Originally Posted by Red Brooklyn
Again, it wasn't a dying man's dream.
Whatever happened, happened. It's one of the major themes of the show.
I'd be livid too if that's really what the show boiled down to.
Just a small [minute?] example, but I recall pondering a picture of Michael Emerson's childhood sweetheart as a child, ostensibly from the 70s, with a book published in the 2000's featured prominently on the bookshelf behind her.
Could just be lazy set design, but, contrary to your assertion above that red herrings were'n't the showrunners' fault, this was in a period of the show where C&C REVELED in viewers cueiing into the 'subtle' visual cues that they so meticulously planted.