A Big Love Fanatic Answers Our Questions About the Series Finale

By Seth Abramovitch

Mar 21, 2011

Last night, HBO aired the final episode of Big Love, a sprawling soap set in the world of Mormon polygamists. Seeing as I know next-to-nothing about the show, I decided to approach someone who does—a Big Love diehard—to discuss how the series ended. Let’s just call him Greg (because that’s his name). And a word of warning: a huge spoiler is revealed below, so if you haven’t watched the episode yet, do not read this!

TV.com: How does Big Love's finale compare to other HBO series finales?
Big Love-fan Greg: Six Feet Under is the gold-standard. No others can compare. The best you can hope for is to not pull a Mork & Mindy. Big Love had all these things going on and they kept piling on the problems throughout the last season, but it all ended randomly. The strength of the show has always been the wives so I liked that, in order for them to reach their full potential, their husband [GIANT SPOILER ALERT] died over sod.

Rank the wives in any way you like.
How about F*ck, Marry, Kill? Kill Nikki because she's a compulsive liar and a prude so you can't trust her or have any fun with her in bed, marry Margene because she's just pleasant to be around. She always sees the positive. And f*ck Barb just because she's a hot cougar.

Did Big Love change your perception of polyamorous relationships?
No. I am, and always have been, a fervent supporter or group relationships.

Really?
Awwwwww yeah! Bow chicka wow wow...

Were there any story lines left dangling in the finale?
Yes! What became of crazy, scheming Rhonda? Did Wanda snap out of her insanity? Was Joey forced to live a life on the run after chopping off Hollis's arm? What happened to Bill's baby with Ana? And most importantly, what was Bill writing in his penultimate scene???

Wow. That's a lot of dangling stumps...I mean plots. Finally, what was your single favorite moment from the series?
There have been many, but for me, the most iconic was the death of a supporting character, Kathy Marquart. As she's escaping from the prophet, she hops into a truck and gets her braid caught in the window. As the prophet rams her truck, she hits a ditch and snaps her neck, killing her instantly.

I hate when that happens. Thanks, Greg!
You’re very welcome.


What about you? Are you a Big Love fan with something to say about the show or the series finale? Say it in the comments! Also, here’s a making-of featurette on the show’s shocking final twist.

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  • GoKuVeGeTaGoHaN Apr 25, 2011

    I just watched the series finale (After all I watched season's 1-4 in about a month of sporadic marathons) and while I agree that Bill's death was necessary, I didn't like that it was his neighbor snapping out just because of the lawn thing. Still the show was great.. different of any show on TV and will certainly be missed! BTW why is the status on "Returning Series"? Weird...

  • DeadBabyDoll Apr 04, 2011

    A real fanatic would know that it was Lois, not Joey who chopped off Hollis' arm in season four.

  • SteveRichards4 Mar 31, 2011

    So if it is finished why does it have returning series listed? On this, Wikipedia, ShareTV, IMBb they all say the same - why?

  • hockeyrick Mar 22, 2011

    I like this show coz it was different. TV these days is so much the same, but with its owns special twists. Cops(ugh!), lawyers(more ugh!), etc. This show was totally out of the norm! And they did it pretty well!
    Overally, one can't ties up everything on a complex show like this, but I think they did a good job.
    With that being said, I'm sure in 10-20 years, tv looking for a new show, will probably bring this back with a new twist! Such are the creative minds of the ones who make all the decisions!!!!

  • ChristinaLyons Mar 22, 2011

    Season Five was all about Jumping the Shark; once Bill got elected, the air had been let out of the tire. Should have ended with Season Four.

  • Maverick405 Mar 22, 2011

    Sad to see it finished but glad that it had a proper send-off. I agree about Seasons 1-3 and that it started to go downhill in Season 4 (I was confused about a number of things).

  • Gofromiel0 Mar 21, 2011

    I love that show. The first three seasons were just awesomely perfect, then it went down a little, and maybe too fast. Still, I really gonna miss them.