THE GILDED AGE completed its first season with last week’s episode. I thought there was one more installment; I was wrong. Now I totally understand why the continuing story put to rest many of the possible scenarios. It actually felt like a finale, yet it was not labeled as such. (Clever Julian Fellowes, the writer and creator.)
What I loved the most about THE GILDED AGE was the elegant and extravagant costumes. They were “to die for.” The mansions were impeccably furnished. It felt authentic. I enjoyed getting to know the many characters. At first, I felt overwhelmed, but about halfway through, I felt at home with all of them. I loved their flaws, their greed, their controlled passions, and their zeal for uncovering scandal after scandal. It made for an exciting topsy-turvy season.
At times the scripts and pacing seemed to move a little too slowly. I needed more energy from everyone involved. It did improve as they found their footing. It seems like the first nine episodes set the foundation for next year. THE GILDED AGE has already been renewed.
THE GILDED AGE did not tie up every plot line perfectly. There were several cliffhangers. I look forward to season two wherever that may take a “new money” society.
It is available to stream on HBO Max.