For All Mankind season 2 finale spoilers follow.
For All Mankind ended its second season over the weekend with a tense finale. The Soviets were attacking, while a reactor was threatening to explode and, you know, do exploding reactor-y things.
Gordo and Tracy don makeshift suits and head out to fix the reactor, which they do, but sadly the pair died from vacuum exposure.
Breaking down the finale, Gordo actor Michael Dorman spoke to TVLine about finding out about his character's fate and why he didn't stop Tracy from coming with him.
"Those guys (the producers) have been so great. I have the utmost respect for them. We had a really great time together. And we talked about [the reason for Gordo’s death], and it was one of those organic things. It was really fitting for the story as a whole. It made sense. If it didn’t make sense it would’ve been much more of a blindside.
"But it just felt right. It seemed like the perfect rounding off to such a beautiful storyline and for a really rich character. [Gordo and Tracy went] out in style — guns blazing..."
Dorman also spoke about his character's arch leading up to his final moments: "Gordo had been doing a lot of soul-searching [this season].
"He had just come out of this deep depression, where he was sort of hiding from the truth. And he shifted into this new phase of himself where it’s like... 'Fair enough. It is impossible for me to make it on my own. And there is a chance that if we do it together we can both get back. And if we don’t get back, you’d be willing to take that fall with me? Cool. Respect.'"
Executive producer Ronald D Moore also told the publication that the team felt that they couldn't kill off Gordo and Tracy but kept returning to the idea, before realising that it was absolutely the right thing to do for the story.
We might agree with the decision but they will still be missed.
For All Mankind is available to stream on Apple TV+.
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