Since its debut back in summer 2017, the late John Singleton’s final directorial offering with the FX series Snowfall has taken a hold over America in just a matter of six years — Black America specifically if we’re being unapologetically honest. With captivating storytelling, nail-biting scenarios and tie-backs to events in real life that gave the acclaimed crime drama its gritty realism, the show has finally come to an end with the airing of its final episode last night (April 19).
While season-long loose ends were tied up and fan-favorite characters got fairly decent send-offs (given the circumstances!), it was the jarring performance of rising Hollywood star Damson Idris as lead character Franklin Saint that ultimately gave us the biggest life lesson worth learning in a very street smart show that even made sense of the title altogether.
in Season 1, we see Franklin begin as a 19-year-old West Coast hopeful whose biggest faux pas in life is selling weed for his Uncle Jerome. By the Season 6 finale, Uncle Jerome is dead — a victim of the pride that comes with being loyal to street code — and Saint, now in his mid-20s and hopeless, has lost every major physical connection that he’s ever had in life. The harsh reality of him becoming a carbon copy of the alcohol-addicted father he once despised is heartbreaking to say the least, but his downward spiral is arguably warranted given his displays of greed, apathy and betrayal. Ironical enough, you see him enact those upon the three female characters that mean the most to him: momma Cissy, Aunt Louie and love interest Veronique.
His apathy for Aunt Louie can on some level be rectified if you’re going off drug dealer logic, but it doesn’t explain his heartless approach in carelessly sending her into a life on the run. His mom got an even shorter end of the proverbial stick, being scolded on her mothering due to a homeowner’s deed that Franklin needs her to sign because, in his exact words, “I’m sorry but you’re never getting out of here.” The desperation in his delivery is award-worthy as much as it’s gut-wrenching.
While momma and auntie gave Saint more than enough reasons to make him turn against them, the downfall of his life and business partnership with Veronique is where you realize that he’s literally got nothing left. For much of the past two seasons they’ve been the consummate dynamic duo, but it’s soon revealed that money and power played a much larger role in their union than physical love, or even a child, ever could.
The final scene is chilling in its totality, with Franklin Saint and his last surviving friend Leon taking one final walk through the South Central streets they once controlled via a drug empire. Above all, his downfall is the ultimate cautionary tale into the downside to losing sight of what matters most — family, friends, freedom — in pursuit of power. What a lesson, it was!
See what many are making out of Damson Idris’ performance as Franklin Saint in the Snowfall series finale below, and let us know what you thought as well:
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The Fall Of Franklin: ‘Snowfall’ Finale Told Its Best Life Lesson With Lead Star’s Demise was originally published on blackamericaweb.com
1. me witnessing the downfall of Franklin Saint: #SnowfallFX
2. Damson Idris absolutely, positively, needs an Emmy for his #SnowfallFX performance. If not to get what he’s owed for these last 6 seasons, this finale proves that he’s mastered this role. He made Franklin Saint what we know him to be. He deserves all the awards for it.
3. Using Kendrick Lamar’s “Pride” as the last song on #SnowfallFX took me back to the song’s opening lines: “Love’s gonna get you killed, But pride’s gonna be the death of you (and me)” In the end, Pride was the death of Franklin Saint (as we knew him).
4. Franklin Saint’s final scene, 6 years 6 seasons later, classic character performance by Damson Idris RIP John Singleton #SnowfallFX
5. Damson Idris deserves every single award possible for his performance in Snowfall. That ending was powerful, tragic yet eerily realistic. Franklin Saint will go down as a forever classic character in a forever classic show. #SnowfallFX
6. Franklin Saint really went from having everything to having nothing. #FuckYouCissy #SnowfallFX
7. Franklin Saint had a great run.
8. Brother…. Franklin Saint went from having an empire to having no family, no friends, no money and homeless that’s not peace would you believe this guy if he told you he had his own jet and worked for the CIA
9. Damon Idris got it man. I can now comfortably say that franklin saint is in my top 3 in terms of favorite tv fictional characters #SnowfallFX #Snowfall
10. the character development in Franklin Saint was top fucking tier. definitely one of the greatest shows in television history #SnowfallFX