This new overarching mystery is really working in Big Sky’s favor!
Big Sky Season 3 Episode 3 kept me hooked from beginning to end as tensions at Sunny Acres Farms intensified with the disappearance of Paige. Cassie and Denise were also on the hunt for answers about what happened to missing hiker Mark, coming closer to the suspect than they ever imagined, while Cassie and Beau’s new case was wonky, entertaining, and tapped into her past in such a creative way!
Since there are so many moving parts, we’re going to break them down one by one!
What Happened to Paige?
Well, that seems to be the question that everyone is asking at Sunny Acres Farms, including Emily, who feels like everyone is hiding something and dismissing her very real concerns about Paige’s disappearance. It’s the unfortunate plight of a young girl that no one takes seriously. They shrugged off her account of finding Luke because he twisted the narrative by stating that “she saved him,” even though it was clear that Luke did not want to be found. When she questioned why Paige would find her way back to camp while Luke was lost in the woods, Sunny informed her that sometimes people do things like that. Uh, no they don’t?
And when she confronted her stepdad, Avery, about why he was in Paige’s tent the other day, he continued to claim that he just walked into the wrong tent, which is surely not the case.
The truth is that all of these glampers are suspicious as hell! Paige may have an overactive imagination, but she’s the only one asking real questions and thinking critically. Well, except for that one male camper that Avery tried to shut down immediately. What was the deal with that?
Why is Avery shady? Is he working for someone? What did he want from Paige? Is he responsible for her disappearance, which is why he keeps telling Emily to let it go? What was Paige and Luke’s real story? They mentioned something about money. And where did she disappear to? Why did she have a gun in her bag? Is this part of some long-running con? And why is Luke’s first action upon returning to camp to hook up with someone else?
We know Sunny buried Paige’s bag because she’s trying to protect Walt, but does she actually believe Walt took Paige? This show really has a penchant for moms and sons with complicated dynamics. Why do these mothers continue protecting monsters? And while it seems like Burt, Sunny’s husband, is also aware that something weird is going on, Cormac, who I initially thought we could trust, seems to know more than he’s letting on. Why did he keep Paige’s knife? Does he know about Walt?
All I know is that Emily needs to get in touch with her father ASAP! Also, she probably should be suspicious of anyone who puts that much butter in their coffee!
What’d You Do Walt?
Again, this dynamic between Sunny and Walt is strange and reminiscent of Ronald Pergman and his mother. She knows her child is capable of evil, but she’s choosing to protect him each time. When she realizes Paige’s disappearance is going to raise a few brows, she orders Walt to permanently get rid of Mark’s body. So, the unhinged son digs him up (and gifts him one of the toys he carved, which is, well, creepy) and attempts to move him somewhere else. Along the way, his car breaks down, and his path crosses with Cassie and Denise, who are running point on the investigation into Mark’s disappearance.
Mark’s family got in touch with Denise claiming that he sent them an email assuring them that everything was okay, so they set out to investigate the trail mentioned in his message. Little did Cassie know, she was standing right in front of Mark’s body when she offered to help Walt fix his truck. Cassie’s gut has been her saving grace with the whole Ronald situation, so she picked up on Walt’s strange body language immediately.
And if it wasn’t for Denise popping out from the truck, Walt was going to slice Cassie too! The dude clearly has no qualms about killing people, though, it seems he only comes for people who pose a threat to him. Therefore, I don’t really believe he killed Paige.
Sunny scolded her son after finding out that he had been spotted by Cassie, while Cassie and Denise reached the trail Mark was allegedly on and noticed that there was no snow on the peak, meaning that someone—not Mark—was sending these texts to get the family off his trail. Keep on digging, ladies, you’re so close!
Jenny’s Mother Comes to Town
Jenny Hoyt’s past came back to haunt her when a case she was investigating with Sheriff Beau connected right back to her mother. And the plot thickens!
The duo responded to a call about a murder at Mooney’s ranch. Ivan Mooney informed them that two men killed his brother, Gil, after he tried to fight back against a gold mine scam that they were roped into. When he said the name Starlight Mining, Jenny’s heart immediately sank knowing that her mother’s grifting made its way to Montana. When they confronted Gigi (Rosanna Arquette) at the motel she was staying in, she admitted to working with the man, Harold, who tried to con her out of the business. She promised to team up with Jenny and the “cute” Sherriff to bring Harold down. Jenny was all too familiar with her mom’s scams and tricks, and yet, she still let her guard down and allowed herself to be disappointed yet again when she realized that Gigi played them to steal $30,00 that the department loaned them to nab Harold.
We now know exactly why Jenny always has her guard up—people always hurt her. And her mother never changed. The moment they shared—reminiscing about the past, eating pineapple cake, and drinking wine—was genuine, but in the end, her mother’s con-artist ways overpowered her once again, piling on the disappointment.
I’m really enjoying Beau and Jenny’s partnership, particularly their undercover work as a newly married couple. They acted their butts off to convince Harold to make a deal with them—and the outfits were just the cherry on top. They bring an amusing vibe to the show that can oftentimes be too dark and twisted. And, in general, I think they are good for each other. They’ve both been through their fair share of heartache, and they continue to deal with the fallout of their personal issues, but that’s why I’m rooting for them to become a couple. Sorry, Cassie!
As for Gigi, Jenny thought it was the last we saw of her, but the final few moments of the episode revealed that she took her 30 grand and teamed up with Jenny’s sworn enemies, Tanya and Donno. Those two are bad news! What’s the deal there? How did they get in touch? What new scam are they going to be running? I can’t wait to see Jenny’s reaction when she gets a wind of this!
What do you think about Big Sky Season 3? Are you enjoying the mysteries this season and how everything is somehow connected?
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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