On May 3rd, 1991, the TV series Dallas aired its last episode of the series. This means that as of May 3rd, 2020, it has been 29 years since that final episode aired. Dallas followed the Ewings who had been at odds with the Barnes. The show originally began with a five-part miniseries in 1978, starting off with Barnes heir Pamela Barnes marrying Bobby Ewing. The episodes jam-packed full of drama made for what is now known as one of the most iconic TV series to date.
The final episode, “Conundrum,” is an episode that Dallas fans won’t ever forget. As the episode begins with J.R. drinking and holding a gun, his villainous ways have finally caught up to him. He is defeated, both personally and professionally. Taking on an It’s a Wonderful Life spin, a spirit appears to show J.R. what life would be like if he had never been born. However, J.R. ends up being shown that basically everyone would be better off if he were never born.
The final episode of ‘Dallas’ is heartbreaking and thought-provoking
The episode concludes with a classic Dallas cliffhanger. Viewers watching at home, and Bobby, both hear a gunshot go off from the room that J.R. is in. Bobby runs to the scene and exclaims, “Oh my God,” before the credits roll. The spirit beforehand had been encouraging J.R. to pull the trigger to his gun, saying, “Do it!” but we never truly know who the gun was aimed at.
However, in Dallas reunion movies, it is revealed that J.R. shot the mirror in which the spirit was talking to him through, encouraging him to kill himself. Larry Hagman, who played J.R., also reprised his role several times after that final episode. He also reprised his role in a 2012 reboot of the show, but he sadly died later that year from throat cancer. In this case, producers were forced to kill off his character for good to give him an elaborate send-off. Do you remember the final episode of Dallas? Check out the last scene below.