Warehouse 13 Season 3 Finale Changes Everything

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“EMILY LAKE” and “STAND” Air Monday, October 3 at 9:00 PM on Syfy

Walter Sykes’ vendetta against the Warehouse and the Regents comes to a head with dire consequences for everyone. That’s the basic premise of the two-part season 3 finale of Warehouse 13, but there is so much more going on. Part one, “Emily Lake” reveals a secret of the Regents that could be cruel or compassionate, depending on your point of view. And it ends with one of the most heartbreaking moments of the entire season as something truly terrible happens to a favorite character. “Stand” continues the story and gets even darker as the story begun at the beginning of the season comes to a tragic and devastating conclusion. If I’m making it sound like these two episodes are dark and dire, it’s only so that you will be prepared for a more serious kind of Warehouse 13 than we’ve seen. In a lot of ways, this finale is somewhat reminiscent of the end of the first season, but played out on a grander canvas. But in many, many ways, this may be the best acting and writing to date on an otherwise superb show. The creators and actors pulled out all the stops here to give us a riveting two hours of television.

Storywise, we get a dramatic conclusion to all of this year’s plot threads and I am very impressed that the writers pulled no punches. There are hard choices made by our characters every step of the way and the show does not shy away from giving us major consequences. In particular, the usually jovial Pete makes a logical decision early on that, has it worked, would have ended Sykes’ revenge before it lead to the ensuing death and destruction. And make no mistake, we say goodbye to several characters, some of whom are near and dear. And then we end with something very momentous. I am trying to avoid major spoilers, but the end really is a game-changing. However, amongst all the bleakness lies a small sliver of hope, something from a small scene from the second episode of season two.

As far as the acting, everyone in these two episodes brings their A game. Of particular note is Allison Scagliotti who just knocks it out of the park. She takes Claudia from the happiest high to depressingly low in a short time and you feel it every step of the way. I almost wonder if she and the rest of the cast were given full versions of the script prior to shooting, because their reactions to certain events are so genuine that they superbly sell them emotionally. In many ways, several characters are forced to go places mentally and emotionally that they usually don’t and the actors show their uncomfortableness with Emmy-worthy finesse.

I can’t stress enough that you won’t see everything coming, even with my meager teases. Warehouse 13 elevates itself to a whole new creative and dramatic level in this season finale and I look forward to seeing how this informs the fourth season next year.

Five teases:

* A final gift from an ex-partner may hold the key to salvation…

* Steve Jinks has a secret…

* A favorite character actor makes their Warehouse 13 debut…

* Beware Claudia’s rage…

* H. G. definitely regains Pete’s implicit trust…twice…

BONUS TEASE: * …12…13…14?

  • Daniel_the_1st

    This has heavy detective – show  – type elements as well as elements of the fantastic. I could ALMOST see a crossover with a show like NCIS or Burn Notice as well as a genre show like Sanctuary or even the U.S. version of Being Human. After the cancellation / whatever of Stargate SG1, SG Atlantis, BSG, the short – lived Caprica, & since Eureka has just 1 more season left, WH 13 is one of the FEW reasons I still watch the SyFy / Sci – Fi Channel.

  • Daniel_the_1st

    Quality writing, too. Science Fiction & Fantasy still haven't gotten away from the whole " ray guns, androids, gadget ( s ) of the week / cliches of the week " thing. Even programs like Sargate SG1, Stargate Atlantis & others fell back on it.

  • Daniel_the_1st

    It was a CLIFFHANGER THRILL – RIDE. Despite the radical changes, there's going to be a 4th season. I'm just glad it's not being cancelled like Eureka is. Eureka & WH 13 were " complentary pieces " of a sort. *** Spoiler Alert *** Poor Aaron Ashmore. I was beginning to like his character.

  • Steve

    Very rarely do I feel the need to say anything about a Season Finale but the Warehouse 13 Season finale can only be summed up in one word 'Epic.' I know a lot of people say that about their favorite shows but the actors brought out their A game in this one, they went places I rarely see television go to explore the emotional nuances between characters and situations. I was drawn in within the first few minutes of the episode, I laughed when they found relief and I nearly wept with the depressing lows. I made my girlfriend watch this episode with me and now I think I have a Warehouse 13 convert as we speak she has Season one, disc one of the DVD's on her laptop and is happily ignoring me trying to catch up. 

    • Daniel_the_1st

      This season finale pretty much took my breath away, like a good season finale should do. Sykes was a real villain, not just a corrupt guy or a tortured soul with issues like H.G. was. We're talking bad – ass here. Elicited no sympathy from me at all. I wanted him to be worm food at the end.

      The mark of a good drama is believable villains, not just poor misguided souls who need a sympathetic ear & someone to include them in a group hug. But then there's no need for the protagonists to be squeaky – clean & issue – free. I've said before, this series is one reason why I still watch Sci – Fi / SyFy, even after the 3 incarnations of Stagate were cancelled, BSG finished up, Caprica got axed, & eureka had its next - to - final season. 

  • Paladie

    I was truly blown away by every new situation the finale threw the audiences for a number of unexpected turns. Like the previous commenter, I wouldn't want to be one of those nasty spoilers, but get ready and buckle your seatbelts, because the ending? Pffbtt, You wouldn't even see it coming. :) Love to my favorite allison scagliotti, Miss Claudia Donovan! Can't wait for season four!!!!!

    • Daniel_the_1st

      It was a thrill ride that Indiana Jones would get a kick out of !! Or maybe James Bond or Batman.

  • Adam

    i was amazed at the ending. I was Like NO WAY! im not going ruin it but all i can say is the 2 hours were full of amazing acting and script writing. And this Finale changes everything.

  • http://popculturezoo.com Joseph Dilworth Jr.

    Fantastic guesses and comments everyone!  All I'm gonna say is that you will all be thrilled, shocked and surprised…and very eager for season 4!

    • Lennox

      No, but really…. LOL  Did you mean to say PETE's implicit trust in HG? Cause that makes no kinda sense…

      Thanks for the nerves! ;)

      • http://popculturezoo.com Joseph Dilworth Jr.

        Yes, there are two things HG does that makes Pete trust her beyond a shadow of a doubt.

        • Lennox

          Okay, freaky…. Can't wait to see how that plays out.

          Thanks for the reply.

    • Fknhippie

      When I first saw this episode my thought was that Warehouse 13 would not be coming back. It was so good i thought "thats it, they arnt bringing it back that was the show to end all shows" Until i looked it up and saw they have commisioned a 4th season. Excellent season finale, but now that warehouse 13 has raised the bar… we all expect to see more of the same.

  • SPCwrite

    A fave character actor? wouldn't be Brent Spiner by any chance?

  • LeenaandArtie

    It better not Leena or they can kiss me goodbye as a viewer.

  • http://twitter.com/lilkatie24 Katie

    Oh H.G.'s gonna die :( there gonna redeem her, for her possible spin off and then kill her off.

  • Lennox

    "H. G. definitely regains Pete’s implicit trust…twice…"

    Pete's?? When has Pete ever really trusted her? Do you mean Myka???

    God, this has given me a major a tummy ache over here! LoL

  • http://twitter.com/jimmbboe Jim

    Even though this season has seemed to just fly by, I can't wait to see how it ends!

  • http://twitter.com/atHannahL Hannah Lawrence

    Omg I can't wait, although I don't know if I'm emotionally ready…