I think I get the ending. So, like the first season, I'm left wondering what a season three would look like, if there is a season three. It keeps me hopeful that there will be a season two of The Pope.
We weren't as desensitized or as encumbered with devices yet in the early 70s. It took a lot of time to do just about everything and we didn't need as much explosive stimulation for something to be exciting or interesting. Not a good or bad thing - just is what it is.
That's what turned me off midseason. I don't like shows where you're sitting there watching so many characters die each week and wondering "is there anybody from the original cast left?" See also Walking Dead.