“Adventure Time” Series Finale stirs emotion

After eight enjoyable years of following a courageous hero with his magical dog/best friend on their insane adventures, the popular cartoon, “Adventure Time”, has come to an end after airing its series finale on Sept. 3.

The show ran for 10 seasons capturing the hearts of many fans around the world, including me, as it followed the adventures of a human boy, Finn, and his shape-shifting dog, Jake, in a post-apocalyptic world known as the “Land of Ooo”.

I’ve been an avid watcher of the show since it first aired in April 2010, and to me, it was about way more than just some silly characters experiencing weird events and running into crazy villains.

It seemed that way in the first few seasons, but as the show progressed, so did the plotlines and story-telling. We’ve been given answers to the show’s mysteries, gotten a deeper look at the backstory of the characters, and most importantly, we learned more about the love, friendship and family bond between characters.

The final episode left many fans emotional – even in tears – when it came to an end. It centered around The Great Gum War, fought between one of the show’s protagonists, Princess Bubblegum, and her recently-discovered uncle, Gumbald, while Finn and Jake attempted to make both characters quit fighting.

Although that was plot, a violent entity known as “GOLB” appears halfway through the episode which the characters  defeat together. After nearly losing, one of the characters began singing a song (“Time Adventure”) he wrote for Jake to make him feel safe in the midst of all the chaos.

They figure out the harmony of the music hurts GOLB and all the characters harmonized together to defeat it.

It seems like a silly plot, but the loss the characters faced during these events left a huge emotional mark on them and the fans of the show.

The messages and meanings behind “Adventure Time” episodes aren’t made to be so transparent, and probably don’t make sense to some people, but the show’s writers have made it a common theme to keep “Adventure Time” quite abstract.

We are left with many things to interpret out of the episode, as well as hints as to what happened to each of the characters and the “Land of Ooo” 1,000 years after the event took place. “Adventure Time” will always be a special cartoon to me, because it holds so much meaning and value behind the curtain of absurdity it lies behind. I’ll leave it up to my readers to check it out for themselves.

 

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