Written by Luke Barnes
Things come to a head at the funeral of Maarva, played by Fiona Shaw.
In many senses this finale felt cathartic after all the build up of previous episodes as we do see some full scale signs of rebellion against the Empire, but I couldn’t help feeling a little disappointed that more didn’t happen.
I think the main issue for me with this episode is that it lacked stakes, unlike other episodes that have perfectly encapsulated this idea of grit and that anyone can die at any time, this one felt very plot armour heavy as you knew none of the important characters were going to die and that is where the episode lost me.
I liked the ending of the episode wherein Cassian, played by Diego Luna, finally confronts Luthen, played by Stellan Skarsgard, and thought that it teased interesting things to come, but therein lies another issue with this show a lot of it is teasing things to come rather than delivering answers to big mysteries or giving us set pieces, which again is both a blessing and a curse.
Overall, a good season finale that would have been better if it had been bolder.
The first signs of large scale rebellion
A good pace
It teases a lot of interesting directions for the next season
There is a lot of plot armour going round and it effects the stakes of the show
It teases more than it delivers
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