What happens in the Lovecraft Country finale?
There is no denying that HBO‘s Lovecraft Country has outdone all expectations with its critically acclaimed first season, leaving many wondering what to expect from the highly anticipated final episode. Fans were not disappointed as the series tied up several of its loose ends while brilliantly leaving certain aspects open to exploring in a follow-up run.
The first season finale, “Full Circle,” had no shortage of shocking moments that undoubtedly had subscribers dropping their jaws to the floor
. From spell-casting showdowns to robot armed death chokeholds, here are the five of the most significant moments from the biggest episode of HBO’s Lovecraft Country.
1. Taking a bite out of Titus!
Leti and Tic return to the mysterious tunnels via the magic elevator they encountered back in episode four, “A History of Violence,” in order to resurrect Titus Braithwhite. They bring the racists sorcerer back from the dead in order to remove his protection spell and grab a piece of his chest in the process to give Atticus the advantage against Christina.
But the resilient, dynamic duo isn’t alone in this daunting endeavor as Tic’s mother, Hattie, and Hanna help take down Titus in a spellbinding showdown many years in the making. Later we see Tic commemorate this win by eating the piece of Titus’s chest, washing it down with some satisfying blood, further proving Lovecraft Country’s excellence in outdoing all expectations.
2. That’s not Ruby!
It was hard to tell where Ruby’s loyalties lied due to her body-swapping relationship with Christina. The two had become romantically involved, so it seemed like she may not come thru for Leti when her sister asks for some of MS. Braithwaite for a spell. Shockingly enough, Ruby comes through with some Christine DNA in a potion vial.
But we soon learn that Ruby was caught during her effort to secure a sample for her sister resulting in her untimely demise. The Ruby we see on screen is just Ms. Braithwhite in disguise, thoroughly indicating the ambitious sorceress is as merciless as she is relentless.
3. Kumiho to the rescue!
Ji-Ah has been one of the best parts of the series, and it was pretty apparent they were setting Jaimie Chung’s character up for something big before the credits rolled. And the nine-tailed fox spirit came through in a big way.
The shaman’s prediction of the Kumiho becoming one with the darkness came true as she absorbed the dark energy expelled during the ritual, attaining the same effects that would have occurred had Ruby succeeded in her efforts. As a result of Ji-Ah’s interference, Christina’s plan is thwarted, and viewers are given a montage of vision showcasing Montrose’s letter being delivered to Hippolyta, Tic teaching Diana how to Shoggoth whisperer, and Ruby’s unfortunate fate providing a powerful climax to an epic battle.
4. The death of Atticus Freeman
There was always a chance that one of the main characters wasn’t going to make it out of the first alive, and a lot of us figured Atticus would be the one to bite the dust. Time and time again, he showed that he was ready to sacrifice himself as necessary, and unfortunately, that was the case with the well-crafted season finale.
During the ritual, his blood was drained thanks to Christina cutting some pretty devastating wounds on Tic, and then when you add in the lethal side effects of certain incantations, the chances of survival, no matter how magical a person is, are not good. It’s hard to count out a return from Atticus at some point, given the fact that time travel and other dimensions exist, but for now, the champion of Lovecraft Country has earned some much-needed rest.
5. Diana gets a robot Winter Soldier arm
Just when audiences thought the Lovecraft Country season finale had no surprises left, it brings us back to the place of the ritual with Christina trapped under a pile of rubble. Her cries for help go unnoticed until Diana, and her new pet Shoggoth arrive on the scene.
Christina askes for help, but Diana reveals her new robotic arm that Hippolyta must have constructed for her. She then proceeds to strangle the sinister sorceress until her neck caves in, leaving a bloody mess all over her pretty face. It will be very interesting to see how Diana’s new upgraded appendage factors into future Lovecraftian adventures down the line.