Death. The most certain thing in life, also the greatest unknown. And much of the finale of the French series The Returned was left infuriatingly unknowable as Channel 4 aired its Season 2 finale at the weekend. Here are my three theories up for debate about the final episode because WTF just happened?
- Victor’s dream sequence theory
- Serge ghost tunnel theory
- Adele was very depressed theory
Victor’s dream sequence theory
Don’t read this if you haven’t watched S2 E7 because the big reveal is that… Victor brought his ‘father’ (Mr Lewanski) back to life after he fell ill at home and smashed his head open on the kitchen floor. Whilst doing so he manages to resurrect all the dead of the French town from the past 36 years. It’s never revealed why this happens and one theory is that Victor’s act of resurrecting one life completely fucks with things like time and space and something called The Butterfly Effect.
The other big reveal is that Victor is “like” Nathan (Adele’s baby) in that he is half French-zombie-half human. Again, it’s never revealed who Victor’s real parents are and we also are left to wonder why he didn’t get any better at drawing after 36 years of practice. What is clear though is that being half dead/alive gives you powers of premonition, et voila Victor’s dream sequence at the end of the season which sees both himself and Julie enjoying the beach in the south of France.
Discussing his premonitions in an earlier scene between Berg, Victor reveals, “I can’t change things” which Berg rebuffs and says “I’ll help you”. My theory (shared by others) is that when Julie jumps into the cave hole Victor closes his eyes and overrides the premonition and is able ‘reset’ his life. Meantime, the horde jump into the cave hole and it fills back up with water. Because Victor has broken his cycle of deathly premonitions will these now pass onto Nathan? Hence the crying baby in the background of the beach scene…
Because I’m a teacher I haven’t been able to write up my other two theories yet but I’ll try by the end of the week. Cheers.