The end has come, Jukeboxers! There’s an apocryphal story that the Inuit people have hundreds of words for snow. These past few weeks, we at Jukebox probably could have used about that many synonyms for cliffhanger. Between planes crashing, kidnappings, births, deaths, weddings, reunions, and dance parties, it’s been a groovy goodbye to the 2011-2012 TV season. Check out our picks below and make sure to click through to the final page to listen to a track-for-track Spotify playlist of these “show tunes.” (Warning for those still catching up on DVR: MAJOR SPOILERS ahead!)
The song: Florence + The Machine, “Seven Devils”
The episode: “Reckoning” (122)
The hook: Did they really just do that?! After a fight almost to the death, statutory rape, a broken engagement, and a surprise pregnancy, it didn’t seem possible Revenge could have any more jaw droppers in store. And then Florence Welch’s ominous warble began to thrum underneath Wednesday’s closing scenes: “Holy water cannot help you now.” It was on. Over the next five minutes, scheming matriarch Victoria Grayson (Madeleine Stowe) boarded a plane after betraying her husband, and Welch sang, “See I’ve had to burn your kingdom down.” Conrad (Henry Czerny), who previously took part in a plane downing, told her, “If you board that plane, it’ll be the last thing you do.” Cue Welch, “I’m gonna raise the stakes. I’m gonna smoke you out.” Indeed, it appeared he had made good on his threats as news reports showed the flaming wreckage of Victoria’s aircraft. Meanwhile, the eerie tune continued, showing that no one in the Hamptons would be safe with “seven devils all around you, seven devils in my house” as another Grayson — Victoria and Conrad’s daughter Charlotte (Christa B. Allen) — took a possibly lethal dose of pills. Sang Welch, “I’ll be dead before the day is done.” EP Mike Kelley told Tanner Stransky, “We needed an epic feel. We needed something that felt really dangerous and really emotional and raw and frightening.” Mission accomplished.
Watch it! What goes up must come down at 37:23 on Revenge‘s Hulu. After Christian Blauvelt picked his jaw up off the floor, he recapped the diabolically delicious events that led to Victoria’s rapid descent.
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The song: Sigur Rós, “Dauðalogn”
The episode: “The Departed” (322)
The hook: Flashes back to the death of Elena’s (Nina Dobrev) family played throughout the May 10 season ender. They served both to foreshadow a moment when Elena once again crashed into a river and also to set up a stunning, four-minute climax set to the Icelandic emo kings’ soon-to-be-released single. “The absolute gorgeousness of Sigur Rós’s music exudes emotion to the highest level,” said TVD‘s music supervisor Chris Mollere. “With the underwater elements and the emotion we were trying to accentuate — the death, the goodbye, the sadness — ‘Dauðalogn’ played with a very cinematic quality.” The tranquil vibe of the song, while seeming to clash with the life-or-death stakes, ultimately echoed Elena’s self-sacrifice. All that’s without mentioning the breathtaking last-minute twist that quite literally blew Elena out of the water — and into the world of the undead.
The song: Andrew Belle Feat. Erin McCarley, “In My Veins”
The episode: “Always” (423)
The hook: After seasons of back and forth between Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Beckett (Stana Katic), it seemed like their spark had fizzled for good on May 7 as Beckett rebuffed Castle’s declaration of love. But then, as the episode neared its end, Castle was the only person Beckett could think of during a near-death moment. Forced to let down her guard, she showed up, rain-soaked, on Castle’s doorstep as Belle’s tune soared, “Everything will change. Nothing stays the same. Nobody is perfect… Oh, you’re in my veins, and I cannot get you out.”
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