The Mosquito Coast Season 2 Ending Explained – is Allie dead?

January 6, 2023
Jonathon Wilson 10
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A predictably and perhaps fittingly mundane and perfunctory conclusion to a season that never managed to justify its existence in the first place.

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Summary

A predictably and perhaps fittingly mundane and perfunctory conclusion to a season that never managed to justify its existence in the first place.


This article contains major spoilers for The Mosquito Coast Season 2 Episode 10, “Eulogy”, and for The Mosquito Coast Season 2’s ending.


Well, folks, it’s over. And the good news is that “Eulogy” feels a lot like a proper ending, so we probably won’t have to suffer through any more of it. These days, that’s an increasingly rare thing, so while I think that this is one of the worst and most pointless shows on television, you must give credit where it’s due.

The Mosquito Coast Season 2 Episode 10 Recap

A good example of how The Mosquito Coast misunderstands its own appeal is the fact that the finale opens with what is clearly supposed to be an emotional funeral for Silvia in Casa Roja. I know you needed me to tell you her name because we really have no sense of who this character is, why she was apparently so integral to this community, or what we’re supposed to feel in her absence.

Anyway, we catch up with the real action – if you can call it that – when Allie goes to the luxury hotel where Dina has been staying to meet her. If you recall, in The Mosquito Coast Season 2 Episode 9, she realized that she wasn’t keen on so-called “normality” after all. But as she explains to her father, she doesn’t really know what normality is. She doesn’t have a home to return to. She only has her family, and her family has been lying to her for basically her entire life. She asks Allie to come up with a solution to this problem and, predictably, he can’t.

Eventually, Margot shows up, and Allie pitches the idea of them leaving Casa Roja for the Mosquito Coast, building a self-sufficient homestead there that is theirs and theirs alone, though nobody – other than Charlie, obviously – is especially keen on the idea. Margot and Allie start bickering, and Charlie has a meltdown. This is obviously intended to be his big moment when he finally gets everything he’s feeling off his chest, but the writing tries to communicate his seriousness by having him swear at a really unnatural frequency that quickly becomes quite comical. It’s yet another example of the show having the right idea in theory but no clue how to actually bring it to fruition.

It just so happens that Richard and Guillermo’s men are at the same hotel since this is where they’re planning to sabotage the construction project by forcing the developers at gunpoint to live-stream confessions of their various crimes against the planet. This is a bit too much happenstance for my liking, but it at least gives us some semblance of danger for the finale, even if the whole thing’s a bit chaotic, is over much too quickly, and builds to a conclusion that’s largely unsatisfying even if it seems definitive.

The Mosquito Coast Season 2 Ending Explained

So, here’s what happens. Charlie and Dina, true to form, follow Richard alone while Margot and Allie discuss their next steps. Charlie confronts Richard and ends up being dragged into the hostage situation, and when Allie and Margot realize the kids are missing, they hook back up with Dina and try to rescue Charlie before the gunfire starts and the bombs explode. Guillermo turns up with William, Allie goes up the back stairs to find another way into the conference room, and with a quick toss of a flash grenade, he’s able to spirit Charlie away. William, though, shoots Allie in the back as he flees, and Allie detonates the explosives, presumably killing everyone — William, Guillermo, Richard (who was shot by William anyway), Guillermo’s sister and father, and the developers — including himself, but buying the rest of his family time to escape.

Isn’t that rubbish? Like, all of that happens in a few minutes and we’re just supposed to not question the logistics at all, like how unlikely it is to have basically every major character in the same room at the same time, or how unceremonious Allie’s (presumed) death is. We don’t really get any payoff to the ongoing character arcs and are instead treated to a sappy, “happy” ending, in which Dina, with the help of Allie’s designs, builds that ice machine he made so much of a fuss about to help the family presumably subsist on the Mosquito Coast, where they ended up after all.

In a way, this finale seems fitting for this show, which never managed to justify a second season in the first place. It’s the perfunctory conclusion it deserves, and hopefully a welcome nail in its coffin.

What did you think of The Mosquito Coast Season 2 Episode 10? Do you have any thoughts on The Mosquito Coast’s Season 2 ending? Let us know in the comments.

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10 thoughts on “The Mosquito Coast Season 2 Ending Explained – is Allie dead?

  • January 7, 2023 at 4:07 am
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    Best episode of the series! I watched this train wreck of a show out of morbid fascination and having all the bad guys vaporized at the end (including Allie, we hope!) was actually very satisfying. The only thing missing was that I was expecting Charlie at one point to say “if this place we’re going to is such a freaking paradise, why do they call it the mosquito Coast?” That would’ve been an awesome little irony if, as the closing scenes roll, one of the characters had smacked their neck to kill a mosquito….

  • January 7, 2023 at 5:02 am
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    You got it right, sir. This was beyond absurd. The only episode I truly enjoyed was Dina’s escape.

  • January 7, 2023 at 9:44 pm
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    Bad finale for a really bad show. I can’t still understand how I watched it!

  • January 9, 2023 at 4:24 am
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    Best show ever. You all are haters and trolls.

  • January 10, 2023 at 2:07 am
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    It seems to me the people speaking against the show demonstrate the same negative flaws they accuse the characters of having. I was disappointed with the ending. Since Charlie appeared confused with sound and the smoke he saw after stepping out of the small boat landing on the coast … I really thought (or hoped) the ice Dina found came from a machine her father built … in other words, he survived the explosions and went to Mosquito Coast to build it while waiting for them to arrive

  • January 10, 2023 at 7:12 am
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    I love this unique offbeat show. I hope our philosophical genius Allie survives and we have another season. The entire cast is great.
    I only agree that Sylvia’s funeral was overdone based on her character tho I understand her symbolizing gratitude and persistence towards the hood of the whole. It takes a village… and a lot of love and trust.

  • January 11, 2023 at 4:17 am
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    Who cares about the storyline? I’m just here to watch Justin Theroux. ??

  • January 14, 2023 at 3:31 pm
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    This is a pretty good summation of my feelings for the ending, except that I really enjoyed the series overall. I thought that the fact that Allie dies but the family makes it, and rebuilds his signature invention was fairly touching.

  • January 28, 2023 at 1:55 pm
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    Like most action films and series, the situations were contrived, unlikely, and far-fetched. More realistically, Allie would have been killed by William or Guillermo at any point in Season 2. Heck, the whole family wouldn’t have made it out of Season 1 if it had been more realistic.
    I rate Season 1 a B and Season 2 a B-. The acting was fairly good, considering the poor script. Kudos to the two teens; they acted their parts well…again, considering the script. I would have watched Season 3 if it hadn’t been axed. Many of you think Allie died in the explosion, but I agree with Linda. My impression of the scene where Dina finds ice was that Allie was alive and waiting for them at Mosquito Coast. Maybe I just want closure.

  • January 29, 2023 at 1:52 pm
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    Too bad Charlie didn’t die in season 1

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