[Warning: General spoilers ahead]
Well, friends, we’ve arrived at the Haven conclusion, and I can safely say there’s a little something for everyone. It’s a carefully crafted love letter for the longtime fans that’s also a little bit infuriating in places, because we just care that much about this cast, these characters, and this show. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll swoon, you’ll yell at your TV, and then do it all over again. First things first–the finale is two episodes, airing back to back starting at 10/9c Thursday on Syfy.
We pick up with Duke still roaming around town as Croatoan’s bitch. Nathan and Audrey try to reason with him at the same time dear old Dad Croatoan is doing the hard court press on Audrey (and Nathan) and she’s pushing back the best she can. Meanwhile, Vince and Dwight are weighing options now that there’s a version of Lizzie seemingly alive and well.
The Void, The Barn, and Aether are all over both episodes, but the defining theme in the final two hours is what it’s always been with Haven: Love. Love wins, but at a very precious cost. Again and again. Time after time, and even across time. It’s not a perfect finale. Few ever are. Some fans will be disappointed; I know some will be ragey, but on the face of it, I’m OK with where we end. I can live with it, with an asterisk we can discuss in my recap.
For the fans of the meta context that the show is so fond of, look for a few fun wink-nudges to past guest stars, the extended writing team, and the Piller family. Series co-creator Shawn Piller directs both episodes, and gives us some gorgeous, beautiful scenes that will be GIFd immediately. The song you’re going to be looking for tomorrow is “Love Is Rare” by Tom Day & Monsoonsiren.
Part one was written by Garbrielle Stanton, and part two was written by Matt McGuinness. The entire cast brings their A game. Five seasons in, Lucas Bryant can still break my heart with a catch in his voice. I want everybody back on other shows (that we can see in the U.S.) immediately.
Thanks so much for watching Haven with me. It’s one of the first shows we started writing about here at TV Goodness, so it’s special to us. Check back Friday for my recap.
The Haven series finale episodes, “Now” and “Forever” begin at 10/9c Thursday on Syfy and repeat immediately at midnight/11c. At press time they are NOT airing again this month. Triple-check those DVRs.
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