I made the whole photoset after watching s4ep10 (Richard/Chalky interaction) and left it in the drafts to add the final picture later. Do you see the pattern? I think the last one sums up Richard’s plotline this season perfectly. Last picture (c) kastely
This is awesome! Can someone pass this along to Terance Winter? It’s like the last episode had Richard stumble into some alternate reality that was so off from the direction the whole season was going in. And that Chalky/Richard interaction really pisses me off too, especially where they went from there. I can’t remember the last time I watched a show that was as inconsistent with the plot line of their last episode like this show was. So sad.
I’m pretty sure that TW originally intended for Richard to live but then lost his nerve and opted for a last minute, tacked on death instead simply for the shock value. It’s a pity. In this sort of show, allowing Richard to escape alive would have been a more courageous and interesting choice, IMO. The only way TW could even justify killing Richard was by having Richard do something completely unforgivable — killing sweet, innocent Maybelle. Poor Maybelle was disgustingly fridged because TW lacked the conviction to complete the story arc he’d set up over 4 seasons for Richard Harrow. It’s a damned shame.
@ hardlyhallowedground That’s the sad and sick part about it, he was going to give him the ending he deserved and then for whatever ridiculous reason decided to change it. For such a seasoned writer/producer, it seemed as if he didn’t really watch this season or wasn’t apart of it at all. There’s no other way to explain the complete inconsistency between the whole season and the last episode. I just reblogged something reblokha posted and she makes some good points about it too.
This whole season seemed more like a set up for next season, which is stupid. I feel like they wanted to get rid of Gillian and Richard, and basically those were the only story lines that really went anywhere all season. Everything else was little bits here and there. And the way they wrapped up both characters was completely disappointing.
Of course, we had to have yet another interesting, underdeveloped female character die off to further the story arc of the men. Maybelle’s death was totally unnecessary and a complete waste of one of the story lines with the most potential. Maybelle coming to terms with who her father is was WAY more compelling than Will doing the same.
Gillian’s ending (and I assume it’s an ending, if Margaret can get pushed so far to the sideline just living in NY, Gillian in jail is going to be non-existent) was really unfair. I almost feel like Gretchen Mol ad-libbed her line about men getting away with everything with no consequences.
And Richard. So disappointing. And cruel. And unnecessary. Why spend all this season building him up to be the only person with a happy ending, after three seasons of just pain and depression, to kill him off like that? I always thought, the further along we went with him and the worse and more painful it became, that they would give him a happy ending, because otherwise it would just be too depressing and undeserved. But I guess not.
My hopes for next season, and the only things that make me want to keep watching:
-Margaret helping Rothstein with insider trading and actually getting a storyline of her own. Seriously, she’s all we have left.
- REALLY going into Al Capone’s rise, because Stephen Graham is the best Capone ever.
I keep hoping they introduce a gun mol (Sally was close, but we didn’t get enough to know her character), but now I don’t know. They will probably just fuck it up and have her die to give someone else a good heaping of man-angst.