Summer at Degrassi came and went with lightning speed, and it's hard to believe that another chapter has come to a close! Last night, we ended the season with both heavy and hopeful hearts as the kids of Degrassi mourned the loss of dear Adam, but leaned on each other to begin healing. If you missed the summer finale, check it out online
before we spoil it for you!
We knew it was going to be difficult to watch Drew cope with the loss of his brother this episode, but no one could have quite predicted what a toll it would take. It makes sense that he looked for something, someone, to blame for Adam's death. Sometimes laying blame shifts the burden of trying to rationalize the unthinkable, and it became pretty clear that he was doing just this when he accused Becky of causing Adam's death. In fact, it came to light that Drew felt guilty himself.
For the better part of the episode, he couldn't open himself up to the love and support of Bianca and Dallas, and it seemed as though he was going to spiral into darkest part of his own devastation. By the end, though, how triumphant did you feel when he joined the gang in celebrating Adam's life?
When he walked through woods and showed up at the bonfire memorial service, my spirit soared. He promised Adam, "To me you'll never be gone. You'll always be right here."
HE'S HERE WITH US
As much as we might be inclined to remember Becky and Adam's relationship issues as directly related to Adam's death, I really felt for Becky when she struggled this episode. Shouldering an immense amount of guilt and simultaneously trying to come to terms with losing her boyfriend, Becky decided to organize a bonfire in memory of Adam. With the help of Jenna, Alli, and Connor, she decorated a beautiful space in the middle of a field for all of their friends to gather.
And even though she feared that she had alienated herself from Adam's friends and loved ones, the gang came out with hearts full of love for the most beautifully moving tribute.
There was even a moment of reconciliation between Becky and Drew. Drew said, "I think Adam would be pretty mad at the way I treated the girl he loved." They both came to terms with the fact that Adam's death was no one's fault, and realized that their next move was to make it mean something. Carry on his legacy. Aw! *Single tear*
SOME GOOD NEWS
Finally, one undeniable highlight of this summer finale was finding out that Clare's cancer is officially in remission! Over the course of this chapter, we've closely followed her hard-fought battle with cancer, and to find out that she's just about in the clear could not have been a better way to end the season. One of my favorite moments this episode really highlighted the overall theme: Claire said, "Now I just need to make the most of my life." It's time to look forward. We are Degrassi, indeed!
Oh, P.S., did anyone else catch Alli and Dallas chatting it up? Hmm... fall chapter, here we come!
What did you all think of the summer finale? Sound off in the comments!