"Sorry, we're all outta happy endings today! We only have ones that end with horrible beatings."
"...He loved Big Brother."
"Life's a bitch. And then you die."
— Don Carpenter
"I was kind of hoping for a happy ending."
— "Sarcastic" Hawke
, near the end of the game right after everything starts blowing up, Dragon Age II
And that's how the show that had captivated America one year earlier ended — not with a delicious cherry pie, but with blood running down a defeated Cooper's smiling face.
Tom Servo: So evil won, grampa?
Yes, Billy, even your puny soul is doomed.
"Oh, jeez, what a total downer!"
— Sam Winchester
, "Lucifer Rising" (Season 4 Finale)
When you reach the part where the heartaches come
The hero would be me
But heroes often fail
And you won't read that book again
Because the ending's just too hard to take
— Gordon Lightfoot, If You Could Read My Mind
"What did you expect from an opera? A happy ending?"
"A grand opera cannot have a happy ending — unless you consider it a happy ending when all the characters are too dead to sing any longer. Some do."
— Katharine Dayton, "Gypsies, Nobles, Peasants, Etc."
"We cannot let this be... THE END."
"I went through all that torture just to be given the middle-finger salute?!"
IN MEMORY OF A PATRIOT WHO SAVED THE WORLD
"No, you have to choose. But in any case, all the mass relays get blown up..."
— Starchild, Mass Effect 3
"Stories like these don't have happy endings."
Hope Estheim: Noel? But why...? You were safe, everything was fine.
Noel Kreiss: The future changed. It changed. If you change the future, you change the past. The effects ripple outwards, up and down the timeline. The seeress is forced to see it all.
Hope Estheim: You mean Serah... she saw this vision?
: Yes. And it killed her. Serah. She knew the risk. If we altered the future, she knew what would happen; that her life could be in danger. But she still chose to save it. I wanted to protect her... I thought I had. I thought she was safe.
Forget it, Jake. It's Chinatown.
I think there's a great potential in horror fiction that isn't easily available to realistic fiction. This is the potential to portray our worst nightmares, both private and public, as we approach death through the decay of our bodies. And then to leave it at thatóno happy endings, no apologias, no excuses, no redemption, no escape.
Nobody said this was going to be a happy story.