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Last year I used my summer vacation to marathon a new show I had wanted to try out: Haven.

Then when it started up again in the fall, I started watching in real time (added bonus, I didn`t have long to wait between the Season 2 Finale and Season 3 Premiere). And now I desperately want to go back to marathoning because I need the next episode NOW. Can`t believe how they left it...

The penultimate episode was in a way a little standalone troubled case ep, in the midsts of the preparations for Audrey to "leave". Normally, that would have annoyed me but for the Haven feeling, it felt very fitting. This is who Audrey is, the helper of the troubled so doing that on her last day was less of a distraction from more important story things and more of a last bout of nostalgia.

Besides, teenage!Duke was hilarious, such a pretty boy. And he put snakes in dork!Nathan`s locker, just to get his attention. Aww.

Now the Finale.

Dave is the boss of the guard? O-kay. With all we know (and don`t know) about Vince and Dave, it is not illogical, though. And him protecting Duke in his own way. Aww again.

Dwight. I just love Dwight. Audrey`s farewell to him was quite sweet.

Nathan and Duke teaming up to save Audrey, just like the Season Opener, only with the already unplesant hints of early-Season-3-Nathan. They were friends here. Even that little moment where Nathan flew off the handle for the first time and Duke slapped him and calmly pointed out the logic behind his actions and his statements.

Speaking of Nathan flying off the handle, Audrey being in danger sure is like his kryptonite. He is usually such a taciturn guy but loses all abilities to think logically and be reasonable in the face of "losing Audrey - nooooo". Duke is the one who has to hold him back then. Literally even a few times. My little OT3, without one of the parts, you can`t function properly.

Also poignant that Audrey calls on Duke for exactly that function and Duke says to Nathan how it is Audrey`s choice. Duke has been nothing less than wonderful this entire Season.

I was quite iffy on Audrey learning of Nathan and Sarah, and that James is their son. It might be the same body but it is still in essence a different woman. Why else fight so hard for AUDREY to remain. She would return in 27 years, just as someone new. Obviously, that wasn`t good enough for Nathan and the others. So sleeping with Sarah-as-proxy was really not romantic or anything.

I kinda doubt Audrey (Sarah, Lucy) killing someone she loves will be the answer. Her backstory is still very mysterious. When did it all start and how? Was she the first troubled in Haven? Did she create the troubles and that is her neverending punishment?

We already know the answer to the mystery in some way: love conquers all.

So once they figure out the puzzle in its entirety, then the obvious falsety of "kill Nathan (or Duke) to end the troubles forever" should be revealed to be just that. And that only by loving and not killing will they end it all.

The final cliffhanger was just so mean. Much worse than the Season 2 one and that was already mean. Something went wrong this time, meaning the troubles won`t stop for 27 years and the barn, Audrey and Duke will reappear before that. When they do, something of the town needs to be left to still have a show so it couldn`t be too long.

But till then Audrey and Duke are off to parts unknown and god knows HOW they return (bigger question then "when" in my mind). Do they come back blank-slated? Audrey with a new identity?

And Nathan, telling Duke to go save Audrey. To go save their girl basically. Awww. Just like Audrey acknowledging that "her guys" have her back. I mean, she and Nathan are the more obvious romantic couple whereas with Duke it`s a bit of a triangle tease (she is sorry to forget Colorada specifically?) and the Nathan/Duke relationship is troubled (haha) as well but it`s more than shippiness in this show. It`s a love that binds those three people that transcends that.

Nathan standing there, with two bullets in his chest, screaming Audrey`s name? Waaaaaaaaaah. I need Season 4.


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Jan. 19th, 2013 09:45 pm (UTC)
. When did it all start and how? Was she the first troubled in Haven? Did she create the troubles and that is her neverending punishment?

Ooooooooooooooooh, I like that idea!

I'm not sure we'll ever get a "reveal", though, given that the show is based on a King novel and he generally just takes these things as a given, unlike SPN which attempts to explain everything away. (For example in the book The Shining, there is no explanation as to why the place is evil/haunted in the first place, it just is.)
Jan. 19th, 2013 09:57 pm (UTC)
I don`t know. Normally, I wouldn`t bug me so much and if it was just the town, I could totally accept something like "Haven is weird and has the troubles".

But I think they are building up to something with the "love conquers all" theme. That is basically the answer. The problem is, they don`t have the real question yet.

The general problem, sure, ending the troubles permanently and breaking the barn cycle. Yet right now, I`d have no idea how to apply the "love conquers all" solution TO that problem. What are they supposed to do when. And for that, I think we need to learn more about Audrey`s origin with the barn and the troubles.

Jan. 19th, 2013 10:27 pm (UTC)
It's really amazing what they did with this show. It started as an average X-Files procedural and then they got into their mythology and wow, suddenly it keeps blowing my mind. So many twists and turns! I never know where it will go next!
Jan. 19th, 2013 10:33 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I wasn`t too impressed by the first episodes but once the mystery really kicked in? Totally hooked. And it helps that I like all the characters here.

Audrey is such a well-written female character - which is a rarety in itself. Nathan was a bit iffy this Season but because of his trouble, he is kind of a woobie. And Duke who I really did not envision loving as much as I do now when the show first started. My beloved OT3.
Jan. 19th, 2013 10:37 pm (UTC)
I haven't really seen them as OT3 till the last episode, when Audrey said she didn't want to leave THEM. But I've always loved seeing Duke go all ballistic when something happened to either Audrey or Nate. Like when Nathan died - Duke's shock! Or in the last episode, when Nate was shot, how Duke caught him and killed Jordan, how he didn't want to leave Nate all shot up and Nate had to tell him to go and save Audrey... Lovely!

These 3 remind me of Peter/El/Neal from White Collar. I can't imagine just two of them together in a fic, I prefer them as a threesome.

Edited at 2013-01-19 10:38 pm (UTC)
Jan. 20th, 2013 02:40 am (UTC)
I can't talk about it, i NEED s4 right now! This show intrigues me as The X-files before. And esp their way to handle OT3. I've become a fan of Duke and i always loved Audrey so i'm glad Nathan finally was ok with Duke in the end and even sent him to save their girl. That trust i was hoping for.
There are so many possibilities there for them to explore. The writers did a wonderful job making that universe real.
Jan. 20th, 2013 03:34 pm (UTC)
The writers did a wonderful job making that universe real.

I agree, they are doing fantabulous character work (mostly). And the mysteries are great, too. I heart this show so much.
Jan. 21st, 2013 06:51 pm (UTC)
Me too! The writers aren't saint or anything but they're trying and it shows. I like how they handle all 3 characters so far. I wish they'd teach spn writers about balance.
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