‘Big Love’ series finale recap

“I don’t have one ounce of the milk of human kindness in me. I’m spiteful, jealous and mean…”
– Nicolette “Nicki” Henrickson

What a ride. What a conclusion. Hopefully everyone tuned in to the season and series finale of HBO’s Big Love last night. Here’s our last ever Big Love recap, of yesterday’s episode 5.10 “Where Men and Mountains Meet”. Please note that this recap is not spoiler-free and spoilerific discussion is allowed in the comments-section of this post, so if you haven’t seen the episode yet and would like to remain unspoiled, please come back later.

Onto today’s update, beginning with a video of the making of the final scenes of the finale. HBO hasn’t released an actual video recap of the episode yet, but this’ll do just as well. Courtesy of HBO:

Since we don’t have a video recap today, here’s a quick summary of what happened last night — please highlight to read: Following a family dinner, Cara Lynn reveals to Nicki she is thinking of moving back to her “other family”, but is ultimately able to reconnect with her mother. The Henricksons lose Home Plus. Barb reveals she plans to be baptized in her new church, but is later unable to follow through with it without her family there. After a bold move at the state senate to legalize polygamy, Bill receives an unexpected warm welcome from the polygamist community at his new church, where he then experiences a new “heavenly vision”. Frank keeps his promise to the dementia-ridden Lois and ends her life peacefully. In the final moments of the episode, Bill is unexpectedly confronted and gunned down by his neighbor outside his house while the wives are inside preparing the Easter dinner. With his last breath, Bill asks Barb to give him a blessing, and he dies in the arms of his three wives. Eleven months later, it is revealed the wives are still together, with Barb carrying on Bill’s legacy of his church, Cara Lynn still living with Nicki and Margie following his passion for voluntary work. Ben and Heather have also reconciled, while Sarah and Scott are still together and now have a baby.

So what are your thoughts on how the show ended? Personally, I’m not sure this is quite how I wanted to see the show end, but it was a most worthy conclusion to the series nonetheless. Last night’s episode just had so many beautiful moments it’s hard to know where to begin, but I think my favorite was the scene in which Barb takes her sister wives for a ride; such a powerful, emotionally loaded scene, and the music was just spot-on.

Overall, you could really tell this was a farewell. Music was used exceptionally sparingly and effectively, and towards the end it really almost began to resemble the last half-hour of Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (though in the best possible way ;) ). Rarely has a TV show affected me emotionally quite as deeply as last night’s finale. Though I have to say personally, this wasn’t the end I had envisioned for Bill, I’m not disappointed it ended this way, because it was dealt with and done so beautifully and in coherence with the spirit of the show. I sincerely hope Bill Paxton will get some long overdue awards season love for what was probably his best season on the show.

But then everyone turned in some great performances this season. Both Jeanne Tripplehorn and Ginnifer Goodwin were finally allowed to truly shine, Matt Ross delivered like never before, and Chloë Sevigny was of course always terrific, with a couple of unforgettable moments this season as well. Although Season 3 will likely be remembered as “the season” for Chloë, she was no less brilliant this season, even if Nicki was perhaps not as center stage as before. I’m really happy the show kind of returned to its roots a bit this season, though, by focusing on the wives, because their dynamics and the brilliance with which it has been portrayed throughout is truly the best thing the show has had to offer.

I hardly need to say it, but I’ll do it anyway: I will really, really miss this show.

As always, though, we’ve also today updated the site with media from the episode, i.e. 330 HD screen captures of Chloë as Nicki in the episode, as well as 10 site-exclusive video clips. Please remember you must be a registered and logged in media archive user to access our collection of video clips — unlogged users will not be able to view said material. All new videos are in .MOV format, which is playable in e.g. VLC and QuickTime.

So, that’s it. The end of days. Hope you enjoyed them as much as we did. :)

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