As the series finale of 24 creeps closer, fans can’t help but wonder if Jack Bauer will finally get unlimited days of rest or will day eight finally do him in?
Neither, says Howard Gordon, the show’s executive producer. “One thing we tried and it didn’t work was ‘happily ever after,'” he says. “It just wasn’t within Jack’s wheelhouse.”
“On the other end of the spectrum, Jack would die,” he says. “And in its own way, that’s equally unsatisfying. Jack has a far more ambiguous, complex and emotional ending this year.”
Gordon explained that the writers wanted something in the middle for Jack. “It’s not as tragic as it could have been. It’s not entirely unhappy, but he doesn’t walk off into the sunset.”