It is unlikely that anyone expected such a psychedelic finale from a western-style series starring Josh Brolin, despite the fact that the project was billed as a detective drama. It was all there—disappearances, murder cover-ups, and a time hole that had appeared on Abbott’s ranch. And yet, even these facts did not bring us closer to revealing the final. So what did it all mean? Let’s try to figure it out. Attention: spoilers!
Ending explanation “Outer Range”
In the final two episodes, the Abbott family is forced to put up a ranch as collateral to secure Perry’s release, but Autumn is about to ruin their plan. In fact, she seems to be the one who manages many accidents.
Autumn is completely unwell after Royal leaves her injured in the wilderness. Autumn meets a talking bear. Yes, you just need to come to terms with this fact. He encourages her to reveal the truth about the strange portal at the Abbot Ranch to their neighbor Billy Tillerson. After a strange walk around the ranch, ending with the discovery of a portal, Autumn finds an ally in Tillerson. Their informal pact is sealed with the most unattractive kiss known to man, and then she carves the Abbott family crest into his chest.
Autumn is going to do a lot of amazing things related to the portal, so she instructs Billy to make sure that Royal does not interfere with her. Billy warns Royal at gunpoint. He heeds the warning until he witnesses his son Perry go through the portal and out of time, hoping that it will save him, as it saved his father years ago. What the hell was that?
What happened to Royal?
It turns out that Autumn suddenly wanted to blab (manipulator) about the portal and showed it to Perry. What happens during their conversation remains mostly behind the scenes. Perry reveals that his missing wife, Rebecca, hasn’t left because, according to Autumn, “nothing really went missing.”
This was enough to prompt Perry to seek an answer from Royal about his connection to the portal. The latter finally gets rid of the painful burden of the past, admitting that he accidentally shot his father on a hunt when he was still a boy. Grief and guilt made him want to disappear. It was then that a portal materialized in front of him for the first time.
Royal jumped in 1886 and a few years later appeared … in 1968. Yes, this is a timeless person. He told Perry a tragic story of suffering and loss, which ended with an explanation of how Royal came to live with the Abbots. And what lesson did Perry learn from this story? Declared that he was going to jump to save his own skin.
If anything, this act seemed to cause the portal to close, and the loss of his son sends Royal on the hunt for Autumn. Meanwhile, Billy shared his knowledge of the portal with his brother Luke, who comes up with the idea to monetize the land once they acquire it from the Abbots during a legal battle. However, upon learning that the hole has disappeared, a persistent Luke starts digging.
What happened to Rebecca?
Revealing this mystery begins with Rhett. His last bull riding match. All family members are present (except Perry). During the first ride, Royal receives a call from Autumn, who teases him to continue the chase. He’s leaving. Rhett at this time is injured by a bull. In the confusion, Amy slips away because she is beckoned by none other than her own mother, Rebecca, who went missing nine months ago.
When asked where she was, Rebecca explains that she had to hide. Even though we don’t have any further information, there is a sense of foreboding danger when Rebecca asks Amy to leave with her. Rhett, towards the end of the story, decides to leave the city with an old love – Maria.
Who is Autumn?
There was a lot of speculation on this subject from the very beginning. The truth comes out when Royal catches up with Autumn. This is followed by an epic western showdown with a shootout and a car chase. Autumn and Billy’s car overturns. He dies in an accident. Autumn crawls outside and is nearly shot by Royal when the buffaloes intervene. Royal goes to see if Autumn is alive and notices a scar on her head.
And now the most interesting. This scar resembles the aftermath of a deep wound that Amy recently received, injuring herself with a piece of glass. Royal realizes that Autumn is Amy. Like himself, this woman is out of her time. This is a reference to what Billy mentioned about the terrible fate that awaits Amy. It seems that wherever Rebecca takes her, it will not bring good luck. Perhaps this was the beginning of the whole chain of events.
Overwhelmed with remorse, Royal carries Autumn into the house and places her in little Amy’s bed. He then confesses everything to his wife, and this is where we leave the Abbott family, wounded, scattered and with many questions. Well, what a trip it was, right?