The end has come for Showtime Ray Donovan series. The popular drama, which ran for seven seasons, wrapped up Friday night with a two-hour movie that answered some questions about what made Ray the man he is today.
A film version was needed thanks to the surprise cancellation after the Season 7 finale, which left fans, star Liev Schreiber and showrunner David Hollander hanging. After a huge outcry, the decision was made to tie up the dangling threads and reveal whether the Donovans stand together or sway. After all, Ray leaves nothing to chance.
For the uninitiated, Ray Donovan is a professional “fixer” who handles the messy details of illegal activity to protect celebrity clients. The drama also highlighted the interactions between kids, brothers, Ray’s wife, and the family’s menacing patriarch, Mickey, played by Jon Voight, who gets an unexpected release from prison.
*** SPOILER ALERT – DO NOT READ THIS LINE IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THE MOVIE
In the Friday finale, the film picked up where Season 7 left off. Mickey Donovan is on the run and his son is right behind.
The unexpected outcome of this confrontation, however, was that Mickey was the one who died. But not at Ray’s hand – instead, Ray’s daughter, Bridget, did the deed.
“David and I both agreed from the start that it made sense that someone had to end up going. And it felt like Bridget inherited the [Donovan family’s] cloak of pain [by killing Mickey] was an interesting and logical choice,” Schreiber said.
Hollander added: “In my mind, it was the only death that could happen… And it had to be [Bridget that pulled the trigger]. Thematically we push all this shit down, and who’s watching Ray? And it’s Bridget.
The choice to wrap things up would have been more ambiguous, Hollander said, had the series continued for an eighth season.
“Maybe it was more about a disappearance or something mysterious. But the story isn’t just about the legacy of violence, it’s about ‘Who’s the wolf? Who’s the wriggler? really the pot?” We had to wake Ray up to his role in all of this because, in a way, he’s the bigger anti-hero of the two. And he’s the genesis of a lot of things that we see in the series.
Schreiber agreed. “It’s the thing about inherited trauma that draws me to the show. The conscious and unconscious ways we foster and reproduce trauma.