Eh, I wasn't as put out by that. Given all we had learnt about the Crimson King, frankly it should have been a one-sided affair if they went toe-to-toe. It was Susannah's ending that I was disappointed over. To me that is the one that felt like a cop out given everything else that happened. As to the whole "written through the author" thing, King has been one of those that have said for years that some stories they write just come out of them without sitting down and working it out piece by piece.