Photo: Natalie Seery/HBO The original working title for I May Destroy You was January 22 . Michaela Coel eventually scrapped it, in part, because she felt it would invite too many questions about how her own experience with sexual assault informed the series. (That was the date when she was drugged and assaulted while working on her previous show , Chewing Gum .) Still, the title eventually makes its way into the show in the finale as the title of her character Arabella's long-gestating book. A nod to the reality of fiction. (Another title possibility was This Story is Not Based on True Events .) The beauty of the ending is in how it contains shards of reality, but expands them into strange, surprising shapes, like blowing hot glass. The finale picks up right where the penultimate episode leaves off: Arabella and Terry (Weruche Opia) are at the bar, Ego Death, and Arabella sees her assailant, David, back at the scene of the crime. A cliffhanger. After all this time, all this waiting, what does she do? The finale answers that question again and again and again, in various scenarios that grow more surreal and challenging with each iteration. The… Read full this story
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