Childhood's End producer on what that ending means for humanity

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Dec 19, 2015, 6:52 PM EST (Updated)

It took decades to finally make it to the screen, and now Syfy’s adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke’s masterpiece Childhood’s End has come to an end. So, what does the producer have to say about those final scenes?

Spoilers ahead for Syfy’s (Corporate owner of Blastr -Ed.) Childhood’s End!

The three-part miniseries wrapped its run Wednesday night, and ended with the end of all humanity. Well, kind of. Put simply: The Overlords were sent here to play a long game and prepare humanity to eventually join the Overmind. So humans got to live in paradise for a generation, but it all came to an end when the next generation moved beyond our primitive existence and joined the greater force of the universe.

Executive producer Matthew Graham told Entertainment Weekly that ending (which was a very close adaptation of Clarke’s original) is both a scary and a profound take on where humanity might eventually end up. We’re all forgotten at some point, so is it too hard to fathom that (pretty much) everyone could be forgotten at some point?

Check out an excerpt from his comments below:

“Well, [Childhood’s End author] Arthur C. Clarke had a great quote: He said, “We’re the first era of man ever to genuinely try and predict our own future, which is ironic, because we very well may not have one.” No, I don’t see it as doom, actually. I think the initial reaction is to feel it’s doom. I think it’s about acceptance, and I don’t think we should take it literally; I don’t think the book is about: One day the world will end. I think it’s about: One day you will end. You are going to end, and within a couple of generations, people won’t know your name; they won’t remember your name. I don’t know the name of my great-grandparents, and I certainly don’t know the name of my great-great grandparents. That’s rather profound and rather challenging, but it’s about acceptance.

Whether you have a religious faith or you don’t, it’s not really about saying there’s no God or there is a God. What we do know for certain is that we’re very small in a very big universe, and one day we’re going to die. And when you die, effectively, that is the end of the world — it’s the end of the world for you. So I think he’s writing about that; I think he’s writing about death. And he was a very cheeky man, so when he was interviewed, I think he liked to wind people up and say, 'We’re all going to die, the world’s going to explode.' I think he quite liked playing those games with people. But I think ultimately the book is about something more intimate.”

What’d you think of the miniseries, and that ending?

(Via Entertainment Weekly)