The first season of The Time Traveler’s Wife ended in a dramatic way. It turned out that Henry and Clare’s marriage won’t be a happy one, but it was still nice to see them get married.
The Time Traveler’s Wife on HBO, written and produced by former Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat and based on Audrey Niffenegger’s best-selling debut novel, may not be a love story at all. The way time travel works in The Time Traveler’s Wife means that neither Henry DeTamble (Theo James) nor Clare Abshire (Rose Leslie), the two main characters, ever really chose each other.
Plot and Beliefs
Clare met Henry when she was only six years old. Because of him, she became the person she is today, so he is her idea of the perfect man. She has known for a long time that she would marry him, and she has even tried to save herself for him. But Henry didn’t know Clare was waiting for him until he was 28 years old.
That’s when Clare ran into him at his job in the library. She came into his life like a bomb and said she was the woman he was meant to marry. The main characters in Time Traveler’s Wife think that history can’t be changed, so they both decide to make it work.
Clare is sure that Henry will change over time and turn into the man she has met so many times in her life.
People thought The Time Traveler’s Wife was a limited series, but it’s now clear that Moffat is working on a story that will go on for more than one season.
The first season moves slowly. The first three episodes focus on the main characters, and it’s not until episode 4 that the supporting cast is introduced. Clare and Henry finally get married in The Time Traveler’s Wife, which is the best part of the story. Here is how the first season of The Time Traveler’s Wife ends.
Explanation of Henry’s Drug-Induced Time Travel
Henry can’t control his ability to travel through time, but he’s had it long enough to know that stress is bad for him. Planning a wedding is always stressful, but Henry’s fear that he might disappear into the past or future in the middle of the ceremony makes it even worse.
Henry is thinking a lot about the future, so he has started to jump into that future and experience parts of it. He finds the whole thing confusing and upsetting. Henry is having more and more time travel episodes, so he decides he needs a relaxant to keep him in the present on his wedding day.
That turns out to be a bad idea, and instead Henry just jumps around in time without consequences.
Henry seems to jump through time for the same reasons that people with epilepsy do: flashing lights, TV, stress, and alcohol have all caused him to do it.
Some drugs can, in fact, cause epileptic seizures, so it’s not strange that a bad trip can do the same. This idea comes straight from Niffenegger’s book The Time Traveler’s Wife, but the exact order of what happens during the trip is changed to make it more dramatic.
During Henry’s Trip, Is There a Child?
The sixth episode of The Time Traveler’s Wife shows that Henry and Clare’s marriage won’t be a happy one. Henry will have trouble giving Clare the child she wants. It turns out that the gene for time travel is a dominant gene, which means that Henry passes it on.
Unfortunately, any fetes in Clare’s womb tends to time travel right out of it, leaving Clare bereft and sad. Henry gave up on ever having a child, but he was wrong to do so because he forgot a vision of hope he saw during his drug-induced time jumps. Alba, the daughter of Henry and Clare, has inherited her father’s condition.
However, Alba’s time travel in The Time Traveler’s Wife is different from that of her father’s because she can control it. Alba is shown as stepping out of the light like an angel, which is fitting because she is the “Happily Ever After” that will make everything worth it.
Henry, on the other hand, has a hard time making sense of what he has seen and done during these chaotic jumps, and he doesn’t realize how important the girl is.
Who Will Henry Be Talking To When He Picks Up The Phone in the Future?
Henry finds out that the 36-year-old version of himself will not be able to keep putting Clare through so much pain and will choose to have a vasectomy. He hears his future self talking on the phone with a man he calls “David,” who is probably Dr. David Kendrick, a scientist who helps Henry.
In the first season of The Time Traveler’s Wife, Henry told Clare about Dr. Kendrick, so his name has already come up. In Niffenegger’s book, Dr. Kendrick isn’t able to teach Henry how to control his powers, but he is able to sequence Alba’s DNA while she is still in the womb. This is why Alba has the control that her father doesn’t have.
Gomez and Charisse’s In-Joke is so clever because of this.
In The Time Traveler’s Wife, Gomez and Charisse, Clare’s siblings and friends, were introduced. Henry was meant to be close with Gomez in particular. The theme song for the whole sixth episode is “Get Me to the Church on Time,” a surprise song that Gomez and Charisse sing.
Those who know that Henry can go back and forth in time will get this inside joke. Clare and Henry’s whole lives have been leading up to their wedding day because Henry has been going back and forth in time. When Henry, age 28, “fails to stay the landing” in the future, it is doubly ironic that it is his 36-year-old self who takes the vows.
What Henry and His Father Discussed?
Henry’s family has been through a lot of bad things. His mother, Annette, died when he was a child. Henry, who is 36 years old, seems to be hinting that his father will also die soon. In Audrey Niffenegger’s book, Richard DeTamble’s son died before him. This is a big change.
Alba is a musical genius in the book, and Richard gives her violin lessons, which gives him a new lease on life. It’s possible that season 2 of The Time Traveler’s Wife will just write Richard out, like it seems to have done with Ingrid in season 1. This would be a shame because Josh Stamberg is a great fit for the role.
What Clare and Henry Discussed After the Credits Roll?
The Time Traveler’s Wife episode 6 ends with a scene in the middle of the credits. In it, future Clare finds out that the 28-year-old Henry she’s with hasn’t had a vasectomy yet, even though it’s his wedding night.
This is much more planned than in the book, where Clare slept with a Henry who was stuck in the past and didn’t know what she was doing because he was born before the vasectomy. It does, however, explain how Alba comes to be, so The Time Traveler’s Wife ends on a strangely hopeful note.