You Mean All This Time We Could Have Been Friends?
Feud Bette and Joan



Critic Ratings: 11
Critics Consensus

Bittersweet and poignant, "You Mean All This Time..." explores what might have been and gives Jessica Lange one last chance to shine.

Episode Info

In the season finale, Joan accepts a leading role on a new film despite her deteriorating health. Later: Faced with a new rival, Bette reflects on her misplaced feud with Joan.

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Critic Reviews for You Mean All This Time We Could Have Been Friends?

"There's no one else here. It's just you and I." It's the saddest image Feud has managed to muster up.

Sep 14, 2017 | Full Review…
Top Critic

In the end, Feud was about the performances, which the real Joan Crawford and Bette Davis would have almost certainly loved.

Jun 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Heartbreaking events ... led the infamous foes to the end of the rivalry that always should have been a friendship.

Sep 18, 2017 | Full Review…

Feud ends by revisiting the first day Davis and Crawford spent on the Baby Jane set together.

Sep 15, 2017 | Full Review…

Jessica Lange delivers her strongest performance in the series during this episode, acting mostly opposite herself and an empty room; projecting immense and soul-crushing loneliness, nostalgia, and longing for brighter times.

Sep 14, 2017 | Full Review…

Anyone else burst into tears as the final credits rolled, thinking about how freaking sad Joan and Bette ended up? No? No one? Totally. Not me either. I have complete control over my emotions.

Sep 18, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Feud has had a very strong point of view. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't, but it gives an audience so much to chew on, confront, discover. Murphy doesn't play it safe.

Sep 15, 2017 | Full Review…

Its powerhouse performances, its impeccable period designs, its tender, yet epic, empathy, all of it serviced a heartfelt, inspired, passionately created series that explored meaningful themes and painful revelations with gravity and gravitas.

Sep 14, 2017 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Feud made its points loudly and boldly, but I found myself vibing with it more and more as I tapped into its particular tone.

Sep 14, 2017 | Full Review…

And off they go to their dressing rooms, to an alternate reality of goodwill and teamwork and a Ryan Murphy show called Movie Stars Who Mostly Get Along.

Sep 12, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

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