Enjoy Mahlers5th and Valksy‘s analysis of episode 4.11.
“Is life not a hundred times too short for us to stifle ourselves?”
“Someone you love very much will soon be dead”
We were certainly given plenty of time to brace for the worst. Even before season four began, the title of the opening episode (“In Memoriam”) hinted that one of the core group might not have survived the season three finale. In Episode 403 (“Lovers. Apart”) the death of the star-crossed lovers – the Fae bodyjumper and her human lover – highlighted the obstacles faced by cross-species romances and seemed to presage a violent end to one of our cherished ships. In episode 406 (“Of All the Gin Joints”), the subplot involving Ianka and Marcus, the aria from La Boheme, and the many references to Casablanca all suggested that before the season was over, someone dear to us might sacrifice himself or herself for the greater good. Hale was already bleeding from his ear by the end of that episode – never a good sign – but surely the writers wouldn’t rob Kenzi of her first real shot at happiness…would they? Flora’s murder near the end of “La Fae Epoque” (episode 407) left us fretting whether Lauren was long for this world. The Leviathan’s warning in “Destiny’s Child” (episode 409) was unmistakable — someone Bo loved “very much” would soon be dead, and even though her fate had already been written and sealed by the writers, I still prayed, “Dear God, please don’t let it be Lauren.” Tamsin was on her last life anyway, right? She seemed like a logical choice. But my real money was on Rainer. I wanted him dead anyway, and since Bo had been at least brain-washed into believing that she loved him “very much,” he passed the Leviathan test. Like Cinderella’s older sister, I was desperately trying to make the shoe fit somebody, anybody, other than Lauren.