Amazon Undone Season 2 Ending, Explained

Fact was made for me. Set in San Antonio, Texas, the series centers on Alma, a Mexican American woman whose life is turned upside down, sideways and upside down after an accident causes her to wake up with powers that alter the weather. It’s Latinity and sci-fi, but more importantly, the series has maintained a sharp look at mental illness, trauma, and grief.

For those who lived it (or a version of it), Alma’s life is extremely familiar. She was raised by a Mexican mother and a white father, the former always trying to make sure his daughters fit in. This means that Alma and her sister, Becca, don’t speak Spanish, and their mother, Camila, is extremely quick to point out that their ancestors were Spaniards, not Nahua. Beyond that, Alma is pushed to get a cochlear implant and be placed in a hearing school, plucked from her Deaf school and community in favor of being “normal”.

On the other side of the assimilation-oriented life, I see myself in Alma. My mother actively stopped me from speaking Spanish, chose the whitest sounding name she could think of, and taught me to hide my disability and mental health issues from those around me. It’s to survive that I had to bury parts of my culture and myself, find excuses to just be me. It is the core of Fact season 1, but that’s not where the story ends. Instead of choosing to simply reject assimilation, the show looks at how to heal from it in Season 2.

[Ed. note: This post goes into full detail about the end of Undone season 2.]

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At first, Alma was in pain, torn with grief and dancing on the razor’s edge of manic episodes, terrified of seeing her mental illness for what it is. Her father saves her – he shows her that her mental illness is not a curse, but a superpower, and Alma begins to grow into it. As much as her time travel is about saving her father’s life, it’s about fixing everything she regrets. Alma confronts everything she doesn’t like about herself and makes it her mission to undo it. And when she can’t erase it entirely, she undoes enough to at least make all her pain worth it.

Facts sci-fi elements and time travel present themselves as a possibility, but something that may be more imaginative than reality. The show constantly plays with the idea that it’s all in Alma’s head, a choice that extends right down to the rotoscope animation style. At the end of Season 1, Alma sits alone outside a cave waiting for her deceased father to come out and prove to her that she has power, that she can change the ugliness of her life and undo all the pain that lies within. this.

When Fact season 2 kicks off, it looks like a whole different show. Alma crosses the cave and realizes that she has fixed everything. She undid her father’s death and in doing so created a new timeline. However, no matter how idyllic this new reality is, it comes with its own pain. It’s only now that the focus of the series has transformed. It is not a question of escaping and undoing the past, but of reconciling it.

To do this season 2 unpacks the guilt carried by the mothers of the series: Camila and Géraldine, Alma’s paternal grandmother. Both women felt compelled to change who they are, to reject outright elements of their lives that connected them to their past. And their trauma reverberates through Alma’s life in ways she can’t bear, driving her to try to fix everything.

For Camila, she left a child she had out of wedlock in an orphanage in Mexico. Grief-stricken at abandoning him but grappling with the fear of losing her current family in the United States, she chose to hide it, occasionally sending him a maternal card about vacations and money. She effectively buried that part of herself, hiding it from everyone in hopes of living her American life and living up to all expectations.

Camila's face was reflected in a piece of broken glass on the floor.  The shard of glass is surrounded by other parts and someone's feet are standing on it

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Alma standing behind her grandmother Géraldine, who plays the piano

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This choice is strongly influenced by his mother-in-law, Géraldine. After fleeing WWII Poland, Geraldine locked down who she was before stepping off the boat. As the last surviving member of her family and having erased who she once was, Geraldine is quick to tell Camila to leave her child behind. And although at first it looks like Geraldine is overprotective of her son by telling Camila to forget about her child in Mexico, in truth, she doesn’t know how else to live. Geraldine doesn’t know how to embrace the past or the pain that accompanies it. Instead, she knows that to assimilate and pretend it doesn’t exist means to survive.

The latest episodes of Fact season 2 diving deep into Geraldine’s subconscious, trying to free herself from behind a closed door. Whenever Alma and her family are about to have adult Geraldine with her childhood self, they are turned away. Time and again, Geraldine rejects her past and rejects her Jewish identity and name in the process.

Geraldine’s story and how it affects her family is known to many marginalized people – that of putting aside your past life to embrace a new one out of necessity. Many families have changed, anglicized, or Americanized their surnames in order to provide every possible opportunity. And in some cases, like Geraldine’s, the past is seen not as a family heirloom to be preserved but something to be thrown away, leaving far more questions than answers where they belong.

But if Fact Season 1 taught us something, it’s that Alma is an unstoppable force. And his desire to cure his family’s ailments brings the season home by healing everyone. Camila accepts her son into her life and he joins the family as a beloved brother and son. Géraldine never rejects her identity and teaches her family about her past. The happy ending to the season comes from the acceptance the two women give each other. Alma overcame pain by helping each member of her family come to terms with who they are.

canceled animation becomes surreal as rosa salazar floats through blue nothingness

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alma, jacob and becca as the world crumbles around them

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This healing and acceptance are things Alma chooses for herself as well. When faced with whether to stay in her hard-earned timeline of a loving family where the guilt and pain have been undone, for the most part, or return to her own, she makes a choice.

As she discovered, even with time travel superpowers, the ability to undo bad choices and make good ones doesn’t stop everything. This does not prevent Alma’s father from eventually dying. It doesn’t make perfect, but it teaches Alma that healing doesn’t mean not suffering. It’s about accepting every part of yourself, mistakes, pain and happiness too.

Whether you see Season 2 as confirmation of Alma’s powers, or you’re like me and see it as proof that she doesn’t have them, the ending is the same: acceptance. Her choice is to return to the timeline where she’s the epitome of shit fighting with her mother and sister. The timeline where she’s unemployed and underachieving, where she hates herself — and most importantly, where she suffers from mental illness.

But by helping her mother and grandmother come to terms with their guilt and grief, Alma can finally look at hers directly. There’s a calm in the final moments of the season, a quiet acceptance of the pain and the issues that the whole show has been working on. While Alma’s story is full of specifics about his heritage or his deafness, Fact finally goes beyond that with universal elements that speak to all of us who wished we could go back on our choices. Fact has sold itself as time-traveling science fiction, but the healing it teaches transcends that. We are not who we are because of our triumphs or our joy alone. We are forged in the fire that breaks us from time to time and rebuilt stronger than before. We are as much our struggles as our victories, and that too deserves love.

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