The end has arrived for Showtime’s Ray Donovan series. The popular drama, which lasted seven seasons, wrapped things up Friday night with a two-hour film that answered a few questions about what made Ray the man he is today.
A movie version was needed due to the surprise cancellation after the finale of season 7, which left fans, star Liev Schreiber and showrunner David Hollander hanging. After an enormous cry, the decision was made to tie the fine threads together and see if the Donovans stood together or swayed downwards. After all, Ray does not leave loose ends.
For the uninitiated, Ray Donovan is a professional “fixer” who circumvents the cluttered details of illegal activities to protect celebrity clients. The drama also brought the interactions between Ray’s children, brothers, wife and the threatened patriarch of the family, Mickey, played by Jon Voight, who receives an unexpected release from prison.
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In the finale of Friday, the film picked up on where season 7 ended. Mickey Donovan is on the run, and his son is close behind.
The unexpected result of that confrontation, however, was that Mickey was dead. But not at Ray’s hand – instead, Ray’s daughter, Bridget, did the deed.
“David and I both agreed early on that it was logical that someone should leave at last. And it felt like having Bridget inherit the [Donovan family’s] mantle of pain [by killing Mickey] was an interesting and logical choice, “said Schreiber.
Hollander added: “In my head it was the only death that cow prevent … And it had to be [Bridget that pulled the trigger]. Thematically, we push all this sh-t down, and who cares Ray? And it’s Bridget.
The choice to bring things to a conclusion would have been more ambiguous, Hollander said, if the series had gone through an eighth season.
“It may have been more of a disappearance than a mysterious thing. But the story is really about, not just the legacy of violence, but, ‘Who is the wolf?’ Who’s the person who really touches the pot? “We had to wake Ray up for his part in all of this, because he’s somehow the greater antihero of the two. And he’s the genesis of many things. which we see in the show.
Schreiber agreed. “It’s the thing about inherited trauma that convinces me about the show. The conscious and unconscious ways we promote and reproduce trauma.”