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Foundation Season 1 Finale Recap and Ending Explained: What Happens to Brother Dawn? Is she the daughter of Salvor Gaal?

November 20, 2021

The end of Foundation season 1, the 10th episode of its first season, was huge, totally worthy of the culmination of this epic sci-fi series.

Now we know the real plan of the mathematician, as well as the fate of Brother Dawn. Now we are also aware of why Salvor continues to have visions of Gaal.

The season 1 finale of Foundation, an Apple TV + show, ties up a lot of loose ends while keeping our hopes high for a second season.

Foundation season 1 finale recap

The end of season 1 of the Foundation has been titled “The jump”.

The beginning of the end of Season 1 of the Foundation shows the second digital copy of Hari Seldon, which has just come out of the Vault. He explains that the Vault was actually his tomb, which was transformed into a portal when Salvor deactivated it.

Hari Seldon asks the Thespians and Anacreon to team up because their enmity has no real basis.

Foundation Season 1 Finale
Scene from the Foundation season 1 finale (Image credit: Apple TV +)

Hari Seldon suggests that they use the Invictus to induce a fake mega flare to make it appear to the rest of the galaxy that this outer edge of the galaxy has been eradicated.

So all three races, Thespians, Anacreons, and members of the Foundation, can live peacefully on Terminus.

Hari Seldon plans that the three races together plan to overthrow the Galactic Empire one day.

It is now revealed that Hari’s sole goal was not to preserve all essential human knowledge for future generations should civilization eventually collapse. His true goal was to unite the three races and end the dictatorial rule of the Cleonic dynasty.

What happens to Brother Dawn in the Foundation season 1 finale?

Meanwhile, on Trantor, Brother Dawn’s fate is decided.

Foundation Season 1 Finale
Scene from the Foundation season 1 finale (Image credit: Apple TV +)

Brother Dusk is in favor of the annihilation of Brother Dawn, but surprisingly, Emperor Day suggests that Brother Dawn’s life should be saved, and should retain his position as future Emperor.

While Emperor Day and Brother Dusk argue, Demerzel silently executes Brother Dawn, saying that this is his loyalty to Emperor Cleon.

Brother Day rests Brother Dawn’s body and punishes Azura by eliminating all his acquaintances and relatives. Brother Day also imprisons her for life alone.

Now, it is clear that Demerzel’s loyalty resides with the original Cleon. She has been the humanoid spiritual advisor to the Emperors of the galaxy for centuries and is said to have a crush on the original Cleon.

So, he killed Brother Dawn, who was a genetically different version of Cleon the First.

Foundation Season 1 Finale
Scene from the Foundation season 1 finale (Image credit: Apple TV +)

Later, Brother Day comes to know that the DNA of the original Galactic Emperor, Cleon, from which the Cleon clones were created, was infected years ago by anti-Empire conspirators.

It implies that even Brother Day is not a perfect copy of the original Emperor. Armed with this knowledge, Brother Day destroys the preserved body of the original Cleon.

Foundation Season 1 Finale Ending: What Happens to Gaal and Salvor?

Later, in the Foundation season 1 finale, we find Salvor running for mayor of Terminus and Hugo in command of the warship Invictus. Salvor continues to have visions of Gaal despite Hari’s clarification that he did not send these visions.

When Salvor asks his mother about this, it is revealed that Salvor was conceived using genetic material from Gaal and Raych, who had arrived at Terminus on a ship carrying Hari’s followers.

Salvor now realizes that Gaal and Raych are his original parents. She embarks on Hugo’s escape pod to find Gaal.

Foundation Season 1 Finale
Scene from the Foundation season 1 finale (Image credit: Apple TV +)

As the final title of Foundation Season 1 suggests, the story leaps 138 years, to the year 12,240, on the planet of Synnax.

We find Gaal arriving at his home planet, seeing everything submerged in water, with no signs of life on it. He discovers another escape pod and, upon opening it, finds Salvor inside.

Salvor awakens from his cryo-induced sleep and reveals to Gaal that she is his daughter. Salvor also hands over Hari’s psychohistory module to Gaal.

In the final scene of the Foundation Season 1 finale, we see Salvor and Gaal’s mother-daughter duo sitting on the roof of a submerged house, gazing out at the vast expanse of water.