Sometimes, one undergoes a sequence of gruelling trials, struggles, etc., an ordeal. But eventually the ordeal is over, and one finally reaches a particular, desired state. What word adequately describes this state?
The best I could come up with was relief, upside, goal, or (reaching a) silver lining. However, none of these feel appropriate.
Here's an example: "After enduring the intolerable advertisements, the _ was in sight for Timmy: in moments, the movie would begin."