It was no surprise that Lindsay Lohan would be guesting on Eastbound and Down, especially since it had been found out before the show’s fourth and final season began airing. It was, however, surprising to see who showed up alongside her. (Spoiler Alert). In a flash forward of Kenny Powers’ life, we see his children graduating high school. Initially, it’s a shows a picture being taken of Kenny and his wife April with his son, portrayed by True Blood star Alexander Skarsgard with ridiculous hair. The camera then pans back to show his daughter, portrayed by Lohan, taking the photo. Other scenes in the fast-forward include Lohan getting married, April getting shot in a Batman-inspired back alley-robbery, Kenny going to rehab, Kenny moving to Africa and remarrying, and eventually, Kenny dying. We also get to see him ride a badass hoverbike. With a simple “Fade to black, the audience goes apeshit,” the episode ends… to reveal that it’s just the end of Powers’ screenplay he’d been working on throughout the whole series. Fin.
In addition to the fast-forward through his life, there were other cameos in the show’s 29th and final episode. Sacha Baron Cohen portrayed a villainous TV executive, and we finally got to see Tim Heidecker‘s character stand up to his wife. Through the show’s relatively brief run, the story lines all led up to this ending, and the brilliantly-written show shined in it’s final season, which may be it’s best. Danny McBride and Jody Hill created the ultimate anti-hero and took him down some dark places before ultimately redeeming him. And the Will Ferrell and Adam McKay-produced show was more than just a series of infinitely quotable catch phrases (“you’re f**kin’ out, I’m f**kin’ in,” “Kenny’s cuttin’ in!”), it’s a meditation on the power of celebrity, a takedown of the ego inherent in sports, and a relatable underdog story. When Kenny gives a speech about those that he wronged in a monologue on the set of his talk show, it cuts to many of the people he’s mistreated over the course of the show, tying a nice bow on the series. So long, Kenny, you’ll be missed.