How did you feel about the way the series ended? Did you have any issue with the lack of closure?
Tatro: I read all the scripts in one sitting, and I remember catching myself being so curious about who did it. When I got closer to the ending, I kept getting hit with these curveballs -- it actually gave me a deeper appreciation for the show. The longer it goes and the further you get in the series, the more you realize it's not just a dick joke. [The writers are] actually putting forth a solid message.
When I first read the scripts and first read the ending, I felt similar to what you're referring to, where it feels kind of incomplete or you don't get a hard answer. But if you listen to Peter's final monologue and you hear why he says he doesn't want to specifically say who did it -- even though he's like 90% sure -- it makes a lot of sense. It's a really good way for it to end.
A lot of my friends texted me after they finished the show being like, Are you kidding me? I don't even get to find out who did it? But I think by the end, if you look at all the facts, you can figure out who it is.
Why do you think Dylan tags Shapiro's driveway?
Tatro: I think it had a lot to do with the aftermath of Dylan being exonerated. You watch him go from the highest point he's been in the whole show to then realizing how people actually view him. You see all the interviews with the kids at school and then he talks to Shapiro and he's expecting this big apology, but he realizes that in her eyes, he's still the same guy. I think that really messed with Dylan's head, because he thought that by proving his innocence it would change the overall perception of him. Once he realizes it's still kind of the same, I think that really hits him hard -- like it would for a high school kid who's been accused of something they didn't do. I think it's that feeling of hopelessness: There's nothing I can do to change this image, so I might as well just fall into it.
What happens to Dylan next?
Tatro: I think, unfortunately, it might be similar to what his brother's doing. I think that's one of the things that maybe some viewers weren't happy about -- the show didn't have the most happy ending, but I also think that that's what was realistic about it.