There’s an entire song about not getting what you want. The Rolling Stones wrote it. It’s been in car commercials. It’s old. Nine times out of ten, it’s usually true.
But tonight’s From Dusk Till Dawn is that rare one out of ten. It’s when you get everything you want, and all of your dreams come true.
That doesn’t mean the episode itself isn’t the most stressful thing you will ever watch. I’m still shaking from the intensity of it. But by the end of the episode, I was throughly satisfied, and beyond pumped for season three.
This season, we watched the Gecko brothers fall apart. But by the end of the season, they’re back and seemingly stronger than ever. Richie (Zane Holtz) is technically now one of the Nine Lords. Interestingly enough, though, so is Seth (DJ Cotrona.) Is Seth actually a Lord? Do he and Richie now share one seat? We’ll have to wait until next season to find out.
Holtz and Cotrona were stunning tonight. Acting-wise. They’re always stunning physically, and in their performances, but tonight they hit it out of the park. Pardon the baseball metaphor, the Mets are in the world series and I think it’s rupturing the fabric of space and time.
ANYWAY. The Geckos proved two things tonight: they’re better together, and that both brothers had clear and present feelings for the recently “deceased” Kate Fuller (more on that later.) Major kudos to both Holtz and Cotrona for mourning Kate in the most painful ways possible. Richie shaking over her body? Genius. Seth’s soft voice when he learned the news? Killed me. I’m dead now, and I’m writing this from beyond the grave.
Another major knockout tonight was Scott Fuller (Brandon Soo Hoo.) Scott’s come full circle, at this point: running from his sister is what got her killed. Her dying is what brought him back to the right side. OOPS. Soo Hoo was on point this episode, whether he was crying over Kate or exacting his revenge. Though he was MIA for the last ten minutes of the episode, I’m excited to see where Scott ends up in season three. Are the Geckos offering internships?
Gone but not forgotten is Carlos Madrigal (Wilmer Valderama.) While he may be in pieces, the likelihood of Maia (Demi Lovato) putting him back together at some point is pretty high. For what he was, he was one hell of a villain. Tonight’s “you were adopted” line? One of the meanest things I’ve ever heard said on this show. And that’s saying something.
I’d like to take a moment to point out that Richie, Santanico (Eiza Gonzalez,) and Scott have all killed their abusers. In a day and age when shows (and a shocking number of people) still think it’s acceptable to blame victims for their own abuse, I applaud From Dusk Till Dawn for taking a no-nonsense stance on the issue. Also important is that Seth supported Santanico in killing Malvado, whereas he had a bit of a breakdown over Richie killing their father. This is probably mostly because Seth has no blood relation to Malvado, but the parallel is still there.
And speaking of death, the progression of Kate Fuller this season was nothing short of inspired. While most shows would’ve been content to fridge her and call it a night, From Dusk Till Dawn goes the extra mile and subverts the whole damn thing. First, we have the actual scene where Kate dies. How many times have we watched a woman die while assuring the man she’s dying for that it’s all okay? That she’s meant to die. That it’s poetic.
Kate declares, “screw that.” The show declares, “screw that.” And I, atop the highest mountain in the land, yell, “SCREW THAT.”
Kate is angry. She’s resentful. And she dies in front of the two men women always die for in fiction: her lover and her brother. I’ll note that the relationship between Richie and Kate can’t quite be summarized as “lovers,” but given that Maia called him “lover boy,” in reference to Kate, the show wants us to notice the aforementioned allusion.
And what’s more impressive is not just that Kate had a pointedly unpoetic death, but that she’s not actually dead.
We’ve all had that moment after a character dies where we BEG for their return. We sit there thinking “Well, maybe we’ll get a last-minute scene where they come back to life!”
We got that scene. WE GOT THAT SCENE, GUYS. Kate has been restored by the blood well, and who knows what havoc she’s going to wreak in season 3?
Can I also take a moment to appreciate the fight between Santanico and Maia? It wasn’t framed as a “girl fight.” It was women fighting, yes, but it was a moment when skill and straight violence were appreciated. And women never get to be as violent with one another as men, or even as men towards women, at certain times. Not the case on From Dusk Till Dawn.
And a huge, huge “you’re amazing” is due to Freddie Gonzalez (Jesse Garcia) this episode. He’s seemingly finally accepted his role as “peacekeeper,” but he can’t expect to accept that and still go home to his family. (Also, that Lady Lord’s servant? Incredible. Rumor has it she’s actually the Lord in question herself.)
So here we are, at the end of season two. Five of our main six: Richie, Seth, Santanico, Scott, and Freddie, are a family now. While they ended this season apart, and while Santanico went off on her own adventure, we as the audience know that the five of them are bonded together now.
And that begs the question: how on earth is Kate going to play into that next season?
We’ll just have to watch to find out!
Also, if you missed this season: there will be a season 2 marathon on Sunday, November 1st, starting at 10AM EST. Tune into El Rey to watch!