HAVEN “Spiral” Season Finale Review

Haven (Syfy) "Spiral"

HAVEN “Spiral” Season 1 Episode 13 (Season Finale) – Mythology is front and center in the mind-boggling “Spiral” season finale of HAVEN, which finds Audrey, Nathan, and Duke all trying to absorb revelations about themselves and me trying to figure out what the hell just happened. Duke is on the hunt for his tattooed potential killer, Audrey must face that she was Lucy, and Nathan learns an uncomfortable truth about his paternity and faces a devastating loss.

Oh my freaking gravy, where to start? I guess with Nathan’s fathers. First we have Max Hanson, fresh out of Shawshank and back in Haven to cause trouble, see the rev, and make sure Nathan finds out Max is his biological father. He purposely spills the coffee on himself so Audrey knows he can’t feel–very slick. Then we have the chief, holding Haven together apparently by sheer force of will. Poor, broken chief. He really did love Nathan and goodness knows he loved Haven. The death by explosion is beyond freaky (why didn’t Audrey do anything to try to help?) and can you imagine having to comb the beach for plaid-covered rock pieces of chief? I love that the pieces seem to be rejoining somehow. Come back, chief. The town needs you.

We see a different side of Vince tonight, and it’s one I hope we see again. “It’s good to see that somebody in this town remembers who he is.” I want flashbacks. How did Vince stop Max the last time? Why does Vince go along with Dave not telling Audrey about who she is even though he clearly wants her to know? The rev is back and creepier than ever. He wants to control Haven, which I can only assume would be a Very Bad Thing.

Julia has a purpose! She’s still a bit too self-righteous for my taste, but she has a vanishing maze tattoo. I guess since it’s on her back, she’s not the one meant to kill Duke (or can it move, too?), but she and her family are definitely part of the tattoo cult. Is that cult the source of the Troubles? Does Julia know she has the tattoo? Duke sure does and now she’s on his chalkboard list o’doom. Good.

The cliffhanger. First off, let’s take a moment to thank the TV gods that there will be a second season because if Haven had ended like that, I would be a VERY unhappy camper. As it is–totally stoked. I’m so glad we didn’t have to wait until next season for Nathan and Lucy to be honest with each other, and their mutual reveal plays out really well. There aren’t words for how much I love that RealAudrey meets Nathan and LucyAudrey exactly the way LucyAudrey met Nathan in the pilot. That said, what the hell? If LucyAudrey wasn’t FBI, who was Agent Howard? A watcher-type who wakes her when Haven needs her (I’m guessing the chief made that call) and implants memories? So. Many. Questions.

All the acting is top-notch tonight. I don’t think Emily Rose or Eric Balfour have ever been better. “I liked you so much better when you were locked up in your cupcake room.” It’s great to have a laugh in the middle of all that tension. Lucas Bryant deserves some special props because Nathan has the toughest night, what with losing both his fathers, and Lucas nails each and every scene and flicker of emotion from grief to rage to resigned determination. The writing is equally good with tight plotting, smart dialogue, huge reveals with equally huge new mysteries, and surreal touches.

I’m amazed at how much Haven has kicked into high gear the last four-five episodes. I liked it from the beginning, don’t get me wrong, but the trouble of the week plots wore thin even as the characters burrowed their way into my heart. Once they started dishing out mythology, though, Haven also started firing on all cylinders. I hope anyone who gave up on the show will rent or buy the DVD set and see what they missed because this has become quite a good show and this finale blew me away, taking my brain with it.

So, what did you think of the episode and the first season of Haven? Are you as impatient for season 2 as I already am?

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