Oh boy. I didn’t think I’d enjoy a Kevin & Nora-less episode as much as I did this one, but I loved “It’s a Matt, Matt, Matt, Matt World“. Not only was Christopher Eccleston amazing (as always), but we also got to meet yet another crazy subculture that almost puts the Guilty Remnant to shame.
You know you’re watching a fantastic show when, 5 episodes before the big finale, it devotes an entire hour to a minor character’s story… and yet you’re still glued to the television, hanging on their every word. It speaks not only to the phenomenal writing, but also to the amazing performance delivered by Scott Glenn, who absolutely kills it as Kevin Sr.
You know how I was wondering whether the third and final season of The Leftovers would live up to the spectacular season 2? Well, from what we’ve seen already, I can’t say I’m too worried any more. After a very promising premiere, it keeps getting better and better, and I just hope we’ll eventually get to an episode that will measure up to the incredibly high standard set by International Assassin last year.
The Leftovers is back and I’m actually surprised to say I’m as excited about this final season as I am about GoT. The teaser trailers did a great job of compounding the mysteries and upping the ante before it even started, and this season premiere definitely lived up to the hype as far as I’m concerned: true to form, it raises the stakes from the moment it hits our screens, ends on a very weird note, with a whole lot of crazy self-referential details in the middle… so let’s get into this:
I almost prefaced this with a disclaimer that I normally don’t go for this type of show (and by “this type of show” I mean the kind of family drama that loosely ties a mystery into the plot for added suspense, but mostly focuses on relationships). But then I thought wait, aren’t you the one who’s devoted plenty of posts on this blog discussing the merits of The Affair? So yeah, scratch that.
What did we learn from The Walking Dead season 7 finale?
Well I, for one, am a sucker – for sentimental crap and small triumphs alike, so the finale hit most of those chords for me:
We got the “epic” battle we’d been anticipating all season long, the long awaited mauling of a couple of Saviors courtesy of Shiva the tiger, an emotional voice-over montage that would befit a series finale, a sad (albeit predictable) death with its requisite accompanying flashbacks, a death scare that (again, predictably) was a false alarm, a couple of Deus ex machina moments, and – most importantly – we finally got some plot development.
I know I’m not the only one buzzing with anticipation for the new Game of Thrones season… July 16 can’t get here soon enough, and, as bummed as I am for the shorter season run, I have to assume that this means less filler, solid episodes and amazing action leading up to the grand finale that will be the (even shorter) last season of the show.
Well, well, well… After the recent slump, TWD finally gave us an episode that had little to whine about, and plenty of moments that either satisfied hard-core fans, set up future plot points or just plain made us say hell yeah. As a bonus, they actually showed us three separate locations this week, which was so damn refreshing.