We reached the end! Chapelwaite couldn’t finish a day other than Halloween. But the most incredible thing is that Chapelwaite 1×10 “The Keeper” is one of the best episodes of the show because it breaks our hearts, puts us back together, and breaks it again. Emotions, surprises, and secrets revealed are the motto of this season finale. Time for review!
Here we go!
In Chapelwaite 1×10 “The Keeper” Rebecca has the opportunity to confront her father. She was convinced that she could bring him back, that if he had not been with her it was because he had not been able to but now when she releases him from the curse, they will be able to begin to know each other and begin a true father and daughter relationship. She has so many hopes, so many illusions…that’s why the blow is harder.
She realizes that her father chose not to be with her and chose this, this eternal life of the undead. They didn’t force him to separate from her, he didn’t choose her. It’s that hard and heartbreaking. Rebecca’s heart breaks when she realizes this, which is why I’m so amazed at her strength. She guards her insecurities, her fears, and can understand that if her father didn’t choose her, he doesn’t deserve her to choose him and try to save him. He doesn’t want to be saved… and he doesn’t deserve her to try or make excuses to justify him. He doesn’t deserve her.
And I admire Rebecca for this. It isn’t easy to understand that the problem is not ours and that there are people who are not worth it and we must let them go, especially when they are our family.
Loa is confused in Chapelwaite 1×10 “The Keeper.” Now her family is Jakub and his undead army but she doesn’t feel them like family, especially when they are fighting her father and her brothers and planning to kill them. So she doesn’t know what to do, is she loyal to her new family or the people she loves the most? Loa’s situation is not easy here, it’s a decision that somehow breaks her in two because it confronts her with her old life, the people she loves, and this new life that she’s beginning to discover.
That’s why I’m tremendously proud of her when Loa does the right thing and chooses her family, who have always loved her and will love her no matter what. She cannot betray them, no matter what has happened. But choosing them comes with its challenges. Many things happened and… she tricked them, turned her back on them, even attacked them.
Loa is ashamed of what she did and is afraid of how her family will react to her return. Will they reject her? She could not bear a rejection even if she feels that she deserves it. Charles tries to reassure her, they are her family, and yes, things are different now but the important thing, how much they love her, has not changed. And that will be enough.
Only it is not. Not quite, at least. Loa’s fear in Chapelwaite 1×10 “The Keeper” was justified. Tane and Honor don’t trust her and don’t want her there. The last time they saw her, she tricked Tane so they no longer consider her as their sister, because she would never have done that. It may look like her, speak like her, but it’s not her. It’s something else, a creature trying to destroy them. It’s their enemy. And they have to treat her as such, they should never lose focus.
Rebecca and Charles still have faith that Loa’s love for them will win the battle for the creature she became but Tane and Honor don’t believe there is any battle to fight… because that battle is already lost. That doesn’t mean they don’t love Loa. They love her so much and they miss her but they… they had to accept that she’s gone. And they can’t believe that they haven’t lost her because if they have hope and she deceives them… she would destroy them.
Charles has a plan to avoid it so that his family is not destroyed and they can finally get rid of the curse. And this is when Chapelwaite 1×10 “The Keeper” breaks our hearts again. The only way to do it, to save his family is to sacrifice himself. That book needs a keeper to prevent history from repeating itself and it must be him. Charles is choosing his family over himself because it’s what you do for the people you love. You want them to be happy, even if that means you won’t be. And yes, the people Charles loves most include Rebecca.
Rebecca…who without expecting it, without wanting it, got under his skin, under his heart, and became a vital organ for him, part of himself. Rebecca who he unintentionally loved her, dreamed of a life with her…and now he must let her go. He must break her heart. Charles knows he should do it, it’s the only way.
That’s why her smile when she asks what comes next for them was about to bring him to his knees. How he would have liked to tell her that they had a future, how he would have liked to hug her and never let her go…but he can’t. And when he doesn’t answer, when she looks at him, she knows it. Before he explains everything to her, she knows that she must say goodbye to him.
And it’s unfair. It’s unfair that they don’t have a future. This should be the beginning of their story, not the end. They should be planning their next step together, not saying goodbye. But life is anything but fair. Charles must do this, for her, for his children, for his family. Rebecca goes over all the options in her head, there must be another way, it has to. But she can’t find it.
It’s at that moment when Charles kisses her, finally, their first kiss that tastes like a say goodbye, their first kiss…and the last. She knows it, even though she can’t bear to think about it…she knows it. So she takes refuge in his arms, while he embraces her and closes his eyes to remember him, to memorize that feeling, to memorize him. And the best thing is that Charles does the same with her.
Soon, too soon, they must part. Charles goes with Loa. She doesn’t want to convert him but it’s her father’s decision and she must respect that. He trusts her for this. The next time Rebecca sees Charles he’s motionless in his bed, dead and she can barely bear that vision but she wants to be by his side, holding his hand, to face whatever is coming.
But this situation has other consequences. In Chapelwaite 1×10 “The Keeper” Rebecca accepted that there was no other way but Honor cannot do it. That Loa made to their father is proof that she was right and she cannot trust Loa. How could she do it? But sometimes, in extreme situations, we have to do what is necessary, even if we hate every second of it. That’s what Loa did.
And there comes one of the most anticipated moments of Chapelwaite 1×10 “The Keeper,” Charles resurrects as an undead, willing to protect that book, to be its keeper. But first, he must say goodbye to his children. He’s so proud of them, Tane is turning into the man he always wanted him to be.
Loa will find the way, the way to continue being herself with her family, and Charles wants her to know that she will always be his little girl and Honor…Honor is a strong, brave, intelligent woman with a heart of gold. That’s why she needs her to trust Loa, to support her, to have faith in her because, despite everything, she is still her sister, her family. Charles trusts Honor to take care of her siblings.
And he trusts Rebecca to keep them all safe, to protect them. Like their mother. I have to confess that I would have liked Charles to say goodbye to Rebecca again but I understand why he didn’t. They had already said everything they had to say to each other and that look…that look reaffirms everything they confessed. And I love them.
Loa’s the one who maintains that connection with her father for the longest time. She yells at him that she loves him, that love was why she was able to make the right decision, that love gave her back to her family.
And Chapelwaite ends its first season here. But they can’t leave us like this, I mean, they have to renew the show for a season 2! I need the Boone family to find another way to remove the curse and for Charles to return to them, to his children, to Rebecca. I need them to have a future because they broke my heart and I demand that they put it back together.
PS: I live for the reunion of Able and Honor, the way she needed to touch him to check that he was okay, the way they hold hands or intertwine their fingers, feeling each other, the way that hug says it all…and how they look. Goddess, I love them.
Here ends our Chapelwaite 1×10 “The Keeper” review. This is the last one and it was wonderful to share with you every week all the emotions that this show makes us feel. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did and fingers crossed that we meet again in season 2. Thanks for being there!