In the Animal Kingdom Reddit forum, Redditor u/ladfrombrad started the series finale discussion thread. J’s (Finn Cole) deception of his two uncles, Craig (Ben Robson) and Deran (Jake Weary), was a moment that managed to catch some fans off guard. In the episode, J murders Penny (Stevie Lynn Jones) and eventually betrays Craig and Deran, in a twist that was shocking but not without some potential existential consequences for the character. Redditor u/ronindog commented, “J gets his revenge, but as others say, he’s ultimately alone now after betraying his brothers and murdering Penny.”
J may end up coming out on top when it comes to acquiring the family fortune and now being in charge, but his final scene was indicative of the ultimate destruction of his soul. Redditor u/brosfranothermother pointed out that J was “cold and alone, with the money but no family, staring into the pool in those sunglasses.”
Another stunning moment of the finale was the death of Pope (Shawn Hatosy) following a shootout with the police after being freed from prison by Craig and Deran. Speaking about Pope’s death in an interview with Yahoo News, showrunner Daniele Nathanson said, “You can’t get away with this [Pope’s crimes]. You shouldn’t. And even he knows it.” Whether it was through death, incarceration, or the destruction of their souls, the Codys met their grim fates one way or another.