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I was a fan of the show, but I know it had it's weaknesses and challenges. I watched anyway.
Margene was certainly a study in contrasts. She was raised in a 'modern' family, with no ties to polygamy or even religious dogma, yet she fully committed to both before she was even an adult! She married Anna's boyfriend, because she said she loved them both... only to grudgingly sign divorce papers and see them all off packing to a whole other continent (closing the door on not only her relationship with them, but also to Bill's unborn 'love child'... why was this thread dropped and forgotten so completely in the final episodes?).
She wanted another baby with Bill, but yes, completely abandoned the young children she already had with him when he died. My gosh, the youngest was still a baby! I agree with a previous commentator... were there no mothers in the writer's circle?
In fact, the show often seemed like it was written by a group of men... who were likely too obsessed with their own careers to really understand the real work and commitment it takes to raise a large family! The show's 'mothers' were usually shown to be devoting themselves to domestic duty by chopping vegetables or mixing something in a bowl. Hey, there's no doubt they would need to be fairly involved in making food for such a large group, but come on! Motherhood duties never seemed to be an issue when anyone suddenly decided to hop in a car and drive over to Juniper Creek or deliver supper to Bill in his office. And yet everybody found time to learn and sing Christmas carols, or be part of an elaborate Nativity scene, or host a large wedding reception (filled with dozens of... friends? Whom we had never seen before or since).
I was intrigued by the show's premise, and yes, in part it did help me understand polygamy better (although it certainly didn't make me agree with the practice). But I think this final season lost the point and wallowed far too much in new characters and story lines. It almost seemed as though everybody knew the show was ending and secured jobs working for other shows, leaving the final season to newbies who simply threw out standard, stock ideas with no real respect or understanding of past story arcs or previous character development. Too bad... a good show just couldn't make the leap to great, even in delivering the final swan song.
March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterElise
I LOVED this show! I will miss my Sunday nights with the Big Love family. I have only really missed one other show as much as Big Love......6 Feet Under. Now that was an excellent ending. It brought closure and did not leave a bunch of questions. If you haven't watched 6 Feet Under, this might be time to get the series and start watching now that our Big Love is forever gone. It's so funny, my husband really did not want to watch either series. He told me it wasn't his "thing", so I began to watch it in our bedroom. He would come in every once in a while and he would start watching it. Then he started asking a bunch of questions. Who is that? Why did that happen? Why did he say that? Ha ha! He became as hooked as I was. Five years my husband and I watched Big Love on Sunday nights together. It has been a date night for us. I don't think any of us are completely happy with the ending. We didn't want Big Love to end. It did leave many of us with burning questions. Oh how I wish they would have answered all the important ones but the finale was excellent just like the entire series was. I loved the characters, the story lines and writing and acting was superb!

Like many have said on this blog and on HBO Big Love page comments..........
It was just a show but it really was so much more than that to most of the viewers. I am sad that I will never get to watch the family again. It was such a unique series.

Margene was my favorite character. I loved her sunny attitude and her big heart. I can't wait to see Ginnifer Goodwin in future films.

Goodbye Big Love :(
March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPrincessEC
I THOUGHT THIS SHOW WAS TRULY AMAZING. FIRST, EVERY SINGLE ACTOR IN THIS SERIES WAS TOP NOTCH! THEY SHOULD ALL BE VERY PROUD OF THEIR ACTING ABILITIES AND I HOPE THEY GO ON TO MORE WONDERFUL PROJECTS. AS SOMEONE WHO IS PRETTY MUCH AN EXPERT ON THE MORMON RELIGION AND HISTORY, I THINK I WANTED THE FINALE TO BE MORE OF AN EYE OPENER TO BILL, MAYBE WHERE HE INVESTIGATES THE BOOK OF MORMON TO FIND MORE "PROOF" THAT POLYGAMY IS OF GOD, BUT REALLY FINALLY REALIZES THAT POLYGAMY WAS NOT OF GOD, BUT FROM JOSEPH SMITHS OWN WARPED MIND. THE BOOK OF MORMON ACTUALLY CONDEMNS POLYGAMY!!! THEY DID A WONDERFUL JOB SHOWING HOW PEOPLE CAN TRULY THINK THEY ARE DOING GODS WORK BUT TRULY BE DECEIVED. I WAS SHOCKED TO SEE THAT BILL WAS MURDERED. I THINK HE WAS A GOOD MAN, AND HE WAS BEING TRUE TO HIS BELIEFS AND HIS HEART. HE WAS LIVING HIS LIFE THE WAY HE THOUGHT GOD WANTED HIM TO LIVE IT. THE SERIES WAS FANTASTIC. I CANT SEE HOW HBO WILL TOP THIS. BUT ILL BE WAITING.
March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMIKE
Normally when I grow to love a character and show so much do I ever want anyone to get killed off. But it was done so beautifully that it made me cry and it was so fitting. I didn't think he deserved it or anything but it was just a beautiful way to end the show and bring the wives together. I LOVED that I wasn't expecting it to be the neighbor and I LOVED the way Bill was "sitting" in the chair at the end - but wasn't.

Thank you for the show. It truly touched my heart. I love all of the actors and actresses too - amazing jobs! ((hugs))
~A fan for life
March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTiffany
I wish you would have gotten topless atleast once during the show's exsistence, you're freakin hott!
March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDecimal
Unless I am mistaken, Cara-Lynn was in the last scene....her hair was long and flowing--no braid...which lead me to believe that she was 'modernizing' and still with Barb, Nic, Margene....Did anyone else notice that? Or am I imagining this??
March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSharon
I am gonna miss all the crazy, chaotic, dramatic, yet entertaining scenarios!!! Im sad to say goodbye to Big Love, but all good things must come to an end...
March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie Mc
I will truly miss this show. I will miss the great song in the begining of the show that just set you in the mood. In some weird way you became a special part in my life and helped me make different choices. Not that I believe in poligamy in any way. But, Bill had a great way of making his wives feel special. Even though he had so much on his hands. When a man with one wife cant even compare. Yes, I know its a story but nice to dream.. But, anyways, Just wanted to thank everyone involved with they show. It was one of a kind. The characters were great.
March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSammie
I have loved every episode of Big Love. Sure the ending was not what I had expected but it was good none the less. I cried my eyes out and had a hard time believing Margene would leave her babies behind. Thanks HBO for the past five years of escape into another family lifestyle.
March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDawn
Sad,sad,sad you all broke so many hearts. We all fell in love with this show. And was sooooo not ready to let it go :(
March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSusan
I so wish this show wasn't ending..I loved it! And I think the ending was excellent! All the actors were great, and really made you feel that this wasn't just a tv show, but was a real family with real feelings and family issues. Can't you do just one more year???
March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDonna K.
Margene, I am going to miss the Henrickson’s so much. I’ve been there since episode 1, season1 and loved every minute. My heart ached for you all this last season as you’ve been through so much. I have been mourning Bill’s death all day today and the loss of Big Love. I grew to love this family and Bill is the Mike Brady of HBO. The cleanest series in HBO history has just ended and it will be missed!
Amy
March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmy Tipton
I'm so sorry the series ended as it did, though I see how well everything was wrapped up. I was so hoping there might be a "Big Love: the Big Movie" or something like that! A movie would have been a wonderful idea but now, I don't think it will be possible....unless it's a prequel of some type, like how Bill met Barb or one of the other wives. Anyway, I for one will miss "Big Love" greatly; I'm an avid reader and "Big Love" was really the only show I watched! Wait! I know-- "Big Love: The Novel" I'll write it!! Thanks for a terrific series - you will be greatly missed!
March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie
I liked the revelation Bill had in church on Easter before he died. It showed that the true strength of the church was a woman. This vision allowed him in his dieing moments to ask Barb for a blessing and pass the torch to her. Not sure i liked the death of Lois, should have been more dramatic, she was a real tiger. I have to agree with others here thatIi'm not sure Margie should be running off but it did allow the writer to show the family strength was not the male head but truely the women. Certainly this series had not exhausted all it's story lines. I will miss my time with the Hendricksons. Best wishes!
March 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersad it's over
I loved the show and knew bill would die or go to jail, but I felt that they left some things unanswered and ended it a little quickly its like the season started slowly and the last few episodes they rushed things. It should have been 12 episodes at least.
March 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkat
I watched the last season live and I have to say, thank you for the last two and a half months, it was truly great. Thank you for the memories, and I'll see you again in Season One!
March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterYalls
So I see a lot of comments on Margie..not that I agree but in her mind her children are their children. I guess she considered the fact that they have three mothers...not sure. I also think that they did not loose Home Plus after Bill got all the people to turn "towards" him, I think may be that the people who showed at church also became patrons of the store. I thought the "big ending" was the suicide pact and I must admit I took a sigh of relief to know it was them dying and no one else only to be shocked and disappointed in the murder of Bill by the physco neighbor. I watched faithfully every Sunday with my husband along with many others, clicking our tongues in disgust at their choices and falling in love with who they were, at the same time, I am sure that is what the writers intended. I was hoping for a reunion but with Bill gone what is the point? The dynamics of this family was remarkable. HBO you did a wonderful job, but I feel you made too quick of a decision in ending...a few more seasons to tie up loose ends should have been taken into consideration. There are plenty of viewers that would agree....may be next time when or if you write a show that has such an audience a "vote" could be given, I mean after all it is for the audience right? We will miss Big Love, thank you for my date nights with my husband. xoxox
March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRandi
I will really miss the show, but honestly I was ready for it to end. I wish some of the loose ends were resolved and very sad Bill died. I didn't expect it. My favorite character was Nicki. Her acting was so special and unique, but I loved everyone. They were a very special family who deserved to live their lives as long as they didn't hurt anyone else which gives you a whole new perspective on plural marriage.

Goodbye Hendricksons and thanks for the memories.
March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRenee
I will really miss the show, but honestly I was ready for it to end. I wish some of the loose ends were resolved and very sad Bill died. I didn't expect it. My favorite character was Nicki. Her acting was so special and unique, but I loved everyone. They were a very special family who deserved to live their lives as long as they didn't hurt anyone else which gives you a whole new perspective on plural marriage.

Goodbye Hendricksons and thanks for the memories.
March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRenee
I can't believe Big Love is gone for ever...I loved that show. My husband and I have not missed a single episode....YOU WILL BE MISSED.
March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPam
There will be a Big Love movie in 2013. With Bill's ghost sitting at the table in the next to last scene, he did not cross through the Veil because of the violent nature of his demise. Ben, as the new Priest Holder, holds a seance and conjurs up Bill. Wanda and Joey communicate with Bill thorugh a Ouija board. Lois is also present, but Bruce Dern did not sign for the movie. I will not be a spoiler for what Albie does, but he breaks out of jail and is up to his old antics. Teenie is also referenced in the move, but never seen in the movie - she is still in the bathroom working on her make-up.
March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSmall Love
I feel like I've lost people I actually know in real life. And this on top of losing "Medium" this season and "Prison Break" last year. And "The Sopranos" before that. I know shows can't go on forever. Oh, wait...there's still "The Simpsons" and "South Park"--why can't terrific dramas continue? Well, maybe cartoons have a longer shelf life than series about real people. Anyway, I, too, have my questions about loose ends, i.e. Wanda and Joey, the Greens, Alby, Adeline, etc. And I felt cheated by the sudden appearance of Carl at the very end--he really wasn't a major character and it was a cop-out on the part of the writers to pull him in at the last minute to murder Bill. But still...this was a remarkable series, and watching the characters--especially the women--grow and change was worth all the lapses and loose ends.

Great job. Sad to see you all go.
March 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercitypsyche
I have watched this show with great anticpation and intrigue for the entire five seasons. I do not watch a lot of television and it is rare that I connect with a serialized show. This was my first in over 20 years.
Five years seems like two year too short to end such an interesting story.
I believe the last two seasons have felt a bit like someone trying to machine gun their way through a way to bring the climax as quick as possible. Acclerating I understand, ending I do not.
The characters are yours and so is the story. I thank you for sharing them.
I love this immediate family and have greatly enjoyed your exploration of
subjects that would have otherwise been dismissed as nonsense.
I would have loved to been part of the conversation that led to ending the story in this manner. I simply did not like the way it ended. I do like the manner in which you dealt with the ending, I just did not like ending at this time.
Again try some Bible, 7 the number of completion.
Take care and again thanks for sharing-
March 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertony dickens
I am really going to miss Big Love and the Hendrickson family. The acting was superb, and the show was fantastic. It truly had a message of making faith and family a priority.
March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoan
Wow, what amazing show and journey you took on for so many years. I have truly enjoyed seeing how polygamy was and how many people today live as polygamist. I really dont agree with the following personally but I found it to be quite interesting in the way modern polygamist were told in your show. Thank you so much for opening my eyes to the side of moronisum that I have never thought of. Thank you.
I want to also thank the actors who portrayed these characters and did a amazing job. I have truly enjoyed this show and will miss it every Sunday night.

Thank you HBO.
Lisa
March 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLisa
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