What happened to Joel in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel series finale?

Rachel Brosnahan (Miriam 'Midge' Maisel), Michael Zegen (Joel Maisel)
Rachel Brosnahan (Miriam 'Midge' Maisel), Michael Zegen (Joel Maisel) /

Would Joel and Midge get back together in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel series finale? Here’s a look at what happened to Joel Maisel.

Caution: This post contains spoilers for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel series finale.

We knew eventually that Joel would end up in prison. What we didn’t know is what he would do once he got out, or if Midge and Joel ever did rekindle things.

There were a couple of moments in the season where it looked like they might. The two kissed on the balcony at one point, but Midge had to leave. Then it was clear that Joel was trying to atone for everything he did wrong to Midge throughout the years. We also know in the future that Midge says she thinks she still loves him.

Did Midge and Joel get back together in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel series finale?

They didn’t end up back together. The series finale is focused on Midge getting on the Gordon Ford Show. The first person she calls after telling Susie is Joel.

He’s happy for her, and he is willing to be at the show to support her. Archie and Imogene are also there. On the phone, Joel makes it clear that she can make jokes about him. This is important because at one point in the series, Joel took a huge offense to jokes being made about him, Penny, and his marriage to Midge.

Now he realizes that using him as material is great. And he doesn’t bat an eyelid when Midge brings up Penny and her idiocy when she finally gets to do a bit. He is angry at Susie when Midge is initially being interviewed as a writer by Gordon Ford. That wasn’t something Susie had control over, but as Midge’s manager, it was understandable that Joel was angry at her.

That’s all we saw of him after the big moment. There is a flash-forward to 2005 where Midge still has a photo of her and Joel from their wedding day. There’s no sign of what happened to Joel in or maybe after prison or if they got back together at any point.

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The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is available to stream in full on Prime Video.