'Landscapers' Episode 4 Review: A western end to Edwards' tale of conviction

Susan and Christopher's trial takes a western flick turn as creators Ed Sinclair and Will Sharpe end with another imaginative take on the murder


                            'Landscapers' Episode 4 Review: A western end to Edwards' tale of conviction
Olivia Colman as Susan Edwards, David Thewlis as Christopher Edwards in 'Landscapers' (HBO)
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Spoilers for 'Landscapers' Episode 4

It's Monday night and that means the final episode of 'Landscapers' is finally here! The Olivia Colman and David Thewlis-starrer so far has been extremely visually entertaining owing to the creators' unique method of storytelling.

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The third episode saw Christopher (David Thewlis) incriminate himself after he reveals Susan (Olivia Colman) could never have killed her parents as she was afraid of guns. The husband and wife have not been in contact ever since they were in custody and cracks in their stories are leading to Susan feeling the pressure. The mini-series which revolves around the Mansfield murders aired its fourth episode and here are our thoughts on it.

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The final episode begins in black and white as we see Susan and Christopher being transported to the court for their trial. Their appearance before a judge marks the first time the scheming couple meets after being arrested. In a confusing instance, we hear the voiceover over of Christophers's stepmother when she first gets his confession over a call as we see a different looking Chris and Susan loading bodies wrapped in a sack into a horse-drawn carriage and we know in the next second that this is another one of the creators' brilliant ideas.

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Olivia Colman as Susan Edwards in 'Landscapers' (HBO)

 

We're suddenly transported to a western setting as we see Tabitha first approach the police after what she was told. In an amusing manner, the police officers we see and know from the current timeline are now donning cowboy hats, boots, and spurs with them swinging into action. The episode constantly switches between the court trial and the western pursuit both reflecting the incoming conviction of the Edwards'. Olivia Colman shines even brighter in the finale and when she delivers the lines, "I'm not fragile, I'm broken. So you can't hurt me. You can laugh and send me to prison, but no one can hurt me anymore", we truly felt the inner pain of the abused woman who's now facing her biggest trial. The episode reflects the couple's love for Gary Cooper movies which explains this particular western setting. Chris and Susan's love for one another is conveyed with the movie's hero and heroine plotline as they ride off into the sunset.

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Olivia Colman as Susan Edwards in 'Landscapers' (HBO)

'Landscapers' is another masterpiece from Ed Sinclair and Will Sharpe who took a grim, bizarre murder case and turned it into an amusing spectacle. Right from taking off their wigs that showed the couple's return to reality to the imaginative and innovator narrative the black comedy-drama is worth watching. 

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'Landscapers' is streaming on HBO Max.