[tps_title]On to tragic bliss[/tps_title]
- Heller holds on to the fading remnants of his daughter, Audrey’s casket wrapped in the nation’s flag, resonating with the sorrowful note on which his term ended and the family portrait which has lost its power now. Holding on, so maybe the sense would sit somewhere in his mind, before the memory of her slips away along with everything else. Now entries of honor and glory in history books won’t do this great man who’s drifting away any good. “I won’t remember anything that happened today, I won’t remember anything that happens, period…” Is it Heller’s curse or blessing?
- Following the victory in preventing the war, the utter failure of losing his daughter causes Heller to give in and collapse to the ground. This brings a symbolically similar scene from the last episode, when his medication spills all over the floor, indicating losing his grip. On a metaphorical scale, hopeless horizons lying before Heller mirror the way he basically banished Bauer from his and Audrey’s lives in 6.24, in part condemning the man to be forgotten. He’s lost it all now in a fate worse than death even, off to oblivion. Perhaps now he’d regret even more not having been able to sacrifice himself at Wembley. If only Jack had let him go through with it…
9/10 Seriable Stars