All good things come to an end, and this overly long journey finally closes its story in The Mallorean. I can't say anything I wanted was kept loose, all the strings were tied well enough, too well in fact that I'm heavily surprised anyone could come up with alternate fanfics on the characters.
The situation with the inevitable Choice was actually much more interesting than the battle against Torak in The Belgariad, but the story of this second series itself felt a little repetitive, with an addition of a few entertaining characters. And I suppose Eddings takes the whole concept of 'coming full circle' very literally, dropping each character in their respective environments, letting them live their 'futures.' I still don't buy the whole prophecy scenario with Cyradis and her tests, but I suppose I can suspend philosophical thinking if I just think that the two conscious entities were playing an overly epic game. Deep down inside, I bet they were both Drasnian.
I'm actually going to miss these characters. Nevermind, I have The Belgariad sitting comfortably on my bookshelf now, waiting to be reread on a random date!