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Les Revenants / The Returned

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The setting and atmosphere are very nicely done, I love the photography of it too. I can't imagine how it's going to all get wrapped up over a few more episodes. Is there a 2nd series (season?) in the offing?

Anyway, one of my theories is that everyone in the town might be dead already, without them knowing it yet themselves. I have very little to back that up, but I think it could be something along those lines. Maybe the returned (the characters that we know have died), are returning to the afterlife version of the town as they are kind of promoted up from some form of purgatory.

edit: maybe not, thinking about the couple who hung themselves. I wonder if they will turn straight back up as returnees? I really haven't thought this through properly, have I.

Whatever it is, I really want to find out, I hope things are tied up in a satisfying manner by the end of the run. Great television.

There's a second season filming soon I think

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Oh no...that screams 'Lost' territory for me.

But isn't all based on a book? That means there must be some sort of finish to it.

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I think a French person on here said it was good so I'm not too concerned. I dare not google any french reviews in case of spoliers. Also I can't read French.

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But isn't all based on a book? That means there must be some sort of finish to it.

It is based on the film, They Came Back, but it appears to be taking quite a different approach to the subject.

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I watched the 8th episode last night (minor, non storyline-specific spoiler follows).

Edit. How do I do spoilers ? Can I not use:

[spoiler] text here [/spoiler] ?

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That is how they work. If I write what you've written it works:

text here

but if I copy and paste yours, it doesn't;

[spoiler] text here [/spoiler]

but if I copy it into notepad first to clear all the formatting and shit, then paste it here it works;

text here

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Ah, cheers for the spoiler info. Let me try that again (as I say, nothing too spoilerish):

Yeah. Pretty much don't go expecting any sort of resolution/explanation. The very final shot merely cues up the second series (and even that final shot can be interpreted in two different ways). To be honest, as much as I love the muisc, the art direction, the acting etc - it has kept its cards VERY close to its chest throughout.


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How have you all come to that conclusion, and how does that explain all the different events, not to mention that the returned, some of them at least, seem to be suffering from deterioration?

Finale spoiler (see edit below):

I was enjoying the show so much I couldn't stand the weekly wait so a few weeks back I downloaded the rest of the season and watched it all. I have to say I absolutely loved everything about it, outstanding TV. The atmosphere was perfect, the mystery was confusing and yet nearly every episode the answer felt tantalisingly close. Brilliant, right up to

the last 10 minutes. I had no idea a second season was planned so it was all heading towards a big climax, here it was, everything was about to drop and then... fuck all. Massive, massive let down.

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I hope the second season delivers because, not withstanding the above total frustration, it was a very enjoyable show.

Edit: I'm not really sure that deserves to be a spoiler but it was unknown information to me when I watched the show so perhaps some other people who haven't seen the finale yet might also not know.

Edit edit: Shit sorry I thought the finale was tonight, but it was the penultimate one right? I hope the above hasn't ruined the finale for anyone. Really sorry.

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Did the returned all start getting

rotten skin after they had done something bad (Simon cheating on his woman, the twin lying to the couple who hanged themselves, the little boy stabbing up the neighbour)?

I like the theory side to these types of shows. Last night was a bit slower than usual, the boy appearing during the sex scene was fun tho.

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How have you all come to that conclusion, and how does that explain all the different events, not to mention that the returned, some of them at least, seem to be suffering from deterioration?

Unable to leave, for one thing - Serge and Toni were going in circles on land they live in, same for Julie and Laure. Deterioration only seems to have started happening after they've resolved something (when did Victor's arm start going funny though? Can't remember precisely). Classic purgatory stuff, at least. Rest of it, no idea.

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Well, I don't know about anyone else but I'm fucking hyped for tonight, and I'm not even sure what that means! Resolution or not, it's been a great series of something a bit different.

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Shit, I'm in a really really low signal area and I must've messed with the cables the other day as I'm taping NOTHING but a black screen. SHIT. C4+1 is my only saviour now, SD bedamned!

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It was a fantastic and tense finale, but confusing with it (expected with it not being the last ever episode I guess).

Why is Lucy the leader? Obviously before Serge got his jaws into her she had some kind of insight with her bizarre whore/soothsayer business.

How come most of the Revenants were mincing about in the woods for a week while some others tried to resume a normal life without knowing what was going on?

What's with bits of them falling off?

If they came back to take them all, why was Serge (and I assume Toni and ma) left in the toom?

Madame Costa seemed to know when the original dam broke that this would happen. Mr Costa never seemed to return?

Also, something about those butterflies?

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Well that was disappointingly free of any answers whatsoever but I'm going to stick with it just because there's something adorably sweet (and slightly sinister) about the Julie/Victor (Louis) thing, and I really hoped Laure was going to go with her too. In fact, that reminds me, did she stay outside with the rest of the fuzz or did she go inside the building?

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I must have been lucky knowing there was a season 2 on the way, I burned through this from a download and just happened to finish around the time the final episode was shown on C4. It's brilliant. I'm a bit surprised to see the "they're all in purgatory" omnitheory being floated. I hope this continues to stay surreal, I don't really want "answers".

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Well that was disappointingly free of any answers whatsoever but I'm going to stick with it just because there's something adorably sweet (and slightly sinister) about the Julie/Victor (Louis) thing,

I really enjoyed the Victor/Julie relationship. Thinking about it, though, if the second series is still being written, surely the actor playing Victor is going to have grown up and changed too much to mainitain continuity. I'm calling it the 'Walt Syndrome'.

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I like that the finale wasn't about delivering a lot of answers. The show has became less and less about the mechanics of events and more and more about the mechanics of people's reactions - lots of the big plot stuff seems to be happening between episodes - and the finale delivered on that. Unlike your standard post-Lost plot where the plot details both take over and wind up disappointing.

2014 though!

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I really enjoyed the Victor/Julie relationship. Thinking about it, though, if the second series is still being written, surely the actor playing Victor is going to have grown up and changed too much to mainitain continuity. I'm calling it the 'Walt Syndrome'.

Well if the kid that plays Bran in GoT is anything to go by, we can get one more season out of Victor before we all start going "Holy fuck, that kid is looking olllllllllllllld"

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Fucking Lost-style bullshit.

Why did I get sucked into this damned show? :quote:

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Does anyone think the writers have any idea where they're going with this? I suspect the answer might be 'no'.

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They've clearly been building to that final shot for the whole series. It's hinted at back in the first couple of episodes for Pete's sake.

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Man. What a letdown that ending was. It's a bit insulting to the viewer, who has invested eight hours of their time in a series, for there to be no payoff whatsoever. And such a shame after it started so well.

Too many loose ends. Don't care if there's a second series or not, they've lost me as a viewer!

And wtf was up with the guy in the toilet at The Lake Pub? So weird.

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