for sure if he can pull off this plan, or for how long, as makes no mention of The Patient returning for a second season.

It’s also worth noting that The Patient leaves no room for a second season either, as the problems of the first season are well resolved. The patient “finally ends with a scene from Ezra in which the man sits down with his own therapist and tries to talk about recent struggles in the life of his children, wife, and sister. The therapist then asks Ezra to tell him a little more about himself, and just as Ezra is about to do so, the episode goes black, and “The Patient” arrives Ezra might need a therapist anyway in his life because of his relationship with his parents. The kidnapping and subsequent death of his father may give him the starting point.

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