I agree that this is what the writers were going for, and its kind of true irl. Wendy actually said as much to the Priest. He told her she should take it as a sign, God’s last attempt to reach them, and she said she took it as a sign that they were going to make it out alive.
I thought it ended pretty well overall. Ruth was tired and sad over the loss of her family and didnt have the drive toward evil to continue to win, so she got out of the game. Her being tired of running from the inevitable would have been the only explanation for Ruth walking up to the car in her driveway unarmed, because that was stupid. If we assume that Jonah pulled the trigger on Mel, then he’s committed to the lifestyle.
Marty and Wendy had no real personal growth, but finally, at the end of the series, Marty told Wendy he loves her and she responded in kind.
To me, despite all the action and chaos of the show, it was really about Marty and Wendys relationship. She being a psycho narcissist with add, and him being a weak and dispassionate leader of the family. The entire series, they barely touched or showed any affection for each other, each of them holding back for different reasons. And by the end, they each found their love for each other, essentially without either one ever improving in any way. They basically just accepted they were both shit people and appreciated that they could have each other because nobody else is going to understand them anyway.
I thought it was funny how hard they tried to make Wendy’s father out to be a terrible guy, but how weak a case they really made for it. He was kind of a judgy asshole, but he was still willing to do the work and take on the expense of giving the kids a safe life. When Ruth has her bog “gotcha” moment where she gets him drunk and tells him, “You dont even WANT those kids!” Im thinking, fuck no, he doesnt WANT those kids. He’s going to turn his life upside down to make them safe from a drug cartel. I mean, hardcore evangelicals creep me out, too, but the bottom line is the guy was willing to do the work and didnt ask for a dime.
One thing Im confused about is why they sent Nelson back again. Was that Wendy just going back to getting Ruth taken out?
Nah dude, Wendy’s dad was a grade A piece of fucking shit. It was all about him and how people viewed him. Where the fuck do you think Wendy got those narcissistic tendencies in the first place? That dude was a physically and psychologically abusive piece of garbage. Not to mention a hypocritical lying drunk.