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How must the show end at the end of its final season?

1. It should end with epic, mythological force.

2. It should be more adult than the previous end-of-season episodes. Okay, the ending has to be happy or at least glorious. But there should be an element of sorrow in it. A flavor of tragedy and loss. Something sad and final should happen that isn't resolved in a group hug and a shower of candy and rainbows.

3. It shouldn't just be another triumph over one more dark-colored baddie with glowing eyes, an evil laugh, and a nimbus of black writhing bits like Nightmare Moon, Sombra, or the Pony of Shadows. Not just another laser battle where horns or jewels or mystic rocks, scrolls, or trees shoot out beams that push each other back and forth. We need something darker and more powerful than that -- an adversary dark and powerful enough to lift the show's ending to a legendary level. An adversary of a kind that we haven't seen or imagined before in connection with My Little Pony. An adversary that leads us into a moral that makes even the adult audience pause and think.

4. It should be at least an hour long: maybe two hours.

I'm not sure how to do this, but one thought that occurs to me is to make the adversary Death. We've seen death and its results in earlier episodes, but the word itself has never been used. Let it be used. Let a personified (or ponified) Death take some central and beloved character. How about one of the Two Sisters? We've seen Celestia seem to die twice, only to recover and triumph in the end. But what if she did not? With the myth of Orpheus in mind, imagine a denouement in which Death falls in love with (say) Luna and takes her to be his bride, and other characters struggle to reclaim her from the Equestrian Underworld. Ultimately, they fail, because they should and must fail. The age ends, the old gods pass away, and a new age begins as the curtain falls. Let that, or something like it, be the last moral of the show.

Too grim? Too grown-up? Let's hear some better ideas. But kids love stories about Death. Consider Coco, The Book of Life, The Corpse Bride, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Frankenweenie, Paranorman. And the proposition that old life must die if new life is to be born is a good strong aesop for the ending of the cycle.
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OpinionatedCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36829645

I've always thought that an enemy who is absolutely immune to the elements of harmony, possibly even capable of using them itself, would make a great epic villain to force the mane 6 to even question if they're right to stop them. Some sort of pure conviction, some intense ideology or extremism on the side of "harmony" perhaps.

>We've seen death and its results in earlier episodes

...What?
>The Nightmare Before Christmas
...what??

Nother NonymousCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36829646

>>36829645
>We've seen death and its results in earlier episodes

The pony funeral with the coffin during "The Perfect Stallion" song in "Hearts and Hooves Day," and the skull of the one-eyed ram monster Arimaspi in "The Lost Treasure of Griffonstone." The show also elaborated metaphors for death in Tank's hibernation and in the self-immolation of Philomena in "A Bird In the Hoof."

>The Nightmare Before Christmas


1993 stop-motion animated film by Tim Burton. The hero is an animated skeleton, the conventional image of Death. Here's a clip of a production number: The Nightmare Before Christmas - This is halloween

I think there are also some death-related Nightmare Night costumes in "Luna Eclipsed."

>Some sort of pure conviction, some intense ideology or extremism on the side of "harmony" perhaps.


Oh yeah... Starlight Glimmer.
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EquestriaGuy!1DerpyVA.6Country code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36829647

I don’t know how it’ll end, but I’ll have a very nice appetizer platter for it. Jumbo shrimp, pepperoni and cheese, maybe some hard cider. I’ll watch the episode, mourn its end, and perhaps reflect for awhile to just be appreciative of the last 8 years.

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AnonymousCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36829659

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>>36829658
Thank god they brought original Strongbow back.

But Loon Juice is a decent substitute.

Unlikeable ponyCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36829770

>>36829644
To be honest, I don't want the final episode to be an adventure--- I want the adventure to take place BEFORE the final episode (or two episodes) and for the finale to be more of an epilogue.

Like a Best night ever type episode capping off after they saved equestria in an adventure episode. Like I'm a massive adventure fan, but I feel that an epilogue of sorts would be the best way to end the series.

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>>36829770
Cool. So-- "epilogue" meaning what?

OpinionatedCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36829774

>>36829770
>>36829773
Like a denouement, I imagine.

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>>36829774
"Denouement" = Fr. "unknotting" -- the final scene in which all the puzzles are solved and all the plot threads tied up neatly. So what are the threads that will be tied up in the final resolution after the adventure is over? I'm not objecting; I'm just curious.

Unlikeable ponyCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 36829776

>>36829773
>>36829774
>>36829775

i'm thinking a kind of "Where are they now?" kind of thing, where it shows the final point of where the mane six end up with their goals, such as the slice of life finale touching on dash's position in the wonderbolts, how many boutiques rarity will end up having, any more progression for AJ or ponk in where they end up in life, ect.

Kind of a short time skip epilogue to cap the mane six's non-adventure journeys, and maybe a point on them staying friends even past being EOH adventurers.


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