I’m really enjoying this season of Big Sky–I might even go out on a limb (or a deadly cliff?) and say it’s my favorite one yet.
However, that doesn’t mean it’s without flaws. Season 3 is so good, it’s almost too good. And yes, that’s a flaw because there’s too much going on. Every single plot line is compelling, but it’s becoming harder to follow along than it should be.
Jenny Hoyt and Beau make an incredible team—and connecting him back to the backpacker’s story via his daughter, who is deeply invested in Paige’s disappearance (as she should be) was a smart move—but it would help simplify things if they didn’t have a mystery of the week every week. If they were dedicated them to one mystery, while Cassie, Cormac, and Denise were dedicated to finding the missing backpacker, while the whole mystery of Sunny Acres Camp developed in the background, it would easier to follow along.
Jenny and Beau’s murder case could’ve spanned several episodes; there’s no reason they have to get wrapped up in something new and larger-than-life every week, especially since the mystery of Gigi, Jenny’s mom, teaming with Tonya and Donno is still out there.
I’ve said mystery a million times already, and I’ve not once referred to the same mystery. It’s an overload, and I’m afraid it might scare away viewers.
There’s a lot of good material in here, but we need to hone it in, people. Though, I do like how some of the cases connect and bleed into each other.
Here’s what “Carrion Comfort” brought to the table:
Jenny and Beau
The dynamic duo got pulled into a murder case involving a middle-aged woman who was murdered by someone wearing a wolf mask. Quite frankly, the whole opening scene was terrifying, so good job for turning Big Sky into a horror! While the signs initially pointed to Craig, the creepy man the woman was having an affair with, when they were able to rule him out as a suspect, it pointed right back to the husband, Grant, a scorned lover who definitely had access to the mask from one of the couple’s Halloween costumes. Though they say that 9 times out of 10, it’s the husband, in this case, it was the husband’s employee, Scott. I didn’t see it coming. Scott turned out to be an obsessive creep who kidnapped Grant’s daughter, Autumn, and locked her in some dollhouse he recreated to look like her childhood room. It was a really great storyline, but it wrapped up all too quickly.
Hoyt and Beau were able to save Autumn from a terrible fate, while Scott was gunned down by Hoyt. Also, the way she and Beau embraced after that action-packed scene was… telling. A romance is brewing here, I can feel it, and I’m not opposed to it at all.
Cassie and Cormac
Hunting down a dead body through the woods definitely seems like an ideal first date for Cassie. Cormac joined her, likely because he was also curious about what he would find in the woods, and eventually, the vultures led them to the missing backpacker Mark’s body. I don’t fully trust Cormac, but he also seems not to trust his own mother, so maybe his team-up with Cassie is necessary. They have undeniable chemistry, but I also don’t want to say that in case he is unhinged like his stepbrother Walter.
Anyway, now that they’ve located Mark’s decaying body, the second half of Cassie’s investigation can proceed, and it’ll lead right back to Sunny Acres.
Also, where is her son? Who does she leave him with when she goes on these expeditions?
Sunny Acre Farms
The others might be fooled by Sunny, but Em absolutely isn’t. She truly is her father’s daughter, and while everyone is basically telling her to drop her suspicions and stop creating drama, including her shady stepdad, Avery, Em is going forward with it because, at the very least, it’ll make for a compelling podcast. Trust your gut, Em!
She confronted Luke about Paige’s disappearance, and he’s not lying about there being someone else in the woods… because it was Walter.
Sunny is a mother who loves her son, despite his faults, and wants to believe that he isn’t responsible for Paige’s disappearance, but the truth is, she’s in denial. The woman needs to come to terms with the fact that Walter is not in his right mind.
In the final moments of the episode, we learn that he’s keeping Paige hostage because he’s obsessed with her!
Paige also heard everything transpire between Walter, Sunny, and Buck, who knows about Walter and doesn’t want to keep protecting Sunny’s son. She feels like she owes it to him because she brought him into this world, but Buck is quick to inform her that this boy will be her undoing. And he’s not wrong. We also learn that Walter killed his adoptive parents by locking them in a house and setting it on fire, so honestly, I’m not surprised he wants nothing to do with this.
The truth is, if Sunny were to find out about Paige, she would protect Walter over the girl, but I hope Buck wises up and protects himself and Cormac over Sunny and Walter before things get really out of hand.
And now that Cassie found the backpacker, it sure seems like the beginning of the end for Walter and Sunny.
Donno and Tonya
But that’s not all! Paige may have met a pretty grim fate during this wilderness expedition, but that’s the least of their problems as a mysterious man came to the cafe to hire Donno and Tonya to locate the couple for his boss, who wants what belongs to him. While Tonya and Donno inform him that they no longer do that kind of work, since he tells them Ren Bhullar sent him, they consider taking the lucrative deal. We knew Luke and Paige were running from something, but now, I’m even more intrigued to find out about their past. And it makes me wonder if Avery and Carla, Em’s mom, are somehow connected considering Avery has been shifty since they got to camp. What’s he not telling them?
We also met Carla briefly when she stopped by the police station, and let’s just say, she’s not someone I would ever think would be compatible with free-spirited Beau.
As for Gigi, that mystery is still developing as Tonya informed Donno she wouldn’t reveal anything about the partnership with Jenny Hoy’s mom until she was ready.
Interesting stuff, I tell you. Till next week so we can piece more pieces of the puzzle together, Cravers.
Leave any theories in the comments below!
Will There Be a Season 4 of ‘Big Sky’?
Big Sky ended on a high note on Wed, Jan. 18, wrapping up a whirlwind season filled with murder, mystery, and deception.
And naturally, fans are already craving more, especially as each season of the series delves into a new storyline centered in Helena, Montana, and involving Dewell & Hoyt’s Cassie Dewell and Jenny Hoyt.
Unfortunately, ABC decided not to renew Big Sky for a fourth season.
In terms of ratings, the series kept steady with 2.4 million viewers and a 0.2 demo, which seemingly wasn’t enough to convince the network despite a very dedicated fan base and some A-list actors joining in the third season, including Reba McEntire and Jensen Ackles.
The third season wrapped up many lingering storylines, giving fans closure to the mystery plaguing the season, however, there’s always more to explore when it comes to the dynamics between the core characters. And something tells me, there’s no shortage of criminal activity in Helena.
While Cassie and Cormac finally made things official, fans were likely hoping to see a bit more romance for Jenny and Ackles’ Beau. The show has been toying with their chemistry, sparking a “will they or won’t they” debate, but when it finally came down to solidifying their relationship, they left it open-ended.
When TV Insider asked Ackles if he’d return for a fourth season, he explained, “I don’t know. They haven’t even picked up the show yet for Season 4, so I don’t know if anybody’s coming back for Season 4 yet. That’s above my pay grade.”
However, he added, “But if they do decide to pick up a Season 4 — which I would hope they would, I think the show’s really great, and I think it’s got a lot of story left to tell — I don’t know. They had me for one season. They were probably like, well, let’s just bring him in for one, and we’ll see how it goes, and then we’ll go from there. So they’re waiting to hear what happened with the show, and then they’ll probably talk to [showrunner] Elwood [Reid] and try to figure out what to do with the characters, those that are returning and those that they want to return.”
It was fun while it lasted, I guess. Keep the good times rolling by reading our review of the Big Sky Season 3 finale right here.
Big Sky Season Finale Review – That Old Feeling (313)
And just like that, Big Sky brought another absolutely bonkers season to a close.
Big Sky Season 3 Episode 13 picked up with the hunt for Buck (Rex Linn), who kidnapped Denise and Emily and was holding them hostage as leverage.
The whole kidnapping storyline with the women trapped in a trailer was reminiscent of Big Sky Season 1, bringing everything full circle and subtly reminding viewers of what drew us to this series in the first place.
Buck sent us all on a frustrating goose chase. The old man had nothing to lose, which made things all the more difficult, but there’s no denying that the unhinged man who was also badly injured should’ve been taken down way sooner. It was annoying to see him wield the upper hand just as it was tiring to see him overpower person after person who got in his way or tried to stop him. Killing one innocent bystander was fine, but in his state, he shouldn’t have been able to overpower Walter or Beau.
Though, I guess when you have the streak of a cold-blooded killer, it’s different. Buck went off the deep end, and there was no bringing him back. And with the way he was just snapping necks left and right, you’d think this was an episode of The Vampire Diaries.
Buck thought he was playing the long game, but he underestimated Sunny. He tried to manipulate her by using the love that they once had for each other, but it didn’t work. While she was his blind spot, Sunny no longer saw him as the man she married—all she saw was a liar who broke her heart in unimaginable ways. He was convinced that she was on his side after everything he’d done—it was evident when he told her to “shoot them” right before she shot him in the heart. Poetic.
The thing about Sunny is that she always has a plan. It wasn’t a smart plan throwing Walter to the wolves, but I guess she felt as though she owed him this much. And when she realized that Buck was like a cat with nine lives, she knew the only way to make sure he never hurt anyone again was to take the shot, even if it meant that she’d spend the rest of her life in prison. Honestly, something tells me she’s going to really thrive there. She’s resourceful and not above getting her hands dirty.
Sunny may have been fed up with Buck for lying to her and turning her against Walter (because he knew exactly who Buck was), the last straw was when Buck bashed Walter’s head and nearly killed him. At that point, Sunny knew that he was unpredictable and she’d never be safe, despite his promises that he’d never hurt her. If that was true, he wouldn’t have messed up their lives and attacked her boy.
No one even blamed Sunny for what she did as both Jenny and Cassie acknowledged that they’d likely make the same choice if they were in her shoes. Sunny may have been questionable throughout the season, but she came through when it mattered.
Buck and Sunny left behind a trail of victims—thankfully Emily and Denise weren’t included—but the biggest one had to be Cormac. Not only was his whole life a lie, but he found out that his father was one of the worst serial killers of his time, found out that he had a brother, and lost both of his parents in one fell swoop.
And he was crucial in helping Cassie locate Emily and Denise by leading her to a cabin where he used to camp with his dad. It’s a chilling thought to know that Cormac was present for so many of his father’s crimes as a child without even knowing it.
If it hadn’t been for Cormac, however, there’s a huge possibility that the women would’ve never been found. I know that in many cases, loved ones don’t get such good news, but I’m glad Beau didn’t have to endure the pain of losing his child. He went through a father’s worst nightmare when Emily was kidnapped, feeling as though he failed to protect his daughter, and it was painful to watch him feel so helpless.
While I don’t think that Beau was in the right headspace to make his romantic feelings known to Jenny, the series has been playing the “will they or won’t they” game the whole season, so I wish we got some kind of moment. However, it’s understandable that Beau simply needed time to process; he was in a fragile place and needed a friend more than anything.
He went through a rollercoaster of emotions, which were topped off by Carla’s announcement that she’s returning to Houston and taking Emily with her. It’s a bummer to lose Emily because I feel like she was such a great intern for Dewell and Hoyt, but it makes sense that her mother doesn’t want her to have anything to do with it after what transpired.
Plus, the fact that he has no plans to reunite with his wife may just be the sign we need that he’s considering pursuing something romantic with Jenny. And the hand holding definitely solidified their feelings. Both of them deserve happiness, so I’m hoping they find it with each other.
As for Cormac, it’s a good thing he had Cassie in his life, who seemingly even got his mom’s blessing as she asked the detective to “keep an eye out on her son” while she was in prison. Cassie was also on hand to support him when he finally met his half-brother, which is likely a moment Sunny dreamt of for quite a long time. Walter didn’t end up being this season’s monster as we all thought in the begging, but there’s still something off about him. It takes a monster to be able to identify a monster, and I’m not convinced that Walter was completely innocent. The series also gave Paige closure as she popped into the hospital to “thank” Walter for allowing her to escape this hellish nightmare and giving her another shot at life. She’s one of the few that made it out semi-unscathed.
Since the series tackles new mysteries each season, they also put to rest Tonya and Donno’s storyline. The good news is–Donno lived. The bad news is that he’s in a wheelchair, which kind of feels like necessary karma for all the terrible things he’s done. And still, I have a soft spot for him, and his cozy friendship with Tonya has been the highlight of the season. They weren’t exactly pivotal to the storylines, but I’m glad the writers saw value in them and did their best to keep them around. They’ll always have a presence in Helena, so it’s wise to keep them looped in. And they may just be the richest people in town now that Tonya managed to cap the $15 million! I hope they finally hit pause on their life of crime and actually just live.
And that’s that, friends. Cassie and Jenny are Helena’s monster slayers, bringing justice to the worst of the worst like Ronald Pergman and Buck Barnes.
What did you think of the season?
Big Sky Part 1 Season Finale Review – Are You Mad? (312)
Big Sky is pulling out all the stops for its two-part season finale.
This season has been a beautiful mess, with one intriguing and twisted mystery after the other.
And somehow, they had us all thinking that Emily and Denise were kidnapped by the men coming after Avery. Oh, how naive of us.
The series pulled off the mother of plot twists, shocking even Beau Arlen himself, when it was revealed that the kidnapper was Buck Barnes.
Of course, Buck would survive the whole ordeal with Paige. I was naive to think that she had succeeded in killing an evil man.
While Paige managed to get herself to safety, so did Buck, and when Jenny, Cassie, and Beau finally located the bunker in the woods, it was Buck-less.
They did, however, find themselves completely disturbed by the hearts in jars, proving once and for all that Buck is the Bleeding Heart Murderer.
Sunny was shocked to learn all about her husband’s dark side, or, at the very least, she wanted everyone to believe she was shocked. But somehow, I’m not buying it. I don’t believe that she didn’t know anything about it, especially when Walter revealed that he told her that he’d seen Buck the night of Blaire Lucan’s murder.
Who would have thought that after everything, Walter would’ve turned out to be the normal one? Upon finding Paige alive at Sunny’s wielding a huge kitchen knife and covered in blood, the police released Walter. And while he didn’t kill Paige, didn’t they find out that he did murder his foster parents? How was he able to walk free? And what about Luke? Are we just going to forget about him? My guess is that Buck also killed him, but why hasn’t that been made clear?
Walt realized that this whole time, his mother made him feel like he was different and dangerous when in reality, she and Buck were the rotten apples. He said his goodbyes, which didn’t sit well with Sunny, but I doubt that their paths will diverge for long as they’re both going to be motivated to find Buck now that they know he’s alive.
Walter will want revenge for what Buck did to Paige, while Sunny, well, I have no idea what card Sunny is going to play now. She’s always been loyal to Buck, but she’s also a force, so I feel like she might finally do the right thing once she realizes Buck kidnapped the Sheriff’s daughter.
Throughout all of this—and while injured—Buck still managed to kill another innocent victim. Gabriel, much like the Mark the hiker, was simply at the wrong place at the wrong time. It was heartbreaking to see his dog, Lulu, whimper and stay behind with the body after witnessing such brutality.
But for now, enough about Buck as he’s going to be the star of the second half of the season finale.
The first half tied up the whole $15 million/Avery storyline with a bloodbath. Avery, Tonya, and Donno showed up for their meeting with Tony, but things took quite a nasty turn. Avery should’ve known better than to get into bed with a bunch of reckless criminals, but by being greedy, he sealed his own fate. There was no way he was going to get out of this alive. He was constantly in way over his head, and as Beau explained, he thought he was smarter than everyone else, which was his biggest flaw.
The moment he gave up his control of the money, Tony shot him dead. Rest In Peace, Avery.
Avery wasn’t the only one who let greed get the best of him as Tonya’s money-hungry ways led to Donno’s untimely death. I know that Donno was a terrible person who killed people for a living, but god, his death was a gut punch. He went out in a blaze of glory. How is it possible that the sweetest love story coming out of season 3 was between Tonya and Donno? The kiss broke my heart!
In the end, they all lost.
Other Notable Moments
- Jenny put her full support behind Beau to help him find his daughter. Her feelings for him are evident, even though this definitely ins’t the right time. However, with Avery out of the picture and Beau going the extra mile to protect his girls, does Jenny stand a shot against Carla?
- Carla truly is a boss babe. She may have been terrified, but she didn’t let on in the slightest when confronting her stalker.
- Cormac finally found out the truth about his family, and I feel for that boy. His whole life has been a lie, he has a half brother he never knew about, and his dad is a serial killer. And now that he knows it, it jogged a traumatizing memory of when he was a kid and sort of witnessed his dad commit the crimes. He’s going to need a lot of therapy.
- I really bet all those people wished they’d never went glamping.
It’s unclear why Buck kidnapped Denise/Emily, though it definitely seems like he’s not even doing anything with a purpose anymore. He kills for the thrill of it—and he found two people that would motivate everyone to hunt him down.
Will they get to Emily and Denise in time? Will Buck finally get what’s coming to him? The second half of the season finale airs next Wednesday!
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