When everyone works together towards a common goal, Big Sky shines brighter than the supermoon on the deadly trails Sunny was trying to hike on.
On Big Sky Season 3 Episode 7, Cassie, Hoyt, and Beau made headway on the case of the Bleeding Heart Murder, and it’s all connecting back to Sunny Day Acres, which honestly, isn’t so sunny.
On the surface, it definitely seems like Walter is responsible, but I’m not convinced. Walter is strange, there’s no doubt about that, but the killing’s are not his M.O. Walter is a lurker and a stalker who is also a bit obsessive, but we’ve never actually seen him hurt anyone. The missing hiker Mark fell to his death after Walter’s presence scared him, but he didn’t kill him.
The only people Walter was known to kill are his adoptive parents when he was younger, and it was in a rage after they hurt his friend, Meredith.
What we know about the Bleeding Heart Murder is that his weapon of choice is a “curved blade knife” that was never found.
And you know who else just killed a young woman with a knife? Buck. And while I initially thought Buck was just a devoted husband, the way he smelled Mary’s blood on his hands after he killed her and seemed to enjoy it gave me serial killer vibes. He was all too comfortable killing this woman; it was definitely not a one-off.
We’ve been so preoccupied with pointing the finger at Walter that we totally didn’t see what was right in front of us. The person we should really be investigating is Buck.
I don’t have an explanation as to why Walter’s figurines include the red heart, nor do I know why he was lurking around the woods on prom night when Blaire was murdered, but it’s possible that he knows Buck’s secrets.
The bottom line is that the Barnes family is truly disturbed, and poor Cormac is stuck in the middle of it all. He’s suspicious enough as he notices his parents are hiding something and acting rather shady, but he can’t seem to place their odd behavior just yet. I think that if he’d talk to Cassie, they might be able to put two and two together, but the missing piece, for now, is Walter.
When they find Walter, it’ll lead them to Buck, unless Mary’s freshly discovered body, by Emily of all people, will do that instead.
Buck and Sunny conjured up a plan to take a supermoon night hike with the campers so that they could “stumble” upon Mary’s body, along with Paige’s belongings, and let everyone assume that Luke was some kind of Romeo killer, but I don’t think anyone is going to believe that, especially because since Emily found the dead body, Beau is 100% going to be involved. And Beau comes with Jenny and Cassie, who are all making some progress when it comes to Mark’s disappearance and the mystery of the Bleeding Heart Murder.
The point is—it’s all unraveling, and Sunny was right to think that Emily’s persistence was going to be a thorn in her side.
When Emily encountered Buck in the woods after locating Mary’s body, I was sure she was going to be his next victim, so I’m glad that she made it back to base camp safely.
But I hope this is a lesson to Emily to stop putting her nose in other people’s business, especially when someone like Luke gives her a piece of advice to leave because the camp is filled with bad people. I would go home and never look back!
I think every single person at that camp has had a gut feeling that something isn’t right, so why are they still sticking around?
The mystery of the Bleeding Heart Murder really kicked into high gear after someone broke into Dewell & Hoyt and tore the place apart, leaving a cryptic “Come Get Me” message written in blood. Poor Denise was inside at the time and scared to death, but it was evident that it wasn’t the actual murderer since he never pursued her despite her keys jingling at the absolute worst time and giving away her hiding spot.
The series was trying to bait-and-switch us with Del Lucan, the father of the first BHM victim, Blaire. Joe, Blaire’s boyfriend at the time and a key suspect, first pointed the finger at Del, claiming he was obsessed with his daughter. When Cassie made it to Del’s place, she found a bulletin board filled with pictures of Blaire and key pieces of the investigation, which made Del look suspicious, not to mention the way he came in there with his shotgun and threatened Cassie.
However, when she called him out for murdering his daughter, his tough guy facade disintegrated and he confessed to breaking into D&H simply to remind people that his daughter’s murder continues to go unsolved.
“The killer is still out there,” he warned ominously before Cassie located a composite of what looked like a young Walter, who I believe was there that night but again, not the man responsible for the murder.
I’m still missing some key pieces to connect Buck to it, but I’m thinking he may have gone under a different identity. It’s all just too coincidentally, and I’m hoping that as Cassie, Jenny, and Beau dig a little deeper, the answers become more and more obvious.
Elsewhere, Luke, who was trying to evade Tonya and Donno, stumbled into Paige, very much alive, in the woods. The look on her face was menacing, and the fact that Walter was behind Luke with an axe was unnerving, but again, I don’t think the intention is to kill Luke, I believe she wants to scare him into handing over the drive with the $15 million on it.
And that means a lot of people want what Luke has. Tonya and Donno tried to remove themselves from this situation after realizing that it wasn’t exactly what they signed up for, but the people that hired them—guest starring Darius Rucker and Lyle Lovett as Possum and Tex, respectively—weren’t interested. They wanted Luke dead or else they threatened to burn down the bar with Tonya and Donno inside. Understood.
Donno informed Tonya that for the first time in his life, he had something to lose and he didn’t want to keep being a hitman, but she glossed over his very vulnerable moment by suggesting they ask for double the money instead. Donno is so in love with that woman, he would do anything for her. I wish she reciprocated those feelings and acknowledged his desire to by done with the game.
Maybe finding Luke and Paige could be their last job? If they make it out alive that is.
They’re also keeping an eye on Avery, who Tonya describes as a shady finance dude who knows about the $15 million and keeps asking too many questions for his own good. I still can’t pinpoint whether Avery is a good guy or simply moonlighting as one, but I guess we’ll find out. Much like Emily, he needs to learn to keep to himself instead of sticking his nose into business that doesn’t affect him because he has no idea who he’s messing with and how much trouble Luke and Paige are involved in. It could cost him his life.
Either way, bad things are happening at Sunny Acres, and now that the cops and detectives are about to descend on that place, it’s bad news for everyone. Cassie will surely have her confirmation that something eerie is going on in that camp as this is now the third time she’s been summoned there under strange circumstances.
What did you think of the episode? Do you think Buck is dangerous?
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.
As of now, ABC has not renewed Big Sky for a fourth season, and it may be months before we get any insight into the matter.
In terms of ratings, the series kept steady with 2.4 million viewers and a 0.2 demo, which means ABC could go either way with their decision.
The fact that they brought in the big guns like Reba McEntire and Jensen Ackles for this season likely means the network believes in the series—and it’s hard to argue with the dedicated fanbase that has stuck around through every twisted and over-the-top plot.
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. While it may have been frustrating to fans, it’s likely the show’s hope that it’s enough to convince ABC to green light another season to allow them to explore these relationships further.
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.”
Once ABC gives the word—we’ll update this post accordingly. In the meantime, don’t be shy, read 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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