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Love and Death


By Alexandrea CallaghanPublished 6 months ago 3 min read

The HBO series Love and Death comes to a close. Thus far the show has been accurate, entertaining and an excellent presentation of Elizabeth Olsen’s skills as an actress. I am eager to see how they wrap up all the loose ends at the end of this episode. Let’s see how the finale wraps up the story of Candy Montgomery.

Last we left the story Candy is going through her trial and she is pretty drugged up and about to take the stand. To add to the media circus that the trial has gained there are now protesters outside the courthouse. A very numb due to drugs Candy has to now give her testimony.

Okay one more time this dude sucks, the prosecution was clearly out of line and the damn judge just let it slide in spite of Candy’s lawyer constantly objecting. This judge is so so garbage. An absolutely corrupt fucking asshat.

Candy’s lawyer did an incredible job of just covering his basis. Getting a thorough psychiatrist assessment, a polygraph, having her loving husband testify. Absolutely genius, the prosecutor had no one to make their side work. None. The defense was so solid. The defaming a dead woman seemed to be just a bit much for his wife but everything said on the witness stand was true. Betty was kind of an unstable bitch. Also a majority of the jury was women, who grew up in the late 50s-70s ya know during the time where women’s rights were still being fought for. I’m just saying that I think they understood the idea of having a lot of buried, pent up anger.

Alan remains completely apathetic during the trial and he is hooking up with yet another woman towards the end of the trial. In a true story about a murder the real problem here is Alan. He just sucks.

The judge calls for no reaction when the verdict is read, considering the gathering media and protesters hype going on I suppose that makes sense. But we’ve seen this judge be a dick just to be a dick several times so now everything he says bothers me.

The end of the show stays just as true to her story as the first part of it did. Through the court case and the aftermath the show delivered on the accuracy that was promised.

The real Candy Montgomery was declared not guilty due to her lawyer's strong self-defense plea. She really did have hypnosis sessions with a psychologist that established that she had a dissociative episode during the murder, rage brought on by childhood trauma. Considering that it was determined that Candy was attacked by Betty first, her self-defense plea was solid. I love watching accuracy on screen, but really the only thing that Candy did wrong was cheat on her husband, Betty was gonna kill her. After the trial Candy and her family moved from Texas and she and her husband got divorced. Here is one of the funniest parts of this story, the real life Candy Montgomery became a mental health counselor…that’s fucking funny.

Overall I think the show did a fantastic job telling this story, Elizabeth Olsen did a phenomenal job portraying Candy Montgomery and the writing of real events was captivating and entertaining. The blurbs at the end of the episode about the real people truly just solidified how well the show did at portraying them. Alan Gore does in fact just suck shit, this man got remarried right after his wife was murdered, got divorced and then got married again. Come on my dude. Overall a great adaptation that I highly recommend.

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Alexandrea Callaghan

Certified nerd, super geek and very proud fangirl.

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