The Last Tycoon: Season 1 Spoiler Discussion
This is full-spoiler discussion page for Amazon’s The Last Tycoon, for those who’ve watched all nine episodes of the series. For my overall, non-spoilery thoughts, read my full The Last Tyccon review.
So this series took a pretty dark turn towards the end, didn’t it? There were certainly some darker moments earlier in the series, but it wasn’t until the final stretch where the show’s Golden Age Hollywood veneer fell away and The Last Tycoon became full-on Great Gatsby-style tragedy.
The common thread among all the main characters is that they all achieved the professional success they were seeking but at the expense of their personal happiness. Pat Brady (Kelsey Grammer) got his Oscar, but completely torpedoed his relationship with Monroe Stahr (Matt Bomer) and his daughter Cecelia (Lilly Collins) in the process. For his part, Monroe was able to keep his magnum opus alive by putting it in the hands of another studio, but his romance with Kathleen Moore (Dominique McElligott) turned out to be a giant sham. Even smaller characters like Max Miner (Mark O’Brien) suffered a great deal in the end. Max managed to crawl his way up from poverty to a key position in the Brady American Pictures hierarchy but found himself helping his new boss cover up a murder and blackmail Stahr. With the exception of Cecelia, it doesn’t really seem like anyone ended the season in a better state than they started it.