You know, I’m not sure how to feel about this season finale. They’re dumping on it over at Sepinwall’s blog but I have to be honest. I don’t see how it could have gone any other way.
I know folks wanted to see certain things happen; I had my own wish list. But realistically knowing what a big deal this has become for FX and knowing also that there are three seasons left I don’t think those wishlist things could have happened right now.
Unlike most of the hardcore fans I’ve seen posting, I’m not done with the show after this. Then again, I never expected this to be Breaking Bad or The Wire. Those shows were trying to do something different. Sutter is trying (and mostly succeeding) to stretch a three hour play into 75 hours of television. I think if he’s made any mistake it’s that he hit the Hamlet analogy way too heavily in the beginning. I know it was necessary to convince folks that it was okay and kinda arty to watch a show about a one-percenter motorcycle club. But now there are so many viewers playing ‘Spot the Shakespeare’ and so many episodes trying to shoehorn this story into that one that I’m uncomfortable.
The worst problem the show now has is that it has given us too much time with these characters. We are attached to the Sons in ways the groundlings at the Globe never were to the rotten Danes. So when everyone in Hamlet ends up dead at the end it’s a tragic lesson in the perils of power and the sacrifices required by duty.
Can this show have everyone dead at the end? Perhaps if it had only run three seasons. But now it’s outgrown Hamlet. And the problem is that a lot of viewers want that Hamletesque show back.
I’m not sure that I do. I’ve read Hamlet and seen it performed at least a dozen times. I’m fine with SOA borrowing tropes but being its own thing growing from a different soil.
Frankly, I’m not sure I want everyone dying at the end.