Ding Dong Mara's gone.
Whether that's a good thing or not will depend upon the personality Audrey carries with her now that she was "Chosen" by her mother, Charlotte, to carry on as her daughter.
For all intents and purposes, Haven Season 5 Episode 13 reset the Troubles without the risk of having to lose an Audrey through the Barn ever again.
It's pleasing to know sometimes when you get a read on a new character, you're actually on the mark. Since she arrived, Charlotte has given off a really good vibe and her presence has been welcome in Haven. Discovering just how far her benevolent nature extended was icing on the cake.
It couldn't have been easy for her Charlotte to choose between Audrey and Mara, but her reasoning was very sound.
Audrey: It's me.
Charlotte: Mara was already destroyed by the loss of her father. I've been trying to rescue her from that tragedy but today I realized I was just torturing her instead.
Nathan: So you changed, changed your daughter?
Charlotte: I prefer to think of it as rescued. Audrey is how Mara once was, the daughter I loved.
Audrey: Yes, yes, it's me, Nathan!
Earlier, when she tried to talk sense into Mara, she called her "dove" as an endearment. It's obvious how much she loved her daughter; enough to end her suffering. Charlotte didn't even know to what lengths Mara went, such as cutting off her own toe, to try to make things go her way but still made the right call.
Dwight was quick to turn on Charlotte when he learned she wasn't exactly who she said she was, but hopefully he won't let that drive him away completely. First of all, he needs a love life and secondly, turning his back now makes him an "ageist." So what if she's 1100 years old? She looks fantastic and has a great personality.
Duke's attempt to kill of Mara and then himself when inside a thinnie was commendable. Poor Charlotte really thought Mara did one last thing that was good natured by removing whatever spell she cast over Duke. If she had any lingering doubt over her choice to retain Audrey, surely it disappeared when Duke started to explode.
Who else is damn happy that wasn't literal? When Duke began having spasms, it seemed like he might literally explode and I didn't give permission for that to happen. He's going to be so upset when it's all over, though, and he realizes he infected all of the Haven people with Troubles that were gone for so long.
It wasn't Duke, though, it was Mara. She's the bad guy. It's a great reason for Charlotte to stick around. She's going to atone for her daughter now by helping to locate the genetic marker or some such. She has to; it's in her nature to be guilty and since she believed Mara had set things right when she chose Audrey, she'll do that herself.
With all the talk of Mara's father, certainly William Shatner is going to play that role. He holds the key, as the teaser said. Gosh he's going to be a fantastic addition to the series. Let's hope he teams up with Duke or something. They will have a ball together. But where did Mara and Charlotte think dad went? Hmmm. Perhaps we'll find out.
The only other outstanding issue is the Teagues. What the hell are they doing? Let the Croatoan story go. Please. It makes no sense in light of everything else and isn't needed now with centuries worth of Troubles blowing out of Duke.
Audrey and Nathan have their happy ending, too. Once Duke comes around, the three of them can star hanging around like old times. Right? It's time to get back to some normalcy.
Other things of note:
- I think there was a mistake when Audrey complained about being cold and Nathan put his arms around her, also feeling cold enough to say "brrrrr." He couldn't feel Audrey so he couldn't feel cold. Tsk tsk.
- How funny was that chick at the Gull telling Duke to make his own kahlua for better White Russians?? I mean, WTH? Who makes their own kahlua? Bitch deserved a Trouble. Just pointing out the obvious, people.
- I wonder if the teacher on the boat who thought he was "so going to get fired" got a Trouble when they were unleashed. That would be funny.
- Do you think Audrey is back to being immune to the Troubles as well as remembering the other incarnations of herself (and thus Sarah's tryst with Nathan) or did they all blend like white paint drops into a can of black?
- I kinda want someone to bring up James. I know he's on Bitten now, but it would be interesting to learn what Charlotte thought of the whole situation and whether she can find him in the Barn experience. Maybe a thinnie? Different body? Whatever works. Let's just not forget about him completely.
Alright everyone! It's your turn. What did you think of the midseason finale? Is the reset a good thing? What's next? If you have any thoughts on questions I've posed above, drop them in the comments.
Until 2015, you can get your fix when you watch Haven online. Things are finally back on track. Hooray!
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