Written by Ollie C.
This review contains mild spoilers for the finale of Fleabag Season 2
Better is the end of a thing than its beginning, and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.
So this is it. For the forseeable future, this is the end of Fleabag. The wonderful tragicomedy created by the mastermind that is Phoebe Waller-Bridge. And boy did it end in style. This episode is perhaps on par with the exquisite opening episode to a stellar Series 2, but this episode didn't just wrap up this season perfectly, it wrapped up the show perfectly. Giving us everything we wanted but leaving us still wanting more from the troubled yet loveable Fleabag.
As the series comes to its climax, we open after another certain climax featuring Fleabag (Waller-Bridge) and The Priest (Andrew Scott) as they begin to come to terms with their relationship in which "complicated" rarely touches it. The episode then focusses heavily on the wedding between Fleabag's father and god-awful Godmother which gives us some of the best acting from all our cast, including Sian Clifford and Brett Gelman who play Claire and Martin respectively- each finally reaching breaking (up) point. We also get some absolutely beautiful moments between Fleabag and her Father played by Bill Paterson where it's discussed the importance of family.
This episode's theme really is 'blood is thicker than water', with some relationships coming to an end, some just beginning and some growing stronger than ever. My favourite line from the episode is from Claire who says "The only person I'd run through an airport for is you" in response to Fleabag, which sums up the entire character arc this pair have been on, from bickering to supporting each other through the hardest of times. The way in which it is delivered, under the breath of Claire truly is heart-warming. My only complaint of this episode, to make it feel completely wrapped up would have been a scene between Fleabag and Boo, the 2 that started it all.
We also get some lovely callbacks to earlier moments in the series, along with the infamous bust that Fleabag stole from Olivia Colman's Godmother, who we finally find who its based upon- which really is rather sweet. We finish the episode with a perfect scene between The Priest and Fleabag, which genuinely brought me to tears. But I wasn't ready for the actual ending. A glance and wave of goodbye from Fleabag was all we needed yet it was so powerful, Waller-Bridge was waving goodbye to her little world she created. I want to thank her on behalf of all her viewers that she gave us a programme that was incredibly unique and incredibly moving, not being a mere comedy about the troubled life of a troubled woman but touching on life, death and everything in between.
Thank you Phoebe Waller-Bridge, *waves goodbye*. #WheresClaire
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