The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey season 1, episode 6 recap – the finale and ending explained

April 8, 2022
Adam Lock 0
Apple TV+, Ending Explained, Streaming Service, Weekly TV
4.5

Summary

Ptolemy orchestrates his master plan in this fitting finale. Samuel L. Jackson is exceptional, bringing some real emotion to the closing scenes.

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4.5

Summary

Ptolemy orchestrates his master plan in this fitting finale. Samuel L. Jackson is exceptional, bringing some real emotion to the closing scenes.

This recap of the Apple TV+ series The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey season 1, episode 6, “Ptolemy,” — the finale and ending explained — contains spoilers.

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The finale is finally here, with episode six aptly named “Ptolemy”, our focus is squarely on the titular character this time around. Ptolemy has spent the best part of this series getting all of his affairs in order and with the ending of episode five, he organized a meeting with his murderous nemesis. That tantalizing opening scene, which debuted all those weeks ago, will now be played out in full, and viewers are dying to see this showdown through till the bitter end. Here’s what happened in The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey’s concluding episode.

The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey season 1, episode 6 recap – the finale and ending explained

Ptolemy is invited out on a date with Shirley, but he pushes it back a day due to it clashing with his deadly showdown. Sadly we know he’ll never make it on their date. He tells Robyn to keep the flat free in the afternoon, lying to her about his plans with Shirley. The old man is putting the final pieces of his plan into place. It feels very much like today will be his last day and he avoids the painful goodbyes with further lies. Ptolemy indulges in every moment, waving to Robyn for the last time and basking in the sun’s rays. The end is in sight now and the filmmakers pile on the heartache.

In a flashback, Sensia (visibly affected by her cancer treatment) talks to Ptolemy about what he would do with a free day, which could be translated as a “last” day. Ptolemy says he’d drive to the lake and take in some fine art at the local museum. Well, this nicely segues into what an older Ptolemy plans to do with his final day. Using a personal chauffeur, he journeys to a picturesque lake and then explores an art gallery. He takes in every moment and Samuel L. Jackson really exploits this vulnerability for maximum emotional effect.

Back at the flat, he prepares for his confrontation with Alfred, Reggie’s killer. The murderer bangs on his door and strides into the room. Ptolemy is fully primed though, with a gun in his pocket and the recorder just out of view ready to document his confession. The thug drinks Ptolemy’s whisky and swipes the two gold coins he’s been offered. In a tense scene, Ptolemy attains Alfred’s confession and tussles with the killer. Our vengeful hero shoots Alfred, although he is subsequently arrested.

The ending

The show jumps forwards six months and reveals the fallout of Ptolemy’s grand plan. Niecie and Hilliard are contesting Ptolemy’s will. Ptolemy himself is locked up in a hospital bed with the dementia returning and his mental health rapidly deteriorating. A video recording of Ptolemy proving his mental capacity adds a touching end to the drama. He has placed Robyn as the trustee and declares his love for her once more. This would have made for a perfect end, yet the show continues with a few extra scenes.

Overall, this was a welcome finale that respectfully tied up all the show’s major plot points. Ptolemy’s riches were distributed fairly, Alfred got his comeuppance and justice was fittingly served. Samuel L. Jackson brought the emotional weight of a career-high performance and added a touching send-off for our valiant hero.

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