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I'm not a big fan of Merle, he's been an a-hole for the most part, a funny one at times, but an a-hole nonetheless. His last episode was good, we got to see and understand more of him, and I was quite surprised by Rooker's performance. I think his personality is quite close to Merle's in a lot of ways, so it was great to see him out of his element, particularly during that last drive with Michonne.
But I disagree with those calling him a "hero" or saying that he's redeemed himself because of the events of this episode. He didn't save the group, he didn't save Michonne. I think he acted heroically, if you want, when he went to the meeting point and shot as many of The Governor's men as he could, but I don't think that that is enough to forget all the bad he's done. There was good in him, sure, but it was buried quite deep, and it's just too little, too late.
I cried, I'll admit, but I blame it on Norman. He looked like a little kid, so helpless and lost and hurt, it was heartbreaking. And I have siblings, so just the thought of being in Daryl's place... *shudders*
Was this episode pre-finale material?
I think the first half of the season was faster than the second half, but I thought the slower episodes were necessary, so I wasn't really bugged by the pace. This episode was the only one were I felt that they had written a whole episode out of something that didn't really need as much time or attention. I believe they can fit the confrontation and set up season 4 in one episode, it'll surely make for a hell of rollercoaster ride, but I see the point of those who would've wanted to see the finale spread over two episodes instead.
I'm pretty sure that Woodbury's gonna come knocking... and that no one's gonna be at the prison to answer. I think Team Rick will be in Woodbury, and that the war will take place there, as soon as Phillip & Co. realise that Rick anticipated their move. I'm hoping that it'll take them enough time to get back to Woodbury for Andrea to be rescued. By whom? I'm not sure, I'm guessing Milton may have a part to play there (and maybe Tyreese too?), either freeing her himself or by leading Michonne or Rick to her, once he learns that she never made it back to the prison and that Phillip was lying.
Who's gonna die
Team Rick: I'm hoping they won't kill Judy, but I've been ready for it since she was born (babies and TV are not a great match, and they simply adore breaking Rick's heart to pieces), so I'm hoping I won't be a complete mess about it if it happens. I also think that Hershel, Beth and Carol, in this order, are the ones most likely to die. Glenn and Maggie have reached a new level of happiness, which works as an omen of bad things to come, but I just don't want them to die, so I'll hope for the best.
Woodbury: I do think The Governor's chapter will end next Sunday, and I think he'll be offed by either Andrea or Rick. I've got a feeling Sasha and Allen will be goners as well. I can't quit make up my mind about Milton, though. He'd be a really interesting new member of Team Rick, but I also think it's likely that The Governor will kill him and/or that he'll sacrifice himself.
I just HAVE to say this: I find it hilarious, in the not-funny-at-all way, that the same people that insult Andrea because she didn't realise that The Governor was evil. praise David's and TPTB's new take on The Governor. It's rich: they looooove how The Governor's been portrayed, some even felt bad for him when Penny died, and thought that "maybe he wasn't so bad." Then they turn around and hope Andrea'll die because she didn't know... as if she had read the comics or seen what was happening on the series while she wasn't on screen! People suck. I hope those who were happy that she was captured, and were delighted with the prospect of her getting tortured step on a lego. Repeatedly.
I had started them in January, I was actually reading the 3rd on the plane to Brazil, but then it was all vacations and I left it there. But this Wednesday I went into READ ALL mode, and I just could. not. stop. until I was done, which was yesterday night/or today at 2AM, however you like to put it.
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If anyone's gonna get him to give it up, it's Caroline.
Maybe he doesn't have to give it up. Klaus is stuck in Elena's house by Bonnie's spell. He can't go anywhere. There's only so many places you can hide a three-foot piece of metal.
Just cause it was all the Steroline I got, with some shade of Klefaroline in between.
I know why you would wanna take it, but, what I'm saying is, why didn't you tell me?
'Cause it had nothing to do with you. I mean, you know how much I wanted a human life with you. Being human myself, being normal, that's something I've wanted since long before I met you.
LOVED this, love how Stefan's been telling it like it is since finding out about Damon and Elena. And also, there you go, Elena! Evidence that the world was here before you got to it.
Your attachment to your friends will be the end of you.
If they were throwing actual anvils at us, it'd be more subtle of a foreshadowing.
I can't take it, I mean, not above everyone else who deserves it just as much as I do.
Because, sure, Elena, you are obviously among those who deserve it the most... Was Elena always this conceited? I cannot stand her anymore, becoming a vampire was the worst thing, even worse than I thought, and, at this point, I just want her to die.
There's only one, so it's not like I'm gonna get it anyway.
Spot the difference between this and what Elena said... My baby girl, flashes of how "she tries so hard, and she's never the one" coming at me...
If you thought it was anyone but Katherine, you haven't been watching this show right.
If I didn't know better, I'd say you're becoming a half-way decent person.
I think TPTB have never heard of what I like to call "don't tell me, show me" rule. I know that Damon's not a decent person (
Don't worry, love, you know I'd never hurt you.
You've done enough.
I've done more than enough. I've shown kindness, forgiveness, pity. Because of you, Caroline, it was all for you.
He hurt her LAST EPISODE. I don't care for the concept of love this is selling, if he were truly in love with her, she wouldn't have need to be saved in the first place.
I've given TVD the benefit of the doubt for far too long, but I guess it's time to say it: the Klaroline I wanna see is not the Klaroline that's on my screen. I rolled my eyes as Klaus claimed that he and Caroline were the same because I believe that the reason he likes her is because of how different they are. Caroline wants to stay a vampire for many reasons, but I think that being strong and fearless helps her deal with Klaus in a way she wishes she could have dealt with Damon.
So, as things are right now, having her cave in to Klaus would be in detriment of her character because the show is making out of Klaus's struggle with his humanity another Damon. That didn't work for me the first time around, and they aren't even subtle about it this second one. We had Damon waxing poetic about his evil ways to Klaus, giving him tips on How to Be the Actual Worst and Still Get the Girl. Then we were supposed to think that him biting Caroline was him "being evil with a purpose"? And now "it was all because of her" because Klaus can't be selfish with her, right, show? Don't go there, TVD, just don't.
There are quite a lot of different opinions about what should, and should not, be considered abuse in a supernatural show. Caroline exploits Klaus's need to show off his power to her advantage, while Klaus uses it as leverage. There's a power play of some sort there, but it's not even because Klaus, a hybrid, is far more dangerous to Caroline, a newbie vampire, than she is to him. The real problem comes in when this abuse/power play is not acknowledged as such, or when there's a spin to it that makes it seem okay. Like what they do with Damon, time and time again, with him putting Elena over everyone else, and that somehow justifying his poor treatement of everyone whose name's NOT Elena, and with Elena actually supporting this train of thought. Or what they did yesterday, with Klaus claiming that every good thing he's done was because of Caroline, even though that includes him saving her, which in turn translates his almost killing her as something he did FOR her. We all know he actually did it to show Tyler that, even when he's trapped in Elena's living room, he's still the one with the most power. It had nothing to do with love, and if that's Klaus's definition of it, then he's got it all wrong. I would expect the series to make a point out of it, or to at least not have Caroline falling into his arms considering that his love almost got her killed, and made a fugitive out of her boyfriend.
No more Fringe Fridays. It was a great finale. It hit all the right notes, with emotional moments, comedy bits, action-packed scenes, and concluding with a callback to one of the most memorable moment of the series.
Walter and Peter. They are always great to watch, their relationship was the moving force of the series, and its conclusion had me in tears. The video, their hug, their final goodbye, it was all poignant and sad, but without feeling like it was being handled too heavily. It had all started with a man doing the impossible in order to save a boy, and to see him sacrificing his own happiness to grant his son a new beginning, to give the world a chance, showed how far Walter's come. He's still a mad scientist, but his heart's in the right place. And, luckily, they had some time to crack some jokes, whic was ool. Best father/son relationship, yes?
Walter and Astrid
(and Gene). It's really tragic that Astrid didn't know that it was going to be their last conversation, and that she won't even remember it, but it was such a great moment. Gene was an iconic part of the lab, and it was about time Walter got her name right, so maybe those two elements weren't exactly surprising. But the scene played out brilliantly because Jasika and John were stunning together once again, one last time. I don't think I've ever seen a relationship like theirs in television, I will miss them enormously.
Peter and Olivia (and Etta). They kicked ass a lot, which was a lot of fun, and it made me think of the time, way back, when he wasn't allowed to carry a gun. How things have changed! He was so worried about her crossing over, and rightfully so, because he could not lose her too. After she came back, a small reunion, some fighting, and then, finally, back in the park. This time, Etta did reach Peter, and they went back home, and lived happily ever after, all three of them. Or, well, bittersweetly ever after, after the credits rolled and Walter was nowhere to be found. I can't imagine them not doing the impossible to find Walter. Guess that chapter will go unwritten, but I'm happy that the pain in the ass and his sweetheart will be together for whatever comes next.
Olivia and cortexiphan. I know, LOL, but hear me out: I don't think it was bad that Olivia was not front and center this season, I think it was what was needed for the narrative. But I also liked seeing her back in action, and getting Michael was amazing, but powering off the city, and then smashing Windmark was even better because that guy had it coming.
Lincoln and Bolivia. I was half-hoping Linc would be on because of Seth being a part of TVGuide's Oral History, and I'm SO glad he was. Seeing him happy made me happy, while his guilt was very Lincoln of him, and I'd missed him so much!! Both Lincolns, to be honest. And the Charlies. Bolivia cracking a joke about her young butt was perfection, I really liked how she's changed, and how she hasn't, and how well they fitted together. I'm happy they are happy, but a part of me will always ship her with Alt!Linc because "BLOODLINE" STILL BREAKS MY HEART, and I'll stop here.
Astrid and her big brain. I've always wished she'd have a bigger part because I loved her character, so I'm glad she had quite a few moments to shine, coming up with two very important ideas to ensure that Over There was safe, and with a new way to get the energy they needed. Jasika was so good in her scene with Walter, I hope I'll see her back on the screen soon.
September/Donald. Cerveris had been great as a not-that-emotionless-Observer, but I was rendered speechless seeing him as Donald. What a difference playing all range of human emotions made! He was so compelling, and empathic; I can't explain it, it's just the opposite of what an Observer should be, but it wasn't light years away from September, either, it was a truly nuanced performance. His death, while mostly un-mourned because everything after happened so fast, was very sad. After helping our heroes all this time, he was just beginning to discover what being a father felt like, and his scenes with Walter during the last episodes had been fantastic.
Parallels. There were so many, and parallels make me extremely happy! I loved the recreation of Walter and Peter crossing over with Walter and Michael, the usage of old Fringe events, Gene's special appearance, the Bullet that Saved the World, Pete
eyesexing Liv attaching the electrodes, and the list goes on and on. The White Tulip at the end was magnificent.
All in all. I LOVED the first three seasons, from the season 2 finale up to season 3's, I thought it was a flawless run. But I'm not gonna lie, I didn't like the creation of the new timeline. I felt cheated, the characters and universes I'd loved and been invested in for three seasons were gone. Peter remembered, Olivia did too, eventually, and Walter more recently; but even when it was great, it was still not the same because the characters weren't the same. Then came Etta, and I adored her so much that my anger dissipated a bit. Season 5 was very solid, but it's almost like an entirely different show. The finale closed off the season pretty well, partly thanks to the characters knowledge of their past, so I appreciated how they honoured many of the things that the reset had taken away.
I'm gonna miss these characters, I'll miss the crazy cases, Walter's food fixation, the unique relationships, the alternate universes, the cast, the 19th episodes, the sci-fi of it all... Fringe, my very favourite thing, I'll miss you. May amber keep your white tulip shaped heart alive in every universe. I'll keep looking up.