Very strange. What is the intent here?
It was very creepy.
If you find it creepy, you already understand. The protagonists' Jolum conditioning represents what we have to work through. The opening quote was:
"At what point does a human being's free will cease to exist? And if we have forfeited our free will... are we still human?"
The ending represents our greatest fears, betrayal and return to what we once knew. There was nothing he could have done for himself, and it acts as a scary reminder to keep trying and hope I'm different than him. The episode ended with another quote:
"For centuries philosophers have wrestled with the question, "Is man able to decide his destiny through his own actions or does fate have the final say?"