SPOILER ALERT: Do not watch if you haven’t finished the full season of “A Teacher,” streaming now on FX on Hulu.
The finale of FX on Hulu’s provocative limited series “A Teacher” begins 10 years after the penultimate episode, in which it became clear that both Eric (Nick Robinson) and Claire (Kate Mara) were broken in the aftermath of their illegal sexual relationship, when Eric was Claire’s student. During a conversation for Variety‘s inaugural FYC Fest, the show’s creator, Hannah Fidell, Mara and Robinson discussed the finale, and its riveting final scene.
A Teacher’ presents is a disturbing examination of abuse but the last scene managed to provide some form of catharsis for the abused Eric. He finally got to confront his abuser with the damage her actions caused.
Robinson called it “a moment of major catharsis” for Eric. The character now has, “the benefit of time and distance from the relationship, to really lay out to her in no uncertain terms like what this was,” Robinson said. “And what this did to him.”
“I think it is profoundly empowering what Eric says to her in that last scene,” Fidell agreed. “In that he realizes in that moment that he has the power to walk away — and he does.”
written by Emily on December 30, 2020