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There are no easy answers in "You Get What You Need," but the finale does right by its talented ensemble in more ways than one.
It's too messy to be a mega-happy ending, and a super-dark ending would have been mean to the audience. You can't always get what you want.
What began as a fairly light drama of desperate Californian housewives has morphed into one of the most powerful and moving dramas about domestic abuse and the search for freedom we've seen for many years.
In a tense, thrilling final episode that's so all-around good that it can be forgiven for crafting an ending that, at times, feels a little too neat.
Big Little Lies succeeded so well as a series because of the commitment to telling these stories and because of the astonishingly good work by the actresses telling it.
The hour was designed to scare you, to gnaw at your emotions, to keep you in a heightened, tense state; after watching it, I was emotionally spent.
What an outstanding miniseries.
Facing the ocean with the sun on their skin, they've found something they didn't have at the beginning of the series but needed desperately: true, open friendships.
Big Little Lies had the audacity to examine mothering, divorce, infidelity, domestic violence, and the fractious divide between working and stay-at-home moms. And it did it with a generosity and kindness not usually afforded characters like this.
I hope that this current prestige TV season proves once and for all how much of a market and a blank canvas there is for female-fueled and -focused projects. Big Little Lies showed us all just how amazing and valuable a series like that can be.
What we did need - and what we got - was an unvarnished exploration of the multitudinous ways to be a woman. A series that shattered the Bechdel test. Not a celebration of women, but simply a thoughtful recognition of them.
Big Little Lies wrapped up its first season with a beautifully self-contained, tense, exciting story that got better and better as it went along.