Revenge Season 3 Review “Execution”

Revenge Season 3 Episode 22 Execution (5)

This was definitely a busy finale, so I won’t spend too long setting things up here. Needless to say, Revenge delivered a lot of big moments in “Execution,” an episode that lived up to its name by providing several major deaths.

The main victory in this finale is that David Clarke’s name has been cleared, and the news was delivered by Parks and Recreation newsman Perd Hapley of all people! Yes, for all of the other heartaches that went into this finale, one of the main goals of Emily’s revenge plan was finally reached, as she saw her father cleared. It was a bittersweet moment for us at home, as some of the episode’s darker moments had already come into play, but it’s certainly a major step forward for the show’s overarching narrative.

Another major moment was the death of Conrad, which was the bigger shock of this week’s deaths for me. The show did a good job of playing with my expectations, as it at first seemed likely Conrad would get murdered by one of his fellow inmates or the guard. Then, when the guard ultimately let him free, it seemed like Conrad was going to get away once again. But who should show up to stab him in the gut but David Clarke, or at least someone who looks an awful lot like David Clarke. It’s impossible to tell with a show like this, but the idea that David’s been alive this whole time is a hard pill to swallow, and it’s the cliffhanger that has me most curious to see where things go next.

The other major death this week was Aiden, a character I’ve had mixed feelings towards since he was first introduced in season two. That said, I’ve recently grown to like the guy as his own backstory was fleshed out, and it’s a shame to see him go. Really, his death felt a bit sudden and random, as Victoria escalated her attacks against Emily in a big way, but hey, it’s a finale. My biggest complaint is probably just how silly his dead face looked in what was supposed to be a big emotional scene for Emily.

Of course, Emily came back at Victoria in a big way, leading to Victoria’s admittance to a mental institution. This is the sort of plot line that could make for some interesting episodes, but seems just as likely to be reversed within the first week or two of the next season. I’ll reserve judgment on this development until season four starts. Similarly, Jack being taken in for Charlotte’s kidnapping has potential, but there’s no telling how long it’ll hold when the season returns.

What did you think of this week’s finale? Let me know in the comments!