What an amazing end to the season. Hader, Berg, and everyone else involved are really firing on all cylinders and I hope the show is able to maintain this level of quality (I worry it could dip after three or four seasons of such a high wire act). The moment when Sally receives all the praise for her hacky performance…
“In America, Esther is a woman’s name.”
Also, Sasha had the best gag when she revealed a much more traumatic part of her life offhandedly during her pathetic trauma story about seeing a horse in the city.
What a great second season......for me better than the first. But do you what I want to see is Bill Hader and Alec Berg write a film with Hader directing.
Yara: “Wait, we can do that?”
You think so? I mean, R+L=J was true, though didn’t have the expected effect of putting Jon/Aegon VI on the throne. But as for the prophecies, I can’t think of any off the top of my head that didn’t come true. Like with most pythlogies, HOW the prophecies come true is often not what the characters, or even the…
My final verdict: I was pleased with the end. I've had many issues with the recent seasons, but I thought the ending was fitting and overall I've enjoyed the series.
Also, wanted to add, while there are insults about Jonah’s height and general misshapenness in the first few episodes, they’re pretty offhand, while the first real solid burn is this, from episode 1.03:
I’ll second this. The Iannucci years were excellent and the last three seasons have obviously been more over the top — but Mandel still brought solid character work to what remained arguably the funniest show on TV.
“scene three, whoopsie, you eat the shit pie”. I loved Winkler’s totally serious reading of everything there.
Richard getting his deserved happy ending was all I really needed out of the finale.
What an amazing (and amazingly pitch black) finale. I think it was so good that it elevated the material from earlier in the season. You could just feel the rage radiating off the screen, so much that I felt like I was on the verge of tears multiple times in the episode. The stark cynicism engendered a weird nostalgia…
Her rant was amazing because how often is a woman’s personal struggle depicted on screen, only to have critics go, “Here’s what the show did WRONG about it”, and like she said, she’s not speaking for ALL women, but then again she is, but she’s not!
It’s kind of amazing how he keeps topping his previous instances of going over the top as Uncle Jeff. By the end he’s making his role as X the Executioner on Harvey Birdman look centered and restrained.
This finale stands as a nice companion to the ending of The Thick Of It. While that didn't go quite as gleefully cruel, it makes the similar message that political power is ultimately fleeting and meaningless and let's everyone dig their own grave.
As much as I love Stephen Root on this show, I seriously need Fuches to die already.
Loved the agent leaving and taking his ball chair with him.
“It paid for the Mapplethorpe in the mailroom” in regard to the ten seasons of Prison Teens hit me like a line drive to the chest. All the scenes at Gersh were wildly over-the-top satire, but you can tell they were also written by people who know how completely trashy and artless the inner workings of Hollywood really…
Nooooo. Not Gene! Anyone but Gene!!!! My soul is crying.
Sally’s single-shot rant was amazing to watch. Sarah Goldberg has always been great in this show, so it was nice that they gave her that moment to take it to the next level. This whole episode was an emotional roller coaster, and I’ve never been more frustrated that it’s only half an hour long.