The Drowning




The ending, as Kahneman points out, matters more than everything else. I am still angry they broke up without reason that couple at the end of that movie. Still pissed off the showrunner killed off that woman because they thought it was best for her to die while she was happy.

Humans are, well, human – narrative considerations are often arbitrary. I can’t get the woman they dragged through misery for four seasons out of my head. We think, it would be best, most powerful really, for her character to be written out by way of dying, when she achieves self-actualisation. I can’t remember her now, have forgotten the bits where she was nuanced, revealing. All that lingers is the drowning.

Note: The psychologist and economist Daniel Kahneman said that people tend to remember the end of an incident rather than the whole of the story.


Illustration by Fabian Gonsalves. You can follow his work on

Read more from The Peacock: Issue 9 (2019) here: