Why Burning Man’s Elizabeth Holmes Didn’t Get Into ‘The Dropout’ But Got Closer


Hulu’s The stall Showrunner Liz Meriwether wanted to end the true crime drama with Elizabeth Holmes (Amanda Seyfried) at Burning Man with her new boyfriend, Billy Evans (Garrett Coffey). Episode 8 included the downfall of Holmes, her young boyfriend, and her new wolf-like dog, Balto. However, Burning Man didn’t make a difference by mentioning a single sentence. The showrunner explained why she chose a different ending in a recent interview, and it’s pretty disappointing.

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‘The Dropout’ Showrunner Liz Meriwether Wanted To End Hulu Series With Elizabeth Holmes At Burning Man

The sad truth about The stall The ending of episode 8 is that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has begun and ended Meriwether’s plans for Elizabeth Holmes at Burning Man.

“I was originally going to end the series at Burning Man,” the showrunner explained to Weekly entertainment. “And try to play with the idea of ​​reappearing with a new identity or convincing yourself that you have atoned for your sins and rise from your ashes as a new person. I thought it would be a cool way to show someone who is struggling with who they are and what they’ve done, and that they feel like they can keep moving forward.

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However, Meriwether’s plans came to a screeching halt in 2020.

“And then COVID happened,” she added. “And by then we spent all our money and everything. So I was at a place where I was like, OK, so we’re not going to Burning Man.

‘The Dropout’ ends for Elizabeth Holmes’ company Theranos

In the last moments of The stall In Episode 8, Elizabeth Holmes’ legal counsel, Linda Tanner (Michaela Watkins), gave her the lecture every viewer wanted to hear. However, it wasn’t nearly as satisfying as that Burning Man idea.

“You hurt people,” Tanner repeated over and over. “I worked here, so I have to live with it somehow, but I’m not sure you understand. I mean – you have to – don’t you?”

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The company‘s headquarters appear bare in the Hulu drama, and no one is inside except Holmes and Tanner. The founder is one of the very last people to leave her beloved Silicon Valley startup. While it’s true that Holmes never showed remorse for those she hurt, that’s not how it happened when Theranos physically shut down in 2018.

Elizabeth Holmes was at Burning Man partying while Theranos shut down

After watching Elizabeth Holmes’ efforts to build Theranos and cover up so many lies, it’s easy to assume she fought for the company to the bitter end. However, she not only jumped ship, but spent the days during the company shutdown partying. According to a Theranos press release obtained by PR Newswire, Holmes resigned as CEO on June 18, 2022, four days after a federal grand jury indicted her and Sunny Balwani (played by Naveen Andrews). Theranos board named David Taylor, acting general counsel, as CEO, replacing Holmes.

Taylor made the difficult decision to dissolve the company rather than file for bankruptcy. wall street journal John Carreyrou said most of Theranos’ remaining 25 employees worked their last day Friday, August 31, 2018. However, Taylor and a few others remained on payroll until early September.

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On the other hand, Elizabeth Holmes spent the last days of Theranos at Burning Man with her new boyfriend, Billy Evans. A former Theranos employee told Vanity Fair’s Nick Bilton the details of Holmes’ trip.

“Indeed, Holmes spent the last days of Theranos, not in mourning, but at the greatest party in the world,” Bilton wrote. “As Taylor closed the door to the company’s lab in Newark, Calif., Holmes was about 375 miles away, dressed in white fur, with pink bug-eyed sunglasses, prancing around the playa. of Burning Man with her boyfriend.”

The eight episodes of The stall are currently available to stream on Hulu.

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