“Dickinson” Series Final Recap: Season 3, Episode 10, Hailee Steinfeld
Dickinson wrote a fitting farewell for Emily in the finale of the historic Apple TV + comedy series – but did she write a happy ending?
Friday’s finale begins with Emily enjoying nature in her backyard when she receives a visit from her old pal Death. He’s wearing a nice new white suit, and he thinks she needs a new look, too: âYou’ve got work to do, Miss Dickinson. You’re gonna need a uniform. Back home, she can’t even unbutton her own dress and has to call Lavinia to help her remove her corset. She complains that these tight clothes stifle her creativity: âInspiration means inhalation. So she calls on Betty to help her design “a dress I can write in … a dress I can live in”.
Austin, meanwhile, is ready to make peace with his father, and he and Sue show up on his parents’ doorstep to introduce them to their (still unnamed) grandson. He also has a proposal for his father: he wants to represent men who were arrested for helping free a black woman who was sold as a slave, and he wants his father’s legal counsel. Dad is reluctant at first, but Austin’s passion for justice convinces him to say yes. (Should we go ahead and make a shingle for Dickinson & Son, Esquire?)
Soon they receive another visitor: Colonel Higginson, who has exchanged letters with Emily and has fallen in love with her words. Emily is excitedly upstairs designing her dress with Betty – a clean white dress with front buttons and pockets! – when she finds out Higginson is there. She panics (âOur relationship is strictly textual!â) And refuses to go downâ¦ which is good with Maggie, as she would like to have Higginson to herself. Emily’s father tells their visitor that Emily is “a weird duck”, but Lavinia overtakes her by entering the room in a giant red sweater and ranting at the dead men. Is it a work of performance art? Because we are a bit into it.
Emily and Betty decide on their dress design, and Emily reassures herself: “Even though I can’t change the world, I’m still going to write.” Austin and Sue announce that they are giving their son his father’s last name: Edward, or Ned, for short. Additionally, Higginson recognizes Betty’s name from her conversations with Henry and tells her he’s alive and well, presenting her with a bundle of her unsent letters. And Emily writes, day after day, verse after verse. She contemplates a painting of a boat and imagines herself alone on a beach in her new white dress. She is cradled by mermaids on a distant rock, and she gets into a boat and walks towards them saying, âWait for me. I’m coming.”
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