I mean, it is and it isn’t. There’s still a movie, which I haven’t watched because I haven’t had the time and also have yet to figure out where it’s available. I’ll get to it someday!
The days of waiting for new episodes to be released are over, though. And I’m really gonna miss this show.
This review is NOT spoiler-free! Read at your own risk!
Season three of Carmilla begins with our heroine trapped in the library. The Dean has revealed herself – she possessed Perry all along, since the beginning of season two – and now Laura, Carmilla, and LaFontaine are in hiding.
I love and miss the naivety + simplicity of season one, when we never saw anything more than Laura’s dorm room and she was still figuring out who Carmilla really was. But it makes my heart happy to see those two fall even more deeply in love, too. And with that love comes RELATIONSHIP PROBLEMS. And angst.
The trio of Laura / Carmilla / LaF is as bumbling as ever. Earnest, but definitely bumbling. They unintentionally help the bad guys on more than one occasion in their determination to stop the Dean from opening the final gates and unleashing all evil.
Annie Briggs is absolutely AMAZING as Perry/the Dean. I wouldn’t mind a miniseries or at least, I don’t know, a short graphic novel all about her adventures. It’s clear that Perry loves and cares for LaF so much and it’s so wonderful to watch.
I have… complicated feelings about LaF. I love them, but on the other hand they’ve gotten on my nerves from the very beginning and soooo many times this season, I found myself wishing they would shut up so we could have another scene with the Dean. Tbh! This may be an unpopular opinion, but I’m just not a huge fan of Kaitlyn Alexander’s acting?
WE FINALLY GET TO MEET LAURA’S DAD. Aaaaaaa !!!
I love the transmissions from Mel and Kirsch. I have yet to listen to the extra content AKA podcasts, but it was a lot of fun to get someone else’s perspective without switching to an entirely new locale, because this way we got to see the characters communicate with + react to each other in live time as sHIT WENT DOWN.
The pit scene was fuckign intense.
That final kiss between Laura and Carm had me in tears!
I’m still not over that ending. It was beautiful… and I knew it would be. The showrunners gave us a high-stakes story, but didn’t fall into the #BuryYourGays trap. THAT’S HOW YOU DO IT, WRITERS EVERYWHERE TAKE NOTE.
It was so fitting to have Carmilla and Laura walk through the Silas campus after the Dean is defeated. We’ve spent so long with these characters and heard so much about so many places nearby, but never seen them – whether due to budget constrictions as in season one or to the decision to streamline the storytelling in later seasons. A beautiful, tear-jerking scene for sure.
The very final scene has Laura and Carmilla on a beach, five years on. Leading right into the movie… which I really should get around to watching sometime soon! It’s hard to express how much this show has done for me. It’s been instrumental in helping me accept my lesbian identity. There just isn’t much media written by lesbians for lesbians about lesbians.
Seeing these two women meet, fall in love, kiss (a lot!), and finally walk into the metaphorical sunset, forever changed by their experiences at Silas but alive, means the world to me.