‘Foundation’ Season 1 Ending Explained

It FoundationApple TV+’s Season 1 finale did something unimaginable. It wrapped up the Foundation’s First Crisis, revealed something shocking about the Cleonic dynasty, and dropped a hell of a plot twist! Two of the three were actually the same! Foundation‘s main characters are more closely connected than we previously realized. Is that possible? What does the final scene say about this? FoundationWhat will Season 1 look like for the future? Let’s break down Foundation Season 1’s wild ending…

Foundation is Apple TV+’s ambitious adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s classic sci-fi saga. This show spans centuries, and takes place in a universe far away. The story is divided into three distinct narratives. First we see what happens when young mathematician Gaal Dornick (Lou Llobell) leaves her fundamentalist water world of Synnax to get caught up in Hari Seldon’s (Jared Harris) revolutionary plan to save the universe from an impending darkness. We then follow three different versions of Cleon, the galactic ruler. Brother Day (Lee Pace) has his humanity challenged while “elder” Brother Dusk (Terrence Mann) uncovers a wild coup attempt targeting their flawed “younger” Brother Dawn (Cassian Bilton). And about 35 years in the future, on the planet Terminus, the fruit of Hari Seldon’s schemes and sacrifices — the titular Foundation — finds itself in its first crisis. The good news is that the Foundation’s local hero Salvor Hardin (Leah Harvey) was able to eventually outwit invading Anachreon huntress Phara (Kubbra Sait) with the help of the Anacreons, themselves. The weird news is that a vault opened and an avatar of Hari Seldon has some kind of plan to reveal to all his little followers…


What happens then in the FoundationWhat was the finale of Season 1? Season 1 finale: Hari Seldon presents his plans to build a new civilisation in the outer reaches, far from the reach of the empire. To create this community, he needs to have the Foundation partner with Anacreons or Thespins. Salvor was left really puzzled when Hari stopped sending him telepathic images. More on that in a sec…

Elsewhere, poor little Brother Dawn gets his neck snapped by the Cleons’ stalwart A.I. companion Demerzel (Laura Birn) when his faults are discovered (and Day and Dusk can’t agree on what to do). According to her, she is loyal above all the Cleonic dynasty. The fact that the clones of Cleon are not pure copy of Cleon makes matters even more complicated. This puts doubt on the entire concept of the Dynasty. Do you know what Demerzel knows? It’s unlikely! But Lee Pace’s Brother Day does. That’s going to be awkward going forward…

But the biggest shocker comes mid-episode when Salvor figures out why she’s been having visions of ghosts, memories of the past, and psychic episodes. Her biological parents were her dead dad Abbas (Clarke Peters), her mother Mari (Sasha Behar), but it turns out her birth mom Mari was not her biological mother. Or at least, Mari carried her, but the sperm and egg…sigh… let’s just break this down:



It happened.

Keep an eye out for FoundationEpisode 2, when Gaal Dornick harvested her eggs? It turns out that Mari decided to impregnate herself with a baby that was made from Raych (Alfred Enoch) and Gaal Dornick’s DNA. She’s quick to point out that she carried Salvor, so technically she’s still her mother. But DNA-wise, Salvor is Raych and Gaal’s baby. That’s why she has similar psychic abilities to Gaal and why both mother and daughter are able to put a spanner in Hari Seldon’s proverbial works. Salvor discovers the truth and sets out to find her missing mother.

In the final scene, we learn that Gaal’s cryo-goo space-coffin ship (you know what I’m talking about) has finally arrived on Synnax after over a century of travel. Synnax may not be the place she remembers. The rising tides have taken Gaal’s hometown away. All that’s left seems to be death. She then notices that there is a flashing light below the water. The other person had taken a cryogoo space-coffin vessel to Synnax. What do you know? It’s Salvor. As we left her last time.

Gaal is stunned when Salvor reveals in the last scene that she’s her daughter — because it’s weird, y’all — and that Salvor came to Synnax to find her.

So there you’ve got it. Gaal and Salvor are back to continue their adventures. It will be nearly a century since the events of season one. Foundation


You will. It is good news for intergalactic enthusiasts. Gilmore GirlsFuture (of the future) will see the Mother/Daughter couple Gaal & Salvor embark on similar adventures. Apple TV+ already purchased FoundationSeason 2. Lee Pace has also confirmed on social media that he’ll be back for the fun. No word yet on which Asimov characters or stories showrunner David S. Goyer will mine for Season 2, but he’s already namedropped folks like Hober Mallow and The Mule in Gaal’s narrations.

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