Adam and Rebekah’s journey comes to an end in this fitting finale. In a saturated market, this start-up biography manages to succeed thanks to a stunning performance from Anne Hathaway and a smart script.
This recap of the Apple TV+ series WeCrashed season 1, episode 8 — the finale and ending explained — contains spoilers.
It has been quite the journey, but folks we have finally made it to the WeCrashed finale. Adam and Rebekah Neumann’s crazy little adventure comes to a suitably frantic conclusion in “The One With All The Money”. Expect more ridiculous shenanigans and a fitting end to the saga. Throughout the series, the filmmakers were never quite sure how to frame the billionaire couple, are they the heroes or the villains of the story? So, playing it safe, they decide to explore both sides of the coin, in a witty and entertaining final episode.
WeCrashed season 1, episode 8 recap – the finale and ending explained
After the bad press conjured from their outlandish S-1 proposal, Wall Street Journal decide to run an article on the corroding empire. In this damning report they mention the partying and illicit activities at the headquarters, with a cereal box containing a brick of weed grabbing the headlines. WeWork hire a Crisis PR team to deflect this onslaught of negativity before the business goes public. Meanwhile, the Board vote to kick Adam out as CEO. With episode eight, the show has thankfully returned to its peak quality, with an enthralling start. The opening scenes are fun and fast-paced, backed with an orchestral version of Katy Perry’s Roar.
Feeling paranoid and penned in, Adam decides to move his personal offices into the sanctuary of their private home. This setup provides some welcomed comedy, with the gang trudging their whiteboard on wheels through the busy city, Rebekah trialing a vulgar looking green juice (is this a nod to The Dropout?) and then panic cleaning the house. An enraged Adam finally falters and makes some rather big changes to the company, yet his negotiations are futile. Bruce Dunlevie, who was once Adam’s greatest supporter, calls the founder toxic and threatens to break his arm if he doesn’t resign, ouch! Then photographs of Adam walking barefoot in New York go viral and he admits defeat.
There’s a certain sadness to watching Adam and Rebekah finally relent, with Adam stepping down as CEO. They may be ultra-pretentious, but they built this company from the ground up and deep down they meant well. Anne Hathaway is outstanding, bringing superstar quality to the show as the couple plan their future in a heartfelt moment. Back at WeWork and Miguel struggles to steer the ship, even singing Bob Marley to an unimpressed audience. Enter Cameron Lautner, barging onto the scene with his clichéd British accent. He’s the complete antithesis of Adam, realistic and honest, but without the Neumann’s charm. It’s an interesting angle, seeing the realist buckle under the pressure.
In the final third, Adam fights back, with a high stakes standoff with Masayoshi Son (CEO of Softbank). Masayoshi eventually buys out the Neumann’s majority shares for over 975 million, taking an eighty percent control of the troubled company in return. Adam and Rebekah end victorious, howling like wolves as they drive off into the sunset, yet there is a final twist. Masayoshi calls them up, whilst they vacation in Israel, declaring: the one who wins has all the money. He intends to battle back, making sure they don’t receive that insane pay-out or end victorious. During the end credits, the series finishes with the biographical facts and adjoining images of the real life counterparts.
This is a fitting end to the show, bringing finality to the whole darned saga. It may not have had the same overarching consistency as their TV opponent, the billionaire business bio The Dropout, although overall they are of a pretty similar quality. The writers manage to portray the start-up with an electric intensity and Anne Hathaway’s performance is just riveting. The creators highlighted the ridiculous nature of big business in an entertaining way, managing to succeed in a zeitgeist genre, which is commendable.
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