In the series’ latest installment, Heroes, Theranos’ founder’s house of cards began to crumble Wall Street Journal began airing her dirty laundry of cover-ups and more behind the scenes at the firm. And with only one episode left, the only place to go from here is below.
“Yeah. I mean, it’s doom,” showrunner Liz Meriwether teases the episode. Adding to what viewers can expect from the episode, Meriwether: “It’s the end of her relationship with Sunny (Naveen Andrews), Billy Evans – her new partner and the father of her child – is there.”
Not much more can be said as Meriwether keeps some secrets for viewers, but adds that she hopes they “like” it. And it’s difficult not to be intrigued, even with prior knowledge of Elizabeth’s misdeeds, this gripping dramatization grows more gripping with each episode.
The show traced Elizabeth’s beginnings as a young student eager to make a difference, and followed her as she transformed into a powerful corporate leader determined to keep her darkest secrets under wraps. It is a transformation recognized by Laurie Metcalf‘s dr Phyllis Gardner in the penultimate episode when she comes face to face with Holmes at an event.
Gardner confronts Elizabeth and notes how her choices affect all women in the sciences, and knowing what they are doing with Elizabeth’s practices, Gardner blames Elizabeth for tarnishing women’s reputations in the field. “She commercialized this idea of herself as a groundbreaking female CEO,” says Meriwether of the Theranos founder’s vision of herself.
“But I also tell the story of Phyllis Gardner and Erika Cheung (Camryn Mi-Young Kim) who are two different women in the sciences who come from completely different backgrounds,” Meriwether says, adding, “I think it was important for me to compare the version of portraying yourself as a woman to what it is was for other women who really got into it and did the work and what their experiences were.”
See how their experiences differ The Dropout will release its final episode on Hulu in April.
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