Two years after the second installment, the final season of POSE dives headfirst into the early 1990s of the AIDS pandemic. Though it’s entirely too short, it is a joyously entertaining celebration of life that is not to be missed.
At its core, this final season of the beloved show is a beautiful send-off for two characters who have become the very family they had long craved for themselves: Bianca (Mj Rodriguez) and Pray Tell (Billy Porter). Yes, we get to see all the main characters evolve into their best selves, sometimes in a surreal way, but it all comes back to the roots: Ball room. I’m talking about you Electra (Dominique Jackson).
In an era where the tendency is for shows to stick around beyond their expiration date, POSE gracefully recognized the right time to make an exit. The producers found the perfect way to send off its cast primarily comprised of Black trans and queer performers in a legendary and heartfelt way.
Even within the rushed seven episodes, POSE’s final season is everything its prior two seasons got to be. It’s a giddy, honest, celebratory affirmation of the validity and beauty of queer and trans people of color.
Yes, not all characters get their fairytale story. But life is not a fairytale and that’s what made POSE special. However, I wouldn’t mind a spin-off with a queer Sex and the city cast. Just watch the series finale! #NoSpoilers. You’re welcome.
Should you watch it?
While it felt good to leave our characters on a high note, it felt less good to feel them rushed towards happy endings, at breakneck speed. However, this shouldn’t be an excuse to not watch this show from beginning to end. Multiple times!