Yes, Fascinated Fans, this really just happened. The CW drama wrapped up its four-season run on Friday with a stunning, multiverse-affirming final scene that will have fans of both the reboot and the original series talking.
After reuniting Inara with her sisters and preventing another magical apocalypse, the current Charmed Ones – Mel, Maggie, and Kaela – discovered a mysterious door decorated with their signature Triquetra.
“Are we sure about that? Another world? Other Charmed Ones?” Mel asked the group. Maggie shared her sister’s skepticism, but Kaela insisted fate led her there.
So what was on the other side of that fateful door? No big deal, just… Halliwell Manor! “This house feels oddly familiar,” Mel remarked as the trio stood in front of the very house where Prue, Piper, Phoebe, and Paige honed their craft in the original Fascinated.
“I guess we should see who lives here,” Maggie suggested, but a knock on the door revealed no one was home. After another nudge from Michaela, Maggie agreed that they should enter the house, which (as fate would have it) was unlocked. “We are stronger than ever,” she said. “I know we can handle whatever comes our way on the other side of that door.”
The episode (and series) ended with Mel, Maggie, and Kaela entering Halliwell Manor and the doors magically closing behind them.
Is your mind completely blown away? our goods. Luckily, Executive Producers Jeffrey Lieber and Joey Falco were happy to answer our burning questions about that final scene:
TVLINE | Did you always want the season to end like this or did you do it because you knew you weren’t coming back?
FALCO | We wrote and filmed this episode before we knew the show was going to end. We’ve known for months that there was a 50/50 chance that we’d be cancelled, so we wanted to end with something that could move forward but also be a satisfying conclusion. Ultimately, we wanted to connect these universes together. We wanted to do it in a much bigger, crazier way at a certain point, but knowing there was a chance we would be canceled, this was the ideal point where we felt we could do that what we’ve always wanted to do – do it a Fascinated Multiverse – but also ending in a way that’s hopeful and satisfying and encapsulates everyone’s emotions.
TVLINE | That’s a damn lineup. What would you have done if the series had been renewed?
RATHER | We were going to start next season with the stitched universes, and then we would have seen it [which cast members were] around and accessible. We would have delved into how those universes were constructed for the first five minutes of Season 5 and then returned to our world. What was really important to us this season was to create something big and stable. We kept going back to what the Spider-Man franchise did. We wanted there to be a world where everyone could exist.
FALCO | We definitely had a plan for where Season 5 was going. There would be phone calls about what performers are available and who is willing to do so. We had a very flexible plan based on [those logistics], but we never had those conversations because we wouldn’t have them until we got a pickup. So we will never know who performed or not.
TVLINE | So no calls were made to get someone to comeo in that final scene?
FALCO | Right. We could never have done that this season. It was about starting Season 5 with it.
RATHER | There were two separate concerns. First, this show is this show, so we wanted to end this season with these characters. Then there’s the larger idea of the franchise, and we wanted to honor that. But we never wanted this season to end with anything other than these three sisters – Mel, Maggie and Michaela – and tie them together in any way.
TVLINE | Were you on set the day this scene was filmed? It must have been a great moment.
RATHER | Well, there’s a story: The three on the porch were shot in Vancouver. Our wonderful crew installed [replica] the porch. But when the pullback happens, that was filmed in LA [at the house used for exteriors on the original Charmed]. This idea started with Joey suggesting it as a way to end the season. We tried to get hold of the house but we couldn’t figure it out. We hired a writer named Adam Lujan toward the end of the season, and when we discussed our frustrations, he said, “I know the guy who owns this house!” Two hours later, we had access to it. It was fantastic.
FALCO | It was fate, honestly. It was kismet. It’s something we’ve been looking forward to for a long time. …Jeff and I were both there and we have a lot of pictures on the Fascinated house we need to post [after the episode airs].
TVLINE | I have to ask: was it Prue or Macy who ended up closing the door?
FALCO | That’s a great question…that I think fans can debate. I certainly have a thought, but I don’t think we should canonize it because I feel like it’s up for debate.
RATHER | This fandom is hyper specific and obsessed with everything, and we get a lot of questions online about what the truth of things is. And we are about to enter a time when there are a lot of questions that probably don’t have answers. To that we say, “Answer her!” At some point down the line, someone will pick up on this thing and they’ll evolve, and I can only hope that we’ve left a cohesive universe for someone to take and take over [work] With. That’s what last season was all about, putting everything in the same place.
TVLINE | I’m disappointed we won’t see that, but even imagining it feels kind of satisfying.
FALCO | And even though this show is over, these ladies’ journey isn’t ending. They’re still fighting. We didn’t want to end up with them sitting around a table reading stories to their grandkids like the original show did. The fight goes on, and this is where we want to leave the audience. They’re still fighting out there.
we will have more Fascinated final coverage is coming this weekend, including more on what fans would have seen in Season 5. Rate the finale in our poll below, then leave a comment with your thoughts on that ending.