Spoiler Warning: The following story contains spoilers for the entire first season and in particular the finale of Lovecraft Land.
During its first season Lovecraft Land has managed to balance showrunner Misha Green’s expansive and ambitious vision with the tentpole moments and story from Matt Ruff’s novel of the same name. The story merging in the first season of HBO’s series exploded with the episode “Full Circle,” and while the show is primarily a product of Green’s Vision (with the support of Ruff̵
So we’re getting to something, shall we? Much of the finale doesn’t need much explanation; Our gang of heroes, which includes Atticus, Leti, Montrose, a newly returned and blue-haired Hippolyta, a recovering Dee, and Ji-Ah, the Kumiho from Korea, who is now back on good terms with Atticus, I have a plan to combat Christina Braithwhite’s plan to sacrifice Atticus to become immortal. But they need Ruby’s help – as the person closest to Christina – to get a potion from her to stop her.
What happened to Ruby and Christina?
When the plan is set in motion and our heroes take to the streets, it seems like Ruby – who at this point appears to have had a truly romantic relationship with Christina with no replacement bodies required – also got the potion he needed.
Layers are added here. At first we think Ruby and Christina are actually falling in love. Then we find that Ruby played Christina and embraced the family values she felt were so important throughout the series to help her sister and friends. And closer to the end of the episode, we realize that Christina realized Ruby was playing her – and as a result, killed Ruby and took her body as a suit / replacement, just like William and just like Dell.
It’s an incredibly exciting and tragic ending for a character who has had quite an interesting journey over the course of the season. She informed Christina / William a few episodes ago about the pain she felt at Emmett Tils death, a pain that Christina, the sadist and masochist she is, tried to experience herself. She misinterpreted every point Ruby made in their time together, and when it came down to it, she didn’t hesitate to dispose of them if she had to use herself.
Leti realized what was going on and took Christina into a fight; but Christina managed to throw Leti out the window, shed Ruby’s skin (off-screen), and continue her magic and pursuit of immortality.
Is Atticus Really Dead?
The climax of the episode comes with the realization that Atticus will actually be part of Christina’s magic and search for immortality, just as Ji-Ah saw it in her vision; The group thinks they have a plan to counter their plan, but it doesn’t work that easily.
After Christina had disposed of Leti for a short time, she tied Atticus and begins to shed his blood, work her magic, take his life and essence and be in the fast lane to become immortal. Only when Leti shows up and Ji-Ah realizes that they need to be connected can they really counteract Christina’s magic. Ji-Ah uses her Kimiho tentacles and bandages them, undoing Christina’s spell and allowing Leti to reformulate the spell so that not only can Christina never use it again, but no whites at all. The Book of Names, which has been part of the Atticus family for generations – as various visions and flashbacks throughout the season have shown – is no longer used by others for ambitious evil. Leti has reclaimed the powers and magic of its rightful owners, rightful uses, and rightful home.
Unfortunately, Atticus seems to be the collateral damage – and in his note to Montrose he knew it was coming. He relies on the growth he saw from his father to raise his unborn son – one he can be proud of despite his death. A sci-fi writer! What more could Atticus want from his future son? He just needs things to keep in her footsteps. And given Ji-Ah’s vision while Atticus’s death seemed preventable, like last week Back to the Future-Esque Mission seems to have proven that whatever is supposed to happen will happen – and in this case it was Atticus’ death.
Could Atticus return in season 2?
That’s a good question. In the book, Atticus, like Uncle George, survived the entire story – his death is an artistic choice of Misha Green. He was such an important and leading figure in season 1 that his death is in some ways Ned Stark-esque. But in a show with so much magic and trickery, it’s hard to rule out Jon Snow’s return should season two come; At the same time, Atticus’ death scene had a serious ease and meaning that would be lost if it were simply (and arguably cheaply) revived.
Another factor to consider – and this works both ways – is that Jonathan Majors is a major emerging star in the film / television industry. He is filming a major western project for Netflix produced by Jay Z and was recently announced to be playing a key role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. These things make him someone who HBO almost certainly wants to continue running – and someone who will have less and less free time going forward. There’s a good chance Jurnee Smollett will have to star alone in the upcoming seasons.
Um, and what was wrong with Dee?
So that was pretty bad. Poor Dee had no fun doing it this season – her father died, she played in a haunted ouijia game, her best friend was brutally murdered, and then she was cursed by a disgusting police captain who spat in her face and was followed by some insane twins owned and eventually lost use of their arm. The fact that her mother Hippolyta that we saw basically discovered the key to our universe and almost everyone else helped her get the most of things is pretty awesome.
Hippolyta promised Dee that she could draw again, and this bionic robotic arm sure will. Dee is done taking some nonsense too; Instead of indulging in Christina’s crap, Dee strolled in with Atticus’ shoggoth and blew her throat in the air.
Dee and her Terminator Poor – and budding friendship with a shoggoth – should certainly be a part of any major Lovecraft Land Action forward. How’s that for a happy ending?
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