How Fates Might Have Gone
So I wrote Parts I-IV of Fates. Originally I planned to write Parts I-VIII of Fates, but…
Well, have you seen how long Parts I-IV actually are? It’s like 1.5 Robert Jordan novels. And I’ve had a lot of people try to take me to task for the “rushed” ending, or the fact that “Fates doesn’t have an end.” You may agree with them; you may not. I don’t really care much either way, honestly.
I stopped writing Fates because it was driving me insane. I picked a place that I thought was a decent ending for everything I had written so far, where the characters were together without any hindrances between them, where everybody was in a good place and ready to go out on the next adventure, which was to get the Intersect out of Chuck’s brain. Am I obligated to write everything I've ever thought about the story since I started it?
Personally, I don’t think so. Others disagree. Again, let them. Here’s what I had planned for Parts VI, VII, and VIII. These aren’t Fates-canon unless I actually sit down and write them, so disregard them or regard them as you see fit.
This would have been a search for Orion, if I had stuck to the original plan. Chuck wouldn’t have known that Orion was his father and would have instead, being in a not-as-set-emotionally place than he was at the end of Part V, embarked on a quest that resembles a hunt for a great white whale, if you catch my drift. The single-minded obsession would have consumed him, frightened Sarah, and made even Casey take a step back.
What would have snapped him out of it: a pregnancy scare, actually. Not a silly, stupid one like the one on the show, but a legitimate one. (Turns out Sarah’s got a bug.) Chuck and Sarah discuss the future—Chuck is surprised that Sarah wants to get married, but does not want to marry her like he is. He especially does not want to have kids while he still has the Lincoln programming.
Throughout this section, they settle into the uneasy nature of working with the government and having only Beckman as their boss. Chuck relapses a bit with the paranoia (understandable, given what I did to his head). They follow leads given to them by Sergei Ezersky, who would have had a recurring role, as they try to root out the source of Fulcrum, which is frustrating (because let’s face it, Fulcrum on the show sucked and I’m glad I don’t have to try to make sense of it all. Other authors have fallen into that rabbit hole; I wish them luck). The final ramp up of the section is them trying to beat Fulcrum to Orion. Final reveal of the section: Orion is Stephen.
Chuck allows himself to start thinking that maybe he can have a future.
Having sequestered Stephen away, the team begins working with him against Fulcrum. Chuck infiltrates Roark Industries or whatever Roark’s company was called in an attempt to get to their Intersect. His research moves them leaps and bounds forward with removing the Intersect, but they’re not 100% sure that the Lincoln stuff will be removed from his brain. Chuck and the others figure out Roark IS the kingpin of Fulcrum and work to take him out. It goes well at first: the Intersect (and possibly Lincoln) is removed from Chuck’s brain, they blow up RI, and then…Roark is killed, the Ring is revealed, and Chuck and the others sigh to realize that there’s an even deeper conspiracy.
Chuck proposes to Sarah. With the Intersect out of his head, he’s free from government slavery…until Bryce kidnaps him and forces him to upload Intersect 2.0, knowing that the government will kill Chuck if there’s a possibility of the Lincoln programming existing without the safety net of the Intersect.
Chuck attempts to kill Bryce. He fails and ends up having to work with him instead. The team is tasked to go after the Ring, but really Chuck and the others have a night job contacting Orion and coming up with ways to rid Chuck permanently of Lincoln. They basically take one look at the Ring, say, “F*** this noise,” and go about working for Orion as vigilantes, which sucks but they're together. So…pretty much exactly the same ending I put on Part V, but a lot later, with a lot more Bryce in the story, and the only difference is that Chuck has the Intersect 2.0 instead of 1.0. Maybe it would have ended with Chuck and Sarah agreeing to stop putting off their wedding and marching down the aisle together, but I don't know. They're together. The trappings don't matter as long as they're living.
The theme was kind of “Government conspiracies suck, but value the people in your life and make the most of it,” which was, huh, how Part V ended.
They meet Aquaman in Venice, discover that he was part of Project Oklahoma City, Lincoln's Fishy Cousin, and go on adventures with him.
Choose what you will.