Well, the Mentalist
episode 'Red John' (6.08) just aired over here. Here is a very spoilery entry about it.
First, my notes on the two episodes leading up to this:
When Jane gathers all his Red John suspects in one place ('Fire and Brimstone'), you know what's going to happen. He's going to try to trick Red John into revealing himself with a clever bit of psychological manipulation. Because that's what Jane does, right? It's what he's always done. When he gathers a lot of people in one place, that's invariably his plan.
But not this time. He gathers all his suspects in one place so he can take them all hostage with a shotgun
Jane continues to delight me more with every horrifying thing he does.
'The Great Red Dragon', by contrast, did not delight me; it caused me immense distress
. THEY TOOK AWAY JANE'S COUCH.THEY TOOK AWAY JANE'S COUCH
IT'S LIKE THEY KILLED OFF A MEMBER OF THE TEAM. YOU CAN'T DO THAT. YOU JUST CAN'T.
I was genuinely surprised by the depths of my horror when I realised they were taking the couch. I wasn't prepared for this!
THIS IS THE ONLY THING I CAN REMEMBER ABOUT THAT EPISODE BECAUSE IT WAS SO UPSETTING.
And then there was the episode 'Red John', and, well, holy shit.
Sadly, I'd been sort-of spoiled for this episode in that I was aware that the episode following it was titled 'My Blue Heaven' (it's not easy to avoid episode titles for half a month after the episode airs in America!). When every single episode for six years has had a red-themed title, that's a fairly clear indication that the central storyline is coming to an end. (I was half-hoping that Jane would kill Red John and immediately afterwards discover that, oh no, now they have to deal with Blue
But still, even though I knew it was coming in some form, that was a hell of an ending.
Please, please, please, please, please tell me that I'm not the only person who thought Jane came as he choked Red John to death. Please
. Perhaps he didn't literally come, but I definitely felt that there was something deliberately orgasmic in the portrayal of that moment. BUT I CANNOT FIND ANYONE ELSE WHO SHARES THIS OPINION, SO POSSIBLY I AM JUST REALLY MESSED UP.
, however, find this intriguing quote from an interview with Simon Baker
, regarding that scene (warning: it looks like the full interview contains details from the next episode and possibly episodes further on; I only skimmed it, but I've already caught sight of something I'd have preferred not to know in advance):It just had to be the two of them. It was almost like a love scene, as perverse as that sounds. The end of Red John was originally planned to take place at night on the street with people watching, but I pushed to do it in a quiet, beautiful place where they could be alone. There is no human act more intimate — not even sex — than killing another human being with your bare hands and watching him die.
I was so glad the death was so intimate. It really needed to be. I thought for a moment that Jane was just going to shoot him, and that wouldn't have felt right. Straddling Red John and killing him with his bare hands: that
was how this needed to end. I'm terrifying myself by typing this, but it's true.
My head is currently a mess of GOD JANE IS SO MESSED UP AND THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN JANE AND RED JOHN IS SO FASCINATING
AND PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE LET ME NOT BE THE ONLY ONE WHO THOUGHT JANE FOUND SOME SORT OF SEXUAL RELEASE IN MURDERING A MAN
and I really don't know how to cope with any of this. I cannot imagine where The Mentalist
is going to go from here, but I'm tentatively looking forward to finding out.
(EDIT: I forgot to mention the bit where Jane has the gun trained on Red John for a long while, and Red John tries to sway him from killing him, and Jane says, 'Oh, I'm not hesitating; I'm just savouring the moment.' SO MESSED UP
. I adore him.)
In conclusion, I have no idea what to say in conclusion and I beg you to stop looking at me like that.