Friday, March 25, 2022

What I’m Watching: The Gilded Age (Season Finale)

The Gilded Age: Season 1, Episode 9 “Let the Tournament Begin” (B+)

This finale featured two major revelations with their own implications that turned out to be not all that problematic, and a few other developments that will forever change the social scene. I was worried, as I’m sure many viewers were, that Peggy and Aurora wouldn’t reach Marian in time to tell her the news about Tom, but given that he had no intention of leaving with her anyway, I suppose the stakes weren’t all that high. It was sad to see her so dejected, but at least she was able to get to the note she had left for Agnes before she ended up reading it, which would have made it seem as if she had done the unforgivable even if she hadn’t gone through with it. It was sweet to see the bond between Ada and Marian, and how she stepped in to help even when she didn’t approve of what she was doing. Monsieur Baudin’s charade was revealed, and it really was jarring to hear him speak with an American accent. Bertha may be traditional but George is willing to be forward-thinking when it doesn’t get in the way of business, so he too didn’t need to lose his job. Peggy learning what her father did was devastating but did reunite her with her mother, and she will likely be emboldened to further seek independence and success as a result. Bertha nearly saw her entire event fall apart but instead managed to compel Mrs. Astor to come to her home by withholding Carrie’s invitation, and she even managed the unthinkable and had Agnes step foot in the house too. Church and Bannister acknowledging each other at the end was a sign that maybe these two houses will be more united, though I’m sure there’s plenty more drama to come in season two. I’ll be watching – this show is well-done and engaging, and I’m glad it’s continuing.

Season grade: B+
Season MVP: Carrie Coon as Bertha and Morgan Spector as George

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