An open-ended conclusion leaves the story ripe for continuation, even if it feels like the journey the characters have already been on was quite enough.
This recap of Another Self season 1, episode 8 contains major spoilers for Another Self’s ending. You can check out our spoiler-free season review by clicking these words.
All journeys must come to an end, even ones of self-discovery, although admittedly it’s kind of the point of Another Self‘s finale that those journeys tend to go on and on forever. But our involvement has to end somewhere, and it’s here, in the eighth and final episode, which amounts to just under an hour of ups, and ups, and then downs. It isn’t strictly a miserable finale, but little can be said to go exactly as planned, and the hopeful slant that characterized the earlier episodes gives way to a bit more reality than any of the characters are necessarily looking for.
Another Self season 1, episode 8 recap
It’s oddly Leyla who ends up the best off, which is a surprise considering she begins the episode distraught, having fled with Sarp from Erdem’s oceanic escape attempt which was busted by the coast guard and the police. Thanks to, it’s implied, Sevgi’s legal expertise, Leyla is able to avoid any potential legal recriminations and as a matter of fact finds herself with a healthy sum of money, which she decides to invest in a restaurant in a partnership with Fiko.
Leyla’s advice to Ada, meanwhile, is to confront her fears head-on, which really means having a frank conversation with Toprak. Their relationship, as always, is characterized by a lot of wistful memories and wishes that things could be different. One of the show’s overarching themes, though, has been that things can’t be different, at least not things that have already happened. It’s a waste of energy and emotional resources to lament what might have been instead of focusing on what is, and perhaps what could be. That’s presumably what Toprak is thinking when he asks Ada to accompany him to the Netherlands, an offer she takes some time to think about.
For some, change is easier than others, though Muko isn’t one of them. It was her who reported Zaman, and she’s openly mistrusting of Fiko to the extent that, when he proposes to Sevgi, she totally spoils the celebrations by complaining. Eventually, it seems as though Sevgi is able to talk her mother around, but on the night of her wedding, she finds a note from Muko explaining her parentage that leaves her physically compromised and her relationship with Muko perhaps irreparably fractured, but more on this in a moment.
Another Self ending
First, though, the wedding! It’s nice, a good opportunity for the characters to all come together — we even get a kind of blessing from Selim, wishing Ada well and warning Toprak not to hurt her again — and for Zaman to announce his retirement. It’s only the discovery of the note later than undermines the whole affair, causing Sevgi to physically collapse. As we learn after, her cancer has returned aggressively since she stopped taking her medication, believing that Zaman’s treatments had healed her completely. Ada kind of confronts Zaman about this, but she knows that he never suggested that Sevgi stopped taking her meds. She believes that Zaman’s methods really do work, though she can’t explain how, and she’s interested in being taught what he knows so that she can continue his work.
Sevgi’s situation, though, obviously means that Ada can’t leave with Toprak, though perhaps that wouldn’t have happened anyway, since Ava turns up out of the blue with Flor to surprise him, and neither he nor Ada is happy to see her. The final scene of the season is of the three main women holding hands at another of Zaman’s treatments, ready to explore themselves and their circumstances further.
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