If you tuned in to the self-righteous indignation of Amanda and her allies, their victory was a beyond bitter pill to swallow. Simply put, Amanda did not deserve a happy ending. For 4 seasons she sought justice for a man who didn’t deserve any and left countless lives obliterated in her wake. She was no better than her arch nemesis. Her brag that she’d never killed anyone was a major oversight. Her activities had led to the deaths of many. While she might not have pulled the trigger personally, she was every bit as responsible for their demise.
Victoria’s plight was far more sympathetic than the so-called heroine of the series. She’d been forced to frame David to save her son’s life and her backstory was just as hellish as Amanda Clarke’s. Even in the finale one last dagger was thrown at her, when it was revealed that in her teenage quest to get payback on her mother, she’d inadvertently seduced her biological father, producing her beloved son, Patrick. Everything in this woman’s life backfired on her and the cruelty her mother showed her was just as, if not more, sadistic than anything Amanda was made to suffer.
The biggest flaw going into the finale was the blatant fact that all Amanda had suffered came at the hands of her father. He’d begun this entire saga by sleeping with his best friend’s wife. When “The Initiative” forced the Grayson’s to do the frame and send him to prison, he had only himself to blame. Had he been keeping his hands to himself it would’ve been highly doubtful he would’ve ever wound up on their radar. He put his wants and needs above his daughter’s. His behavior was detestable and no one ever called him out for it, the way he deserved. He knew he was poking a bear when he betrayed Conrad and there would undoubtedly be retribution. Still, he attempted to run away with the man’s wife and conspired to kidnap his son in the process. How was David Clarke pure in any of this?