To the best of my recollection, no show has dealt with a major character death as well as this episode of Halt and Catch Fire.
Of the 5 principle characters (Joe, Gordon, Cameron, Donna, and Boss), it's safe to say that no character is as beloved as Gordon. He is hard working, genuine, and deeply care about people around him. He raises the bar for others to emulate. In my opinion, he's more responsible for bringing positive transformations for other 4 characters than anyone else.
All untimely death of a beloved character is filled with regrets. Haley is no doubt the most impacted. In the next remaining episodes, we will see how others will pickup the pieces, work toward healing each other, and bring "re-launch" into fruition in honor of Gordon.
Halt and Catch Fire is always beautifully shot, and unexpected lens flare in the middle of the episode was particularly effective (and I speak as someone who is sick and tired of lens flare tricks). It really stood out as something oddly unusual, foreshadowing Gordon's flashback later on.
The clash between Donna and Joe was my second favorite scene in the episode. In this final season, Joe has been the surprise understanding voice, always patient, always listening, and caring. He lost some of his composure with Donna, but the clash brought honesty and start the process of bringing Donna back into the circle.
And finally, Bos. His relationship with Cameron has always been very special. They fill much needed void they longed for. In a way, all five principle characters in Halt and Catch Fire are after filling a void. Donna falsely let her her ambitions take over, in a pursuit of filling her void. To Gordon, it has always been about family and friends. And Joe has realized the same by working with Gordon and Haley, bringing immense peace.
Silicon Valley is and has been that second wave California Gold Rush. At one point or another, all five principle characters got that piece of gold. But their dream is something else.
OMG, made me cry. Best episode of any show this year
That was... really well done. Open with a really nice moment, everyone is getting along a bit better than before, and than deliver a real gut punch in the end, even if it was a beautifully done gut punch.
What a brilliant episode! The season's best to date.
HACF has always been capable of delivering emotional scenes and that's exactly what we got tonight.
Although we never get to see Gordon's death, I still cried and felt sad. That's because every single actor conveys the emotions of grief and shock perfectly, from Katie picking up Donna's call instead of Gordon, to Joe's face when Donna tells him about Gordon's death in a flat tone. For some reason, I thought that Gordon would die from electrocution while fixing the AC, I guess he did die but not the way I expected.
I cannot wait to see what happens next week, will we get a time-jump, or will it continue right after the events of this episode? (probably the former)
HACF will surely be missed after it finishes its four-season run, and I will remember it as a terrific show that has been criminally underwatched.
Right in the feels, man.
It felt like six feet under all over again
Oh, wow... Damn, the scene where he walks down the memory lane... I am overwhelmed! His death was just like his life - gentle, almost considerate to others, not making a fuss. I know you are just a character in a tv show, but I will miss you more than a lot of real life people, Gordo! :(
Beautiful episode. Spurs so many thoughts about what will happen with everyone going forward, and then that gut-wrenching ending made me shed a few tears. The best show these past few years.
WTF?! moment after I said to myself "damn, Gordon looks good as for a guy with a cancer" he RIPed...Best ep of 4th season.
Nooo!!! :( :( I cried.I love this show so much. It's perfect in so many ways. I've learnt from it. It has even motivated me to work harder. Now it has reminded me about the need to live life to the fullest and give your best to the people who love you. It could end anytime.RIP Gordon.
Was waiting for this to happen when a couple of episodes ago he had said that he had been episode free. Hated waiting for the other shoe to drop...
This show is definitely not just coasting to its finish line. Powerful stuff. And great acting, as always.