Before watching the season finale of Pennyworth I was concerned that they would not be able to tie up all the varying plot threads that had been launched during this season. And, in reflection, there were some minor elements that were not resolved. But that scarcely mattered.
Outright revolution takes place, as the Ravens, who kidnapped the Queen (Jessica Ellerby) in the previous episode, use this to force the army onto their side. Tanks are rolling through the streets, and enemies are hanging from the lightposts. It’s not a pretty sight.
The revolution actually makes it easier to tie up some of the plot threads, in brutal fashion. But the story does not stop with that. Things proceed at a breakneck pace, and the story takes twists I had never expected. Sometimes these lead to heavy drama, but others lead to downright hilarious developments.
I guess it’s a bit of a spoiler to reveal that Thomas Wayne (Ben Aldrige) and Martha Kane (Emma Paetz) finally begin a romance, but it was an inevitability. What was a lot more surprising was the other romantic coupling that occurs, and which I refuse to spoil.
I really don’t want to say too much about this episode, but I will state that it was more than I had been hoping for. The final image of the season is one that will stay with me forever, a defining visual for the entire series. Even if this does not get renewed, at least it ended on a high note.
The cast has really delivered exceptional performances throughout this run. But in the end, it was not Jack Bannon who impressed me the most, but Ian Puleston-Davies and Dorothy Atkinson, the ones who play his parents. Their roles seemed so insignificant at the start of the series, but by the end so much depth has been created in their relationships with each other, and their son. A complicated web of love and allegiances that add so much to the climax of the show.
I will concede that this didn’t need to have any connection to the Batman mythos. It seems that the only reason for it was to pull in viewers. But that is fine. This show is great. It needs viewers, and I don’t care how they got pulled in. I probably wouldn’t have watched the show if it hadn’t been about Alfred Pennyworth. And by the time the season finale was done, I was extremely glad that I had been watching it.