'Veronica Mars' season 4 finale - An essay about the Logan Echolls twist
I think it’s fair to say, that for "Veronica Mars" fans the Season 4 finale was a whopper.
It gave audiences the neo-noir drama they love, with its classic twist, great quips and enthralling – yet divisive – resolution.
If you haven't seen the finale yet, then it will be best to stop reading because ahead are spoilers.
Logan Echolls is dead, and died hours after getting married to Veronica.
While we weren’t shown his body - and not shown a funeral for one of the show’s most important characters – the character is dead as show creator Rob Thomas and actor Jason Dohring confirmed his character's demise.
Fans were not thrilled, with many feeling frustrated or disappointed.
Logan Echolls survived abuse, the death of both parents and two gfs, suicide attempts, learned to control his anger, got a job, sorted out his shit and tried to help his girlfriend overcome her trauma and got blown up because he became.too...good...a...partner? #VeronicaMars pic.twitter.com/B4hmuoh9bh— Alisha 🚀 (@Ceres_Station) July 23, 2019
Oh and don’t come at me with that “it’s noir” bullshit and the show “outgrew” Logan. You literally blew him up after he got a text about street clean up after shitting on his healthy progress. That’s “poorly written teen drama angst”. Thank you, next. #VeronicaMars— logan echolls deserved better (@ghtalks2) July 20, 2019
In an interview with TVLine, Thomas spoke about the decision to kill off the character and the reaction:
“Q: Fans have been very vocal about the ending, and some of them have been quite unhappy. Has any of that made you reconsider the ending?
Thomas: No. Not even a little bit. I know what the show needs to be moving forward. There are not many shows about kickass detectives and their boyfriend at home. It was tough getting Logan wrapped into the story this season. Season 1 of Veronica Mars, the series regulars were all characters who I knew were part of that season’s mystery… It becomes very Murder, She Wrote if you have to start keeping the same six people wrapped up in each mystery. There’s a reason shows end when the couple gets together. I’m not going to start doing The Thin Man. It’s not going to be Veronica and Logan solving mysteries, so what is Logan doing in the show?”
In an interview with ETOnline, he tackled the criticism that Logan's death conveys that successful women of Veronica's stature can't have it all and said it wasn't his intention:
I've been real upfront about my intention. It's that the hero of your television show, Veronica Mars, needs to be single if the show is going to keep surviving. If they had told me, "You never get to make another episode of Veronica Mars," Logan would have survived the end of the show. I'm certainly not trying to make a statement that women can't have it all.
In another interview, Thomas spoke about how the decision to kill off the character was like cutting off a limb to save the body.
While everyone watched the show because they loved the titular hero, part of what made the show so special was the community and world that Veronica had built around her: Wallace and Mac (whose diminished importance in the revival was a misstep), the father-daughter relationship, Weevil and Veronica's bond, the mystery of the season and Logan Echolls.
The Logan Echolls of it All
Pop Sugar writer, Mekishana Pierre encapsulated what I was feeling:
Fittingly, the season four finale was titled "Years, Continents, Bloodshed".
It's a tragic ending for a couple that has been through so much and only managed to secure a few minutes of wedded bliss together. Especially since there's no reason for it! Veronica can be married and still be a strong, kickass private investigator who has to figure out the complexities of her life. Logan's death seems more like a punishment for him, when he's matured so much from the prototypical bad boy with severe daddy issues and a toxic temper. Even though Veronica referred to him as a "pod person" once (which was one in a long list of things said by her that deserve a side eye), it was obvious that Logan was changed for the better and seemingly had to die for it.
If nothing else, fans can take comfort in the fact that Logan's fateful words from season two (which are cruelly used for the title of the season four finale) have more than come true. "I thought our story was epic, you know? You and me," a drunk, young Logan said to his future wife. "Spanning years and continents. Lives ruined and blood shed. Epic."
I’m so bummed about #VeronicaMars because along with Logan dying, so did the excellent portrayal of how someone who has a broken and abusive background grow up to be a happy, successful and well-adjusted adult. And there’s nothing boring about that story.we need that story— Natalie (@Tali_elyse) July 26, 2019
Show creator Rob Thomas has always been very outspoken as viewing the series through the lens of the traditional – but gender-flipped – film noir. So that dynamite dynamic was built in to the show, with Veronica serving as the hard-bitten private investigator and Logan the homme fatale.
But in Season 4, Logan is no longer fatale. Logan is fully reformed. So Logan Echolls had to die.
You don’t have to like it. Hell, I don’t like it. But Logan was a television character, and TV has no patience for characters who exhibit the ability to grow and change.