If you’re a fan of happy endings, you were probably pretty upset after watching Thursday night’s series finale of Saving Hope. We know we were, when the storyline took a Grey’s Anatomy-like twist that rocked our world just as hard as when Meredith had to pull the plug on Derek.
But let’s back up a second, shall we?
After five seasons, Alex and Charlie finally realized that they were meant to be together. So they pulled a shotgun wedding at the hospital, then took off with Luke to embark on a vacation and eventual honeymoon. Paris and Bali–those dreamlike destinations of romance and sun–were on the table for these crazy kids, because for the first time in the entire history of the series they were able to actually sit back and be happy together.
And then it all blew up.
A massive accident meant that ambulances couldn’t make it to Hope Zion, so Zach called the newlyweds and asked them to head over to the crash to help in the meantime. So they did what any good doctors would do and lent a hand, earning themselves “superhero” monikers by those they saved on scene. Sadly, just when they had finished helping the last people and were ready to get back on the road themselves, the show borrowed a page from Grey’s Anatomy and their car was t-boned by an oncoming vehicle. Back to the hospital for this family.
The rest of the episode quickly became an epic tearfest for the ages. Alex and the unborn baby were okay, but Luke was in surgery and Charlie had a severe brain bleed that wasn’t looking promising. Unlike the last time he was in this situation the doctors couldn’t find any sign of brain activity, which was obviously not good.
That didn’t mean spirit Charlie wasn’t around, but this time there was a twist. He was transported into the future, where he saw that his daughter Charlotte had become an ortheopedic surgeon just like him, and Luke — who made it through surgery — was marrying the gal of his dreams.
As for future Alex? She had lived a long and happy life, even though she had lost the love of her life 50 years before that, and somehow managed to move on without Charlie.
It was enough to allow spirit Charlie to finally let go, but not before seeing present-day Alex one more time, in the type of farewell scene you can only get away with on a show like this. And that’s when Alex really had to say goodbye, as she came up with a plan to donate all of Charlie’s vital organs to those in need, therefore giving hope to a handful of other families.
Her thinking? She wasn’t cursed after all, but she was blessed. Because Charlie was supposed to die in that car crash five years ago, but instead he came back and miraculously tread the line between the dead and living for five more years, giving them borrowed time that she was completely thankful for.
But because we needed one more loving image of these two together before saying goodbye for good, the last scene ever featured them together again. Only this time they were in a version of heaven, a.k.a. the beach, where Charlie had been waiting 50 years for his love to come back to him (he had the hearts etched out in the sand to prove it). With one final kiss the screen faded out, and we were left with the notion that love (eventually) conquers all.
So okay… we suppose that’s something of a happy ending after all. But man, what a way to go out. That wasn’t exactly how we thought this show would go down after so many years of rooting for Alex and Charlie to get together, but we can say that we’ll definitely remember it.
And in the end, isn’t that all you really want from a series finale?
Farewell, Saving Hope. It’s been a swell five years.