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Does ‘Bluey’ end? Fans Say Bonus Episode ‘Surprise’ Feels Like an ‘Epilogue’

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Parents around the world cried into their pavlova on Sunday, April 14, as they watched the 28-minute super-sized season finale of “Bluey” with their families.

But it wasn’t the end of season three of Australia’s hit children’s TV show.

A bonus episode of “Bluey,” aptly titled “Surprise,” premiered on Disney+ at 9:00 PM ET on April 21 and 8:00 PM PT on April 20. The episode also aired Sunday on Disney Junior at 10 a.m. and on Disney Channel at 10:30 a.m. ET. .

This animated children’s show has made adults as happy as – or even more than – children.

The extra-long season 3 episode “The Sign” is quite a departure from the seven-minute episodes viewers are used to. It included a car chase, a wedding, a move and a baby and left both children and parents emotional.

“Surprise” returned to the show’s typical sub-10-minute format, but the ending left just as many questions about what the future could be for the Heeler family.

Warning: Spoilers for the latest episode of “Bluey,” “Surprise.”

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The episode opened with Bingo telling her mother that she needed coolers because she’s “having kids.” Bluey then asks two big questions: “Will I have kids when I grow up?” and “What is it like to have children?”

The answer is shown rather than told when their father, Bandit, enters and the two pups immediately surround him and ask, “Would you like to play with me?”

Bandit quickly becomes exhausted trying to play two separate games – with terribly different rules and expectations — with Bluey and Bingo. The game of Bingo is similar to playing with baby dolls.

Then Bluey hears her father talking to one of Bingo’s “kids” and saying, “You have a whole group of brothers and sisters who have your back.” And your mother and I are completely behind you.” We are a family, and you mean the world to us.”

So Bluey decides to sacrifice her game to play with Bingo and Bandit, leaving her father to ponder, “That’s the great thing about kids… they always surprise you.”

Then, to the surprise of many viewers, the episode flashed forward and showed an adult Bluey. Mother Chilli now wears glasses and Bandit apparently can’t hear very well. Bluey and her mother go outside to watch Bingo, but the doorbell rings. Bandit opens it and the camera flashes to a little puppy holding a toy laser outside. As the toys buzz, Bandit says, “Oh no,” before the episode ends.

Some fans suspect it’s the new guy Bluey’s future childleaving the show’s future in doubt.

“Past and Future”, a viewer wrote on X, sharing side-by-side scenes from the episode, highlighting the similarity between young Bluey and the new character.

“For a show that isn’t ending yet, the last two episodes definitely felt like a series finale + epilogue,” another wrote.

Could the final two episodes possibly indicate that the show is – gulp – ending? For real life?

Why is ‘Bluey’ so important?

The Australian TV show ‘Bluey’ slowly started to enter the hearts of Americans in 2019. Competing with action-packed animated shows like “Paw Patrol” and “PJ Masks,” the show seemed like an outlier. There were no chases or villains. Some episodes take place in a single setting. It didn’t rely on gender stereotypes. Many viewers didn’t even know if Bluey and younger sibling Bingo were girls or boys. (They’re both girls, by the way.)

Instead, “Bluey” focused on everyday (and often mundane) family moments brought to life through imagination and creativity.

An ordinary balloon suddenly became a long game of ‘Keepy Uppy’. One piece of asparagus became a magic wand. A tree stump became a helicopter.

The show teaches parents how to “play” with their children. At a time when parenting seems to be filled with scripts and if/then scenarios for consequences, “Bluey” shows parents how to play open-ended games with their children that build on everyday events.

Bluey’s mother and father, Chilli and Bandit, are not perfect.

Chile seems to be on sensory overload and needs time and space to reset. Bandit can be a bit blunt and short-tempered. (For reference, check out the brilliant episode “Flat Pack” where Chilli and Bandit work their way through assembling IKEA-style furniture, or “Burger Shop,” which apparently deals with Bandit’s inability to care for the kids to get out of the bath with a gentle hand.)

But they always do their best, and that’s the point.

A-list actors like Joel Edgerton, Natalie Portman, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Rose Byrne and Eva Mendes have voiced cameos on the show. As a character, Bluey has toys, cuddly toys, books, bedding and collaborations with Home Chef and Hanna Andersson. Bluey even made her debut as a giant helium balloon during the 2022 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Why would a beloved show meet its end at the height of its popularity? While April 14’s supersized episode, “The Sign,” may not have marked the end of the Heeler family’s journey, it certainly felt like an ending of sorts.

Does ‘Bluey’ end after ‘The Sign’ and ‘The Surprise’?

According to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, “Bluey” executive producer Daley Pearson said “The Sign” was a trial run to see how viewers like the longer length.

“It’s the most beautiful episode we’ve done,” Pearson said.

Scary Mommy spoke to the voice actors who play Bluey’s mom and dad for more insight.

Melanie Zanetti, who plays Chilli, said the season finale is “an emotional roller coaster.” Meanwhile, Dave McCormack, who voices Bandit, said: “I was surprised at how stressful it is.”

Regarding the future of the series, Zanetti said: “As far as we know, it’s just a season finale. No one’s telling us anything, but that’s what we’ve been told so far: It’s just the season finale.

“The Sign” had a nice run-on line about the clichéd parental response: “We’ll see.”

As TODAY’s own Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager explained, “We’ll see” usually means a big fat “NO” in the native language. But in Bluey’s world, “We’ll See” is much more nuanced.

Nervous that her family might move, Bluey tells her teacher, Calypso, about her concerns. Calypso then reads a story to the class about a farmer who experiences many ups and downs in life. After each time, people ask him, “Is this a good thing or a bad thing?” The farmer simply replies, “We’ll see.”

‘Is that it? What happens next?’ asks Bluey’s classmates. (Coincidentally, these are the same questions parents are asking about the fate of the show.) Meanwhile, Bluey wants to know if “We’ll See” is a happy ending or a sad ending.

Calypso wisely says, “Everything will turn out as it should, Bluey.”

Meanwhile, “The Surprise” ended on a cliffhanger, raising the question of whether the glimpse into Bluey’s future is a teaser, the setting for future stories, or simply an ending.

Will there be a ‘Bluey’ season 4?

According to Parents, the writers of ‘Bluey’ always planned to take a break after the third season. But so far, all signs point to an eventual return.

“Bluey” producer Sam Moor told BBC Radio: “No, this is not the end for ‘Bluey.’ I’m sure we have many more surprises in store for you.” A spokesperson for the show has “double confirmed” to the Australian Broadcasting Company that they “have no plans to end the show.”

Wackadoo! That was a nail biter. But it is still unclear when and how the show will return.

Creator Joe Brumm has been very protective of the show’s content, especially since much of it is based on his family’s experiences. (He has two daughters and when he was growing up, his family owned a blue heeler dog named Bluey!)

He told Deadline that storylines are usually “related to something I learned when I had kids, or that my wife went through, or just something that I find my kids continue to do.” An episode wouldn’t really start until I found some piece of truth. I wouldn’t necessarily understand it that way and often the episode is an exploration of that.

Will the characters also mature now that Brumm’s children and the young voice actors who play Bluey and Bingo are older?

“We get a lot of requests to make the characters older,” Brumm told Deadline. “It would completely change the show, but there would be something really fun about introducing the new, younger characters and having Bluey and Bingo at that babysitting age. That would definitely make a bunch of fans very happy.”

This article was originally published on TODAY.com