Big Love will be coming to an end in just a few months. This episode, the season premiere of the final year, truly made me realize that.
This is a show that changed television forever, it looked an often mocked religion objectively, it showcased the kind of people who are not often shown on television and it just set the bar for dramas on HBO.
All of those accolades aside, this was just a so-so premiere for me and that is because they skipped a lot of the immediate fallout. I wanted to see the reaction right after Bill went public about his situation. I wanted to see what it was like for a man in office to be a polygamist. We got a sense of that from the assault of their child, from the tongue-lashing in public, but not as much as I would have liked. Still, there were some good scenes here. It would be hard not to feel for Margene as she watched her hopes of being a businesswoman collapse. And the scenes in Bill's store are always good.
This was one of the weaker season premieres, but I have no doubt that Big Love will rebound and fast. Last season was about taking risks, this season will be about giving fans the closure they need.