Rebuild The Movement? Rebuild The Path: Thoughts On The Season 3 Finale

by Christine Marie Attardo

It’s been quite some time since I’ve caught up with Hulu’s The Pathand that’s mostly because I was completely immersed in Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale. Because I’ve been watching the show for three seasons now, I was very curious to know how it would all turn out.
[**WARNING: SPOILERS FOR SEASON 3 FINALE OF THE PATH!]

To be blunt, I was not impressed. This entire season was filled with a lot of hope. I felt like the show was finally going in an exciting direction where the Movement was expanding and finally facing public criticism that would naturally take place for a “cult-like” type religion. The addition of character, Vera, led to an intriguing plot, one that sucked me right in. Aaron Paul who plays Meyerist leader Eddie Lane, has always impressed me.
However, the finale was a huge let down. The whole season we kind of thought Eddie was going to die. Sure, I knew that it probably wasn’t going to happen, but I was excited to see how it would all turn out. The actual outcome was newcomer character, Vera being shot instead. Here’s the thing about characters that are simply brought into the show to simply die. You really have to make the viewer care so much about that new character in order to care about their death.
Vera wasn’t a bad character, don’t get me wrong, but she wasn’t an amazing addition. Perhaps in seasons to come, if she had lived, things would have been different. However, that moment we were waiting for after several episodes of built up tension was completely derailed by an unnecessary death. What really added to it to make it worse was the fact that this is how the season ended. Eddie calls for a revamp of the teachings in the Movement and we see Vera’s funeral. Another rebuild? Come on.
All in all, I’m bummed. I ended up staring at the screen questioning whether or not that was the actual finale. Turns out, it was. I’d be curious to see if the show gets renewed for another season. How did you feel about the season finale of The Path? 
You can stream all three seasons on Hulu.

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