Many fans wondered what will happen with the residents of Chester’s Mill. Will they finally find a way out of the dome? Who will live and who will die? What plans does the dome have for the four hands? Season 2 finale of Under the Dome answered at least some of those questions, but on the other hand, it brought some new ones.
CBS’ s Under the Dome final episode of season 2 started where the previous episode ended when Melanie disappeared. She got sucked into a giant hole and nobody knows what happened to her. Jim brings wounded Pauline and tells everyone that Lyle stabbed her and that he is dead now. Pauline is still alive, but she is losing a lot of blood. She tells Julia that the dome chose her and one other person, however, she did not see his face in her vision.
The dome is still contacting, even faster than before. Joe, Norrie and Hunter decide to find out if the hole is the exit, but they are disappointed when their plan brings no results. However, Joe decides to go into the hole, because the dome is most likely shutting down and this hole may be their only hope to survive. Norrie and Hunter follow him and as they climb down, they discover another tunnel, which looks quite like the one under the school. They decide to take a look and as they come to the crossroad, a Monarch butterfly appears and shows them the way. Joe tells them that they should go and find Barbie, because this tunnel could actually be their way out.
Jim, Sam, Junior and Rebecca bring Pauline into the school, but Sam cannot determine which internal organ is injured. He tells Jim that his wife will slowly bleed to death, because the injury is to severe and there is no hope for her anymore. Jim refuses to believe that, since he is convinced that he and his family were chosen by the dome and that the dome brought Pauline back for a reason. In the meantime, Pauline tells Junior that she may be able to paint the way out, so he rushes home to bring her everything that she needs for painting. However, Junior does not know that this was a goodbye, as Pauline asks Rebecca to help her die in peace. As Junior arrives into his mother’s studio, he sees the painting of his mother, bleeding through her mouth and stomach. He realizes that she painted his own death and he immediately heads back to the school.
In the meantime, Rebecca fulfills Pauline’s request and she gives her an overdose of morphine. Jim comes back to the hospital with an infusion, which he was found for her operation, but his wife is already saying her goodbyes. She peacefully closes her eyes and Jim is devastated. He notices an injection in Rebecca’s hand and he realizes what happened. Jim immediately loses it and he tries to attack her. Sam jumps between the two of them but Jim punches him into the face and he tells Rebecca that no one will miss her. He takes a hammer and as he hits her, Rebecca falls down and dies. Jim takes Pauline into her studio and he starts talking to the dome. He says that if it brings Pauline back, he will not kill Julia, Barbie and the kids. His wife remains dead, so Jim pours gasoline all over the studio and Pauline and then he burns down the whole place.
The weather under the dome is getting worse and there are more and more earthquakes. Julia and Barbie organize the transfer of Chester’s Mill residents to the tunnel and as they all gather around the hole where Melanie disappeared, Barbie tells them the plan about getting out. They start climbing down, but Julia receives a distress call from Andrea, who is still at home. As she gets there, she finds Jim with a gun, pointed at Andrea. Jim tells her that he will ruin the dome’s plan and he shots Andrea. He attacks Julia, but she successfully defends herself and she escapes. She sees Sam and Junior and she tells them what happened. Junior decides to face his father and when he finds him, he tells him that he is no longer his son and then he shots him.
Julia and Barbie head into the tunnel, but she gets stuck, because she cannot jump over a hole, which is dividing the road. She orders Barbie to lead the residents out, since she is convinced that the dome will somehow protect her. Barbie promises that he will come back for her and then he leaves. In the meantime Junior, comes down into the tunnel, but he meets Julia, who tells him that they are stuck there. Other residents of Chester’s Mill continue their journey through the tunnel, but they soon stumble upon an obstacle, as they find themselves in front of a wall and it seems that the tunnel ends here. Again, a Monarch butterfly appears and it sits on one of the rocks. As Barbie puts his hand on that rock, the wall starts shaking and falling apart. A strong light appears as the wall disappears and the next thing they all see is Melanie. She looks at them and she says that they should follow her because they are going home.
Season 2 finale of Under the Dome certainly brought some new questions, however, it failed to answer the main one. Will the residents of Chester’s Mill finally find their way out of the dome? Many fans were wondering if the second season of Under the Dome was its final season and judging by the season 2 finale, all possibilities for season 3 remain opened.
By: Janette Verdnik