Man, really conflicted. So much good acting and character work scenes in this, but then holy info dump. The Ghost Amelia-Mike Ardoin reveal had me rolling my eyes.
Murderbear said:Hays realized who she (Julie) was though, right? I feel like while he was drinking that water, his eyes said he had a realization mid-gulp why he was out at that house.
I felt a little letdown with the finale of this season. While we basically got all of the answers to questions that needed answering, it just felt a little weird to have the main plot basically end up as a giant accident and having Mr. June appear like a decent person. Can't say i fully understand why after all that time, Mr. June wanted to clear his conscience. Why not do that in 1997 when he said he found Julie?
I did really enjoy the Hoyt - Hays scene though. Usually enjoy it when the "bad guy" is trying to have an honest conversation with the protagonist and the protagonist starts lying or not telling the whole truth and the antagonist calls them out on it. I guess the real question is, did Hoyt actually know what was going on or what happened with Julie? Would have to speculate that while maybe he didn't "authorize" it, that eventually he found out and just didn't do anything about it.
We still didn't get a clear answer as to what happened with Roland and his girlfriend and why they broke up (as they appeared pretty happy together). Do we just assume that Roland started spiraling down somewhat and they broke up and he moved out of the house or something?
I also didn't really like that the attorney general or DA guy wasn't shown to be in on anything. So, now we are to assume that he was just trying to pounce on the case as political opportunity and he doesn't actually care about good police/case work?
Also, not sure how i feel about the Elisa ending (i guess now it ended last episode). But maybe she represents us as the larger viewing audience who wants to see conspiracies and such when sometimes in life things are what they are and there is no larger thing to it. Like, you'd have to think that if Elisa learned the truth, she'd be like "oh....i guess that makes sense" while being disappointed that there wasn't a larger story behind it all.
In terms of Julie being alive at the end, i'd like to think Hays did realize it while drinking the water. And that twist, i didn't mind (especially that Mike looked like Tom and having the girl named Lucy, i suspected that was purposeful and maybe even after Lucy Purcell before we got the reveal). Although, why Hays didn't call Roland immediately and tell him what's up was slightly disappointing.
Overall, i still thought the season was quite good. Not really sure how i would have had it ended, but i think sometimes endings are just going to be disappointing if only because the viewer has built it up so much in their head that the excitement/anticipation just can't be paid off fully.
The police station in this show looks so much like the Center in "Homecoming," the Netflix series with Julia Roberts. I noticed it a few weeks ago, but it just struck me again tonight. Wonder if it's the same building or same set.
-I was really bummed they didn't get a concrete answer as to what happened to Tom. At least for Roland. -What happened to Amelia? Did they ever say why she's gone? I felt like her absence was central to the mystery in some way and I don't remember the show ever saying what happened to her. -Finally, I am struggling with who was the big bad? Hoyt seemed more like another fake out. He felt more like a rich dad just trying to keep his family from falling apart after the boy died and his daughter took Julie. My thought is his daughter was doing all that without him knowing and wasn't clued in until Julie was in his house and he had to use his power and influence to cover everything up as much as possible. Maybe he knew his daughter played with the kids, or that they wanted to adopt them, but nothing about what eventually happened until later. My real confusion comes to Harris James and the fact that it does seem like he murdered Tom, or did he? As the one eyed man described the events to the two old detectives it was confirmed that the boy's death was an accident (something I thought from the beginning) and that Julie was taken with somewhat "best" intentions. Harris James was just a normal cop that kept a reckless driving situation off the books. Then Hoyt paid him off to stash a backpack to end an investigation for a fat check as a security man of the chicken farm. BUT THEN we are led to believe he found Tom in the basement and killed him? That seems like a far stretch. I mean, I'm not convinced they established Harris James as a straight up murderer, did they? And if he did murder, are we convinced Hoyt was the one who ordered the killing? It didn't seem like it but maybe Hoyt knew what happened and started drinking more because he realizes the lengths he's going to protect his family, that an innocent father who lost his kids also be murdered was getting out of hand. That's some dark stuff and the scenes with Hoyt and Harris James didn't really make me feel they were that sort of murderous disgusting people. Thoughts?
1) Once Hays pointed out some obvious flaws, Roland is smart enough to conclude that Tom's death was like 95% homicide and framed as a suicide.
2) Doesn't really matter. She died of old age let's say. The show didn't specifically say how she died but clearly she's not living in the 2015 timeline.
3) Harris James definitely murdered Tom. He was already shown to be somewhat crooked (pinning Will's murder and Julie's disappearance on Woodard) and so it's not that far off to believe that he would have killed Tom once Tom discovered part of the truth. I mean, the last we see of Tom alive is him getting into the pink room and we see Harris sneaking up behind him. There's no way Harris lets Tom go and after finding that pink room, there is no chance that Tom then just kills himself. In hindsight, there isn't a truly "big bad" this season.
4) As for Hoyt, I think it's open to interpretation of how much he actually knew. Was he consistently away from the estate or was he back and forth. Did he pay attention to his finances so if every month, X amount of dollars went missing (assuming it was paid to Lucy), he wouldn't know and ask questions. Stuff like that.
As for Harris, going back to point 3, i think he killed both Tom and Lucy. As mentioned, we see him sneak up on Tom and then the next thing Tom is dead. Now, did Hoyt order this? Not sure. Harris could have just acted on his own feeling a sense of loyalty to the Hoyts and not wanting the truth to come out (which would also implicate him and planting evidence against Woodard). Additionally, Hays makes a connection that right before she died, Lucy was calling Harris and Harris went out to Vegas and then Lucy dies and Harris leaves Vegas. Granted, it could be circumstantial, but pretty suspicious as well. Would be willing to bet that Harris also killed Lucy to silence her. Plus, when Hays and Roland kidnap Harris and start to interrogate him, if he truly had nothing to hide and was not guilty of some things, he would have talked. Instead, he was keeping his mouth shut and when given a chance (after Hays uncuffs him), Harris lunges at Hays. Doesn't really come off as the actions of someone who is entirely innocent. Seem more like behavior from someone that might have been guilty of what they were accusing him of. So while Harris might not come off as a psychopath killer, i think he wasn't above murder when he thought the situation called for it.