He's only partially successful. The bullet exits Ruby's chest, and it pierces Olivia's, sending them both to the floor, bleeding out in the arms of their family members. Their fates are left up in the air, as ambulances rush them off-screen before cutting to black and leaving us with the echoes of Ruby's death rattles. While the finale wasn't based on a specific event, it was carefully concocted. It's made to be a particularly crushing event to watch because of Ruby's primary arc, which had him humorously chasing Olivia all season long. When he finally wins her over, his happiness lasts mere seconds.
"We wanted to make [Ruby] a hero, but we also wanted to upend that trope," Haft says, noting that in these neighborhoods, anything can happen at any moment, oftentimes to innocent bystanders. "In a John Hughes movie, you get the girl," he says. "In this reality, it's not always that easy." Adds Gonzalez: "This [kind of tragedy] happens every day. We were just depicting real life."