It seems that I was proven wrong in the previous review as Kala’s to-be father-in-law yet lives! So that’s one piece of happy news in an episode that was, in lieu of a better way to say it, a big downer. Not much in the way of action happened, as that was replaced with navel gazing and crying. As you can imagine it gets to you, and as I am not made of stone it sort of got me too.
The title ‘Death Doesn’t Let You Say Goodbye’ sets what the mood of the episode will be pretty well. For anyone that has experienced the death of a loved one can tell you, it’s a devastating experience. You feel as Riley (Tuppence Middleton) described: that a hole exists in your heart where they once resided; that a piece of you died with them. Death, if it had feelings, doesn’t care about whether you said goodbye or not; whether it’s a convenient time or not; or whether you had time to make yourself look presentable after you’ve gotten out of bed. It can come for anyone at anytime, and the scars it leaves in the living run deep.
One thing about the episode still puzzles me. It felt like a dream. Did I really see a man ride into an atrium upon a golden horse? In a show with psychic powers and talk of elves this is what was weird to me. It, like that birthday card that is burnt into my brain, just came out nowhere, and while it wasn’t a “Big Lipped Alligator Moment” like that card was, it did pull me out the show slightly. Sense8 is now available on Netflix.