What Bojack Horseman teaches us about letting go

Mikayla Hartley, Staff Writer

*Spoilers ahead*
With zany characters such as Paige Sinclair, heavy topics like addiction, and classic Todd shenanigans, this season was filled with memorable moments. But it is not to ignore the overall theme of letting things, people and memories go.
Bojack, for the longest time, struggled with his rotten past. But as Diane stated in this season, he can only blame his horrible childhood so much. Throughout the season, we see the progression that Bojack goes through while trying to hold onto his new self but also going through a falling out due to the press release of his failure to save Sarah Lynn’s life.
In this season, there were a lot of good episodes. But the most intriguing and fan favorite episode of the season was “The View from Halfway Down,” named after a poem made and read by Secretariat. The episode takes place in the dreamscape of Bojack.
In the dream he has dinner with previous characters in the show that have passed away. All of them having once again their last meals that they ate before they died. While eating, they go around the table saying their best and worst moments of their life.
They all argue with each other on which of their memories were considered to be the better between them all. After the dinner comes the show, and every character performs something on the stage for Bojack before they fall into a doorway that leads into nothingness.
One by one, they all leave the stage through the door and Bojack starts to get nervous. Before it came to be his turn, Herb the host of this nightmare show spoke words that sent chills. When Bojack said, “See you on the other side.” As Herb was being consumed by the black tar of nothingness, he replied back in a calm voice with, “Oh Bojack… No. There is no other side. This is it.” Religion put aside, this scene strikes a cord. Because this is Bojack’s dream, this is his view of death. And instead of facing it, he runs away to call dream
Diane who asks him why he called her because she lives in Chicago. He doesn’t want to go, and rightfully so. Death is a scary topic and is the ultimate test of letting go.
Following with Hollyhock in this season, Princess Caroline also begins to stray from Bojack but gives him one last dance at her wedding. Their conversation of how he would save her from cold feet at the wedding showed a change in the characters.
If this episode were to go different, Caroline could have been an almost runaway bride, but with the help of Bojack’s words she would realize the true love she has for herself and Judah. But she doesn’t need that. Princess Caroline is a strong female lead character, and the show did her justice by not having Bojack interfere with her life in the last episode. She doesn’t need him anymore.
As heartbreaking as all of this is, we as the audience must understand that it’s a good thing to pull yourself away from toxic friends, let alone Hollywood stars. Diane also follows a similar loss in relationship with Bojack where she states that she doesn’t want to continue being friends with him, but she’s happy that everything with him happened because it led her up to be the person she is today.
Since the the first season’s ending, Diane has always been a crutch of support for Bojack. He calls her because he feels that she is the only person that can help him because time and time again he put her in positions where it was put upon her to do so.
Diane mentions the last voicemail Bojack left for her with him stating that if she didn’t pick up the phone and help him he was going to go swimming in a pool, which would ultimately lead to his drowning.
This ending was good for Diane because if the show were to end just on the previous episode she would have internalized the guilt from not picking up the phone fast enough to save Bojack from himself.
It wouldn’t have been fair to her. And this leads to her leaving his side as a friend. Diane for the entirety of the show was caught up in the whirlwind of Hollywood(or better known as “Hollywoo” and now “Hollywoob”) having all of her friends either being agents, movie stars, or Todd, it was satisfying to hear that Diane is living a quiet life in Houston with her now fiance, Guy.
These characters are pulling away from the drama that follows with Bojack, an aging celebrity with a troubled past. In the end, we are left with “Mr. Blue” by Catherine Feeny playing in the background while Bojack and Diane sit up on the roof.
With Diane looking down, she is content and rooted where she is and Bojack looking up, looking forward new experiences and change.