“Lisey’s Story” caps off a disappointing season with a beautiful-looking finale that still feels as if it could have been a lot more.
This recap of Lisey’s Story season 1, episode 8, “Lisey’s Story”, contains spoilers, including an open discussion of the Lisey’s Story ending.
Lisey’s Story is famously Stephen King’s favorite novel, and I think throughout Apple TV+’s adaptation of the story, which he has been involved in all throughout, you can tell. This isn’t necessarily a good thing, though. Since the beginning, Lisey’s Story has been obsessed with its own profundity, how deeply personal it all is. But personal to whom? Certainly not to Lisey Landon, whose story, even in an episode titled “Lisey’s Story”, has always been about everyone but her.
In a sense, the finale is about her learning to take control of her own fate and thus her own tale, but it takes a while to get there, and it isn’t until the final moments that Lisey’s Story episode 8 really becomes about Lisey. Its opening portions close off Jim Dooley’s story by feeding him to the Long Boy, which is a pleasantly horrific visual and a fitting thematic metaphor. It also leaves Jim’s body parts floating around in Lisey’s pool in the real world, but she’s able to dispose of them in such a way that they’ll probably never be found. It’s pretty obvious that the police are aware Lisey knows more than she’s letting on, but Jim did kill one of their own, so nobody’s clamoring to investigate his disappearance.
From there Lisey’s Story season 1, episode 8 becomes about Scott again. Admittedly, this whole process is therapeutic for Lisey, too, since it’s all part of her bool hunt, but it involves her traipsing back to Booya Moon, following the rope to a box, and reading aloud from the note inside that is a part of “Lisey’s Story”. The pages detail what happened to Scott’s father after he killed Paul; circling the drain of psychosis while abusing Scott in increasingly bizarre ways, including one final torment – to kill him while he’s passed out on the booze. Scott does and drags his corpse to the well.
Learning all of Scott’s story is what Lisey needs to begin her own. It’s closure, but more than that it’s understanding of how a troubled child grew into a disturbed man who therapized himself with his imagination. There’s no wonder he spoke so loudly and clearly to so many broken people like Jim Dooley; there’s no wonder he felt the need, in his bool hunt, to prepare Lisey for a life without him, a life of obsession and magical poolside purgatories. It’s in Booya Moon that Lisey says her final farewell to her husband as he wades out further and further into the water. But it’s in the real world that she decides, along with Darla and Amanda, to begin living her own life. Scott is gone now, Lisey tells her sister, “But I’m not.” That’s the most important line of the finale, and perhaps of the show. It took eight episodes to get there, many of them slower and more deliberately ambiguous than they perhaps should have been, but in the end, Lisey’s Story finally became about Lisey.
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