The series, without a doubt, ends with its weakest episode. It’s harder to invest in the story when much stronger stories (i.e episodes three, four, and five) have already happened. Even so, it’s a decent story that doesn’t end in the bloodbath that you’d expect.
This recap of Roar season 1, episode 8, “The Woman Who Loves Horses”, contains spoilers, including for the Roar Season 1 ending. You can check out our spoiler-free season review by clicking these words.
Roar season 1, episode 8 recap
Set in the western era, “The Woman Who Loves Horses” sees Jane return home after a busy day of riding horses. Upon arriving home, she tells her Dad that she needs her own space. However, he isn’t as keen on the thought. That is, however, until Jane tells him that he needs to move on from her mother’s death. Sometime later, Jane learns that her father has been shot dead. After finding his body outside of a saloon, Jane is told that her father was shot dead after he turned the gun on someone to whom he owed money. So, as a result, they shot her father dead. With no choice but to accept it, Jane buries his body.
In the aftermath, Jane chops off her hair and starts to wear her father’s clothing. Her best friend, Millie, pays Jane a visit and witnesses the state that her friend is in. Whilst Millie originally intended to pay her respects to Jane’s father, she now tries to calm down Jane’s rage. It doesn’t work and Jane states that she intends to shoot the man that murdered her father. And when Jane embarks on her mission of revenge, Millie tags along.
Jane visits the saloon, shoots the place up, and demands the location of her father’s killer. Whilst Millie tries her best to calm the situation, she is unable to prevent Jane from moving forward with her mission. Edging closer to her father’s killer, McCall, Jane steals alcohol and she and Millie get trashed. For once, it seems that Millie lets loose and she actually enjoys herself. The morning after Jane believes that she has found her father’s killer, however, the hut proves to be empty.
Millie uses the aid of an elderly male, Henry, to reconnect with Jane. Jane reveals she intends to wait for McCall and shoot him right between the eyes. Millie has had enough, and she goes to leave. However, Henry has since died, likely of old age, and how Millie is stuck with Jane as McCall and his men arrive.
Millie acts like a damsel in distress and claims that McCall’s voice spooked Henry and caused him to die, whilst bandits ran into the wood as a result. To aid their safety, Millie pretends that she knows McCall’s estranged wife, Mary. Because of that very lie, Jane learns that every moment without Mary is agony for McCall. So much so, that McCall wants someone to put a bullet in his skull. So will Jane kill him? Absolutely not. Acting as a friend of Mary, Jane says that his endless suffering is apology enough. After Jane takes back her horse, the episode ends with her and Millie riding their horses.
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