American Crime is leaving the future up to its fans.
The adults were served with justice, as political mastermind Leyland School headmistress Leslie Graham (Felicity Huffman) lost her job. Karma also came around for Terri LaCroix (Regina King) after her leaked "white trash" emails forced her to have to choose between a professional step-down or leaving the company. Cyberstalker Sebastian de la Torre (Richard Cabral) also got a taste of his own medicine after trying to ruin everyone else's lives.
However, it's the two teens at the center of this season's controversy, Taylor (Connor Jessup) and Eric (Joey Pollari), who ended up with the most ambiguous fates of all. The former considered taking a plea deal for murdering one of his attackers. Eric was left approaching a mysterious car for either an anonymous hookup or potentially a way to get out of town and away from the rumors and gossip that made him suicidal. Before either of the young men makes his official decision, the screen cuts to black, leaving audiences wondering what specifically will become of either of them.
In a lot of ways, the ending of American Crime's second season is a prime example of what creator John Ridley does so well. The events of American Crime are never to sway one opinion one way or another but to paint the gray area of the complex issues enveloping American society. Taylor's and Eric's fates are as ambiguous and unclear as the alleged rape that became the catalyst for everything that happened this season. The question remains: Is a gray area satisfactory in these types of cases? If not, how do we, as a culture, find more concrete solutions?
ABC has yet to announce whether the anthology series will have a third season, but Ridley has another pilot in the works with the network.
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