6 December 2017 | TouchTheGarlicProduction
Betrayals, revelations, and a giant cliffhanger; everything you could want from a penultimate episode.
I have no idea what's going to happen next... and I love it! This episode takes all the story lines and converges them into one giant cliffhanger. And because it's telling one long story that was originally going to be a movie, I know things probably won't return to normal after the finale... which makes the situation at the end of this episode all the more terrifying.
When I actually look back on the scenes that were in the episode, I realize that it mostly just consisted of characters talking with little direct tension. In fact, most of the tension in this episode arises more from the fact that the state of the story is in flux, meaning everything that happens is unpredictable, and each new character dynamic could have grave significance. For example, the scene that plays out in multiple segments throughout the episode with Elliot, Price, and Tyrell; these three characters will be very influential on the future of the story, so to find out where they stand on each other and recent events is gripping.
It would be a little misleading to say that the episode has a "twist", but it certainly had a lot of shifts and revelations, particularly surrounding character intentions. All of the pieces move around the chessboard until they align in a way that leaves several characters in major danger and the future of the story deeply uncertain. I both look forward to and dread next week.