Curb Your Enthusiasm Fans Have Probably Figured Out the Ending Already

When you really think about it, there’s really only one way Larry David’s story can end.

Larry David and Cheryl Hines in Curb Your Enthusiasm season 12 episode 9.
Photo: John Johnson | HBO

This article contains Curb Your Enthusiasm spoilers through season 12 episode 9.

You’ve likely heard of Chekhov’s Gun – the narrative principle from Russian playwright Anton Chekhov that posits if a gun is introduced in the first act, then it must go off in the third act. What you might be less familiar with, however, is “(Larry) David’s Trial.” And that’s because I just made it up.

David’s Trial states that “if a trial is introduced in the first act, then the character put on trial must be found guilty in the third act, thus referencing a controversial series finale of a beloved sitcom said character co-created in the ’90s.” As the final act of Curb Your Enthusiasm approaches, it sure seems like we’re about to experience the first-ever application of David’s Trial.

The 12th and final season of the long-running HBO comedy begins with Larry David running afoul of Georgia’s draconian election interference laws. By providing a bottle of water to Leon’s auntie while she waits in a lengthy line to vote, Larry is found to be in violation of the state’s very real Election Integrity Act. Initially offered a plea deal to move past the whole thing, Larry ultimately elects to take his case to trial when he realizes he could use the good P.R.


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