After eight weeks of ups, downs, and lots of bloodshed along the way, the See season two finale has finally arrived! This action packed finale brings the season’s multiple storyline’s to a satisfactory close and introduces interesting conflicts for viewers to sink their teeth into the for next time around.
The episode begins right where the penultimate episode left off, with Queen Mahgra’s army hunkering down in preparation for an attack by the Trivantians led by Edo Voss and his secret weapon, the ever-resourceful Captain Wren.
Just when it looks completely hopeless for Baba Voss and company, they receive some unexpected reinforcements: the hidden tribes led by the likes of Paris and Bow Lion, a welcome sight after such a long absence. True to form, Baba does his best Henry V impression and gives a pre-battle speech for the ages that sets off one of the most ambitious set pieces on television this year.
The final battle between Trivantes and the monarchy – a long awaited moment for those following the season – delivered in just about every way. As someone who wasn’t always engaged by the particularly brutal battle scenes from this season, I couldn’t help but lean forward for this clash, which takes up about half of the episode’s run time.
The deaths are as incredibly gory and graphic as you’d expect them to be by now, but the most impressive element was how good a showpiece this sequence was for every person in the main cast of characters. Baba Voss’s style of blind brutality was on display as always, but we also saw great moments from Haniwa’s archery, to Kofun’s new hand-to-hand proficiency, Toad’s swordplay etc.
But there was still time for meaningful character moments along the way. In one poignant scene, Haniwa has a clear shot at finishing Wren on the battlefield, but can’t bring herself to do it. After the chaos of the battle is concluded, they finally get a moment to consider a life together, but Wren reaffirms her loyalty to her own people and thus decides for good that she can’t be with Haniwa. Despite them sharing a final kiss, it’s a decidedly somber moment for those invested in their relationship.
After the battle ends with perhaps one of the most inventive set pieces I’ve seen executed in a TV show, Edo and Baba Voss finally get their final confrontation. The weight of this has been somewhat diluted by having so many other encounters along the way, but Edo’s ultimate death affects Baba deeply, and it’s hard not to be moved at least a little bit when it happens.
With the war against Trivantes seemingly finally behind them, the family reunites at Pennsa where Maghra begins her proper reign as the Queen of her people. In a bold declaration, she abolishes the witch hunters and instead institutes the Royal Guard. They are to be led by Tamacti Jun – no longer as Witchhunter general, but now as High General of the Queen’s Army.
Predictably, some of the soldiers are philosophically opposed to the idea of no longer hunting witches, and many of them defect. They tell Tamacti Jun that this will not stand, setting up an eerie conflict that will no doubt play a large role in the upcoming season.
Finally, the episode winds down by returning to Queen Sibeth, now a prisoner. After she confirms that Kofun is the father of her child, Maghra tells her sister that they will take away the baby as soon as it is born so that they will never know their true mother. Sibeth predictably refuses to take this lying down, and kills Paris when the latter comes to her cell at the episode’s end. It’s a real blow to see such a fan-favorite character go, and it makes Sibeth’s role in the upcoming drama even more sinister than it already was.
As the episode comes to a close, Baba Voss lays in bed beside Maghra, and makes a momentous decision. Early in the morning, he leaves her and Pennsa behind, off into the wilderness for reasons that are not exactly clear. It’s an unexpected note to end the triumphant finale on, and sets the table nicely for all the action to come with season three.
See season two manages to wrap up with our characters all in vastly different places than they were at the start, all while managing to bring action and satisfying resolutions along the way. The world off this show expands with every installment, and I see no reason why we can’t expect it to get even bigger from here.
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