Dorothy finally knows the truth. But what’s she going to do about it now?
After last week’s wild penultimate episode of Servant, Dorothy was awakened from her delusion and trauma when Sean and Julian forced her to remember what had happened to the real Jericho. But when the supernaturally gifted Leanne offers her the ultimate Faustian bargain — she’ll bring Jericho back to life for real this time if she can stay with them — Dorothy is stunned to silence.
At the top of Friday’s series finale, Dorothy asks for a moment alone with Leanne. She asks the nanny: “What are you?” Leanne responds: “It doesn’t matter. I’m yours.” (I would like to argue that after four slow-burning seasons, IT SO DOES MATTER. But OK.)
Leanne heads to the roof and considers throwing herself off the building, but Dorothy stops her. “It was the kindest thing anyone has ever done for me,” Dorothy says through tears. “I would’ve given anything to have had him for one more minute, and you gave me months with him. But this pain that I feel now. That’s part of my love for him too. I need to feel it.”
Leanne asks Dorothy if she’s evil, but Dorothy assures her she isn’t. Leanne counters, admitting that when the fire burned down her childhood home, she heard her parents screaming, but she didn’t do anything to help them. “For the first time in my life I was happy because I wanted them to die,” she says. Then, Uncle George brought her back, even though “I didn’t deserve it.”
Dorothy tells her that she would’ve been so proud to have a daughter like Leanne, as the storm around them worsens. The whole time they’re talking, three cult members lurk outside in the rain.
As the Turners prep to escape the flooding, they accept Leanne back into their family. But out by the front stoop, Leanne says she has to get something Uncle George left for her. She goes inside and pulls the knife out of the dead George’s eyeball. She douses the place in gasoline, climbs the windy stairs and drops a lit match to the ground floor. The first thing to light up is the doll.
She lays in her bed and calls Tobe, making a date with him she knows will never happen. Her soft smile is absolutely heartbreaking… because we know at this point that Leanne’s never leaving the brownstone. Outside, the cult members tell the Turners that Leanne had to do this on her own. They tried to vanquish her before, but she has chosen “to save us all.”
Inside, Leanne puts on a record and dances before pouring perfume in her eyes (ouch) and slicing her arms open. (Weird song choice here, in my opinion. The tune is “Somewhere in the Wild” by Saleka and I can’t say I’m a fan of its placement here. Especially in such an emotionally pivotal moment.) Leanne swirls around as the fire reaches the top floor. She begins to burn as the floor collapses under her.
The next morning, Dorothy is reunited with the officer who was there the day her son died. Officer Reyes tells her a story about how she died in a car wreck. The cult revived her and gave her the task of watching over one of their sisters… Leanne.
It wouldn’t be an M. Night Shyamalan project without one last WTF moment. Reyes goes to speak with Julian some time in the near future. She reminds him of his overdose from Season 2. She knows Leanne revived him. “When you’re given a second chance, it’s for a purpose,” she says. “We’ll be here when you’re ready to talk. We’re family now.” Julian looks on in horror as cult members all over the street turn his way. When he looks at his reflection in a store window, a pair of wings appear with his reflection. He turns around to see a mural of a bird and a worm painted on a building behind him. Is he, too, a fallen angel now? Will he eventually join the Church of the Lesser Saints? He then utters the series’ final two words: “Oh, s–t.”
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