“Maid” is the Netflix series created by Molly Smith Meltzer that just premiered on Oct. 1, 2021. Based on Stephanie Lang’s memoir, “Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive,” the story follows Alex (Margaret Qualley), a young single mother to Maddy (Rylea Nevaeh Whittet), as she finally decides to leave her abusive boyfriend Sean (Nick Robinson), only to find that her struggles are only just beginning. Over the course of the first season, Alex is forced to take a housekeeper job to make ends meet, while also finding her voice as a writer, with the help of her local writer’s group. Alex wants to move with Maddy to Missoula, Montana, but a custody dispute with Sean, as well as her difficult relationship with her mother Paula (Andie MacDowell), both make that difficult.
At the end of Season 1, Alex lands a scholarship at the University of Montana, and finally scrapes up enough money to start a new life with Maddy. But while Season 1 does end on an optimistic note, it’s far from a happy ending. Here’s the ending of “Maid” Season 1, explained.