Brothers & Sisters will be sputtering out one more, abbreviated season this year (and yes, possibly more than that, but -- c'mon), and while that certainly sounds ill-advised and unnecessary, at least some of the show's most annoying and/or misused characters won't be returning. If you're still watching it out of loyalty or just sheer masochism, here are some reasons this season might not be quite as terrible as you're accustomed to.
No More Tommy
That little "You're welcome any time, Balthazar Getty!" charade is finally -- and permanently -- over. Tommy won't appear in the new season, and his absence will probably just be explained by some throwaway quote by somebody in some kitchen scene, like "This drunken squab reminds me of Tommy's temper problems. Too bad he died!" but it's not like I have expectations for this show's writing anymore, so that's fine.
Very, Very Little Rebecca
The 18-episode season will feature as much as 15 Rebecca-free episodes, as Emily VanCamp is over it and leaving to attempt to do other things. I was not a Rebecca hater in the beginning, but that quickly changed after the process of de-Walkering turned her into the whiniest crazy, immature girlfriend soundboard in existence. She and Justin apart? Not setting the world on fire, but they're perfectly fine. Rebecca and Justin together? Kill. So now we'll just get Justin by himself and, hopefully, drug free, TPTB willing.
No More Senator
This isn't news, as he died in the finale, but the idea of this show living in a world without any political ambition storylines is so exciting to me they could let Holly survive that car crash and I'd be able to live with it. And she's totally surviving that car crash, so just prepare yourself for that now.
A Time Jump!
The new season picks up one year after the last finale's car crash, which means no episodes full of schmaltzy mourning and Holly bitching about paying for physical therapy and Nora crying about "It should have been meeeeee!" Nope, everybody should be in a semi-normal place, Kevin and Scotty should have their baby already (and oh, how I have hated the fertility storylines), Justin and Rebecca should have already spent their Haiti time apart, hopefully everyone will have forgotten that Saul has AIDS, and everybody should have new, non-Ojai jobs. Or not, considering all that magic water they found in Narrow Lake. Either way, things will be different, as long as the writers don't take their lazy pills and just fall back on the same cycle of crap everyone's hated for years.
Cue my next post in October, in which I bitch about how they took their lazy pills and there's a new secret Walker sibling...
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