Haven Review: The Will To Go On

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I don't even know what to say about "Last Goodbyes." It's kind of a difficult episode to review because it was really all about Audrey coming to the realization that she has to fight to say in this world. How it went down, however, was pretty fun.

Audrey &:the Bolt Gun Killer

Since she's Trouble free, Audrey found out she was the only person in Haven awake on a day when, well, everyone else wasn't. It was pretty easy to figure out Amnesia Man was in a coma and his coming out of it was what put everyone else into one, and kind of funny that it was he who realized they were in comas and not just asleep. How did he know they were in comas? 

Nolan North played the part of Amnesia Man (Will Brady) so well. He has great comedic timing and he was perfectly cast to play off Audrey while Haven suffered the fate that was meant for Will. It was a sad tale, but an incredibly enjoyable hour to watch. Emily Rose and Nolan North had such great chemistry that I wouldn't have minded his role continuing. Check out some of the Haven quotes for a taste, and enjoy.

After their day together, I was very happy Audrey seemed to have a new lease on life, and that she decided it wasn't right for Will's family to give up on him. If he could hear what they were saying and was aware of what was going on around him, then they should all be fighting for him to come back, just like Audrey should be fighting to stay in Haven.

At the beginning of the episode, when Audrey and Claire vetted each other as not being the skin walker so they could then vet the rest of their group, I was getting the idea that whoever was behind the whole thing might be The Colorado Kid. Not because he really wants to hurt anyone, but to create this FrankenAudrey that can go into the barn and end The Troubles for 27 years, while he gets to know his mother for the first time. 

By this point, I'd have to imagine The Colorado Kid isn't in the best of shape. We have few details of his life, although we know he grew up in Nederland, Colorado. Did he know about his birth mother? Was he searching for her? Could he have been Troubled, and understood from where he came, wanting all along to have contact with her, but only getting the chance once every 27 years? That could drive someone over the edge and it would be difficult to blame him, much as it is difficult to blame the other Troubled people. I'm just thinking out loud.

Has anyone else had about enough of the Teagues? They aren't amusing with all of their secrets and denials. Their unwillingness to work with Audrey is holding everyone back and putting Haven and everyone we love in the town in jeopardy. I used to enjoy their antics, but now when they're on screen, I just want them off as soon as possible. Whatever quirky fun they originally brought to Haven has washed out to sea. Whether they can redeem themselves remains to be seen. Headline for the Haven Herald: Time Is Running Out!

As it turned out, my nightmare came true. In my review last week, I was fleetingly convinced (as much as I can be convinced of anything on Haven), that Claire was the skin walker. Dammit! Claire is dead. The Bolt Gun Killer is wearing her skin. I hate The Bolt Gun Killer. I have so enjoyed having Bree Williamson on Haven and, unless there is some miraculous save - such as a twin sister who also happens to help The Troubled - she's not long for this world. 

Brilliantly played episode, and with most of it shot with only two actors it felt almost like a stage play. With very few scenes or words, almost everything that needed to be said between Audrey and Nathan was also in the open. The dialog, clues and conclusion were sheer perfection. Am I wrong or am I right?

Last Goodbyes Review

Editor Rating: 4.9 / 5.0
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Haven Season 3 Episode 11 Quotes

Amnesia Man: Gear down there Champ, I'm the one without a gun.
Audrey: That doesn't mean you're still not dangerous.
Amnesia Man: Right, because only the most hard-core criminals roll with only one shoe.

Audrey: Nathan, if it turns out that I go away, there's some things that I want you to know.
Nathan: That sounds important.
Audrey: Important. And, overdue.