In Big Jim’s office, he looks at the wall clock. It’s… what the hell? What is that, four and a half o’clock? This show can’t even get clocks right! Big Jim nods his head at Junior, who leaves.
Julia drives her car out to… is this Methane Lake or is this some totally new lake?
Back at the town hall, the townspeople have gathered around the gallows with Big Jim on the platform. Nobody seems to think it’s weird that a couple of hours ago Big Jim was talking about his faith in God and the town and the end of lawlessness but is now just about to straight-up execute a guy who hasn’t had a trial. Junior leads Barbie up the steps as Big Jim speechifies about certain elements sowing the seeds of hatred, but today, Chester’s Mill sentences Dale Barbara to death.
Over at Methane Lake, Julia stands in a boat, holding the egg and looking into the water. No rush or anything, Julia, but Junior is, right now, putting the noose around Barbie’s head, so whatever you’re going to do, you might want to -- oh, you’re going to take out Barbie’s dog tag so you can stare at it for a few moments?
The pink stars rising in lines converge at the apex of the dome, and white light spreads across the surface of the dome, bathing everyone in brightness. While everyone gawks and shields their eyes, Big Jim yells at Junior to throw the lever. We pull out to see that the dome has gone from opaque black to opaque white. And that closes the saddest chapter in American television history. Will Barbie be hanged to death? Will they ever get out? Will this ever make sense? Will people please stop watching this horrifying thing? Do people really have nothing better to do than watch this?
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