Finding Carter Season 1 Review “The Long Goodbye”

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We’ve been taking a break from the main story of Finding Carter the last couple of weeks, diverting from the hunt for Lori and instead following this new family. That new family includes a variety of people, including Max, and this week’s penultimate installment proved that it was a necessary detour ahead of the finale.

For Carter is now one of them, in it for the long haul, and she isn’t going back. Elizabeth is her mother, Taylor is her sister and no amount of emotional manipulation from Lori or loyalty to the woman who raised her is going to tear her away from that. As much as I’ve hated Crash this season – and I’ve really, really hated him – he was the necessary stand-in to test whether Carter was ready to accept her new reality or whether she’d choose to run away to something equally scary and unknown.

Though she may have wobbled, she made the right choice in the end. There will be some who would have rather watched a second season comprised entirely of Carter and Crash on the run from the law, but that’s definitely not what I signed up for. It was part of the reason why I was so dismayed by her decision to run away with him last week. Some teen shows don’t remember to develop their characters, but Carter’s journey has been a remarkable achievement in such a short amount of time.

But time’s almost up, as the teaser for next week’s finale teased the return of Lori. It’s been so long since she’s been an actual, physical factor in Carter’s life that I wonder how everyone will react. Over the last twelve weeks, our girl has learnt to keep the important people close and cut the destructive people loose, but will the maturity stretch to the person she thought of as Mom for so long? Calling Elizabeth her mother was huge, as Taylor pointed out, but it’s not the same as renouncing Lori.

As for Taylor and Max, I hope the drama is over for those adorable kids. Taylor wasn’t at her best and most likeable this week, but it’s hard to fault her when you realize the character is as young as she is. Carter has had to deal with a lot in her life, but Taylor is only just discovering herself and her own agency. Of course she would reject the fact that Carter has a piece of Max’s past – she has nothing that isn’t tainted by her sister, whether that’s from when she disappeared or when she returned – and she’s had enough of sharing.

But Max is now awake, and his role as catalyst for chaos in the family is over. I’m assuming that he won’t play a huge role in the finale, but really hope he sticks around for season two. Everything else is unknown right now. Will David worm his way back into the family after securing himself a job? Will Grant finally get the affection he’s been craving? Will Lori go to jail or live to be a creeper another day? I guess we’ll find out.

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