What On Earth Is ‘The Affair’ About? Season One’s Baffling Finale

December 22, 2014 8:19 PM

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Fans of Showtime’s The Affair became used to the conceit that the show was split into two half-hours—the first the perspective of the couple’s illicit relationship provided by either Noah Solloway (Dominic West), the hot, compulsive swimmer and frustrated writer from the city, married to Helen Maura Tierney); or by Alison Lockhart (Ruth Wilson), the waitress, devastated after the death of her son Gabriel, who was married to Pacey from Dawson’s Creek, newly bearded and lumbersexualized, and here called Cole.

But listen, producers of The Affair, just before you head into the wild shores of prepping season two, with apparently more perspectives (please no, not until you’ve sorted out the mess of two of them), the split perspective only really works as a storytelling tool if it reveals subtle but telling d...

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