There Will Be No Happy Ending for ’24’s Jack Bauer

'24's Jack Bauer Won't Go Down Without a Fight! (Photo: Fox)

'24's Jack Bauer Won't Go Down Without a Fight! (Photo: Fox)

For fans of a man who has seen his wife killed, murdered his own boss on terrorist orders and has been subjected to torture almost as part of his daily routine, it should perhaps come as no surprise that Jack Bauer’s final ‘24‘ hours won’t have a happy ending.

The eighth and final season of the real-time drama won’t end well for Jack, executive producer Howard Gordon recently revealed during a conference call with reporters.


“(It) leaves him in a compromised place morally, ethically and emotionally,” Gordon said. “This show is a tragedy, and to give Jack a happy ending didn’t feel authentic.” (Not like, say, the way his daughter getting stuck in a cougar trap in the second season felt authentic.)

The former Counter Terrorism Unit agent played by Kiefer Sutherland was back to fighting baddies this season due to a threat against a peace process with a fictional Middle Eastern country. Along the way his current love interest Renee Walker (Annie Wersching) was murdered by a Russian assassin, a move that angered some fans but was one Gordon said was necessary to set up the finale.

“Renee’s death motivated Jack to the final confrontation,” said Gordon, according to the New York Daily News. “It took him to a place he’s never been before.”

The two-hour series finale is set to air May 24, and although it might not be all sunshine and roses, at the end of the day, fans can at least expect Jack to survive … for the planned big screen movie. (…Or die in a way that makes him easy to resurrect, as in the case of former CTU agent Tony Almedia, who seemingly died in Season 5 but was resurrected to be the bad-then-good-then-bad-again-guy last season.)

Gordon wouldn’t disclose details of the ending but did say that it pits Jack against the one person who has always had his back–acting CTU boss Chloe O’Brien (Mary Lynn Rajskub) and a leader he once trusted, President Allison Taylor (Cherry Jones).

“We’re taking all these characters to places we haven’t seen them in before,” Gordon said. “It’s certainly not playing it safe.”

The two-hour series finale of ’24’ airs Monday, May 24, at 9 p.m. on Fox.

What do you think? Does Jack deserve a happy ending?

The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

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