Originally Posted by in stitches
What continues to be odd for me is that the more articles and interviews I read, the better the episode sounds and the smarter it seems, and yet, while watching it, it felt very disappointing. Weird.
I agree with this. I think it has to do with high expectations combined with hyper analyzing the finale as I watched. You're constantly aware with each passing minute that each minute is passing - i.e., pieces are irrevocably falling into place, doors are closing, things are becoming permanently permanent. With 15 or 20 minutes left you realize Don won't get back to NY. It's hard to enjoy a show naturally in this way. It becomes work, analysis, a form of torture even as you worry you are missing things. Maybe it's just the neurotic way I saw it. Anyway, I identify though I still managed to mostly enjoy it. Sort of.