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Haven Review: Skin Deep

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Congratulations, TV Fanatics! You guys called it in the comments section of "Magic Hour Part 1."

Tommy was already dead by the time he joined the Haven police department. I'm so proud to be associated with such a smart group! You complete me. While the supposition of shapeshifter was a little off, we received confirmation in "Burned" that Tommy was indeed dead for at least six weeks, and Audrey and Nathan found his skin floating in a tank, with other skins, making The Bolt Gun Killer (TBGK) a skin walker!

Still, not a lot to go on, and the first thing that came to my mind as Audrey stood next to Nathan in the basement was... oh my God it's Nathan. Then... no, it's Claire! The conversations between Claire and Audrey haven't been as fascinating since Tommy died. Could TBGK be sporting Claire's skin now? After all, as Nathan and Audrey realized, he could be disguised as just about anybody. Come to think of it, it could be a woman. Oh. The mind reels!!

I just hope TBGK doesn't turn out to be The Colorado Kid. 

Audrey's Fate

I was under the impression Audrey was going to use all of her remaining time in Haven to locate her son, but he was mentioned only briefly during the episode. Those pesky Troubled people and The Guard can really suck the time out of a day, can't they? The Trouble of the week did directly relate to ending The Troubles, as Jordan was forced to admit The Guard brought Ginger and her father to town so Ginger could control Nathan, and thereby control Audrey. We'll get to the why in a minute.

Kiara Glasco was the guest star, Ginger, with The Trouble this week, and it was a fun one to have as a little girl. Essentially, anything she told someone to do, they did. It made for some really cute scenes between she and Eric Balfour (Duke) as they played Pirate. If you've never seen Kiara before, she stars in Copper on BBC America and is a phenomenal actress. Even without The Trouble, it would be difficult to say no to that little girl! 

The Guard's plan of a three-tiered layer of control was to force Audrey into the mysterious barn we've seen on the island through the mist. Jordan had some information, but not enough to satisfy. She just knew that the Audrey's last incarnation, Lucy Ripley, didn't want to go and it caused such a fuss that they were laying the groundwork to ensure Audrey would go willingly. When she goes into the barn and disappears for 27 years, so do The Troubles. 

If I had a Trouble like Jordan's, or so many of the others in Haven, I'd be hard pressed not to want her inside that barn when the time came. Lose one person, gain 27 years of carefree living? The ability to touch, or feel, or not want to eat your family or so many other Troubles we've seen in three seasons of Haven. But I'd also have to wonder if each incarnation of Sarah, Lucy and Audrey might not get smarter and become more capable.

In other words, might there come a time when she's able to confront The Troubles, discover the reason for them, and defeat it - without losing herself in the process? Or is Audrey's Trouble that she only surfaces once every 27 years and then is forced back into oblivion? If that's the case, I'd reckon she has the worst Trouble of all. 

We're down to three episodes and we need to learn who TBGK is, which of our main characters is a skin walker and therefore dead, who The Colorado Kid is and whether he is alive or dead, and what happens if Audrey goes into that barn. Why do I have a feeling that Haven Season 3 will end with Audrey going into the barn, but maybe not alone? 

Wouldn't it be interesting if her crew refused to leave her side and decided to head into the barn with her? I wonder how that would change the dynamic of the 27 year pattern. Knowing Audrey, she wouldn't want anyone to go with her, but knowing the others, it would make sense they'd override her decision and go along. At the very least, Nathan. 

I still think we have a lot to learn from the Teagues, and very little time to drag it out of them. The upcoming titles are ominous: "Last Goodbyes," "Reunion," and "Thanks for the Memories." I'm guessing a week of goodbyes, followed by finding her son and then the finale, where she regains memories of all her past lives before she sets off into the barn. I don't know if the next three weeks are going to be too fast or too slow!

What did you think about "Burned?" Who is wearing the skin, and which character might have already passed on leaving his or her skin behind? Head to the comments and work your magic!

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the little gir Kiara Glasco i just saw her in an episode of warhouse 13 so i got confused at the start thinking we had met this character before. also noticed the #escapetohaven in the jail cell

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Nathan was cruel to Jordan because at the end of the day it's all about Audrey. Especially now that he figured out they have a baby! he loved Audrey his relationship with Jordan was all for Audrey he got confused because he began to believe Jordan was a good person but once he realized she's just a liar then it was easy for him to part ways with her. Loved duke in this episode he's amazing!

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the nathan jordan break up was a bit disappointing. The feminist in me wonders why supposedly strong, clever women end up 'nuts' and doing stupid things for 'love' jordan was introduced as tough and intelligent but ended up as irrational lovesick nutcase just like Evidence crocker, poor exit. If it is indeed an exit for her. I think Nathan will have to face some consequences for his actions from the Guard(he has made them an enemy) and committed a serious crime. But i think that's mostly for season 4

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Speaking of Claire, I think she's the most obvious pick for TBGK. She's new to town so no one would notice if she started acting differently. If TBGK believed that this incarnation of Audrey really didn't know/remember anything about the CK, then it would explain why Claire/TBGK was encouraging her to try hypnoses and what have you.
It was certainly a bittersweet episode for duke. All I could think when the girl suggested that he visit her with his own daughter and pirate wife someday, was that this isn't duke's fairy tale, he won't get that particular happy ending.
I also wondered if the skin walker can change back into previous skins and if that's why all those empty skins wee submerged in those tanks, could the TBGK be running around as multiple people?

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In a season full of strong episodes, this one was a little lacking for me. I was really expecting Jordan and Nathan's "break up" to have a bigger impact. This season has focused a lot on the question of how far Nathan's willing to go to save Audrey- joining the guard, letting convicts escape, etc- and I feel like they really shied away from the ramifications of his leading on Jordan the way he was, something I thought was uncharacteristically cruel of him. I would have liked to see more of that internal struggle for Nathan between helping Audrey in any way possible and leading Jordan straight for heartbreak. Did anyone else think Jordan was going to be majorly pissed off when she found out he was just using her after Claire mentioned she tourtured an ex boyfriend for three days after a nasty break up??

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thank you guys so much, it all makes sence now. its so simple, unless i'm mistaking. i think that audrey is a key. i dont know what it truly means or even what it implies, but it would seem to me that audrey does have a trouble, that whenever she returns to haven or however you want to explain it, the troubles start. she is the key to all the troubles, because that is her trouble. so what happens if duke kills her? wouldnt her trouble disapear including all of the others with it, or would this just open the flood gates to all of the troubles coming out and absolutely ravaging the world? food for thought.

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Can see TBGK being Colorado Kid's wife but doesn't make sense for it to actually be CK. When Audrey was abducted TBGK told her she wasn't the only one who loved CK. Doesn't make sense for CK to say that about himself. I was thinking it was CK's father but with the skinwalked reveal I'm thinking it may be a woman.

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i think the Guard will settle for temporary solution because hey 27yrs is a long time to be free of some of those horrible troubles, while the Crockers also use their own more controversial method but considering the trouble in the Farmer i can see their point of view, that trouble and the girl in fear and loathing were pretty unmanageable. I think Audrey is troubled maybe a different level of troubled or she is a pawn in a bigger scheme of whoever Agent Howard represents. I wonder if there are others like her(perhaps in the barn. The real Audrey got all her memories wiped save for her memories after Audrey got to Haven so am thinking part of Audrey's trouble is that she takes on the other person's memory while solving the trouble s and then when she disappears the original person gets back her memories like Lucy Ripley except for critical mystery solving ones of course.i also think different parts of her personalities over the years are attracted to different people for different reasons. Lucy had apparently found a solution to ending the cycle which maybe didn't involve entering the barn or entering with someone or finding the colorado kid so her memories are critical

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I totally forgot the real Audrey Parker disappeared into the barn....I wonder if the Guard and the Crockers ever tried to figure out the reasoning behind both their goals (if I have followed correctly the Guard just wants to put another hold on the troubles because our Audrey will come back in 27 years but the Crockers want to kill her to stop the troubles). It oddly seems both are wrong and maybe her natural death at the end of her life would be the real end. wasn't it odd there was no mention of last week and like this episode should of been first (my dvr seemed to think it was a repeat).

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i know it was done for plot progression but for seasoned cops both nathan and audrey were pretty clueless about tommy, they just seemed to trust him unlike the Teagues and Duke who didn't quite trust him

Haven Season 3 Episode 10 Quotes

Claire: Tommy was here a week ago. That's impossible.
Medical Examiner: Are you FROM Haven?

Ginger: Audrey said that she would take met to my dad.
Jordan: She's lying. She knows what you can do and she wants to put you away somewhere, all alone.