THIS FINALE WAS JUST MAGICAL. PURELY AND TRULY EPIC I CANNOT CONTAIN MY EXCITEMENT!
The fact that it was a continuation from the previous episode where things got all spun around, Zedd using an old magical spell to try to reverse the effects Darken Rahl used to re-break Cara where we find ourselves in an alternate universe (literally) where Richard had used the Boxes of Ordin and had control over everything, and where Cara was never a Mord'Sith. That in itself is very cracky as the show often is, and strangely it makes sense with the "what if" scenarios, but at the beginning of the finale where we left off Zedd recasts the spell to turn things back the way they were without Cara ever being re-broken and we're back on the quest to get the Stone of Tears to the Pillars of Creation and restore the rift. So all is good, and they did great in doing all of that without having any holes in what happened in "Eternity", so continuity flow is strong.
Anyway, I have to say they really upped the stakes with this finale with loads of things. Richard being separated from Kahlan, Zedd and Cara, Sister Nicci returning and absorbing Kahlan's powers and actually confessing her which that is a twist in and of itself that I didn't see coming. The return of Sister Verna and the monks, the Mord'Sith aiding Zedd and Cara in hopes to stop Sister Nicci from doing whatever she is going to do and ensure that Richard stops the Keeper and repairs the rift.
But my favorite bit of the episode? KAHLAN ENTERING THE CON DAR!
I was kind of wondering if we were going to see her using the Con Dar again, but this show hasn't let me down in giving me precisely what I wish for. So I was overly joyed in seeing not only did she enter the Con Dar while still under confession by Sister Nicci (femslashtastic as that really is, hee), but that it lasted longer than previous Con Dar scenes these last two seasons. Before it was just a brief moment before Richard snapped her out of it. So seeing Con Dar'd Kahlan was such a pleasant treat.
There's also the new prophecy about the Seeker being blindly led by the Keeper in the guise as a child, which Richard does meet a little boy who tags along with him to the Pillars of Creation. Now, the thing is, while the Keeper says that his compassion for seeing the boy will be the Seeker's weakness in giving up the stone to him, it's actually his strength because without that kind of compassion he wouldn't be Richard. He didn't know about this prophecy and Richard always does the right thing regardless, because he believes in the goodness of others. So I don't blame him, even though we knew of the truth about the little boy actually being the Keeper.
Oh, and let's not forget the EPIC FIGHT OF ALL EPIC FIGHTS, FOR REALS.
BAMF!Kahlan kicking Sisters of the Dark ass and taking names. WITH HER EPIC HAIR YAY!
Just, yeah. I will never ever get tired of seeing these epic fight sequences, with their epic slow-motions and the epic hair!flinging and just, ugh. Everything. And seriously, you do not want to piss off the Mother Confessor, especially when she's underneath the Con Dar Blood Rage. She's ten times more dangerous than ever before while under such influence. Plus Richard fighting while blind will never not be just as epic.
More epic shit goes down, Kahlan tries to confess Richard but it doesn't work, Kahlan stabs and kills Richard, she comes out of the Con Dar and feels horrible for what she'd done, Cara and Zedd arrive to revive Richard. But I think the most important factor here is that Kahlan's tears formed another Stone of Tears and they used that to repair the rift, even while the Keeper took the original stone. This is vital because it is the love between her and Richard is considered more powerful than any kind of magic, something that I know is revealed in the books because they were afraid of being together due to what a Confessor's magic would do. But they are already deeply and madly in love with each other that confession would be impossible. Also, remember what one of the prophecies said?
As long as the Mother Confessor's pure heart beats, the Keeper is doomed to fail.
The love binding Richard and Kahlan is what defeats the Keeper, it doesn't matter about the original Stone of Tears when their love would create a new one that will have the same affect. Had they not gone through all they did this season, really realizing just how much they loved each other and seeing time and again through these trials and tribulations (ex. meeting up with the supposed!Creator as she judged Richard, for example) and seeing their journey leading up to this moment. It just, it just makes perfect sense. And I love it, I absolutely loved it because it's just such an epic love story without it being completely schoompy
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Shorthand version for those that don't care: this finale fills the void of what I felt lacking with Supernatural. It's what a finale should feel like after an entire season of arc setups, including a satisfactory and conclusive ending with a small bit of a cliffhanger just in case. This show always finishes what it starts in a season, connecting those dots and just wrapping of the seasonal arc in such an epic manner, this finale did not disappoint. I'm also holding out that this is NOT THE SERIES FINALE. I continue to be optimistic that somehow it'll be revived. *crossing fingers*
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