‘The Dropout’ Nails the Ending – Even Though Elizabeth Holmes’ Story Isn’t Over

Towards the end of Hulu’s eighth and final episode about the downfall of blood testing firm Theranos, “Lizzy.”

Holmes has witnessed the collapse of the company due to an investigation by The Wall Street Journal.

'The Dropout' Nails the Ending – Even Though Elizabeth Holmes' Story Isn't Over

As she and her boyfriend/second-in-command Sunny Balwani are ready to try to pin the blame on one other, she had broken up with him.


‘The Dropout’ Nails the Ending – Even Though Elizabeth Holmes’ Story Isn’t Over

Amanda Seyfried’s CEO character, however, shows no signs of slowing down despite recent changes in her personal life (the addition of a dog and a new partner). She intends to keep things in motion at all costs.

Although the Theranos offices are virtually deserted, Holmes can’t stop pestering Linda, the (now former) company lawyer portrayed by Michaela Watkins.

Linda, who had previously done some of Theranos’ dirtiest work, is now unemployed and has a damaged image (all of which she brought on herself).

Was Elizabeth Holmes Confronted by Theranos’ Lawyer About Hurting People?

At the end of the season, Elizabeth is urged to file for bankruptcy by Theranos attorney Linda Tanner (Michaela Watkins).

Who reveals that investors including media magnate Rupert Murdoch have abandoned ship.

Upon learning that Elizabeth ordered thousands of false blood tests, Linda confronts her, saying, “You hurt people.”

Despite being a fictional character, Linda “actually stands in for a lot of employees that lost their jobs and thought they had been deceived by Elizabeth and Sunny,” as Meriwether puts it.

Did Elizabeth’s Family Friend Actually Help Bring Her Down?

Richard Fuisz (William H. Macy), a medical inventor and Holmes’ next-door neighbour growing up, is a surprisingly antagonistic supporting character in the pilot episode of “Dropout.”

Like in the programme, Fuisz had a long-running quarrel with Holmes, and he even went so far as to call Journal reporter John Carreyrou (Ebon Moss-Bachrach) to accuse Holmes and Balwani of fraud.


The tasteful use of cosmetics. Embarrassing dancing to Lil Wayne’s music. Amanda Seyfried had hoped to play Elizabeth Holmes, and the bizarre actual story of her and Theranos’ ascent and fall was a dream role.

During an interview with Richard Lawson of Vanity Fair, which will be featured on both Little Gold Men and its sibling podcast.

Still Watching: The Downfall of the Startups, Seyfried says, “it just seemed like the best opportunity I’d ever been given, to portray such an enigmatic role.” “And of course it was very frightening as well.”

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