And thus, we come to the end of Haven's third season as Audrey finally confronts her destiny and the barn. While Audrey was always reluctant to say goodbye to her current life, it is here where she really channels David Tennant's Doctor. Her speech about how she doesn't want to die, even though she knows that she'll come back as someone else was almost straight out of "The End of Time". Heck, taking the reference even further, you could say that the barn is a TARDIS; it travels through time and is even bigger on the inside.
This episode puts forth the idea that there may be a way to end the troubles forever. On the one hand, you know that it won't play out that way as it will mark the end of the show. On the other hand, it plants the seed for whatever plot resolution the writers have in mind. At the very least, it made for some interesting character conflict as some wanted to just "kick the can down the road" while others wanted to try and attack the deeper issues.
Love becomes a rather prominent theme here. Some of it works well, while some of it..not so much. The idea that love is all they need to stop the troubles seems a touch corny, but considering the hero complex thing, I guess it works. I have to say, having Audrey kill someone that she loves be the only way to end the troubles forever seems oddly specific. It also manifests more obviously in the love triangle between the three leads.
I actually really liked the goodbye sequence. Everyone involved really sold the situation and it was pretty poignant. It also led to some tense sequences as some characters were more determined to keep Audrey out of the barn than others.
One thing that never got answered was why they didn't just go in with her? I was honestly expecting them all to just go in the barn and emerge in the future with the dawn of a new set of troubles. Something kind of like that happens, but not quite. Mostly because Nathan got reckless.
The cliffhanger was also very effective as Audrey and Duke seemingly disappear, with Nathan stuck in an empty field. As if that wasn't bad enough, the meteor shower didn't even stop! While part of me suspects that Audrey and Duke will emerge in the future to see Haven in ruins, I think that nearly three decades is enough for them to rebuild, but we'll find out in the fall I guess.