The sales space finale: All is properly, that ends properly – Stephen King’s New Coda
CBS All Access’s adaptation of The Stand received a lot more than Stephen King’s stamp of approval behind the scenes: King also contributed a brand new ending to the story that served as the ninth and final episode of the miniseries on Thursday.
As Benjamin Cavell, co-creator of the booth, announced on the Television Critics Association’s press tour in December, the new coda was born by King, who wanted to give Frannie (played here by Odessa Young) another ending that would enable her to create her own Stand up to Randall Flagg after failing to do so while pregnant. In episode 9, Frannie finds herself in a new and dangerous situation, which she confronts with Alexander Skarsgard’s villain.
First, let’s check where the finale of The Stand coincides with the source material: At the start of the lesson, Frannie gives birth to a girl named Abagail (in the novel, a boy named Peter) who signs Captain Trips but ultimately recovers – a first for this deadly disease. Later, at a memorial service for Mother Abagail, Stu and Kojak return safely to Boulder after being rescued by Tom Cullen, who also survived the return trip. And months later, at a July 4th barbecue in Boulder, Frannie and Stu agree that the free zone is a little overcrowded (and crime is unfortunately increasing), prompting them to take a trip back to Ogunquit, Maine so Frannie can see the Atlantic.
However, here we can see her journey through the United States as the book ends before Frannie and Stu take to the streets. After traversing and camping in various states, the two stop in Lorton, Nebraska, for the night, where they find a decent home to spend the evening. On the edge of the property is a cornfield similar to the one that appeared in the dreams of the pandemic survivors about mother Abagail – and although Frannie and Stu don’t see this, Kojak reaches right into the cornfield and pulls out a baby doll, the same, that Frannie found Abagail in her very first dream about mother. And when Stu Kojak calls into the house, a thin arm reaches out of the corn stalks and takes the doll back.
That night, while Stu and Frannie are sleeping, the resident of the grain field is exposed as a young black girl who has set up her own camp in the middle of the field. “Now is the time it takes,” she sings over and over and then nods to herself when she hears Frannie’s daughter crying. “Baby teeth,” she says.
The next morning, Stu drives to a couple of cities to get food and supplies. While he’s gone, Frannie stays inside examining an old water pump that is attached to a boarded-up well in the yard. A jet of water comes out and then stops. As Frannie reaches into the pump to remove what might be there, Randall Flagg suddenly appears at her ear. “Hello, bitch,” whispers Flagg, startling Frannie – and when she turns to see that Flagg is not there at all, her finger is bitten by a rat that lives in the pump. In her panic about shaking off the rat, she collapses through the boards covering the well and falls in.
While Frannie is passed out downstairs, she dreams of meeting Flagg in the woods. First, he shows her a tribe of people nearby who have survived all of Captain Trips because they have no connection to the world beyond these trees. Then Flagg takes Frannie to a well and shows her pictures in the mirror of Stu, whose journey back to Lorton was interrupted by a flat tire on his truck. Baby Abagail alone and crying on the porch for her mother; and Frannie herself, who, according to Flagg, has some pretty serious injuries after her fall. But if Frannie just gives Flagg one kiss, he says, and lets him see the world through her eyes from time to time, he’ll take away Frannie’s injuries and let Stu get home safely.
“Not if you were God yourself,” Frannie replies firmly – but she seems hesitant when Flagg reminds her of her daughter and moans for her mother, who is standing at the bottom of a well. So Frannie leans over to kiss Flagg, but instead bites her lip and runs away. “Get behind me, you royal bastard,” she tells him. Then, as she runs away, Frannie’s surroundings suddenly change and she is back in a cornfield; When she reaches a house outside the field, Mother Abagail is sitting on the front steps.
Mother Abagail assures Frannie that Flagg was only tempting her, and God will bless her for resisting his temptation. “The wheel keeps turning. The fight continues, ”says mother Abagail. “But the command is always the same: be true. Stand. “Then she reveals that she has seen Frannie’s future, which includes Frannie raising five children.” Those five will make 20, and those 20 will make 70, “she continues.” And some of these will make 70 Still experiencing it. You’re old. Your children will replenish the earth. “And with that, Frannie wakes up.
Meanwhile, Stu has safely returned home from his trip, although he is alarmed that Kojak is waiting for him in the middle of the road – and even more alarmed that the young girl from the grain field is sitting on the porch steps quietly feeding baby Abagail . The girl is small but confident, and instructs Stu to tie the cord from his truck around his waist while she lowers him into the well to fetch Frannie. He does what he said and the girl manages to successfully bring Stu and Frannie back.
“Give me some space, Stuart!” The girl tells Stu as she bends over Frannie’s body. Although Stu doesn’t understand how the girl knows her name, it appears that she is a born again mother Abagail, as she wears the same silver cross around her neck as mother Abagail. And as she moves her hands over Frannie’s body, Frannie’s broken bones shift back into place and she appears to be completely healed just moments later. “Now get up,” the girl instructs Frannie, and Frannie does, telling Stu breathlessly that “nothing hurts”. Meanwhile, the girl disappears as Frannie and Stu are happy even though their baby doll is left behind in Abagail’s makeshift bassinet.
A week later, Frannie, Stu, Baby Abagail and Kojak have reached Ogunquit and are enjoying the magnificent sight of the Atlantic Ocean. Frannie tells Stu that in the well she saw both sides of the world: her beauty and her “deep well of darkness – a pit”. And although tempted by the darkness, she came from the experience of Mother Abagail’s words: “The wheel is turning. The fight goes on. And the command is always the same: be true. Stand. “Stu nods seriously and they kiss.
But … Despite Frannie and Stu’s happy ending, Flagg seems to be back. In a slightly revised version of the epilogue King wrote for The Stand: Complete and Uncut Edition, reprinted in 1990, Flagg shuffles into the forest where the aforementioned tribe lives, completely naked except for his boots. The tribe members immediately perceive Flagg as a threat, and one of them shoots an arrow at Flagg’s face – but Flagg catches it in midair, mimes shoot the man with their fingers, and the man’s face is actually blown off.
In an obvious mixture of fear and awe, the rest of the tribe bow to Flagg as he floats off the ground. And although Flagg says in the group’s novel that he has a mission to teach them how to be civilized, he doesn’t say that here. “My name is Russell Faraday,” he announced. “Adore me!”
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