12 Monkeys Season 3 has come to an end. Thank the powers that be we’re getting a fourth and final season!
In my penultimate review, I wondered where Jennifer has splintered off to. Yup, she was sitting inside that spooky mausoleum. Those kids were pretty brave, I’d be crappin’ my pants going in there. She mentioned purchasing the mausoleum and that it took forever to find. That line, “Off to Hogwarts with ya” was hilarious. Jennifer gets all the best lines, doesn’t she? Then the flickering started, signaling the arrival of the dying man. Was it Cole, Athan or even Cassie? We would have to wait until the end of the hour to find out.
Back at Eliza’s wake, Athan finally confronted his parents. It’s so odd to think Cole and Cassie have an adult son that’s older than they are, and has lived so many more lifetimes than they have. When Cole assured him they weren’t there to hurt him, Athan shot back “This time.” Did that mean they’d lived this exact moment before? Would the outcome be different this time? If so, surely Athan knew what had to change in order for them to live happily ever after, no? There’s also the possibility he simply meant they’ve been chasing him through time attempting to kill him. Time travel’s a tricky thing, folks. Anyway, Athan was quite nasty with Ma and Pa. He even spewed the words, “Mind yourself” the way Magdalena had. Using Cassie’s own words about time against her was a low blow. Clearly, this redemption was not going to be easy, but you could feel it coming.
That synchronize feature sure did come in handy, didn’t it? The trio zipped back and forth through time, until Athan came up behind Cassie setting her suit to immolation. Of course Cole was going to save her, what choice did he have? Luckily they were still locked on to Athan, found him and shorted out his vest. They were now down to one splinter vest and Jones could no longer track them either. It didn’t take a genius to know the family would end up at the house of cedar and pine. Sure, that’s where he was conceived and both parents felt true happiness. That said, it was also a predictable place that Jones, Olivia and company were all too familiar with. It was a logical move, but not the smartest if you ask me.
Cole should not have answered Athan’s question about “when” they were. It was pretty obvious someone was listening in. That’s right, Olivia now knew they were at the house on December 26, 1959. It was just a matter of time before reinforcements arrived. I understood what Cole and Cassie were trying to do, bringing their son to the place he might have grown up at. Still, the man was so far past all that sentimentality, he could hardly take them seriously. Cassie’s story was quite powerful and not what Athan was expecting. Not by a longshot. Nothing was written in stone, their son still had a choice to make.
Athan begging for Cole to shoot him surprised me. He really wanted someone to stop him from becoming a monster. The end was near, with Jones and company right outside opening fire and intent on wiping out the entire family.
Then Titan arrived… what?!? It seemed like Athan was going home after all, until Jones came crashing through the door. It’s kind of crazy to think Cassie and Cole fitted Athan with the splinter vest, not really knowing where he would end up or if that move might bring about the plague etc. They basically took a leap of faith. You can’t blame Jones for taking the shot, but boy I’d be freakin’ pissed if I were Hannah. Had Jones triggered immolation mode? The thing was glowing red, not blue… right? Did she just remove the Witness from the equation? If so, why was everyone still standing there and not erased?
Apparently, Mallick saved Cassie only so she could locate her son in order to kill him. Who was he actually working for then? I’m sure I wasn’t the only one confused by this point. And Athan? Psyche, he popped up at Jennifer’s mausoleum. So now we knew who the dying man was.
Inside Titan, Olivia stood robed in black in the center and killed her brother, the Pallid Man. What did it all mean?
Well, before Deacon jumped Olivia got free and he attempted to deal with her. Boy, was this a long con all along. Jennifer was right, Olivia’s been pulling everyone strings from the start. She was also working with Mallick. All the puzzle pieces were fitting snugly into place. Olivia told everyone the temporal storms were proof of the Witnesses failure. She decided, “If you want something done right” you’ve got to do it yourself.
Jennifer’s visions not only allowed her to save Athan (at the foot of Eliza’s tomb no less), but she nursed him back to health. Perhaps it was that kindness and his family’s love that brought him back to Titan to gun down all its acolytes. That was a pretty damn cool scene, wasn’t it?
Now that Athan was redeemed and proved himself a hero, it was devastating watching him say goodbye to Cole and Cassie. He told his mother, “I’ll see you soon.” Is it possible Callis will return next season, despite getting his throat slit by Olivia? Is she the Witness moving forward? Or has she always been? Athan told her, “Insuring my own creation meant insuring yours.” The deceiver was always Olivia, which is why it was her face under the plague mask in the house of cedar and pine scene.
Olivia seemed just as confused as I was, yet Athan assured her she will do all those atrocious things he was blamed for. I’m assuming her killing Athan means she’s the only Witness moving forward. How will she move through time, to do all the things the Witness does? I realize she’s got Titan, but was there a spare splinter vest left behind?
I’m not sure how Jennifer’s symbols come into play next season, but according to Athan this is her mission now. The death of Athan Cole is definitely an ending. Olivia’s promise of making the red forest a reality and destroying her enemies sure is going to make for a phenomenal final season.
What a finale! After binge-watching these 10 episodes, it feels like we sat through an entire 20 episode season… so damn much went on. You know? Quick recap, Olivia is the Witness and has been all along. The gang is going to have to evacuate the temporal facility, as we know it gets destroyed by the monkeys in the future. Will they relocate the machine, or create more splinter suits? And what was the significance of Cole’s dad reading his young son the serpent story? “What’s it mean?” Cole asked. Great question, kid! Also, Jennifer had been scribbling that ouroboros symbol everywhere. Did Cole Sr. just imply that Jennifer Goines is Cole’s mother? Is that even possible? A simpler explanation might be, that she comes in to contact with Cole’s mom at some point and shares these stories with her. Perhaps as a young child?
Either way, the mystery of Cole’s mother will come into play next season. Season 3 was phenomenal and while I couldn’t imagine it surpassing last season, it totally did. Now the long wait begins for the final season begins. Good news is, the cast/crew have been busy filming for a while now. Who knows, perhaps Season 4 will arrive before we realize it? Thanks for taking the time to read my reviews. I poured a ton of time and love into them. Now it’s your turn, share your thoughts on the season with me below…
12 Monkeys Season 3 premieres over 3 consecutive nights Friday, May 19 to Sunday, May 21 from 8-11/7-10c