The series finale of Prime Video‘s Daisy Jones & The Six takes us behind-the-scenes of October 4, 1977, the final day the band would be together. “Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide” flits between future interviews, the band’s epic final performance at Chicago’s Soldier’s Field, and the emotionally devastating events of that day to explain why Daisy Jones & The Six broke up right when they were at their peak.
The final episode of Daisy Jones & The Six also makes some major changes from author Taylor Jenkins Reid’s beloved bestseller. In this version of events Billy (Sam Claflin) falls off the wagon, binging on drugs and booze before and during the show, and attempts to have sex with Daisy (Riley Keough) backstage. He literally says he will leave Camila for Daisy. It’s a massive departure from the book, where Billy avoids temptation and Camila (Camila Morrone) pushes Daisy away from the band and Billy.
The real mess arguably starts in the penultimate episode of Daisy Jones & The Six. Camila catches Billy and Daisy in an intimate conversation. They basically admit their love for each other, but Billy tries to tell Daisy they can only have each other in the songs they write and perform together. But because Camilla sees this, she confronts Billy and then Daisy about the love triangle.
Billy, fearing he’s lost Camilla forever, uses a payphone in a bar to beg her to come to the concert that night. When he hangs up, a fan recognizes him and insists on buying him a drink. Something similar happens in the book, but Billy resists falling off the wagon. In the show, he gets wasted at the bar while Daisy goes wild in her bedroom.
When the two wasted would-be lovers reunite backstage before the show, Daisy confronts Billy. “What? You don’t like my makeup” she asks, referring to her ash-covered eyes. And Billy plants a passionate kiss on her lips. She immediately knows he’s drunk and they proceed to have the most flirtatious performance ever. Billy literally tries to keep kissing her during “More Fun to Miss,” the song he wrote specifically about Daisy’s troubles.
The show continues, with Camila arriving just in time to see Billy and Daisy all over each other while sharing a single mic on “Aurora,” the song Billy wrote for his wife. As soon as they’re off stage, Billy and Daisy are making out. He lifts her onto sound equipment and tells Daisy that Camila has left him. Daisy is alarmed when Billy takes out cocaine to do. He tells Daisy that he loves her.
After he does the drugs, Daisy protests that this isn’t who he is. He keeps telling her that they can be broken together. She angrily says she doesn’t want to be broken. When they go out for the encore â “Look At Us Now (Honeycomb)” â Daisy makes a speech about the purity of love that inspires Billy to leave the concert to chase after Camila.
None of this happens in the book.
The tidy, twee little ending where Camila leaves her grownup daughter with a message to reunite Billy and Daisy after Camila’s untimely death does happen. But Daisy’s big speech, Billy’s chaotic breakdown, and the backstage hookup do not.
Decider asked Daisy Jones & The Six stars Riley Keough and Sam Claflin about this major change when we spoke to them last month.
“I think there was a lot of conversation about that, if that should happen or not,” Keough said, “and ultimately the writers decided that that was the direction they wanted to go in.”
“I think that thereâs so much building in that episode. I think that heâs sort of unraveling and Daisyâs sort of finding herself and itâs all this stuff sort of happening at the end and sort of climaxes and [laughs and blushes] shouldnât have said that.”
“Gosh, itâs on my brain. Dammit,” Claflin said in support.
“Let me take that back,” Keough said. “No, I think that ultimately that was a decision that the writers made and I think half the readers would have wanted that and half wouldnât. So I think itâs very drawn down the middle with that.”
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