5x08 review Guillotines Decide
How do you start writing about Guillotines Decide.
Highly anticipated.Murderous.Bittersweet. Emotional.
Some people hated it.Some people got upset.The majority has mixed feelings.
Personally i loved it.
Way too many things happened in only 42 minutes.I felt the episode was 1 hour and a half, not 40+ minutes.All the major ob characters made an appearance and that was lovely. I’m happy to see another female writer getting to tell her story.After 5x05 (
) and 5x07(
Renée St. Cyr
), 5x08 came with Aisha Porter-Christie .
We’re 2 episodes before the end and 5x08 needed to be the episode that bridges the conclusion of this story with what each character has accomplished so far. Episodes 9 & 10 are gonna be a 2 parter (Graeme confirmed) so Ep 8 was the prelude of the ending.
Guillotines Decide, was more than a farewell to an amazing character. It was an episode about family- the family you choose to be a part of. In the constant battle between nature and nurture it’s our choices that define who we are and who we want next to us.
That’s why if i had to pick one quote from this episode that ultimately defines the whole series,it would be this:
We are all mysterious works of chance, of choice, of nature vs. nurture. So, to my galaxy of women, thank you for the nurture.
Fee’s speech was everything.Full of love, support and generosity. His brush always a doorway through expression and musing.
It was always about Sarah.His gallery-his own house- full of different versions of her.
She was the key of analyzing how liquidable identity trully is, how the same face can have multiple personalities and traits, how social labels destroy our own complexity , restraining us from cherishing life the way we want to.
Felix’s art night brought Cosima,Sarah and Alison together as one person.The whole 1 person-multiple personas performance was a brilliant way of getting the sisters together in one night and watching them happy and more importantly free.
-Alison, carefree, happy to help Fee and trying to wake her inner artistic self. Donnie always with her, supporting her, happy to be a part of this extraordinary family.
-Cosima back in her own joyous self, more dashing than ever. Laughing,dancing having Delphine with her.
-Sarah, finally realizing that DYAD is going down once and for all, getting to chill and enjoy the night.
It was a well deserved night for them and for us the viewers.After all this angst and pain this joy was much needed and justified.After all, they are so close to freedom.
-THE ABSENT SISTERS
I SMELL NEO SHIT
i loooooved this line, so utterly Helena!
Thank god Gracie didn’t betray Helena again even tho she was that close..
when i saw the gun pointed at G i kinda knew she’s a gonner. So the spoiler source was right 3 persons died in 5x08 indeed.
they’re gonna gag Helena with the Hannibal mask in the next ep jfc
i’m really hoping her character/centric episode will be as intense as Rachel’s was…also her journal and memoirs are gonna be a testimony of courage throughout the next generation of sisters…
god Rachel Rachel Rachel…i was so scared about the way they’re gonna handle her…i was afraid about her backstabbing S but THANK GOD they did it the right way…
Rachel’s “Be careful” to Siobhan was so broken and authentic, like there was a micro/tiny-possiblity of her subconsiously believing S’s words…
-We do everything we can, each of us in our way
-And we do it for each other.
if you look closely to this scene Rachel is crying in here…jfc she’s a mess of emotions…
… is there a chance for her to be a part of this sisterhood after everything she’s done? Does she really wants to? Will she ever be accepted? Is Siobhan her only hope of ever feeling that she belongs to something??
I haven’t seen Rachel as vulnerable and soft as in 5x08…
and i am DREADING the 2 parter cause after Graeme’s newest interview he confirms that there’s a confrontation coming between Sarah and Rachel…
can you imagine the triumvirate Sarah,,Helena and Rachel in one scene?
omg IT’S COMING AND IT WILL BE GLORIOUS… i wonder if Helena’s “i’m gonna kill Rachel” is foreshadowing or not…
ok i really wanna set some things straight..
Ferdinand never loved Rachel..neither do i believe that the show is trying to sell us that Fernisshole deeply loved her…i don’t know what the writers have said for him in interviews- and i don’t care tbh , cause from the show itself it’s clear to me that this isn’t love, it’s just a game of dominance and nothing more…if the writers wanted to glorify him then he would have helped Rachel bring down DYAD because the only thing she wants is freedom…and Ferdinand never listened to her..
what’s really REALLY sad- and that’s where people should focus- is the fact that poor Rachel thinks that’s real love.
imagine how fucking mentally abused she was all her life that she believes this is love…can you actually imagine it? How distorted is her image about love because she has never experienced it? And when a human being (let’s pretend F/asshole is human being ) doesn’t betray her then she thinks that’s love…PROTECT RACHEL FUCKIN’ DUNCAN
the struggling attemp…i read posts saying that Rachel is crying about Ferdinand?
Rachel hit rock bottom she doesn’t give 2 shits about Ferd
at this point,she just wants so fucking HARD to die that F is literally doing her a favor…and the reason he left her live is because HE KNOWS HOW MUCH SHE WANTS TO DIE…so he punishes her that way…not even giving her the redemption she desperately seeks in death… it’s literally freedom or death for her..jesus Rachel’s story arc is one of the most beautiful things in season 5….
there’s only one thing that trully disturbed me in ep 8 and that was the “who’s your daddy” dialogue… i choose to believe that Rachel was just playing his game, leting him say whatever makes him feel good in order to continue with the plan and set herself free..especially the “go go ahead, daddy”..she really needed him to kill her jfc
- DELPHINE FINALLY A PART OF THE FAMILY
at fucking LLLAAAAaaAAAaaast
about bloody time…this episode kept giving and giving i mean?!! I never thought we would have so many Delphine moments jfc
a lot of firsts…first skype call with the ledas…first time that someone openly acknowledged her worth in protecting the ledas in front of others (Ms S in the skypecall)
and then Cosima FINALLY SAID THE WORDS
for YOU, especially you Cos babe..this girl is screaming her love to you for 5 seasons…
she gave everything…her body, her life, her safety,your relationship, EVERYTHING just to keep you safe- is there anything more pure than that?
and not only that even Adele that doesn’t know Delphine at all said it!!
And Delphine, all she did was whatever Siobhan told her too…
However strong and powerful Delphine might seem, in reality she was craving to hear those words and to feel accepted…imagine living in the shadows of doubt and accusations all this time..trying to ignore everyone’s distrust because you fucking love this girl that much..her smile says it all
Cophine was glorious in this episode.And it’s not about the cuteness or fluffiness.What really got me is the sentimentality of their moments. They were finally free.
To talk,to fool around,to stupidly dance or to do nothing at all.Things that were ruthelessly taken away from them.Things that normal couples do.And now their life together is so palpable they can almost taste it.
-you like it that much?
Cosima darling , after all this time you still don’t have a clue huh?
what really does it for me in this scene, is how Delphine is lost in the painting and her realisation while Cosima’s whole world at this moment is Del..they’re in a crowded place only breathing for each other..at this point i can’t even tell who’s more in love
and of fucking course she would buy the painting i mean D-U-H
totally loved the
-you own me
joke in regards to the painting.. it’s a too-soon-bad-kind-of-joke aka exactly so utterly Cosima-thing to say
however the ultimate cophine scene for me in 5x08 will be this
unscripted,bittersweet and so very intimate…tears of joy is something that ob doesn’t give us very often and i wanna thank Tatiana for that…i’m in awe with that girl and her performances…she is so.freakingly.good.and.so.devoted.to.her.characters that i have MAD respect for her….and Ebro totally went for it uplifting the scene even more….they are amazing together, their chemistry is magnetic.
imagine for how long did poor Cosima bottled up all those feelings and fears…she didn’t even dare to dream how it would be like to be free..and now it’s happening and she’s not alone, and she gets to share this moment with the person she needed the most.
Delphine is cocooning her, always the rock and shoulder to cry on.Imagine the sex after this moment (cough COPHINE WRITERS U KNOW WHAT TO DO)
- LAST CHAPTER
A glorious farewell to a badass character.A bittersweet goodbye to a woman of multiple roles. Warrior, mother, daughter, ally, the head of the family .The person that glued the Manning household. The invisible pillar.
It fucking broke me that S is dead. But she did it on her terms. Her death was not meaningless.It wasn’t just a “someone had to die” fiasco. Ferdinad needed to die from her hands cause they had unsettled business.I even took pleasure that he died first.Siobhan won in every way possible.She achieved what was the most important task for her : keep Kira safe, her kids alive and bring DYAD down. She did everything she was supposed to do.Killed Ferdinand to get revenge for MK and even gave Rachel a chance to reevaluate her choices/ reengage with her sisters.
S needed to to die cause Sarah needed that final push to transform to the sisterhood’s savior.
Remember episode 4? It was 200% foreshadowing
of what it means to become you.
this is it.That is the moment of Sarah’s transformation. This is how she’s going to take responsibility for everything that’s to come. Her bonding with S will finally make her realize how is she going to save her sisters and the next generations.
Cause if we go back to s5 ep 1 and Cosima-Sarah’s exchange, Sarah didn’t care about PT or the implications of his plan to the future generations..she just wanted her family and sisters to be ok…now tho..she knows what’s at stake..she will be stronger,bolder and more ready to fight.She will carry on her mother’s plan.
And i can’t wait to see her arise from her ashes of sorrow and make Beth and Siobhan proud.