Due to unforeseen circumstances we were unable to get a review up for last week’s episode. As you hopefully know (since you’re here), episode 11 got pretty intense – as Avilio and Ganzo plan to make their move, the Galassia family has its own betrayal from within. Avilio’s cover is blown and he’s forced to do whatever he can to accomplish Vincent’s murder. Soon, Nero is all that’s left of the crumbling Vannetti family, and he’s painfully aware of Avilio’s betrayal.
By the beginning of episode 12, Avilio has been caught and the Galassias have seized the opportunity to go after Nero, hoping to wipe out the whole family. Nero discovers where Avilio has been being held captive and kills the guards there.
Nero questions Avilio, wondering why he hasn’t killed him yet. Meanwhile, the Galassia family massacres anyone connected to the Vannettis.
Left with no home to return to, Nero and Avilio take off for the ocean. For most of the trip, Avilio is still captive, but eventually Nero cuts his bonds and the two continue to the coast together in sad, often silent companionship.
Episode 12 shows us a much more human Avilio, who has been clearly hurt by his empty life alone as he cries to Nero that he should have killed him years ago. The revenge-consumed Avilio we started with has realized the truth – nothing can fill the hole that was left inside him that night. With Corteo gone, there is no one left, except Nero, tying Avilio to the world. Nero, who has lost everything else, seems to still have some fondness for Avilio, and the trip is reminiscent of their first adventure together – the one where the seriousness of the situation got left behind in just a bit of soft humour and what almost seemed like budding friendship.
I’m going to avoid saying much about what happens throughout this last half of the episode (which some people have argued the final moments are up to interpretation).
I saw some comments from other people who didn’t like the ending of 91 Days, but I think I did. Up until the end it was a wonderful drama with plenty of twists and turns. More importantly, it laid out a dark little story of people who aren’t simply good or evil, but led by their need to fill some void, whether it be with revenge, companionship, or power.
Despite all the obvious signs and better judgement, 91 Days gives the brief hope a few times that maybe things will be okay. At the end of the day, the loss of life, the shootings, the ruined families – what was it really all for? In this world where life is insignificant and where personal motivations rule above all else, almost no one ever really got what they thought they wanted.
For those of you who have stuck through our reviews of this series so far – what did you think? Was it worth the ride?
“You don’t need a reason to live. You just live.”