Damnation Season Finale “God’s Body”
Episode 10, The Season Finale. How can this amazing show be over already? It feels like it just started. I fell in love with this show right from the beginning and I’m sad to see the season come to a close. This action packed, edge of your seat finale will have you begging for a Season 2. I can’t be left never knowing what happens to these people I’ve come to care so much about.
We open with little Brittany (Alexis McKenna) staring at the body of DL Sullivan (Joe Adler). Connie (Melinda Page Hamilton) covers poor DL’s body with a blanket as the surviving farmers cover the bodies of the dead scattered around the Riley Farm. Sheriff Berryman (Christopher Heyerdahl) and Bessie (Chasten Harmon) show up at the farm. Bessie shows Creeley (Logan Marshall-Green) an old newspaper article showing Tennyson Duvall (Zach McGowan) outside the Colton Creek Church. Creeley realizes that The Duvall family has been affecting their lives for years.
Seth (Killian Scott) rereads the note that was attached DL’s body and decides to turn himself over to The Black Legion to save Amelia (Sarah Jones). Creeley lets Seth know that everything they have been through, including Cynthia’s death as well as what is going on now, all ties back to The Duvall Family. Seth tells him he will stall and hopes someone figures something out. I sure hope so too. I don’t feel good about him turning himself in. There is no way they will just set Amelia free. As he turns himself over to The Legion and they put a sack over his head I’m worried this is the beginning of the end for Seth and Amelia.
Creeley tells everyone he is going back into town to find out where they took Seth. This trip won’t be easy with The Legion still blocking the roads the town. Martha Riley (Philippa Domville) tells him they are going with him because Preston (Teach Grant) needs a doctor or he won’t survive. I let out a huge sigh of relief that, at least for now… sweet, lovable Preston is still alive.
The two cars, one carrying Creeley and the sheriff the other carrying Connie, Martha and a badly injured Preston come up to a blockade at a bridge. Connie explains to The Legion that they need to get Preston to a doctor and pleads to be let through. The Legion members laugh at her. What a big mistake that was – no one wants to piss Connie off.
Creeley asks The Legion if they are all armed and they laugh and raise their weapons. As they do this Creeley, Connie and the Sheriff pull out their guns and start firing. Several members are quickly killed and the rest give up. While I do understand they were “taken by surprise” I have a hard time accepting that not a single shot would be fired from The Legion. Sometimes these little details bother me.
As Connie and the Sheriff begin complimenting each other on their shooting ability, Creeley asks if they will be arrested for this. The Sheriff says it was “self defense” and demands the remaining members remove their hoods. He tells them to get their “worthless asses out of the county” and they all scramble to leave. While I’m glad they will be able to get to town, it doesn’t feel right that they were able to get rid of them so easily. I expected a much bigger fight. The scene ends with some flirting between the Sheriff and Connie. I did not see that coming, but it was very sweet and made me smile.
Trouble in Town
When the Sheriff and Creeley reach town, they discuss Melvin Stubbs (Paul Rae) getting his hands on Sam, Jr (Rohan Mead) if he wins the election. Creeley gives him an alibi for the time of the murder and the Sheriff drops the charges against Sam, Jr. Creeley heads off to find John Dyson (Morgan David Jones), the new banker. He hopes the man can talk Melvin and his men out of killing Seth. Creeley approaches the bank and there is a sign saying it’s closed for Election Day. The door is not locked and he cautiously enters. The feeling is very tense and I’m convinced he will find the banker dead. It doesn’t take long for me to be proved right. Creeley finds Dyson with a bullet to the head.
The Sheriff returns to his office and gets out all his guns. He tells his nephew Raymond (David Haysom) to deputize “every farmer, moonshiner, fornicator and degenerate gambler who is willing to help.” Creeley comes running into the office and lets the Sheriff know that Dyson is dead. Raymond tells them he knows where Melvin is as he turns up the radio. We hear Melvin giving an “Election Day” speech from the Radio Station.
Do as I Say
Seth is brought into the Radio Station where Melvin pulls the bag off his head. When Seth asks where Amelia is Melvin tells him it’s out of his hands and he leaves. They take Seth to a back room where he comes face to face with that slimy asshole Martin Eggers Hyde (Gabriel Mann). Hyde tells Seth he knows he is really Seth Turner and is Creeley’s brother. He also lets him know that the banker who shared this information with him is now dead. Seth responds by telling him if he has hurt Amelia he will “split him open from asshole to throat”. This is something I really want to see, it’s the least he deserves.
Hyde presents Seth with a script he wants him to read on the radio denouncing the strike. When Seth says he won’t do it Hyde turns a light on showing Amelia in the room next door with a gun to her head. He tells Seth he has to choose between his wife and his cause. Hyde promises him if he reads the message they will let Amelia live, but that Seth will have to die. Seth tells him he needs to speak to Amelia before making his decision.
Hyde shows Seth the switch to talk to Amelia and the switch to go live on the radio. As Seth sits down and flips the switch to talk to Amelia, I’m praying he has secretly turned on the live radio also. He tells her they want him to denounce the strike and tell the farmer’s to give up. Seth tells her after what they did to DL he is sure they will kill her if he doesn’t. The look on Amelia’s face when he mentions DL breaks my heart, she didn’t know he had been killed. She tells Seth not to read the message, that they will kill them both even if he does. At this point Tanner (Bradley Stryker) puts a gag in her mouth. I’m still hoping so hard that Seth is broadcasting this discussion over live radio.
Seth tells Amelia that he is just as responsible for Cynthia’s death as Creeley because he never told her who he really was. It still makes me mad that he continues to blame Creeley for her death. He then lets her know he did the same work as Creeley, that he was a thug, a strikebreaker, a killer. Amelia can’t speak because of the gag in her mouth but you see her heart being torn apart. The man she loves and trusts had been lying to her all this time.
Hyde tells him it’s time for him to read his speech and flips the live radio on. I’m so disappointed as I really did hope that all that time he was talking to Amelia he was broadcasting. Seth denounces the “Un American War” the farmers and workers are waging and commands them to stop. As he struggles to read the line “who needs Jesus Christ when you’ve got Henry Ford” shots suddenly ring out. Hyde looks out front to find the Radio Station surrounded by Sheriff Berryman, Creeley and several armed men.