Mythic Quest Season 3 Ending Explained – what is GrimPop’s next big idea?

By Adam Lock
Published: January 6, 2023 (Last updated: 3 weeks ago)
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Surprisingly emotional and wickedly funny, “Buffalo Chicken Pizza” feels like a definitive ending. Yet it also works as a new beginning as well, opening new storylines and teasing new rivalries to come.

We recap the Apple TV+ series Mythic Quest Season 3 Episode 10, “Buffalo Chicken Pizza,” which contains spoilers and explains the ending.

There’s been quite a bit of character development in season three of Mythic Quest. David (David Hornsby) has gone from a cowardly yes man to a much more assertive and confident producer, one who is in charge of an entire film franchise. Ian (Rob McElhenney) and Poppy (Charlotte Nicdao) have had their own ups and downs, while the rest of the cast have gone through bouts of change in their own respectable worlds. In the season finale, “Buffalo Chicken Pizza,” the show is about to take on even larger, more drastic changes. So, without further ado, let’s dive into the season finale.

Mythic Quest Season 3 Episode 10 recap

The season opened with a montage addressing the cast’s latest dilemmas, with dialogue merging over multiple scenes. The finale takes a similar approach. We see Poppy laid out on the floor, surrounded by empty wrappers. She’s hopelessly depressed, the company is out of money, and no one wants to buy their new game. This is definitely GrimPop’s lowest point to date. David is in an equally disturbing predicament. The head honchos have pulled the plug on the Mythic Quest movie due to their dwindling fanbase. Then finally, Brad is told that he has satisfied the terms of his parole and can now work in the financial sector once again. This should come as good news, but to Brad, this huge transformation came about far too easily, and therefore it has lost all of its significance.

After realizing how catastrophically screwed she is, Poppy ignores reality for a while and loses herself in her work, coding Playpen for weeks on end. Dana is concerned about Poppy’s mental well-being and brings in Ian for help. Although Ian is just as lost as his collaborator, he has no plans moving forward, and in a complete change of character, he refuses to even pretend to have a plan. Dana is shocked by Ian’s blatant vulnerability.

David is also depressed; his Hollywood career has ended before it even properly began. Jo has a cunning scheme up her sleeve though, one that may just work. She resigns from Mythic Quest but tells David to fire her in dramatic fashion. The assistant hopes that this will scare the other employees into working harder, thus bringing in more players in the long term. David is unsure of this tactic but accepts her terms. Jo makes a scene, fake crying, whilst warning the other employees to do as they’re told. It’s extremely effective, the office workers all enthusiastically get back to work.

The third character from the opening montage is Brad, the lovable rogue. His new boss Rachel beams at her bonus check, but Brad just gets reflective, saying how he conquered work and life with apparent ease. The parole news and Rachel’s overall naivety wakes Brad from his daydreams. He realizes he needs a new challenge now. Dana comes to visit Rachel and admits that she also needs change in her life. GrimPop is falling apart and she needs to take control of her own destiny before it is too late.

These three dejected employees meet in the elevator as they leave the premises. Jo and Brad have resigned of their own free will and Dana is about to do likewise. In the lift, they talk of a new chapter in their lives. Brad and Jo seem a little overwhelmed by the scenario, but Dana feels empowered. Her positivity rubs off on them and they all agree to work together, to form a new studio at once. It’s an exciting plot point as these three worker bees decide to take a risk and go for broke, forming a new alliance.

Fearing he’s losing control of the company; David makes a speech. He informs the workers that the Mythic Quest movie is dead and numbers are dropping, but he will fix it. The employees all applaud their aggressive boss. David asks for fresh ideas for a new expansion pack, presenting them with a sign-up sheet so that workers can meet with him in person and pitch their own ideas. What follows is a hilarious montage as the staff suggests new gaming narratives. They come up with every cliche in the book, from personal journeys to video game rip-offs.

Ian reminisces on the good and bad times he’s had with Poppy, deciding to solve this break-up once and for all. He gifts Poppy with a buffalo chicken pizza, the takeaway snack that she requested many weeks ago. Ian apologizes, admitting that he’s a terrible partner. His plans to fix things are very simple though – they don’t. He proposes that they just leave things exactly as they were before because that used to work and he believes it’ll work again. Ian sees it and Poppy builds it, they shouldn’t change that process one bit. However, Ian agrees to try and meet her halfway. As a symbol of this promise, Poppy asks Ian to eat the disgusting pizza he has bought her. He does and then guzzles it down with an equally repulsive fizzy drink. It’s a surprisingly emotional scene with a hilarious end. Ian and Poppy are finally on the road to recovery once again.

Mythic Quest Season 3 Ending Explained

Rachel rushes over to GrimPop to tell Dana about David’s expansion plans. Rachel thinks her girlfriend would be the perfect creative director, yet she has other ideas. Dana is forming her own studio with Brad and Jo now. These two oddities appear from out of nowhere, making Rachel jump. Brad gets quite intimidating, threatening Rachel, stating that they are going to crush Mythic Quest. In its infancy, a new rivalry is already forming between Dana Studios and the old Mythic Quest gang.

In the final scene of the series, Poppy and Ian, who have since made amends, meet with David. He’s still sulking after the terrible pitches he’s just endured. Poppy and Ian make a final pitch. They’ve combined their Playpen idea with the Mythic Quest game. Ian explains it perfectly: Playpen is a genius, cutting-edge game with no community, whereas Mythic Quest is a dying game with a huge community. The players want new content, so let them create it themselves with the Playpen tool. This gets David’s attention, but the next line terrifies him. Poppy and Ian announce that they are coming back to work at Mythic Quest on this new collaboration. David’s face is a picture as this announcement sinks in.

What did you think of Mythic Quest Season 3 Episode 10 and the ending? Comment below.

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