‘Candy’ maintained an amazing pace until its last episode. The tightly wound narrative stepped into a passionate courtroom drama from the earlier focus on suburban American life and Candy’s peculiar state of mind.
Biel’s iconic performance has seen her leapfrog fellow competitors for an Emmy this season. In the final episode of the mini-series streaming on Hulu, Candy is put on trial.
For most parts of the previous episodes, the series built a compelling setup – a voyeuristic peek – into the lives of the main characters. Motivations and intentions were probed. The changing dynamics of Betty, Allan, and Candy became the center of attraction in a more or less laid-back tone.
But when the focus jumps into the present when Candy is on trial, things take a serious turn. The beginning of the finale doesn’t, though, as the Deputies Steve and Denny reenact the crime in front of the Prosectors.
“the destruction of a family by a scorned mistress”
Don Crowder, Candy’s lawyer, upsets the judge with his flamboyant disregard for his orders. He is found guilty of contempt by the judge, whom Crowder accuses of bias.
The courtroom scene ends with Crowder going for a plea of self-defense, as anticipated by the Psoectuors and the Deputies, shocking the crowd in the room. And finally, to make the plea believable, it is time for Candy to take the stand.
This is arguably the most intense and important scene in the entire series. And it must be said, it lives up to its expectations, only if they were tapered.
The recap from Candy’s perspective narrates how Betty came at her with the ax when Candy agrees to have had an affair with Allan.
Although the truth of the matter remains unknown until now, Candy’s trigger to be ruthless in the way she disfigured Betty’s body with almost 41 deep wounds was a memory from her childhood, when her mother shushed her.
“The Fight” Ending Explained
As expected, Candy’s testimony and recapping of the entire incident are met with a mixed reaction.
Amidst the volatile moments, the defense team sits in the back room, waiting for the final verdict. The jury announces its decision to the judge – not guilty. Emotions erupt across the room.
Amidst all this, Betty’s spirit stands in its middle, looking around, tense, seeking an explanation as to what happened.
A subtitle shows that Allan and Elaine shortly married after the trial was over. Crowder ran for the post of Governor of Texas six years later; the results weren’t disclosed.
For Candy, a fresh start seemed like the only option. Pat divorced her four years later. Candy changed her name and became a mental health counselor.
The Episode Review
The finale is a well-matched close to the mini-series. The narrative was kept really breezy without too many complications. That is just how the finale went. The actual facts of what happened that day might never be known to us. And that would be just fine with most people.
Biel and Lynskey are the stars of the show and carried the show on their shoulders. The finale leaves you with bittersweet feelings about justice and the judicial system.
Such real-life cases are extremely volatile in the way the story unravels and ‘Candy’ was no different. Juries ruled the roster – still do – in America and defined the decades gone by with some iconic decisions.
This year brings another story about Candace Montogmery, called “Love and Death”, starring Elizabeth Olsen as Candy and the talented Jesse Plemmons as Allan.
It is almost as if the creators of Barry foresaw this and decided to include it in their storyline. Anyway, the series has wrapped up with the finale and we look forward to the Olsen starrer due later this year.
Read More: Candy Season 1 Review
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