Here how BoJack Horseman ends after its sixth and final season, along with what it all means. BoJack Horseman has been a staple of Netflix Originals since it launched back in 2014, and that it’s only just now coming to an end when so many other series were cancelled before makes it all the more remarkable. Indeed, the BoJack Horseman ending feels like the end of an era. Created by Raphael Bob-Waksberg, the series has spent six seasons following the often painful life of its titular horse (played by Will Arnett) and his friends. Fans knew that the series was ending heading into season 6, after BoJack Horseman was cancelled by Netflix.
However, the streaming service did at least give the show’s writers enough time to properly plan out an ending. After the first part of season 6 debuted back in October 2019, the final eight episodes of BoJack Horseman released on January 31, 2020. The ending of BoJack Horseman isn’t just the conclusion to his story, but to so many of the character arcs that Bob-Waksberg, Lisa Hanawalt, and the rest of the team have been developing over the course of six seasons.
The BoJack Horseman ending juggled a bunch of different plots to get there. In the end, the likes of Diane Nguyen, Mr. Peanutbutter, Princess Carolyn, and Todd Chavez all get fitting send-offs too. Here’s the entire ending of BoJack Horseman explained.
What Happens In BoJack Horseman’s Ending
The entire second-half of BoJack Horseman season 6 plays as one long build towards its ending, with the most crucial moments coming towards the end of episode 14 (where BoJack gets drunk and high, and stumbles into the pool of his old house), and then playing out through episodes 15 and 16. Episode 15 deals with BoJack in what is essentially his own personal purgatory, surrounded by family and friends like Sarah Lynn, Herb Kazzaz, and his mother Beatrice, as they each move on into the afterlife. While the end of the episode teases that BoJack himself might die, episode 16 quickly reveals that he’s still alive. Instead of a death sentence he gets a prison one, but in the BoJack Horseman ending, he comes out on day release for Princess Carolyn’s wedding.
This allows BoJack Horseman‘s series finale to be a relatively quiet, unshowy affair. As BoJack interacts with each of the main characters in the BoJack Horseman cast, sharing heartfelt moments with all of them, the finale is centered on the core relationships of the show. While he may still see some of them again, it also feels like a goodbye in many ways as he watches fireworks with Todd, dances with PC, and talks on the roof with Diane. In the BoJack Horseman finale, there’s no last-minute tragedy, the only fireworks here are those in the sky; instead, BoJack spends one more day with his friends, and then gets to go on with his life.
Why BoJack Doesn’t Die In The Pool, But Gets To Live
BoJack Horseman ending with BoJack’s death was the expected outcome for many viewers – specifically with the protagonist dying in his swimming pool. It’s certainly been theorized by many a fan, and also hinted at by the opening credits, which show BoJack submerged in that very body of water. However, the series saw it fit to not just acknowledge but also punish BoJack’s history of abusing power. In the end, BoJack Horseman gets to have its cake and eat it by seemingly killing off the horse in the swimming pool, but then bringing him back for the finale.
While it’s easy to see the hints of death in the opening credits, it’s also easy to see the hints at life: BoJack is submerged in the pool, before his friends (Diane and Mr. Peanutbutter) appear before him, and then the final shot is not him drowning, but floating and alive. This implies Raphael Bob-Waksberg was always planning to let BoJack live. After all, BoJack is a show that deeply tackles depression and substance abuse. What does it say about the ability for oneself to change, to find some light in the darkness, if after everything he’s been through BoJack Horseman ended up dead due to a bender? Instead, BoJack Horseman‘s ending is tough but life-affirming.
As reflected in BoJack Horseman season 6’s retooled opening credits, BoJack’s comeuppance arrives soon after he survives almost drowning. Through explosive interviews and “Hollywoo” scandal, the series revisits BoJack’s worst deeds. The audience, as much as BoJack himself, is forced to confront the many awful things the protagonist has done, especially when it comes to abusing his power over the women in his life. In that sense, BoJack drowning after a night of booze and pills would be too easy; it would even feel tragic for him. By sending him to prison instead, BoJack actually has to face the consequences of what he’s done and all the people he has hurt. In light of #MeToo, when so few have yet to face any real ramifications, that becomes another much more powerful statement than merely killing BoJack.
Why BoJack Ends With Him & Diane On The Rooftop (& What Their Conversation Means)
Driving home the core message of why BoJack wasn’t killed off is his conversation with Diane, one of the few non-animal hybrids in BoJack Horseman‘s world of talking animals. It’s very telling that, despite the series keeping the pair apart for much of this last season, the final moments of BoJack Horseman come down to him and Diane – the show’s most important of all its relationships. The pair’s relationship has long been a difficult one, but also its truest: they’ve been supportive of each other, have turned away from one another, but ultimately know the other better than just about anyone else. The connection between them runs deeper than any of the series’ romantic entanglements, which makes the final moments all the better (and harder).
With BoJack and Diane catching up, we learn that she’s married Guy and is moving to Houston. Although unspoken, the implication is quite clear that this may be the last time the two ever see each other, even if Netflix changes its mind and greenlights BoJack Horseman season 7. BoJack and Diane may not be a couple, but it was like they were breaking up, as they both know they have to let go of the other. Diane has had her own battles with depression, and needs to be free to deal with them, and potentially has a shot at real happiness in Houston.
For BoJack, he knows he has to stop hurting those around him and using them as a crutch, which reached its nadir when he left the voicemail for Diane before his “death”, with her thinking him dead for hours. This might be an ending for BoJack Horseman, but the conversation between Diane and BoJack speaks to letting go of the past, and moving to a brighter future.
Princess Carolyn Marries Judah And Launches A New Career
Another major figure in BoJack Horseman’s life is Princess Carolyn, his friend, and former manager and lover. Princess Carolyn is basically the “Hollywoo” version of Tina Fey’s Liz Lemon from NBC’s 30 Rock. Like Diane, BoJack and Princess Carolyn’s relationship is its own reward, and it too gets a key payoff with their dance at the wedding. Apart from what they mean to each other, this also hammers home how Princess Carolyn has come out on top of everything, proving that she really can have it all. She not only has a child and a husband, but also a promising new career ahead of her as she sets up a production company to focus on female-led films.
Being married to and working with Judah feels like the perfect ending for Princess Carolyn: one of the biggest themes of her storyline has been that she’s married to her work, and thus unable to have a family. Now she is literally married to her work, and has made that into her family too. The relationship with Judah is surprising when it first arises early in BoJack Horseman season 6, but it’s a truly fitting one for Princess Carolyn’s journey.
What Happens To Todd & Mr Peanutbutter In BoJack Horseman’s Finale
Todd and Mr. Peanutbutter don’t get quite as much to do in the BoJack Horseman ending as Diane and Princess Carolyn, but this is more indicative of them having their own respective paths. Both have key moments with BoJack: Mr. Peanutbutter picks him up from prison; Todd watches the fireworks stop his shoulders on the beach. We’ve already seen what the pair are going to be doing; Todd has his daycare service that he runs in Princess Carolyn’s building, and is settling down with Maude. Mr. Peanutbutter has his restaurant, with lazy Susans, small plates, and pictures of his face on the menu. Pickles has gone off with Joey Pogo, but Mr. Peanutbutter seems ok with where his life is at, even returning what he thinks is the ‘D’ to “Hollywoo,” or rather, now “Hollywoob.” Not even Bojack‘s Vincent Adultman can trump the silliness with which Mr. Peanutbutter conducts his life.
The sense given by these scenes is that these main characters will remain in BoJack’s life. Mr. Peanutbutter certainly will, whether BoJack wants him to or not. Like with PC and Diane, BoJack Horseman gives these characters happy endings that feel fitting to the journeys they’ve been on, but don’t need to be tightly wrapped up. Their lives will simply keep on, but they, like the titular horse, seem to be mostly okay, or at least doing their best.
What Was In Hollyhock’s Letter To BoJack?
If there’s a negative to how BoJack Horseman ends, it’s the lack of a resolution for the relationship between BoJack and his sister Hollyhock. While BoJack starts season 6, part 2, teaching at Wesleyan University, where Hollyhock attends, she does her best to avoid him after learning of what happened with Penny and her friends on their prom night back in BoJack Horseman season 2. Hollyhock understandably shuts BoJack out, and he’s never able to find a way back in. He leaves her countless messages after returning back to Hollywoo, but never hears anything until he receives a letter from her. When he finally opens it, the contents clearly shatter him, sending him on one last downward spiral, but viewers never get to see what it was.
Hollyhock doesn’t appear again in BoJack Horseman, and while she’s presumably still attending the University, we don’t know if things will ever be resolved between her and BoJack. We can perhaps assume, then, that her letter was saying as much; drawing a line under their relationship, explaining what she knew of his actions, and that she no longer wanted to be a part of his life. On BoJack‘s end, if that is the case, then he at least respects Hollyhock’s wishes. If so, then perhaps it’s best that Hollyhock wasn’t in the Bojack ending, as it shows how BoJack is letting people go so as to not cause them any more pain.
The Meaning of the Song In BoJack Horseman’s Ending
As BoJack Horseman comes to an end, the show plays out with Catherine Feeny’s song “Mr. Blue”, which becomes a poignant capstone on his relationship with Diane, and our relationship with the show. The song speaks of a tumultuous yet loving relationship, when where they care for one another but it’s ultimately unhealthy. The lyrics, such as “I have to go now,” reference Diane’s move to Texas, and leaving BoJack and “Hollywoo” behind. It backs up just how important a decision that is for her own health and happiness. Indeed, Bojack Horseman is infamous among Gen Z audiences for three things: the way it tackles mental health and sociopolitical issues in a zany cartoon setting, Bojack’s celebrity cameo voiceovers, and how the show has an awesome soundtrack.
The lyrics of “Mr. Blue” also refer to BoJack’s own future, and how though audiences have to leave him behind, it’s clear he’ll actually be alright. “Mr. Blue, Don’t hold your head so low that you can’t see the sky / Mr. Blue, It ain’t so long since you were flying high.” These lines feel as though they were written for BoJack, especially in this moment. He may have done terrible things, he may be in prison, he may be saying goodbye to some people close to him – but he can still look up and see that sky, see tomorrow, and know he can and will be better. If BoJack puts the work in, he might really be able to change.
BoJack Horseman’s Ending Is A Message Of Hope
BoJack Horseman’s ending feels like a companion piece to the Mad Men finale: two deeply evil, flawed, and broken male protagonists whose journeys culminate with intimate conversations with the women closest to them, and a quiet moment that reflects just how much they’ve changed and grown. It isn’t, of course, 100% cut and dry for BoJack, but the ending offers the one thing the show so often seemed to withhold: hope. As Diane so eloquently puts it, summing up the thematics of the entire finale: “Life’s a b*tch, and you keep on living.”
Why There Won’t Be A Bojack Horseman Season 7
Even today, audiences continue to speculate about why there won’t be a BoJack Horseman season 7, but the simple reason is that the show has come to its natural conclusion. BoJack Horseman is notable mostly for how it has perfected juxtaposing sad, serious, and even socio-politically charged storylines with a colorful cartoon universe, allowing for the unexpectedly poignant moments that have become its trademark. Unlike the essentially plotless and more freeform 33 seasons of The Simpsons, BoJack Horseman is limited by the realistic growth of its main characters.
After six full seasons, BoJack has learned everything he can possibly learn from leading a hedonistic and later repentant life, and the viewers have learned everything they can from BoJack journey as well. Netflix also clipped its animation budget, which might also be a contributing factor, although it’s unlikely that BoJack Horseman was axed as a fan favorite show over less popular projects. Indeed, like BoJack himself, the showrunners have simply moved on to other things. BoJack Horseman season 7 could still somehow see the light of day, but it’s unlikely to happen anytime soon. BoJack’s story is closed. There would have to be a very compelling reason, plot-wise, for BoJack to make any type of return to Netflix in the next years.
Raphael Bob-Waksberg’s Next Project Is A Sci-Fi Movie For Apple TV Plus
BoJack Horseman’s Raphael Bob-Waksberg will reportedly be working with Ben Stiller’s Red Hour Productions, which developed the Apple TV sci-fi series Severance, for a new and as-yet-unnamed sci-fi movie. Details are sparse at the moment, but it’s been confirmed that Brooklyn 99 and Lonely Island veteran Adam Samberg is also involved. As for the script, the screenplay will be helmed by Andy Siara, the writer of time-travel comedy Palm Springs, in which Samberg was one of the lead actors. Meanwhile, the creator of Marvel’s Legion series, Noah Hawley, is set to produce Bob-Waksberg’s Apple TV project. As of press time, there have been no updates concerning the sci-fi movie’s actual plot, production schedule, or planned release date. That said, the names involved should be more than enough to spark interest for sci-fi, drama, and comedy fans.
BoJack’s Raphael Bob-Waksberg has been busy with two ongoing animated series – Undone and Tuca & Bertie – and its unclear when his new Apple TV sci-fi movie will be released on streaming. Given how the six season of BoJack Horseman has allowed Bob-Waksberg to perfect the art of combining whimsical visual cues with dramatic elements to subvert audience expectations and elicit unexpected reactions, it’s likely that the same storytelling style will be utilized in his new film. That said, this style has become prevalent over the years, not just through the shows that BoJack Horseman has influenced, but also through breakthrough comedic sci-fi series like Severance and The Boys. Raphael Bob-Waksberg, who is ditching Netflix for Apple TV, might not be able to fully rely on these old tricks with his upcoming movie. Moreover, with films like Denis Villeneuve’s Dune 2, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 all slated for release in 2023, the pressure is on for Bob-Waksberg to somehow create a standout sci-fi dramedy for Apple TV. Thankfully, he seems to be surrounded with the people who can help him achieve just that.
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