Did the New Quantum Leap Confirm Sam Can Never Go Home?

The series finale of the original Quantum Leap left fans on gut-wrenching cliffhanger. The new series may have confirmed a horrifying part of it.

Quantum Leap Season 2 addresses if Sam ever leapt home.
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This article contains spoilers for Quantum Leap season 2 episode 4 and the finale of the original Quantum Leap series.

“Dr. Sam Beckett never returned home.”

These are the words that ended the original Quantum Leap series. Sam (Scott Bakula), who’d been leaping from life to life, was informed in the final episode that he finally had control over his leaps. That he could leap home if he wanted to. The thought of this tempted Sam but instead he leapt back in time to help his longtime friend, Al (Dean Stockwell.) What happened to Sam after that has remained a mystery, with the final title card informing us Sam never got home being our only clue.

It’s an understatement to say that his devastated fans of the original series. Why would the story end on such a down note? Surely there must be some other way to interpret it. Maybe Sam never permanently returned home but he stopped by to tell everyone where he went? Maybe the title card just… wasn’t true? No one in the show itself said it! 


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