Wow from what I've gathered this forum seems biased towards people who loved the ending. I can't tell you how sick I am of reading the posts that say, " How else could it have ended?, Stephen King doesn't do happy endings."
What a copout. It's like this same repeated response has been seeded around the internet in an effort to make people accept that its quote the only way it could have ended.
Plus I find it strange that the moderators will chime in with the people who love the ending and be like yea I agree. The internet thrives on free discussion and neutral moderators can hold their opinion or log on like the rest of us. Im guessing my post will be censored.
Is it at all possible that book seven doesn't end it but Talisman III will? Parkus at the end of Black House says that all is bound together in KA and that Jack Sawyer can no longer return to the earth, but has some other work to do... just a thought.
That being said I am in agreement that it was a very bad ending which was far too rushed in my opinion. We fortunately have a dozens of other damn good books by Mr King that have damn good endings to reread in the future.
It is what it is. I personally would have rather seen Dorothy stuck in OZ, and Alice get bitten (and gone rabid with no hope of recovery) by the Cheshire Cat myself, guess I's just twisted....
When I first read the ending I threw the book across the apartment and cried. I felt betrayed.
But now it's growing on me.
I understand why people don't like the ending, but what I don't understand is this personal outrage about it.
Here's what I think: For one, you didn't write the book. I'm not going to say that books write themselves, but they're headed somewhere when they start (if they amount to something) and that place is the end. I have literally spent hours trying to think up a different ending and they all come out trite or hollow. Or disappointing (roland makes it to the top and dies of a massive heart attack. Or he is turned into a stone statue. Or he gets to the top, opens a door and joins susannah, eddie and jake. or the old stand by, he wakes up from this as a dream and decides not to tell his father about hax...and we never know what happens after **cringe** ick)
KA IS A WHEEL, yah? Criminy.
Honestly, what shocks me most is that so many people were shocked by the ending.
I'm sure most of you have read this, but it's a fantastic explanation on the ending of the The Dark Tower. I subscribe to it readily.
By the way, I'm "NCL" on the "replies".
For me, I had to re-read the ending a couple of times. I was simply blown away! The more I thought about it though, the more I loved it. It's kind of like "The Lion King" from hell! Circle of Life and all that crap! lol
King often talked about not knowing where it would end, how it would end, he was simply along for the ride. I think he reached the end of the rope and realized that Roland's quest would never be over.
The end simply made sense. I won't go so simply as saying King never writes a happy ending, but he wants to find a way to blow your mind. With the DT, any "final" ending simply wouldn't have sufficed. The end as it was is the only ending I can see to really provoke the "Holy Crap" reaction. In fact, love it or hate it, I have to believe Sai King is pleased with any strong reaction because it simply is a strong reaction to his masterpiece!