1. did you feel the same emotion about the show after season 6? 2. what was the purpose of the max scene?? 3. creaking of the floor? 4.when dar asks Saul about checking in on a fellow at GW, do any of you think there is any chance the fellow could be Quinn?
Sara: I can sense you’re looking for some kind of validation from those of us here, for someone to tell you that Quinn is alive. That there must be some sort of reason behind the sloppy storytelling. There’s no reason. It was just bad storytelling. The character is dead. I apologize for being blunt, but we’ve literally been fielding questions about this, about the GW professor, about the creak in the stair, about Quinn’s “safe place,” for two years now.
I encourage you to explore the April 2017 archives or maybe the FAQ where we give answers to common S6 questions. The headspace reflected in the answers there is a lot more similar to yours right now than anyone’s around here.
To answer your questions:
1. Yes, I felt season six was a pile of trash. From start to finish.
2. The purpose of the Max scene was to show that the media tried to spin a narrative about Quinn being a “super hero” that stripped him of his elemental humanity and also SURPRISE! Quinn carried around a picture of Carrie for years, which is enough to break Carrie once and for all, after Saul says she’s not acknowledged his death.
3. Carrie lived in an old ass Brookyln brownstone and she felt figuratively haunted by Quinn’s memory there. In other words: ~symbolism, not a sign.
4. Quinn is not David Exley. Quinn is dead.
Also, not that you asked, but season seven is about 854,000 times better than season six and a not-insignificant part of that IMO is the lifted weight from the writers’ shoulders of not having to write for a character they really didn’t know how to write or give a shit about. But different strokes and all that jazz.
Gail: Here is a link to an article published by TVLine in the fall of 2017 about Rupert Friend not returning and LLG confirming Quinn’s death. Many of us were devastated when it happened, so we get where you are coming from. In addition to what Sara wrote above, you should also check out the #quinnspiracy2k17 tag. Now that I’m almost 2 years post the season 6 finale debacle, watched season 7, read every interview done about the show, I have to co-sign Sara’s answer above. She’s giving it to you straight and it’s tough to swallow, but I think it’s the truth. In my fiction, Quinn is alive and secretly living just off camera, keeping watch over Carrie and Franny. But that’s fic–I don’t see any scenario where he is back on the actual show unless in a flashback capacity.
Frangi: I was hoping for Quinn’s return from the death for a long time after season 6, but after season 7 I don’t see any way how this should play out. Personally I cannot imagine any satisfying storyline how to make this happen in a meaningful, credible way which would also do the character any justice. It’s a truth which took me a long time to accept so I feel where you are coming from but I think Sara outlined the many reasons why Quinn won’t come back and why the writers took the story elsewhere perfectly.