Scary as the vaguely death metal episode title “Slaughter of Innocence” sounded, it was the epic finale our bold new series deserved, featuring much-needed resolution for some storylines plus a flourish of cliffhangers to keep us twirling our side-braids until next fall.
It wasn’t until the closing moment of the finale that I truly felt the last bit of my hope for what this series could be evaporate out of my body like a puff of discontinued perfume.
This second-to-last episode of the season set us up with quite a few promising threads. Let's year your finale predictions, y'all!
Suddenly I’m not even mad about how ridiculous this episode was.
Emotionally, this episode was a triumph: There were some supremely satisfying moments and a few genuine surprises.
This delightful sour candy of an episode volleyed between extremely wrought, bitter moments between Mary and Frances and truly sweet stuff happening everywhere else.
This episode was so packed with revelations that I felt queasy by the end of it.
"The Jolly Roger" was so great! It was fun, it was entertaining, it paid off on Emma being the savior in ways we very rarely see, and it kept the plot relatively small yet emotionally potentjust the way I like…
One of the many reasons I adore Reign is episodes like “Liege Lord,” which took a break from teen romance to focus on a plot steeped in Tudor politics and nuanced statecraft.
There’s an element of redundancy going on—the repetition of the abandoning parents, the long-lost relations, the mysterious cloud of smoke—that’s going to swiftly move OUAT from “enjoyably ludicrous” to “come on guys, it’s fantasy; surprise us, maybe?" territory.
Wonderland's finale was as slapdash, needlessly complicated, and confounding as the rest of the season... in a great way.
This time, death is presumably for realsies, you guys.