How will Rectify end? Series finale synopsis released online.

Source: Sundance TV
Source: Sundance TV

The end of Rectify is fast approaching. The Sundance TV series — currently wrapping up its fourth and last season — will air its final episode, "All I'm Saying," on Wednesday, Dec. 14. 

How it all began

Rectify began with Daniel Holden (Aden Young) being released from death row almost 20 years after he was convicted for raping and murdering his high school girlfriend. However, DNA evidence revealed that Holden's semen was nowhere to be found, and he was released. Throughout Rectify's four seasons, viewers watched as Daniel tried to reconnect with the world after being released from prison — particularly with his family in Paulie, Georgia — and slowly learned more about the inconsistencies surrounding the case against him. 

Rectify's most recent season focused on Daniel's relocation to Nashville, Tennessee, his efforts at healing, the unraveling (finally) of the details surrounding the death of his girlfriend, and his family's anxiety over his absence. 


The Rectify series finale

In the penultimate episode of Rectify, "Happy Unburdening," we finally got a true sense of how shoddy the police work was when Daniel was brought into the station 20 years prior. Several teenagers who could have been responsible for the rape and murder of his girlfriend were not questioned. Instead, the police were determined to coerce a confession out of Daniel.


After three seasons of aimless wandering, of failing to acclimate in the real word, Daniel was finally doing some hard work on himself. The second to last episode opened with Daniel seeing a therapist, trying, to the best of his ability, to open up about his horrific experiences in prison.

Regardless of what the finale will reveal about the case, it appears as if the benefits for all the work Daniel has started to do this season will start to show. The series finale synopsis, released by Sundance TV, reads: 

Daniel begins to appreciate his progress as he realizes what his new life may look like, while the old life is quickly disappearing for Teddy. Jon debriefs Janet and Amantha on what he has learned about Daniel's case.

Spoiler TV also released a similar synopsis for the episode:

As he begins to realize what his new life may entail, Daniel starts to appreciate the progress he's made; Janet bonds with someone unexpected

Photos

SundanceTV also offered up some stills from the upcoming episode — don't worry, they're mostly lovely portraits of the main cast. Still, we're going to assume that seeing the main characters on the phone has little to do with a routine catch-up and more to do with finally learning the truth behind the crime that Daniel was sentenced for as a teenager. 

Daniel Holden (Aden Young) in "All I'm Saying"
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Janet Talbot (J. Smith-Cameron) in "AIl I'm Saying"
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Teddy Talbot (Clayne Crawford) and Sheriff Carl Daggett (J.D. Evermore) in "All I'm Saying"
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Amantha Holden (Abigail Spencer) in "All I'm Saying"
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Sundance TV

Tune in to Sundance TV on Wednesday, Dec. 14, at 10 p.m. Eastern to find out more about Daniel's fate. 

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Eric Eidelstein

Eric Eidelstein is a freelance Arts writer living in Brooklyn, NY. He has previously written for Complex, Indiewire, and other outlets.

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