it's the owliday season
No, like. Even before the episode began, I had a feeling they were going to do a cliffhanger. They've done so many classic Trek tropes all season and confidently done so many ostentatious things, that they for sure would be feeling themselves enough to go out on a cliffhanger.
Ah, OK. Yeah, that makes sense. The (totally earned!) confidence they’ve been showing this season has been a real sight to see.