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The ending is very Dickian. It's ambiguous, and asks the viewer to interpret and extrapolate onward from the end point.
I loved the show, but throughout I was bothered by how... concrete it was becoming, as it moved past the bounds of the original novel. As it did so it lost more and more of the flavor of the source creator's style and approach.
I get that Dick's hallucinatory approach is tough to adapt for the screen. The show succumbed to the understandable temptation to take a set of fascinating ideas and turn them into a more and more straightforward sf narrative, and it was still all good. So it was jarring when it ended in a way much more consistent (stylistically) with the source material than the show itself had been. They threw in some Dickian touches and echoes of the novel with Juliana's story in the final season, but they almost seemed out of place in the otherwise fairly conventional narrative about resistance and revolution.
In toto, though, the series was a masterpiece of worldbuilding, full of fine performances and nuanced storytelling, and IMO a great success.