All season on SurrealEstate, the Donovan House has been a property of interest because of its unmistakable allure to the dead. Auggie wanted to take more readings of the home to better understand it but some of the supernatural residents didn’t take to kindly to him poking around. Now the rest of the Roman Agency have to go back and rescue their colleague.
“The House Always Wins” brings to a conclusion the overarching storyline of the Donovan House. It ties in with events throughout the season all the way from the very beginning. The team’s first assessments were wrong and now they have to fix the mistake they made in the series premiere.
We already know that Luke’s mother is living in the home but each member is visited by someone important from their past. They are all tense confrontations but it allows them to receive closure on unsettled things. Some visitors, such as Father Phil’s, seem appropriate because it addresses his conflict between his lifestyle and his faith.
Others take a keen memory to recall such as Zooey’s high school boyfriend, while Susan and Auggies come out of nowhere. Although they are still touching stories. These various subplots of the different characters could have benefitted more if their unresolved issues from the past were brought up during the season. That way it could be built up more and have a greater impact when they are overcome. Aspects of this episode of SurrealEstate have followed a similar trajectory so it wouldn’t have been too difficult to incorporate these other parts.
Luke and his mother finally clash with the latter accompanied by the house personified. In this human form, he fills in many of the blanks to unanswered questions. Momma Roman reveals a big secret to her true identity and it explains why she has so much animosity towards her son. Luckily, the group is able to save their boss but as a result Luke is changed.
Peace is brought to the Donovan House but there are still a few interesting threads left dangling that could be pursued if SurrealEstate is picked up for another season. Luke wants to take a step back from the agency after everything and it could be something temporary similar to a vacation or something more. In addition, the revelation about Luke’s mother and his new state could be the driving force for stories moving forward; pursuing what he lost personally and from within. Also, the new Luke could be someone Megan would prefer to be in a relationship because there’s potentially less baggage.
“The House Always Wins” answers the questions related to Luke’s mom and the Donovan House and resolves the season long story. Each main cast member is given poignant and introspective scenes and the series has various angles it could pursue in the future.
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