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Wilfred Review: Stone Faced

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The ending to "Regrets," the finale of another stellar season of Wilfred, left a pretty bitter taste in my mouth.

This summer has delved into the mythology of Wilfred much more frequently than ever before. There was a stretch in the middle where three or four episode in a row were giving us new information about Ryan's issue, which of course led to viewers asking even more questions about what on earth was actually going on.

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Sure, things slowed down on that end for a while over the last month, but when things ramped back up in a big way during the finale - Henry Newman finding out that Ryan talks to Wilfy, the letter addressed to Ryan with the "symbol" on it, etc. - it was easy to expect a big revelation as the half hour winded down.

I'll now reference the David Zuckerman quote once again, in which he said last July that "we have a pretty big reveal at the end of the season that answers a few questions, and raises many more."

To that I ask: what exactly does Ryan finding a stone image of a man in a dog suit the "symbol" on its stomach answer? It's interesting for sure. And it could certainly lead to some answers next season, but the latter part of Zuckerman's statement was definitely more accurate; it "raises many more."

Like WHAT ON EARTH IS THAT THING? WHO PUT IT THERE? WHY IS IT THERE? WHAT DOES THE SYMBOL HAVE TO DO WITH ANYTHING? WHY ARE RYAN AND HIS MOTHER SO SPECIAL? WILL THEY EVER FIND OUT ANYTHING MORE?

I've said it before. When we learn what the deal is with Wilfred, Wilfred will cease to be a show, so I understand that some of these frustrations are hypocritical.

This comedy is absolutely hilarious, the characters are extremely fun to be around and the mythology is fun to follow along with... so if there aren't any answers along the way we should be fine with that from a show like Wilfred.

However, it also seems a lot like teasing at this point. Prior seasons felt deliberate in their decisions to give us mythology. It was usually at the beginning and end of its run, piquing our interest at key moments, but letting it subside for the majority of the time.

This time around, they continued to lead us on, making us need to have something answered. We were given a broken statue on the side of the road that may or may not get sidelined when we return to the show next summer.

Like I said, it was a bitter taste that I left with, which is unfortunate, because Wilfred weason 3 was once again one of the funniest, well made and thought-provoking seasons of comedy this year.

I'll leave you with some of our favorite lines from the finale. Don't forget to head over to our Wilfred quotes section, and then let us know what you thought of "Regrets" in the comments.

  • Drew: Thanks for the devagification.
  • Wilfred: There's a missing three minutes...just enough time for her to take a ride on some bank teller's moustache.
  • Kristen: Arturo wants Joffrey to spend more time with the Ramos family so he can learn Spanish. What's next, landscaping camp?
  • Wilfred: It's not gay. It's funny. It's edgy.
    Ryan: Wilfred, you put your penis in my mouth while I was asleep. Then you took a picture of it and put it on a coffee mug.
  • Wilfred (to Ryan): Your face is the saddle Jenna's been giddy-upping on?
Note: On third watch, the ending did actually reveal something. If that stone was in fact sitting there, and not just in Ryan's head, then it revealed that there is a history to this whole Wilfred thing. The symbol, the statue, and Ryan's/Mom's craziness are much more likely to have a historical significance at this point. It doesn't seem to be anything you would call "normal" mental illness. I definitely overlooked that fact because all along I never thought the answer to Wilfred would be "Oh, Ryan is just sick. That's the end of it." That would have been a lame explanation.

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Dan Forcella is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.

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On the beging on every show theres a picture of a man in a dog suit then out of it ryan has multiply personalitys jenna is probiby his nurse hes probiby in a insane asasylum

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oh and Wilfred means "protector"

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In the episode when Ryan first discovers the symbol, it looked as though Wilfred expected him and wanted him to. The way his eyes were shifting makes me think Wilfred has something to do with the symbol and the statue. But that's just a thought.

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Also, further proof that I'm spending wayyy tooo much time on this instead of working: I searched around on Google with the address and return address on Ryan's dad's letter and found some old newspaper clippings from the Los Angeles herald from the early 1900's (around 1903) and 1 listing looked like it was tied to a former insane asylum. I know it's nothing, but great idea for some plot twists?!?

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I agree with "The symbol, the statue, and Ryan's/Mom's craziness are much more likely to have a historical significance at this point." and it sparked my memory of Ryan's mom having the same type of relationship with talking to her black cat... There's something that Ryan's mom, dad or sister have withheld in there for some reason.

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I think the 436 location and statue was really Ryan's mind protecting himself from the truth: he's insane. Ryan seemed as though he was getting to a place where he no longer needed to understand what Wilfred was. The mystery of Wilfred no longer mattered to Ryan... until he found the symbol on that envelope that led him to the statue. For whatever reason, Ryan's mind won't let Wilfred go.

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Finishing my last thought that was cut off... The revealing of the statue that resembled Wilfred send a shiver through my spine eager for more. I look forward to season 4.

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I have to admit season 3 was exciting to watch. Of all the twists and turns the script had to offer it was still not enough to take in. The show has so much potential of being something much greater. In my opinion the show was so good I would watch each episode more than once with hope of uncovering a new detail toward the big mystery of Wilfred's purpose. The suspense definitely had me stuck to my lazy boy hungry for more details rather than guessing. My favorite Wilfred episode was the drug trip Inception rip off. Wilfred: Ryan, you are about to trip, within a trip, within a trip! LOL! Gets me going every time I watch that episode. The ending of the last episode of season 3 once again left me hating the little it had to offer and more of the mystery of "What is Wilfred?". Ryan's father passing away in middle of the end was rather cliché, yet I'm glad it did happen for we, the viewers, got a little more of the symbol significance. When Ryan showed up to the origin of the symbol I have to admit the odd looking statue that resembled Wilfred gave a shiver through my spine eager for more information. The wait for season 4 will suck. But, I'll be watching once it air, excited and eager.

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I'm surprised you only rated this at 4 stars, which is really good but damn! This episode, this season, the whole series is magnificent! Wilfred is the first comedy that I know of that leaves the viewers wanting answers at the end of a season. The answers are coming but they only come with more questions which is what I love about the show. We were given a taste of how Henry controls things and how he does it in his manipulative ways. We learned about the Newman family dynamics. We got closer to the symbol but not a conclusive answer. If that were to happen, then end of series. We only learned about the symbol toward the end of the season. They can't answer that yet. People are so ready to get all the answers to everything in one shot and I don't know why. Just sit back and enjoy the ride folks. :)