Well #Hearties we have finally reached the conclusion of season 2 of When Calls the Heart. It is somewhat bittersweet, but I am confident that we will work hard to see the series renewed. Especially after viewing the finale.
Let me begin by saying the writers of this show are some of the finest in the business. As we neared the end of the finale, my daughter was cringing, but I was cheering and calling out words like “brilliant” and “genius.” While it does have the promised cliffhanger, I sincerely do believe that hope is returning to Hope Valley. In fact, I was more swept away by the secondary stories than the Jack/Elizabeth dilemma. Then again, I have never doubted (nor do I still) the certainty of these two being together.
As always, please note that I attempt to publish reviews that are “spoiler-free.” Understand that if you don’t want to know anything about the finale, DO NOT READ any further.
The Lee/Rosemary story has truly become one of my favorite stories this season. I know many people find Rosemary distasteful–I doubt some have forgiven her character for pursuing Jack as she did in season one. However, I do believe the character that Pascale Hutton has molded this year is quite an intriguing character. She has moved from the spoiled Eastern girl who has everything handed to her on a silver platter to being well on her way to becoming a woman of substance. For those who wonder why on earth Lee is pictured with another woman, I would invite you to remember episode nine and Rosemary’s words to Lee. Although Pascale Hutton has warned us about Lee, just remember that things are not always what they seem. There is an ultimate and very pleasing resolution to this story, but no hints as to what it will be. I am convinced that you will relish this story (#Hearties will be very excited about Rosemary’s and Jack’s interactions).
Another popular secondary storyline this season has been that of Julie and Tom. Many are waiting for Julie to run off and marry Tom despite her parents. Well, know that Julie does figure into the cliffhanger. What happens shouldn’t really surprise anyone, but it certainly does make one wonder how a season three would solve this dilemma. As a side note, I have been thoroughly enchanted with the way in which Charlotte Hegele has played and developed the character of Julie Thatcher this season. She has truly stolen my heart. While she was good during season one, I would call her exceptional and thoroughly enthralling this season.
For those like I who are missing the children and the schoolroom, you will find these characters and setting returning during the finale. I absolutely adored the scene that is shown here. You can probably sense the tension between Jack and Elizabeth. I won’t give anything away, but this is a pivotal scene that naturally leads to the ultimate scene.
This has been one of the most heart-wrenching things all season for me. I simply cherish Abigail (I mean do I really need to say just how great Lori Loughlin is? I’ve been a fan of hers for years!). I was certain that she and Bill (Jack Wagner) would be together this season. But we all know what happened. Furthermore, we have the new pastor in town (Mark Humphrey). My mom told me tonight (she hasn’t seen the finale) that she doesn’t trust the preacher. And indeed I do believe that the series is setting up poor Abigail to be in a love triangle next season. Just know that things are never what they seem. I can’t say too much, but one of the biggest parts of the cliffhanger for me is this scene.
Just why is Jack arresting Bill? All I can say is that things are never what they seem. (Make that your #Hearties “mantra.”) I can’t tell you what happens, but once you see the episode, you will have no trouble comprehending the scene. I honestly don’t know who Abigail should choose (I’m glad I’m not the writers having to decide that for next season). Just know that neither man is exactly whom they appear to be.
Add Nora to the mix, and I was absolutely blown away! I was discussing this with one of my friends who had not seen it, and she figured out what I never would have considered. Nora is more calculating and conniving that I even imagined. Again, I an enraptured with seeing all these characters interact–the actors are absolutely phenomenal. And don’t underestimate Mr. Gowan. He is far from done wreaking havoc in Hope Valley!
Of course, his “secretary” is still present and causing turmoil (and I’m sure offering Mr. Gowan some favors on the side). Trouble is brewing, and I have no idea if they will ever quite trying. What a diabolical combo!
Well, for those dog-lovers, Rip will be in the finale in a pivotal role. In fact, he is responsible for what occurs in these featured scenes. Well, at least partially responsible. And this is the couple about wich most of the #Hearties are concerned. I’m not going to lie to you and say “and they lived happily ever after.” Please remember that this is at least semi-realistic. No one lives “happily ever after,” even on Hallmark, at least without some pain and suffering along the way. It should come as no surprise that these two are still having issues (thank God for Abigail). And for the first half of the finale, I was convinced these two needed an intervention. Additionally, Elizabeth needed to figure out what (or whom) she really wants. For most of this season, Elizabeth has been straddling the fence. She wants the comforts of Hamilton and the fulfillment of Hope Valley. Unfortunately, this is an inconceivable way to live. And in so doing, she is losing the only man she really ever loved.
The top questions on #Hearties minds are:
1. Do Jack and Elizabeth kiss?
2. Does Jack propose to Elizabeth, and does she accept?
I refuse to answer either of these questions because if I did, I would completely spoil the ending. What I can say is this. There are several swoonworthy moments between these two, and so rest assured that they are still in love. There is a proposal at the end, but I refuse to mention what characters are involved. Yes, it leads to the “massive cliffhanger,” but I wasn’t bothered by the ending. After all, I am convinced that this conclusion is exactly what is needed to ensure that #Hearties will go crazy and demand a season three. That’s what we need to do, and after watching this episode, I can honestly say I am more convinced than ever that a season three must happen. I will join my voices with you until we get a definite word.
In conclusion, this episode is probably my favorite of the season. The only episode that even comes close is the premiere. However, I think this one is even better. The acting is absolutely top notch, and the writing is stellar. I would invite everyone to tune in for an emotional rollercoaster, but I one that offers a bit of hope along the way. Don’t despair. I have faith that Season three will happen, and we just might get our happy ending next season.
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