Prison Break: After the Shocking Finale, What’s Next?

Prison Break series finaleAfter four seasons of jail, torture, perilous escapes, stabbings, and death, Michael Scofield’s saga has come to an end. Tonight’s Prison Break series finale solved many of the drama’s ongoing storylines and then, we were treated with a montage that shows our “heroes” four years down the road. And then, the unthinkable happened. While fans have all been expecting a big finish, few expected it would truly end this way.

Prison Break follows architect Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller) whose half-brother Lincoln (Dominic Purcell) has been jailed for a murder he didn’t commit. To save his brother’s life, Michael concocts a detailed plan to have himself imprisoned and then to free both of them. Along the way, they realize they’re involved in a far-reaching conspiracy with dire consequences for all around them.

The show’s massive cast has included Amaury Nolasco, Robert Knepper, Wade Williams, Sarah Wayne Callies, William Fichtner, Paul Adelstein, Marshall Allman, Rockmond Dunbar, Jodi Lyn O’Keefe, Robin Tunney, Stacy Keach, Leon Russom, Phillip Edward Van Lear, Peter Stormare, Muse Watson, and Patricia Wettig.

The FOX drama debuted to solid ratings in 2005 but, over time, the audience’s interest has dwindled. In January it was announced that the show had been cancelled and that the story would soon come to a close.

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As difficult as it is to take, Michael’s final fate does makes some sense. Executive producer Matt Olmstead told the LA Times, “When we got to the end, the only real, noble thing for Michael is to have it be that what he did — the initial act and the ramifications — were not in vain and weren’t selfish,” Olmstead said. “So, good comes out of it, but he himself would also have to pay a sacrifice.”

Olmstead tells EW that, “It just felt a little weird for us to have Michael and Sara holding hands on the beach walking away — though that would be gratifying in the moment. Knowing that there was pretty much a scorched path behind them in terms of what happened, [having him die] balanced the books for us. He also paid the ultimate sacrifice and, in doing so, everyone else close to him was able to live, including his child.”

Thankfully for fans, the story’s not over just yet. There’s a two-hour made-for-DVD movie that will be released on July 28th. It’s a self-contained story that takes place during the four year fast-forward; soon after the characters are exonerated but before Michael’s death. We’ll learn the details about Michael’s big sacrifice and whether it’s directly tied to his condition.

Olmstead explains the premise this way, “Sara is on the hook for [killing] Michael’s mother and she gets locked up while pregnant. The tables are turned… once a doctor in prison now imprisoned, and Michael’s on the outside. The majority of the cast is back. It’s Michael, Lincoln, Sara, Sucre, T-Bag, Mahone… all the heavy-hitters.”

While Olmstead is sorry that Marshall Allman (Linc’s son) wasn’t available to return for the finale, he doesn’t have any regrets about how they’ve ended the Scofield story. He says, “Every story was exhausted. Every creative juice wrung out. It was a completely worthwhile experience, and I know the other writers [agree]. It was a difficult show to pull off, and we did it.”

What do you think? A fitting end or a disappointment? Either way, will you be buying the DVD in July?

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  1. Pius says

    As much as you would want to end this show so badly, you shldn’t let us get so disappointed. After spending so many man-hours just to witness the end of the wicked and the good in their safe haven, you shldn’t make us witness the nightmares of hopelessness and despair. Please give us (Michael & the viewers) another chance to make things right. Just one more chance for now…

  2. Dana Cheryl says

    A few weeks ago I began watching Prison Break from the beginning along with several friends via Netflix. We had “viewing parties” a couple of times a week where we would order a pizza, pop a huge bowl of popcorn, and settle in for a couple of episodes. As the weeks progressed we found ourselves dropping Prison Break lingo such as, “watch it or you’ll end up in the shoe”, “uh-oh so & so is gonna ‘chicken foot’ ya”, etc… As the series unfolded we raved about the exploits of the Prison Break crew and many of us made plans to purchase the entire series on DVD until the final episode which we HATED! We stayed up late into the night discussing our feelings. Not a single person out of 18 liked it. To be honest we regret have invested so much time watching the series. None of us have retained plans to purchase the series on DVD. Nor to we plan to watch it again which is something we’d decided to do in the fall. The “movie” was subpar and anti-climatic. At this point we’ve dropped the Prison Break lingo from our everyday vocabulary and not a one of us speaks fondly of the show. We stuck with the last season of the show simply to enjoy the well-deserved happy ending which never came. Truly I regret having invested my free time into the story. We don’t need a tv show to “balance the books” for us. A recurring premise had been “have faith” that this will work out… Yet it didn’t and I feel completely let down by the entire Prison Break experience. Had I known the way it ended I would never have invested the time in watching the show.

  3. puza randina says

    Just make the new episode of prison break with happy ending..
    The ending make me cry and dissapointed..
    Bring back michael scofield !!

  4. Fran says

    Unbelievable! I am so disappointed with the final episode. I have tried to understand the logic behind having Michael die but I get nothing. To have him go through all that he has only to kill him off in the final episode makes no sense. I believe Sara and Michael deserved a happy ending.


  5. Peter says

    Fox please bring back prison break! everyone wants it back and you would make alot of money with advertizing and what not please just bring it back you have no idea how badly your disapointing many fans

  6. kauffman says

    I remember dr. Tancredi once said in one of her lines, “Is life a tragedy or there are hopes?”, with Scofield died, you’re making us believe that life is tragedy…

  7. florence says

    in my opinion, for a brilliant story like prison break, the writer has a very tactical thoughts of bringing things gloomy wrapped up in the end.. it is heart wrenching. because, when this story was opened with such great hope, some little faith here and there (amongst those very realistic twists), and some new light and directions, it turned out that the writer put those hopes and faith on a death row.. with scofield died, you’re making the story left with no messages at all.. the show left the viewers having high hopes, and burned them all. yet, since the writer have continously emphasized on scofield and burrows to have a little faith, and since we don’t actually see scofield’s dead body on the show, we may have a little faith that there’s a chance FOX might want to reconsider bringing scofield back to the show on season 5. cheers!!!

  8. naghmeh says

    if the last episode be without mikle i m sure the viewer will reduced so much!
    i’m iranian!i have seen all the dvd s! i loved it!i and my freinds became so so depressed because of the ending! dont do thjis with us:( the death of him shows that if u r a bad luck man, u are! and there is no way! this,can’t be the reason of it!:(

  9. MJ N says

    I have never followed a TV show with such intensity. To be honest I missed the final episode and would like to see it.

    Where could I catch it. Any ideas?


      • ASHIR says

        Will there be a new Season? Do you think there will be a season 5? Is FOX working on a new Season? I hope there is a new Season and Prison Break must not end. HUGE FAN!! Michael Scofield must return together with Prison Break.

  10. aero frekenshtein says

    you can continue the story by a heroic act done by micheal scofeild that he trick his family and their friends getting their to think that he died but he went away to eliminate the final threat on their lives wis keeping them safe for finally he come back and rejoin his family

  11. amy says

    i think there should be a season 5 not only that the final break was heartbreaking i thought you could have had a bit of good out of it, its not because the ratings went down that you thought enough is enough you fox cundt be A**ED carring on the story line and let all the public and FANS down, its not fair we should have the choice wether there is another season not fox..

    i have never been so depressed in my life since it stop wentworth miller is indescribable he is amazing and would love to meet him in person he is such a sweet heart please please please bring a season 5 xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx PLEASE :)

  12. Linda says

    This show is the best ever.. And it has to been a happy ending.. And agree to Lisa, I hope they will bring him back.. Maybe a movie, just like sex and the city did it… It could be call prison break 4 years leter..
    I hope really really much that, it will happend..

    If you also think that, go to this website an sign..

  13. tuco jesse says

    u guys really tried but the ending is quite painful leaving us with out nothing to hope for please let there be another episode

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