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How Master of None Tackles Relationships in its Se...

How Master of None Tackles Relationships in its Season Two Finale

Of all the shows portraying millennial culture at its highs and lows, Master of None shines brightly relevant. A relatable rom com that humbly tackles social issues with finesse, Aziz Ansari’s Dev takes on New York like a kid in an ice cream shop, only the ice cream shop poses problems more challenging than choosing cup or cone. For fans of the show, “Buona Notte,” the season two finale, appears ambiguous but has only two possible interpretations. Unfortunately, mine is the sadder one.

For those not familiar, season two’s second to last episode “Amarsi Un Po” follows Dev and Francesca as they have a snow-induced dance in Dev’s kitchen, admire the plethora of medicines at a pharmacy, and eat tapas in the continuation of their developing yet dilapidating friendship-turned-something-more. Francesca and her fiancé Pino inch closer to marriage while she and Dev make memories in New York, and all the viewer wants is for Francesca to leave Pino for the Clash of the Cupcakes host. As this dream scenario becomes ever more unlikely, Dev and his big bud Arnold discuss the practicality of he and Francesca’s relationship and the inevitability of its downfall. By the time the finale comes to an end, all hope seems lost as Francesca plans travel back to Italy. But then the final shot of the show takes the screen, Francesca and Dev in bed together, she without her ring.

“Amarsi Un Po”

“Buona Notte”

The easiest assumption is that the desired ending turned true: the two lying together at last, commitments thrown to the wind, but if there’s anything to learn from this show it’s that things aren’t that easy. The “it’s complicated” mantra of my generation is more a realistic interpretation of this world than a romantic one; the consequences of hurting someone you care about are real, and we take that into consideration when making those decisions. As much of the show, especially scenes with Francesca, is expositions of Dev’s dreams, so are this scene and the idea of season two concluding happily ever after.

Towards the end of “Amarsi Un Po” Dev writes a manic list of his feelings about Francesca; “she used you,” “she’s evil,” “she’s magical,” “she doesn’t want you.” The reason I enjoy this episode so much, though sad, is because I understand where both Dev and Francesca are coming from. It’s complicated, and that’s ok. And though my interpretation of the finale may come from a place of pessimism, it is not the only possibility. They could be together after all. Maybe there are only two visible conclusions, but there are millions of Netflix viewers with their own elucidations they bring to the show and all have the chance to be validated.

“Amarsi Un Po,” Dev’s List

Managing connections and relationships is hard. People are fickle and complex, and that’s the main thing this show gets right. Never overdoing the intended point, Master of None makes situations like this one feel real, because they are real, tangled, and tangible when a show allows them to be so. If you need a rom com that actually feels natural, watch Master of None; you might feel better about your personal romantic situation.

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(Master of None. Courtesy of Netflix.)

(Master of None. Courtesy of Netflix.)


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