Over the course of 13 episodes, we’ve watched The Last Man on Earth’s Phil Miller go from a man crazed by loneliness to a man crazed by other people. But the season’s final episode brings us somewhere close to full circle, giving us a Phil we can root for again — and then twists its concept one last time.
One of the premises of The Last Man on Earth is that Phil is not his best self when you start throwing other people into the mix. But the latest addition to the cul-de-sac hasn’t just disrupted Phil’s life. It has also sent another survivor spiraling out of control.
For a brief, fleeting moment, everything is perfect in Phil Miller’s life. He has what he thinks he wants, and he’s determined to keep it that way. But if there’s one rule in The Last Man on Earth, it’s that the universe hates Phil and wants him to be as miserable as possible.
Phil Miller wasn't so great at being the last person on Earth, but it turns out that, when you throw other people into the mix, he's still not a winner. But as the situation in Tucson gets more complicated, Phil has to come to terms with the fact that he's not a very nice person. But can he change?
Phil has spent the last few episodes of The Last Man on Earth as a pretty ineffective schemer, trying to apply sitcom logic to get his way. But it turns out that someone else is much better at manipulating post-apocalyptic life to get what they want — and even get it from Phil.
Phil and Carol have spent the last couple episodes of The Last Man on Earth trying to procreate so they can save the human race — but does that mean their kids will have to have kids with each other? Phil comes up with a plan to spread out the gene pool, but naturally, it doesn't go the way he hopes.
The conceit of The Last Man on Earth is that Phil and Carol's relationship is a microcosm of male-female relations, taking a lot of sitcom tropes and adding a hefty dose of insanity. In the latest episode, Phil takes the idea of the sitcom male to the extreme — and makes us squirm in the process.