*Obligatory Spoiler Warning*
I think the show hit its low point when, over the course of an exotic bird smuggling scam in Mexico that had gone awry, Lois chopped off Hollis Greene’s arm with a machete. Well, I was concerned that the show had drawn far too many plotlines over the course of the season, and it seems those fears were born out.
What was the point of all that business in Mexico? And Juniper Creek has an advanced IVF clinic that nobody knew about? And why would they bring Sissy Spacek on board, only to have her serve as an ineffective foil for Bill? The Hell?
Still, the finale did attempt, in a rushed and clumsy way, to tie up these loose ends and start with one big plotline for the fifth season: Bill is now a state senator and has publicly announced that he is a polygamist by introducing his three wives at his victory speech. How he’ll manage to keep his job, his businesses, and his storefront church after this will likely take up much of the fifth season. And there is the little matter of Bill’s child with Ana, the Serbian waitress who was briefly his fourth wife. Oh, and Margene might be getting a little action on the side with Ana’s boyfriend Goran (and maybe Ana?) so the group relationships will certainly keep on keeping on.
So the potential is there for a return to form for what I think is the most compelling show on TV. It’s just that I think it might be best if everyone involved just forget most of what happened in Season Four.