Synopsis: Ryan learns the truth about Wilfred as this amazing series takes it’s swan song.
What Season: Final Season.
Review: Let me be real for a bit. Last year was rough. I got so depressed and hit with such anxiety I had to move, I couldn’t leave my house, I couldn’t go out at night and I was having panic attacks a lot. But I could still laugh, I could still have fun, I was just hollow inside. Adding to the fact that I felt so alone because I couldn’t relate to anyone. I mean I wasn’t crying nonstop or throwing myself in a pool to cry like in the movies so I couldn’t be depressed (also I couldn’t afford a doctor.)
But then I realized Wilfred is probably the closest we’ll get to showing real depression and anxiety on television. I mean Ryan still laughs, he has fun, he loves but there is something wrong with him and in this final season we finally getting around to dealing with that.
The last season may have been the weakest but that’s mostly because it had so many things to tie up. Weakest is a strong word, I think it’s more that this season isn’t for newbies and it shouldn’t be. It’s for giving the fans an ending or closure. Basically a reason to end. I think it did a great job.
Series Finale: Resistance/Happiness (spoilers) I’ve tried not to spoil anything but talking about the finale I have to so be warned. Okay so at the end, we find out that Wilfred was just kind of Ryan’s imagination and was always a dog. The cult was a misdirect. But that’s not really important (I actually wish they hadn’t said anything either way) because the show was always about Ryan finding happiness. Even if happiness meant having an imaginary friend that he talks to. But I think that’s a special message! I mean not everyone is the same and we are all chasing different things so maybe that’s what’s important. Finding what makes US happy, what is important to US, even if others don’t agree. I think that’s pretty beautiful.
Series Overall: I think what made the series so great was the jokes. Like I said up there the show dealt with some pretty heavy themes, mostly mental health, but also death, crime, drug abuse and being unhappy in marriage. And with all those themes running it would be easy for the show to get lost in it’s own mythos. But it never does. It still has humor and really funny jokes. I mean it gets downright goofy sometimes with poop and weed jokes being a major theme as well. Again I love that it plays with the theme that depression and anxiety are an underlying problem that is never gone but it’s always at the forefront. I really think Wilfred is important and everyone should give it a shot.
Thank you Wilfred. For a wonderful and moving show. You’ll be missed.