30 Days of Carnivale
14. Worst decision
I think the end of Scudder’s storyline in Season 2 was incredibly anticlimactic. The search for Scudder was one of the driving points of the entire series and his fate is being unceremoniously decapitated by Brother Justin from the backseat of a car. At minimum an actual confrontation between the two would have been more satisfying.
On a broader scale, I would point to HBO’s executive meddling. To get an example of how they thought, remember the scene where Balthus shoots at Justin and misses? The original ending called for Iris to do the laundry and finding a bullet hole. The implication being, of course, that Balthus had succeeded in shooting Justin… it just had no effect. This was to foreshadow the eventual confrontation between Ben and Justin with the blade deflecting off of Justin’s chest until Ben is reminded that he must plunge at the center of Justin’s heart.
HBO vetoed this. Their reason? It made Justin “too much like Superman”.