I’m going to have to rewatch this and I’ll have more to say after I do.
I kind of “called it” in a way, because I thought either Don or Karl might kill him. I felt Bill’s biggest flaw was that he was so centered on himself and his relationship with his God that he failed to fully understand how his personal dramas were hurting those that he dragged along for the ride and I didn’t want him to make a clean getaway from this.
The Margene storyline was the one I found the most satisfying this season. I think the Cara Lynn - Greg Ivey subplot set this up nicely and that no matter how hard everyone claimed that the situations were COMPLETELY DIFFERENT that they all (Margene included) hit the slow realization that the situations were EXACTLY THE SAME and that no matter how much they denied it that Margene had been wronged by the family by being pulled into adulthood and motherhood at such a young age.
When Bill found Margene’s brochere’s and accused her of planning to “run away” I flashed on Elizabeth Smart and kidnapped teenaged girls and I think maybe Bill did, too…the second after the words left his mouth.
The he reminded Nicki that they all have free agency and Nicki acts like this is a new and unwelcome developement.
I liked the fact that in “Barb’s Reformed Church of Bill” Margene was recast as teenaged daughter instead of a young mother and given her childhood back.
I think Nicki hit her own fatal flaw on the head when she realized that she was basically an unkind person but I have trouble believing that this realization would’ve cured her. I’m sure that at least once during the unseen 11 months she blamed Margene and her need to befriend the neighbors and “sell that juice” for Bill’s death.
I most certainly didn’t buy the final plot point of Barb becoming the family’s spiritual leader. What the F did Don have to say about this, I can’t imagine how dissed he must’ve felt. And I don’t for a second believe that Nicki would accept Barb as her priesthood holder, she has been deeply indoctrinated and I think she would believe herself doomed for eternity if she didn’t have a male priesthood holder.