Last night, FOX aired the Gracepoint finale which wrapped up the mystery of who killed Danny Solano. What’s next?
Gracepoint begins when a young boy is found dead on an idyllic beach in the small northern California town of Gracepoint. The tragedy and media frenzy soon turns neighbor against neighbor as the police try to figure out what happened. The cast includes David Tennant, Anna Gunn, Michael Peña, Virginia Kull, Madalyn Horcher, Kendrick Sampson, Nick Nolte, Jacki Weaver, Kevin Rankin, Sarah-Jane Potts, Stephen Louis Grush, Kevin Zegers, Jessica Lucas, and Nikolas Filipovic.
As fans know all too well, the ratings for Gracepoint have been very poor all season. It looked like the network might pull the series — or at least ship it to Saturday nights — but FOX let all 10 episodes run on Thursday nights.
Gracepoint was billed as a “limited series” but that designation doesn’t seem to mean too much these days. If a show is a ratings success, networks will find a way to keep a show going. If it’s a bomb, limited series or not, a show’s going to be cancelled.
In a recent interview, showrunner Anya Epstein said that last night’s episode wasn’t intended to be a series finale. Broadchurch (the UK show that Gracepoint is based on) was renewed for a second season and the feeling was that Gracepoint could return as well.
Epstein notes, “It was not meant to be self-contained and we have a lot of ideas and a lot of excitement about where it could go. It remains to be seen whether we’ll get a chance to actually do that. It doesn’t seem terribly likely at the moment.”
Since Gracepoint is all-but guaranteed to be cancelled, hopefully the writers will share what they had in mind for season two at some point in the future.
What do you think? Would you watch a second season of Gracepoint? Were you satisfied with the finale?