Sunday’s “Big Love” finale concluded with a change: its theme song, the Beach Boys’ “God Only Knows,” was re-recorded by the Dixie Chicks’ Natalie Maines. The choice to have the song sung by a woman — with the iconic lyrics, God only knows what I’d be without you — became particularly poignant as the events unfolded.
Spoiler alert: After a surprisingly successful launch of a new church, Bill Hendrickson is shot and killed by a disgruntled neighbor. The family that he leaves behind is in a state of transition, as Barb seeks female empowerment, Margene considers a long trip to South Africa, and Nicki clings to the roots of tradition.
As so often happens on television, the death is followed by a celebration of life: Sarah and Scott’s baby is christened in Bill’s church. “It breaks my heart that Bill can’t see this,” Margene says, sporting a new look and, more importantly, a new outlook. We then cut to a touching shot of Bill, watching from his usual place at the kitchen table.
What did you think of the sister wives being left husbandless in the final scenes of “Big Love”? Weigh in below on the series finale.