The images floating around from tonight’s Ringer season (or series?) finale would have you believe that The CW’s topsy-turvy, twisty-turny serial thriller will conclude with a joyous event and a happily ever after for all. Well, you know what they say about appearances.
TVLine spoke with Ringer bosses Eric Charmelo and Nicole Snyder (who — spoiler alert — both make funny cameos in the episode) about the freshman drama’s season-ender, and they confirm that it’s unlikely anyone will be in a celebratory mood by the end of the hour… particularly not the three(!) characters who won’t make it out alive.
TVLINE | Ringer has a lot of balls in the air going into its finale. Can we expect much resolution tonight?
NICOLE SNYDER | We paid very careful attention and made promises in the beginning of the year based on fans’ reactions to shows with mysteries, like Lost. We kept saying all along, ‘We will answer questions, we promise. And we will give you a satisfying conclusion. ‘And I think we did that in the finale. It totally delivers. I think the audience is going to feel satisfied and I do think, with all of our characters, truths will come out in different ways.
TVLINE | To that point, Ioan Gruffudd told us a few weeks ago that the finale in no way neatly wraps up the story. Would you say that’s accurate?
ERIC CHARMELO | There is the mother of all cliffhangers that is posed by the end of the Season 1 finale, and it’s a great jumping off point for Season 2. That said, it will be satisfying and we will still answer questions. And by no means is the audience going to feel cheated. As Nicole said, it really, really delivers. It’s going to satiate you, but leave you hungry for more.
TVLINE | How about a tiny “mother of all cliffhangers” tease?
SNYDER | What we can say is this: We had a specific drive and an engine for the first season, and this cliffhanger has everything change direction. It changes the motivation of certain characters. We are so excited for this finale to air. We love everything about it, from the director to the title to the performances; it’s a great episode and I hope the fans love it as much as we do.
CHARMELO | I think the season finale makes the penultimate episode seem tame, comparatively. [Laughs] It was really challenging for the writers to sort of shoehorn everything into this last episode, but we did it in a really organic, interesting, compelling way. Continue reading
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“CW’s Ringer hit a series low 0.4 adults 18-49, down 20% vs. a 0.5 rating last week, again following a repeat of Hart Of Dixie.
Ringer 1.106 million viewers “
Sarah Michelle Gellar’s new CW drama lands at the tail-end of this year’s countdown for a reason – it’s absolutely a guilty pleasure. But we’re putting the emphasis firmly on ‘pleasure’ – at its best, Ringer is a brilliantly fun concoction of absurd scenarios, unlikely plot twists and hammy acting.
Our favorite character is the terribly English Andrew – Ioan Gruffudd’s performance puts the ‘stiff’ in ‘stiff upper lip’. If you were looking for Buffy 2.0 then you were always going to be disappointed, but if you were just after some dumb fun, then you couldn’t beat Ringer in 2011.