Pose fans have praised the drama’s “sad” and “powerful” series finale.
On 6 June, the widely-acclaimed LGBTQ+ series from Steven Canals, Brad Falchuk and Ryan Murphy – which memorably made history with the largest number of transgender regulars on television – came to an end after three seasons.
Viewers came out in droves on social media to celebrate the show’s legacy and their reactions to the finale. From browsing #Pose on Twitter, it’s clear the finale had a devastating impact on fans, with one saying the episode “fucked them up” and another that it left them “broken”.
Written by Canals, Falchuk, Murphy, Janet Mock and Our Lady J, the episode concluded the arcs of beloved characters such as Blanca (Mj Rodriguez), Pray Tell (Billy Porter), Elektra (Dominique Jackson), Angel (Indya Moore), Lil Papi (Angel Bismark Curiel), Ricky (Dyllon Burnside), Lulu (Hailee Sahar) and Judy (Sandra Bernhard).
While one fan expressed disappointment in Pose coming to an end with season three, they hailed the finale as “powerful” and the show as “groundbreaking” for its representation of the transgender community. “The category is LOVE!” they wrote.
Another said: “#PoseFX series finale hit me hard. I’ve been sad this it ended. Flaws and all. I am so happy I got to see a show like Pose.
“This industry should’ve learned after the success of Barry Jenkin’s “Moonlight” about the need to put more Black LGBT stories forward centering Black love.”
Speaking with GAY TIMES for our Summer 2021 issue, Canals said he and Murphy “always knew” when Pose would come to an end.
“We always knew that the end of the series was going to be 1995/96 when HIV/AIDS stops being a clear death sentence. As much as our show is a family drama, it’s an investigation into HIV/AIDS and the ways that it impacted Black and Brown queer and trans people living in New York,” he explained.
“We didn’t necessarily know how long it would take us to get there, but I think once we went into the writer’s room for season three, it just became abundantly clear to me that the end goal was in our eyeline. I didn’t want to be that person who stays at the party too long where everybody’s like, ‘You’re still here? What are you doing?’
“I just feel like, ‘There’s the ending. I see it. It’s right in arm’s reach, so why pivot and make a right turn as opposed to going straight into it?'”
You can read Canals’ full interview with GAY TIMES in our Summer 2021 issue, which you can purchase here, and read the reactions from viewers about the Pose series finale on Twitter below. Warning: there will be spoilers.
this season finale of Pose done fucked me up 😭
— jovan e’sean (@JovanESean) June 7, 2021
— Janellaboo (@Janellaboo) June 7, 2021
Bye pose finale has me broken
— summer (@summernycolee) June 7, 2021
Pose finale breaking my heart and there’s still a whole hour left🥺
— tom🏳️🌈🌻 (@tomhammell) June 7, 2021
The #PoseFinale #poseonfx is so sad. A beautiful story spanning three seasons with one of the most talented casts I have ever seen. It’s bittersweet but it is being done right. I wish the best to everyone involved going forward because they all really deserve it.
— LJ 🎥📺 (@thatlogandjones) June 7, 2021
Pose already has me screaming and crying tonight with this finale tonight, and it’s not even halfway over 😭😭
— Victoria Davis, MD (@Blupurrf3ction) June 7, 2021
“Ain’t no mountain high enough.”
— PROTECT BLACK WOMEN (@LoveKrissy_) June 7, 2021
— Tara💜💜 (@Tbull426) June 7, 2021
— Shakara 🤎✨ (@ForeverShakara) June 7, 2021
— Mary (@dainenyu) June 7, 2021
— Ed (@edjohnson7) June 7, 2021
That was an amazing finale. I’m so happy for all the beautiful ladies living their dreams. Angel is a model, Blanca is a nurse, Lulu is an accountant and Elektra is a business woman/entrepreneur. I’m gonna miss this show a lot. #poseonfx #PoseFinale #PoseFX pic.twitter.com/ZLL3HDs44k
— Hourly Angel (@angel_hourly) June 7, 2021
I am upset that #PoseFX is really done….the series finale was sad YET powerful…..Respect to the entire Pose cast and crew for this groundbreaking show!!
The category is LOVE!!! pic.twitter.com/GvtYaSlYWZ
— JR's World Of Soul (@JrWorldOfSoul) June 7, 2021
— 💗 pose finale (@chasingbridges) June 7, 2021
What a series finale!!!! I’m satisfied with the ending and I’m happy with how everything wrapped up. I have a list of shows to watch next I just don’t know which to watch….. 🤔 #PoseFX #POSE pic.twitter.com/XAGeE2XnEy
— Moustafa Elhadary (@MoustafaHadary) June 7, 2021
#PoseFX series finale hit me hard. I've been sad this it ended. Flaws and all. I am so happy I got to see a show like Pose. This industry should've learned after the success of Barry Jenkin's "Moonlight" about the need to put more Black LGBT stories forward centering Black love
— Jason (Gay One Piece stan) (@EscaflowneClown) June 7, 2021
I am sobbing nonstop during the series finale of #Pose.
Thank you so much for including Act Up.
Act Up was and is exactly the tactics we should use. When medicine is bigoted and lethally indifferent, make their lives a nightmare. pic.twitter.com/3ba0uNWejn
— Non-Fungible #215Children (@fangirlsmash) June 7, 2021
— Rouge Archangel (@ny_archangel) June 7, 2021
I’m thankful Pose is two hrs…they gave us a Series finale Movie! #PoseFX
— Vania✨ (@vpbossladyy) June 7, 2021
This Pose season finale has me in TEARS😭
— Mia (@Mierrr_) June 7, 2021
the Pose finale got me feeling so damn emotional 🥺🥺😭😭
— Lexy Sexy (@AlexxySexxy) June 7, 2021
— muffins means yes lee (@Le_Orangekap) June 7, 2021