Finally! There’s an end to the Ava Hessington case. After 8 episodes, ‘Endgame’ presents, not only a resolution to the lawsuit that was the focus of the season, but the consequences and problems of the merger are solved. No doubt about it- there will be more conflict to come, but at least we can enjoy the placing of this piece of the puzzle.
The episode starts when it left off last week as Harvey comes back from punching Stephen and Donna taking care of his wounds. Her scars, though, are not that easy to cure. How does one convince Donna that it wasn't her fault, or her duty, to know she was sleeping with a murderer? Harvey tries and promises he would make Stephen pay, but it’s not enough. She takes every opportunity she has during the episode to make things right. She shines in those moments, taking matters in her own hands. When Harvey and Jessica confront Darby he accepts to know what his fixer did. Stephen is fired, and Donna is the one to tell him. The trial starts, Harvey’s plan to make Cameron realize Ava’s innocence backfires. Ava is furious with them for hiding that Huntley was the one responsible of ordering the hits, and with Darby for lying to her. Overall, Cameron is winning.
Darby appeals to Jessica’s softer side explaining why Ava's like family to him. Pleading Jessica to leave her anger aside and think of a solution.
Jessica’s anger was mainly because of Harvey’s betrayal, but she forgives him over drinks; why? because he was honest. Also because it was partly her fault to make him feel the need to take over. Harvey is her family.
And the concept of family is what leads to the final showdown. Cameron is convinced Ava's innocent when Darby confesses about a conversation (we know he didn't had) with Stephen. She’s off the hook. Donna finds Stephen having a drink and doesn't fail to tell him how sick he makes her and about the deal they made with Cameron. He gets arrested, and Darby gets probation. He’s surprised to find out he’s also forbidden to practice law in The States, but Mike, Harvey and Jessica aren't. They played it well, not only they won but they have the full ownership of the company back. Darby should have known, Jessica has been playing this game for decades.
Meanwhile Louis fights with Harold because of his involvement in Mikado's fake trial. Later in a heartfelt conversation with Rachel, we find out is not just because of that, but he feels Harold is his failure. Rachel makes him realize he isn't, and not only that, but she doesn't hold back to tell him he’s behaving like a fool.
Rachel and Louis chemistry is like fresh air between all the the drama. Something in between a mentor/protégé and siblings like relationship, between two damaged people that make the other one be better. Jessica and Harvey have left the bad blood behind and can now be the heads of the firm, and what went down between Harvey and Mike is long forgotten. Donna and Harvey, however, seemed to have grown closer. The last scene, possible as most of their ‘serious moments’, goes down with only a few words that show their partnership and a lot of subtle looks. The last couple of episodes have shown how much they care for each other, only the writers know what’s in store for them.
The family dynamics is back. After almost all season wondering if the friendly environment could be like it was, we finally got our answer: It seems it could be better. What do you think?
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