11:15am PT by Richard Newby
'Lovecraft Country': 6 Burning Questions After That Deadly Finale
[This story contains spoilers for the season one finale of HBO's Lovecraft Country, "Full Circle."]
The first season of Lovecraft Country has concluded, and there's no telling how long the wait will be for season two.
The finale, "Full Circle" directed by Nelson McCormick and written by showrunner Misha Green, has left us with no shortage of questions about the future of the series, especially when it comes to the finale's three major deaths. Is Tic (Jonathan Majors) really gone? How about Christina (Abbey Lee) and Ruby (Wunmi Mosaku), also killed in the finale? What about the fates of the surviving questions?
As we close the book on season one and start considering the future beyond, The Hollywood Reporter takes one last look at all of those burning questions and more.
1. Is Tic really dead?
Right out the gate with a tough one. It's hard to believe Lovecraft Country actually went through with killing off Tic, something that had been teased the whole season but never really seemed like it would happen given that he was the show's lead. But reflecting on the events leading up to his death — getting baptized with Leti, giving Dee his shoggoth, telling Ji-Ah what they had was real and letting her know she's family, and telling his dad he loved him … they all feel like purposeful emotional beats that point toward a permanent death.
Tic's death drastically alters the makeup of the show, but it's also easy to see the appeal of that in terms of keeping audiences on their toes and without falling into the trap of repetition. So yes, I think Tic is dead. But, Christina did resurrect Leti earlier in the season, so there is a spell for that. Plus, there is the matter of the multiverse machine, and the possibility for another Tic to exist out there in the universe, meaning there's always a chance Jonathan Majors could return, albeit in a different capacity.
2. Is Christina really dead?
Christina got her throat torn out by Dee (Jada Harris), but not before she managed to take Ruby and Tic's lives. As the season's central villain, and embodiment of white privilege, there was no way that Christina was ever going to join the good fight, despite her romance with Ruby, and insistence that she didn't really want to kill Tic. Still, her death came as a surprise given that she provided insight into the world of magic. There was little chance of her walking away from her failed ritual unscathed, but her being hideously transformed or maimed seemed more likely than death.
In Matt Ruff's novel, Tic and Christina's male analogue, Caleb, both live, though Caleb is cut off from using magic. The finale seemed to be heading that direction with Christina at first, perhaps leading to the character looking to take back what she'd lost during the second season. But Dee wasn't having any of that. Christina is dead, but I'm not entirely convinced that a woman as obsessed with clinging onto life is entirely out of the picture, and died without a backup plan. Be it some ghostly or demonic manifestation, I don't think we've seen the last of Christina Braithwhite in Lovecraft Country.
3. Is Ruby really dead?
The age-old television rule still stands. If a death happens offscreen, then the character isn't truly dead. So as for Ruby's death, I'm not buying it, and leaning toward the case that she's in a coma. Despite Christina's hurt over Ruby's betrayal, she may have still had some use for her. And given her reenactment of Emmett Till's death, Christina may have even been a bit curious to explore what life would be like as a Black woman. Ruby's comatose body is likely down in Christina's secret room, right alongside William, and waiting for someone to bring her back. But how long that takes is anyone's guess.
4. What will become of Tic and Leti's baby?
George Freeman is set to become a famous genre author as an adult, at least according to one possible future. But there's a long road to get there, if that future even does come about. But the idea of blood memory discussed in recent interviews with Jonathan Majors and Michael K. Williams could mean that George Freeman already has magic coursing through his veins.
While the second season of Lovecraft Country could presumably jump ahead in time a little bit, I predict it won't be that big of a jump because the notion of doing a Rosemary's Baby-inspired episode with Leti seems like too good of a concept to pass up. But whenever George is born, he has a chance to inherent a better world than Tic did, supported by a strong family of women, and Montrose (Michael K. Williams) hopefully taking advantage of the second chance to be the father he always wanted to be, but as a grandfather.
5. Will Ji-Ah Stick Around?
Before he died, Tic welcomed Ji-Ah (Jamie Chung) into the Freeman family, giving her hope in rediscovering her humanity. Ji-Ah adds something to Lovecraft Country, not only in terms of the mythos and a wider world of magic, but also in terms of including another minority perspective that is also severely lacking in the genre space. Ji-Ah hasn't had much experience in building relationships or friendships, so to see her interact with the Freemans and not only embrace her humanity but her independence would be a welcomed arc for the character.
6. What's in Dee's future?
While Misha Green would neither confirm nor deny that the hooded woman with the metal arm that Tic saw in the future was Dee, it seems like too fine a detail to be a coincidence. So Dee, equipped with a robotic arm, a shoggoth and that "fuck you, pig," energy, seems ready to take on the world.
With Tic's heroic journey concluded, it seems like Dee's has just begun. Will she find out Tic might have been her half-brother? Regardless, there's magic in her life now, and what she does with it has the potential to shape a whole new generation of Black people. At the beginning of the season, Green described Lovecraft Country as being a show about legacy, and if that remains the case through future seasons, then Lovecraft Country may hinge on the fates of Dee and the yet-to-be-born George Freeman.
As viewers learned from the first season of Lovecraft Country, the series creates a map that's far more interested in leading to questions than answers. It's hopeless to try to predict almost anything, and there's a good chance some of these questions will become irrelevant with the start of the next season. But until then, there's plenty to ponder. Just don't get to attached to any particular theory — or to any one character, for that matter.