Critics Find Bloodline’s Finale Dysfunctional, But Fans Still Want More

"Part 32" made some throw in the towel, but many stuck with it until the end.

by | June 9, 2017 | Comments

Bloodline was among the first in a wave of Netflix cancellations. The streaming service, which has allowed flagship series like House of Cards and Orange is the New Black to go for five seasons and counting, has started tightening their belts. Sense8 was the latest cancellation announcement, ending in its second season.

Season 3 was announced as Bloodline’s final season last year. Since the May 26 release of the series’ final 10 episodes, critics have been harsh, but fan reactions have been more mixed, including plenty of enthusiastic positives.

Spoiler warning: The following discusses plot details from all three seasons of Bloodline.

Bloodline - Ben Mendelsohn (Rod Millington/Netflix)

The first season of Bloodline, which is Certified Fresh at 80%, began with John Rayburn (Kyle Chandler) confessing to the audience that he and his siblings killed their brother Danny (Ben Mendelsohn). Viewers watched the Rayburn family saga unfold and got to know more about the Rayburn family secrets, including those of matriarch Sally Rayburn (Sissy Spacek) and siblings Meg (Linda Cardellini) and Kevin Rayburn (Norbert Leo Butz). The first season culminated with Danny’s murder and revealed he had a son (Owen Teague).

With Danny killed, season 2 struggled to maintain the delicious tension in Rayburn-family conflicts. Mendelsohn still appeared in flashbacks, along with new characters like the mother of Danny’s son, Evangeline (Andrea Riseborough), and Ozzy Delvecchio (John Leguizamo), a shady character from Danny’s past looking to extort the Rayburn’s further. Still, the series took a hit in its critical reception and season 2 stands at 50%.

Critics have been even harsher to season 3, giving it a 29% score from seven reviews as of this writing. Its audience score is considerably higher, at 64% from 149 votes. That’s not perfect, but nearly two-thirds of fans are enjoying the final season of Bloodline. You can see some of the most devoted below.

Sissy Spacek, Jacinda Barrett, Katie Finneran, Kyle Chandler (Jeff Daly/Netflix)

Bloodline -

Bloodline can even claim some celebrity fans. High School Musical‘s Sharpay herself, Ashley Tisdale, got starstruck when she saw Mendelsohn in person! Reign‘s Torrance Coombs is also watching a home.

Bloodline - Norbert Leo Butz, Kyle Chandler (Jeff Daly/Netflix)

(Photo by Jeff Daly/Netflix)

But, some fans agree with critics that the ending was too abrupt. This is in part because creators Glenn and Todd Kessler and Daniel Zelman had a plan for five or six seasons. They had to cut the long arc short to wrap things up.

Bloodline - Norbert Leo Butz (Jeff Daly/Netflix)

Even fans of the final episodes agreed the finale didn’t do the show justice.

Bloodline - Hani Avital, Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn (Rod Millington/Netflix)

The most controversial episode in Bloodline’s history has been “Part 32,” episode 9 out of the final 10. John ends up in the hospital and seems to wake up in an alternate reality. Some went with it. Some were just lost.

Bloodline - Sissy Spacek, Kyle Chandler (Rod Millington/Netflix)

(Photo by Rod Millington/Netflix)

Then again, some just found the series’ burn a bit too slow for them. Bloodline took its time introducing each of the Rayburns and revealing tidbits of their past. For some who made the 33-episode investment, it just wasn’t worth it.

Bloodline - Sissy Spacek, Kyle Chandler (Rod Millington/Netflix)

Now that Bloodline is over, some reflect on the series as a whole. Any disappointments in the final season might be mitigated in the context of the big picture. Like this video, where an excited Bloodline fan considers season 3 an improvement, yet still not reaching the height of season 1.

And other fans who simply commented on the series as a whole.

If you haven't seen Bloodline on Netflix yet, you really should! Brilliant show with non-stop twists and turns.

Posted by Galit Gordon on Wednesday, June 7, 2017

TV: "Bloodline" on Netflix was a very terrific series, well worth the time to watch it. Slow-moving, character-driven,…

Posted by Jason Mundstuk on Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Just finished Bloodline on Netflix, Loved it!! Top three series for me! 1. Breaking bad, 2. Tie between Lost and Better call Saul, 3. Bloodline. Any new show recommendations? We need a new series!

Posted by Tara Thamarus Usrey on Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Bloodline - Linda Cardellini, Enrique Murciano (Saeed Adyani/Netflix)

Even with the finality of “Chapter 33,” some aren’t ready to say goodbye to the Rayburns.

At least there’s one thing all Bloodline fans can appreciate:

Bloodline is available to stream now on Netflix.

Tag Cloud

police drama blaxploitation miniseries Anna Paquin Oscars 20th Century Fox 2015 007 serial killer Arrowverse TIFF Rocky all-time criterion nfl adventure asian-american E3 Disney Plus mutant Rocketman documentaries TCA 2017 Hallmark Trivia stand-up comedy zombie See It Skip It The Arrangement PBS Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt binge anthology The Purge Marvel franchise latino Biopics Lucasfilm children's TV australia Premiere Dates mockumentary italian HBO Go FXX ratings The Walking Dead Mystery Star Wars cartoon japanese stop motion Sundance Now tv talk sequels indie FOX revenge YouTube Premium LGBTQ travel hist Nickelodeon Bravo VH1 spinoff Pop Summer TLC Pride Month breaking bad discovery YouTube Red theme song Fox News PaleyFest parents Tarantino First Reviews History hispanic 24 frames NBC TruTV obituary anime romantic comedy hollywood crossover YouTube mission: impossible Amazon Prime Video Avengers cancelled TV shows Trailer versus Paramount Emmy Nominations talk show historical drama Quiz Masterpiece comics MSNBC DirecTV comedies Ovation USA Network a nightmare on elm street Star Trek cops BAFTA news CNN Shudder chucky Esquire Schedule halloween Pop TV crime Pet Sematary Amazon deadpool Interview Rom-Com OWN El Rey stoner 45 Chilling Adventures of Sabrina period drama book GoT LGBT Opinion Crunchyroll Song of Ice and Fire nbcuniversal DGA aliens Epix Polls and Games SundanceTV GIFs Binge Guide Peacock Vudu war A&E E! FX on Hulu archives Tubi sag awards Mary Poppins Returns toy story crime drama 4/20 laika SDCC Fall TV movies sports facebook crime thriller transformers Television Academy Video Games Acorn TV Character Guide Sci-Fi Fantasy elevated horror Disney ghosts spanish worst Netflix Christmas movies RT History MCU indiana jones Academy Awards unscripted Captain marvel south america science fiction Valentine's Day Awards Tour DC Comics Ellie Kemper Freeform Logo TV renewals ABC politics Sundance Cosplay Film Festival New York Comic Con fast and furious biography BBC One comiccon Teen Kids & Family Sony Pictures Syfy San Diego Comic-Con die hard video Musicals PlayStation rt archives Television Critics Association video on demand Disney streaming service directors sitcom singing competition slashers The CW TNT toronto Mary Tyler Moore comic zero dark thirty Holiday scary movies cancelled TV series psycho Black Mirror joker Comic Book christmas movies scorecard Best and Worst political drama Country MTV Lifetime Winter TV documentary Apple TV Plus social media canceled Stephen King Disney Channel CW Seed critics Spike CMT Disney+ Disney Plus Amazon Studios Photos Watching Series doctor who emmy awards rotten movies we love boxoffice American Society of Cinematographers Cartoon Network Western witnail space Toys Paramount Network foreign Starz sequel The Witch First Look Hulu TCA 21st Century Fox screen actors guild casting streaming justice league Family YA Mudbound Year in Review Music AMC what to watch cooking Certified Fresh Podcast The Academy free movies Elton John spain canceled TV shows VOD Turner Classic Movies TCA Winter 2020 Super Bowl football Film finale Columbia Pictures ESPN reviews ABC Family comic books supernatural cancelled television Comedy BBC IFC Films harry potter jamie lee curtis Cannes Marathons Horror Spectrum Originals Action Baby Yoda Fox Searchlight Awards Holidays dogs Brie Larson television Spring TV worst movies BBC America Reality NYCC Extras Nominations series HBO CBS 99% Shondaland Dark Horse Comics Creative Arts Emmys concert FX reboot Hallmark Christmas movies natural history richard e. Grant BET TCM dceu DC Universe RT21 psychological thriller best game of thrones 72 Emmy Awards Apple TV+ cults french Walt Disney Pictures spanish language Set visit zombies spy thriller Hear Us Out BET Awards werewolf Mindy Kaling Thanksgiving Classic Film cancelled USA black child's play Food Network Red Carpet medical drama rotten award winner festival Martial Arts romance remakes Musical teaser Christmas Calendar Superheroes Adult Swim Ghostbusters Black History Month TBS Writers Guild of America docudrama WGN Tomatazos Reality Competition dramedy X-Men President name the review disaster Heroines National Geographic cats Grammys A24 2020 TCA Awards animated Funimation Animation universal monsters Universal renewed TV shows Lionsgate Comics on TV Chernobyl Showtime game show Trophy Talk Crackle ID Turner batman Discovery Channel Apple Amazon Prime Winners APB technology festivals Marvel Studios 2018 VICE james bond nature quibi twilight SXSW classics Rock superhero Emmys green book dc independent cinemax TV composers Netflix golden globes dark WarnerMedia Election OneApp cars Lifetime Christmas movies 2017 Mary poppins Marvel Television Nat Geo vampires robots halloween tv adaptation Box Office diversity Endgame Warner Bros. 71st Emmy Awards kids based on movie 2016 Britbox HBO Max Comedy Central ITV thriller venice GLAAD DC streaming service blockbuster Sneak Peek movie IFC CBS All Access Women's History Month strong female leads Travel Channel spider-man Countdown Infographic screenings Tumblr films Sundance TV 2019 true crime TV Land Drama Pirates satire Pixar dragons Superheroe