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Wow! Really going to miss the show!! I did expect Bill to die, however I was thinking heart-attack.... from all the STRESS and crap he brought upon himself! Being shot by Carl, was the LAST thing I expected..... then I was still kinda hoping he would pull through.......... It was nice that Margie finally seemed to find herself!!! Nikki, seemed to.... come out of her "shell" . . . if you want to call it that..... (still LOVE to hate Nikki though) and Barb seemed to finally be at peace with herself!!
Even though Im still not happy about my favorite show for the last 5 years ending..... It was an incredible ending!!
March 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersherrie
I will miss you guys so much, Margie. I just wonder.... what about your children? Your 3 babies, you've been leaving them alot. Don't forget about them in your quest to fulfill your purpose. I do hope that you all are happy, and wow, I can't even tell you how much I will miss this family. Thanks for sharing with us! Good luck!
March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJ
I loved and hated the ending, which must have meant is what dead on.

Should Margie have stayed home with her children? Yes. Yes *and* no. Everyone in that family realized she married at 16 and hadn't had a chance at spreading her wings. The strongest way to keep her part of the family was to help her do just that. To care for the children as the other mother's, giving them a strong base and allowing Margie to grow and still have a "home base". I'm 45 and my family and children really supported my going back to school and my touring Mexico with my choir. It *does* make sense.

However, to hear that in 11 months time she'd been on *TWO* missions *and* gone to Portland....that is a bit much don't you think?

As for Bill being made a martyr, that's all on how you look at it. You can also say he paid for his hard headedness and his refusal to see how his pushing affected others. In one of his last scenes he recognizes that it was family and faith that mattered, not necessarily all the changes he was trying to make.

Sunday nights with Big Love were my husband's and my time. We got friends hooked on this show who watched it with us from time to time. I will miss this a lot. You truly created a beautiful piece of art.
March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDeeDee
I will truly miss BIG LOVE! I am so sad that the show had to end. This was a great show. So sorry Bill had to die at the end but the finale was great. Good luck to all the cast and crew
March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSM
I have been invested in this family since the very first episode. I have laughed, cried, and shared in the Henrickson's family moments. And until last night, I was grateful to have been witness to the journey.
I HATED this ending. I feel cheated. It's like the writers just decided "Okay, we're tired of writing for this family. Let's wrap this up in 70 minutes or less."
I will re-write my own ending for this family. They deserve that, as do I (and other fans).
Thanks for the journey, even if I will pretend that last night's finale never happened and write my own ending.
March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie
one more thing for everyone say Margie is beingn selfish.... I really dont think so, yes, she has 3 small children at home....but they also have 2 other mothers to help take care of them... I really think Marge needed this, she became a mother at such a young age.... and all season..... actually for longer.... she has appeared to feel "trapped"
the kids are in good hands...
I am a little curious about Carol-Anne.... though..... what happened with her and Nikki???? AND...................... they made a point last night that I have been thinking for several episodes... Remember when Bill mentioned that Nikki changed her will so that Barb would get custody if anything happened to both of them??? why then,. did she have to Marry bill legally?? she could have will'd Carol-anne from the begining....... but Nikki.... was going out in true Nikki style!!! getting what she had always wanted!
March 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersherrie
Though I wish there were more episodes to come, and there was a lot going on this last season, I was so deeply moved by this last episode. Family and faith was driven home. I LOVE BIG LOVE. I could not wipe away the tears fast enough. I felt as if these were real people, and my emotional response to what was happening was real. I'm truly at a loss for words because I am so sad that Bill, after all his struggles, was not able to continue to live his life. I know it's just a show but it felt like much more and there are very few shows that are able to do that.

I will miss Big Love, and I don't think there will be another show that will come near to it. It started and ended with Family and Faith. What more could you ask for!
March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEricka
Though I wish there were more episodes to come, and there was a lot going on this last season, I was so deeply moved by this last episode. Family and faith was driven home. I LOVE BIG LOVE. I could not wipe away the tears fast enough. I felt as if these were real people, and my emotional response to what was happening was real. I'm truly at a loss for words because I am so sad that Bill, after all his struggles, was not able to continue to live his life. I know it's just a show but it felt like much more and there are very few shows that are able to do that.

I will miss Big Love, and I don't think there will be another show that will come near to it. It started and ended with Family and Faith. What more could you ask for!
March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEricka
Sundays will never be the same !!! I'm truly bummed this series is over. What a beautiful job the cast did... like all the others, I just wish it wasn't over :(
March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTherese
This show was ultimately about family, and in the context of that, it makes sense that Margene is allowed to go and develop as a person while Barb and Nikki take care of her children. It is a lovely idea for a family-- that the group will support and take care of each other's needs even if this means sacrifice.

What makes this show so moving for me is that it has such a happy ending.
March 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterrosie
Flashing the lights will NOT redeem you in my heart, writers.
I miss Bill already.
I miss the show already.
I haven't SLEPT. I literally had a panic attack and am so heartbroken I CAN'T EXPLAIN.
I want Bill BACK. I want my show BACK.
I want this to all be a dream, and that Bill is A-OK and living with the girls and his baby by Ana.
What happened to her and that baby?
Good God.
March 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterabbabeffy
Like so many others I will sorely miss Big Love. I paid for HBO this year just to watch the show. I was unable to watch last season. So I had a Big Love marathon and caught up in time to start watching this final season. Congratulations to everyone involved in this fine show. Obviously I did not like that Bill died. Yes, many times I thought he was selfish and selfcentered but he was true to his beliefs. (except for the casino stuff which I felt coud have been left out altogether.) After his vision on Easter I was afraid he was going to say he was the prophet. I think what he was writing was about the role of women in the church. The moment when he begged Barb for a blessing was heartwrenching. That request told me that he accepted that women can be priesthood holders. This is the only show I have ever watched that I will buy on dvds and rewatch again and again. I loved seeing Bill at the table at the end. Makes me cry just thinking of it.
March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSusan
I will miss the Hendricksons. This was a family that struggled through things but yet always had their faith and love. My husband and I spent every Sunday night infront of the TV. I will miss that. I will also miss the family. I thought the finale was good. The last scene was beautiful. We had a Big Love watch party last night and everyone was in tears at the end (including my husband). I am so happy for Ben and Sarah. The only person I don't feel was represented in the last scene was Carolyn. I hope she is OK. I will miss you Big Love!!!
March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda
I haven't missed an episode since the show began 5 years ago. I've enjoyed eveyone of them. I don't know what I'm going to do on Sunday nights now. I may just cancel HBO and save some money. I will miss all of the characters and their rolls. It was outstanding and I don't think it could have ended any better than it did. It was perfect. Great job by the writers and actors, I will follow these writers and actors in their future endeavors and wish them the very best of luck. Thank all ot you for a great series. Big Love has been a big part of my life for the last five years. I will miss you sincerely. jrhayes
March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJrhayes
That was the perfect ending. I'll miss the show. That was a great cast, but it was time to end.They can not make another Big Love, because it won't be the same.

It hard to believe, it's been five years. I will miss the show, and everyone....I'm glad Bill didn't go to jail, that would of been a rotten ending. I hope the show is out on DVD, because I would like to watch all the shows'.

God bless the crew and staff.
March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTeri
WOW!! I loved this show!! Sunday's will not be the same. I looked forward to what this family had to offer. I thought the finale was good, and the show will be missed dearly. Great job for such a great show!!
March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSylvia
I am conflicted with this ending, especially with Margene leaving her small children. However, even though I don't agree with her leaving, it seems to make sense with the journey of her character. Margene was a character we adored because she was a young mother who felt smothered and isolated yet desperately tried to stay positive in spite of everything. Her relationship with Nikki especially shows her ability to love and how big her heart was.

As we got to know her more we realize she is quite immature in comparison to Nikki and Barb. Her relationship with Ben epitomized that she was more of a child than a matriarch in the family. Then the turning point of this season, the fact that she was only 16 when she married Bill proves that, heck, she was acting her age because she was a child when she entered the family. It seems natural with moving forward on the show that she should, with the departure of Bill, go forward and put her faith and love for humanity into motion.

Do I agree that this justifies her children being left behind? Absolutely not. Yet, how lucky is she that she has two amazing women to take care of all of their children. Remember they always stressed that to her in the earlier seasons when she was left behind time and time again that the children were all of theirs. It's also important to note her acceptance throughout the show that she was married to Barb and Nikki as well as Bill.

I don't agree with Margene leaving, I don't agree with Nikki and Barb being left behind. Margene spent much of her late teens and early twenties (a selfish time in most of our lives) being selfless and well intentioned despite all her mistakes. At the end of the day, she has gone through so much, and still she is hell bent on helping those worse off than her. I'll miss you Margene.
March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaura
To many holes left in the series. I feel like I spent all these years watching Big Love and got a great big let down at the end. Many, many, many unanswered questions......
March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterZuzu
Bill should have run Juniper Creek at the end so he was not so different from its previous leaders. That would have been ironic and would have sold more DVD's
March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRaycmr
What an emotional ending to a fantasic show! I really loved everything about Big Love. I Cried like a baby when Lois died in Frank's arms, and wish they had said if Frank went with her. I cheered when Barb changed her mind and went back to Bill's created church. I agree with other viewers that the flashback in church hinted that Bill was going to die, but never suspected Carl would do it. I do wonder if Cara Lynn ever went back to her other family after Bill died. A series ending is always going to leave unanswered questions, though. I'm glad Margene went on her mission. She needed the chance to spread her wings and help others. She had never had a chance to do what she wanted. She went from a child to wife and mother. I don't think it's really any different than women serving in our military being deployed; but that's my opinion. I was also glad to see Heather and Ben had cleared their differences and married. The last scene when Margene ran back and the wives held each other and they flashed and showed Bill watching over them really got to me. I cried for two hours over the continued love he had for his family even from the "other side". I hope all of you win awards because you all deserve them! It's rare when I feel like " part of the family" instead of just watching a bunch of actors in a bunch of roles.. I hope you all get to work together again in the future, as it will be a real treat to see! God Bless all of you, and I hope you all have contiued success in whatever you do in the future. Thank you for a fantasic ride the last five years!!1
March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLinda
Your show will be greatly missed. I can't believe it was canceled. Your show was the reason that I made sure I got HBO in my cable package. Good luck in all that you all do in the future. I agree with Mickey, Goodbye Big Love, Goodbye HBO.
March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl
Good luck on your mission, Margene. You have so much love to give, and it's terrific that you've found a way to express it while still remaining true to your family. (Looks to me like Nikki will miss you a lot more than she's showing.) You did the right thing by telling everyone your dirty secret. You and the family are all stronger for the truth.

Good luck down the road, Ginnifer. You've taken this character from a wallflower to a woman with real force and dynamic in her family. I wish Margene had gotten more attention in the first couple of years, but love the way you developed her and obviously trusted the writers and directors. Nicely done.
March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBuck
We all know shows can't last forever,but if one show should Big Love would be it for me!!After the Sopranos ended i watch this show because there was really nothing else on...well after the first episode i was hooked.I will miss this show every sunday night....Good luck to all the actors in everything you do...you all will be missed!!
March 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterliz
Marie, you are obviously a sad and lonely woman. Try not to carry so much anger around. Get out and get yourself a life! Doesn't it seem odd so many liked the show and accepted the ending and you didn't. That should tell you something. reggie
March 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterreggie
This was a wonderful series. My husband thought they were all crazy (he is wrong). Sometimes there are people who can rise above the small minded and show the rest how it should be done.
I am sorry to see my "family" go away. The writing was superb and the stories made you feel like you were a part of it.
HBO always seems to end some of the very best before we're all tired of them. That can be a good thing I suppose but it pisses a lot of people off.
I still think of Carnivale. One of our all time favorites, just unceremoniously dumped with NO ending at all.
We'll probably all watch the next new thing on HBO.
Farewell Hendrickson's!
See you in the hereafter..............................................................
March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDebby
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