Big Love came to a close after five seasons on Sunday night, and boy did the writers leave fans with plenty to think about. With Alby in jail after last week's showdown with Bill, there's no more mortal threat to the Hendrickson family (or so we thought). Most of the episode's focus is on the sister wives — Barb, Nicki, and Margene — as they continue to prepare for the possibility of Bill serving jail time. It's clear just how far the ladies have come since the first season: Barb reshuffles her responsibilities, buys a new car, and moves forward with her new church; Margene considers the possibility of doing long-term community service overseas; and though Nicki feels abandoned by her sister wives, her connection to Cara Lynn and Barb proves how much she's grown.
I've got more to say about the episode, so read the rest of my thoughts (warning: spoilers ahead) and provide your own after the jump.
Though I liked how the episode feels very much like a series finale, what with all the talk about the importance of family and religion and all, I was admittedly a little bored for the first 3/4 of it. Of course, that's when it totally redeemed itself. Just when Barb abandons ship on her new religion and repairs her rift with Bill, tragedy strikes the family from a most unexpected place. Carl confronts Bill about his newly sodded lawn — a promise Bill had made to his neighbor after protesters destroyed it — and it's clear that Carl's separation from his wife has left him with a few screws loose. After ranting for a few seconds about how he can still take care of himself, Carl shoots Bill twice, murdering him on the street.
I was (and still am) totally shocked to say the least. That said, I think it was a brilliant way to end the series, with the sister wives solely in control of the family now. I wouldn't have minded a little more development about how the family gets by without Bill (particularly with the loss of Home Plus), but it was great to see Amanda Seyfried back as Sarah. I was also happy that we see that Ben and Heather worked out in the end, and that Cara Lynn finally found the courage to ditch her signature French braid. All in all, it was a fitting and poignant ending to the series.
Now it's your turn to weigh in — did you like the huge twist or was it a total cop out? Share your comments and complaints below!