The Rig season 1 ending explained – how do the crew survive the creature?

January 6, 2023 (Last updated: 3 weeks ago)
Ricky Valero 16
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While the entire season of The Rig had some highs and lows, the season finale left the show on a high note with some strong writing.

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While the entire season of The Rig had some highs and lows, the season finale left the show on a high note with some strong writing.

This recap of the Prime Video series The Rig season 1, episode 6, contains spoilers, including an open discussion of The Rig Season 1’s ending.

We’ve had a whirlwind of events happen on The Rig throughout the series’ first five episodes, from the wild uncertainty of what is going on with this mysterious fog to what happened behind the scenes on all of these rigs. Quite a few questions need to be answered as we head into the season finale of David Macpherson‘s show, which stars Emily Hampshire (Schitt’s Creek) and Iain Glen (Game of Thrones). So let’s dive in.

The Rig season 1, episode 6 recap

The episode begins with us on The Kinloch Charlie Rig, two days prior, where we see Coake with a group of people trying to make something happen. However, the pressure is too much, and we see the entire rig end up in flames. After the opening credits, we have Magnus questioning Harish about the event’s relevance to today. Next, Coake goes in for questioning by Magnus. Then, of course, he explains that this “experiment” is something that they are trying to stop, but they have failed. Finally, Coake reminds him that he has to make hard choices, whether they are popular or not.

The conversation continues when Coake says they must end this experiment here and now. Magnus wants to know what happens to his people, but Coake says that not everyone will survive. Shortly after, Magnus tells Rose about Coake’s plan, but Rose says they can’t just “kill it.” She follows with that she and Fulmer are working on an alternative. But Magnus reminds her to work fast as they are running out of time.

We head into the lab with Rose and Fulmer, and she attempts to break down the plan for the mysterious fog. She breaks down how everything they’ve done has made it angrier. But Magnus said they are running the risk of everyone dying, and they must hear Coake out. So then, Magnus goes to Coake to ask him if he can stop this and save his crew. He said he was the only man who could do this. A mere moments after agreeing, we see Coake pull out his phone, and it says, “Cirein Mission Time Elapsed. Emergency Protocol Activated.”

Magnus heads to the crew to tell them they will follow Coake’s plan. Rose freaks out and says that this is a terrible idea. She said his plans were the same, which got almost everyone killed on the Charlie rig. After much convincing, Magnus agrees to try Rose’s plan to make contact with the creature. Next, we see Coake confront Harish about how he wasn’t shy about jumping off the ship into a lifeboat without rescuing anyone. Unsure what to say, Harish realizes that Coake has a way back and follows him to find out his plan.

Well, Coake says there is a helicopter on the way, and there is room for him and his friend. So then, he lays out the plan (the same as the Charlie), and Harish doesn’t love the idea, but Coake tells him to do what he is told as he doesn’t mind leaving people behind. As he starts to think twice, Harish clicks the intercom so that everyone on the ship can hear the two of them talk. The other crewmates heard what Coake had planned and knew they needed to make a move. As this goes on, the rig starts to have this earthquake-like movement.

We move to the trio heading to rescue Baz. While they get him, Rose sees this as a chance for them to stop what is happening. Next, as the helicopter is scheduled to land, Hutton confronts Coake and wants to throw him overboard. The rest of the crew stops him, followed by Hutton socking Coake right in the mouth. As the helicopter lands, Hutton makes the call sending as many as they can to the first one.

The Rig Ending

Back to Baz, who is sucked up in this world but says that maybe they need to make a sacrifice, “a life for a life,” to show that they are willing to make a sacrifice. So Baz stays while the trio gets out of dodge. It’s a race against time, as everyone is trying to make it to the landing pad. The helicopter just barely gets out while the fog hits the rig, destroying it. On the helicopter, Coake announces that they aren’t returning to the rig. Everyone is gutted as thousands of people will die now because of this.

So, The Rig had some highs and lows, but they nailed the landing here. I wasn’t sure how it would end, which means great writing. However, I loved that the ending wasn’t so happy-go-lucky as we see with most series. Another thing, it does open the door for the show’s second season. But it has an end that if it’s only one season, you are simultaneously left satisfied.

What did you think of The Rig season 1, episode 6? Do you have any thoughts on The Rig Season 1’s ending? Comment below.

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16 thoughts on “The Rig season 1 ending explained – how do the crew survive the creature?

  • January 6, 2023 at 10:37 am

    Where are the helicopters going with the oil rig crew?

  • January 6, 2023 at 10:39 am

    Where are the helicopters going with the oil rigs crew?

  • January 6, 2023 at 6:37 pm

    The ending was as bad as it gets for a great series 1 -5 3/4 as the ending was a flop..

  • January 7, 2023 at 7:59 am

    I got lost in the fog and engulfed in the jungle and confused as the ending was.

  • January 7, 2023 at 10:12 pm

    Bloody awful, the whole thing.

  • January 8, 2023 at 3:19 am

    “The helicopter just barely gets out while the fog hits the rig, destroying it.” Wrong. It was a tsunami.

  • January 8, 2023 at 7:32 am

    I read a lot of science fiction and I’m used to very ambiguous endings. But this ending was downright stupid. I was sitting on my couch waiting for the answer wherever they’re going. And then there was nothing and I yelled at the TV. Where the hell are you going? And then the show ended and even as I speak this I’m so frustrated cuz I have no idea what’s going on. Never mind where they’re going, that’s question enough. Can you imagine if they did not get renewed for a season? 2? That would have wasted the whole first season with this ridiculous end.

  • January 8, 2023 at 11:17 am

    I loved the ending. I thought the show was amazing. I didnt want a soppy happy ending, it wouldn’t have done the show justice.

  • January 8, 2023 at 11:36 pm

    We are not going home? Why not? Where are we going? Is this supposed to be a clever ending? Perhaps we are going to battle the eons old creature with our helicopter? We need to take one for Pictor? So they do not have bad press…

  • January 9, 2023 at 7:10 am

    I binge watched “The Rig” & thoroughly enjoyed it. If there is not to be a Season two, I will be quite disappointed with the ending of season one – mainly because I want more episodes. The ending of episode six works – it doesn’t really matter where they’re going – they’re going somewhere to save their asses! It shows they were unable to prevent the tsunami that hits The Beach where some of the crews family are living.
    If they are to have a season two, I see opportunity to show the big oil co’s attempts at cover up, and an opportunity to show whether or not Bix’s sacrifice helps to alleviate the ancient organisms feeling the need to protect itself against the human threat from the oil company that set the organisms destruction of the threat in motion…

  • January 10, 2023 at 12:48 pm

    It wasn’t fog that destroyed the rig at the end. It was a tsunami! Either these reviewers don’t proof their work or they don’t pay enough attention to the story. I have seen this happen quite often in this column. I liked the show but was sad to see certain characters die.

  • January 12, 2023 at 3:20 am

    What just happened, where are the helicopters going…?..

  • January 12, 2023 at 3:25 am

    What just happened , where are the helicopters going… ? .

  • January 17, 2023 at 2:16 pm

    Sappy enviro series with a crappy ending . Isn’t it beyond trite for any viewer with a degree of sophistication beyond taking Ecology 101 to understand that oil companies are not innately evil, oil company execs are not bloodthirsty callous villains and that “nature” (Gaia? Is not bound together with some super sentient very powerful ancestral god like being).

    While some of the actors like the character from GOT were credible many of the others were cartoon characters-either super villain as in Cooke or perfection as in Bas, plus now the story simply HAD to have heroine Lesbian (who despite knowing better) is pregnant on a working offshore drill platform. and Gay couples to check all demographic boxes

  • January 25, 2023 at 10:11 pm

    Well, the ending certainly leaves alot of room for thought, although it was not satisfying as a season finale. “This helicopter is not going home.” Uh-oh. Now what is Coake doing? I can see a few options here. 1) Finding another platform if any still exist after the tsunami to try again at the stupid “kill it” plan. 2) The crew subdues Coake and gets the company pilots to take them to “the beach.” One way or another, a struggle to keep Coake from carrying out another attempt is likely. maybe they will then let the Ancestor have the oil and make more of itself. It infects humanity and over time we become one big collective consciousness, enveloped by the Ancestor and part of its eternal self. Who knows? I wanted to see some kind of nice scientifically implausible but just barely with enough basis in truth to work, similar to the whole bacteria communicating across distances, etc. Best part was the RIG itself and how the producers made it look so good.

  • January 27, 2023 at 6:34 pm

    There doesn’t need to be a season two because it would be even cornier, they aren’t going home because there is no home to go back to, I enjoyed seeing the GOT characters in a different setting. On a scale of 1-20 I’d give it a 6

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