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Reservation Dogs Season 3 Episode 10 Sends a TV Classic Off That Good Way


The Reservation Dogs series finale effectively wraps up its characters stories while acknowledging that community carries on.

Cheese (Lane Factor), Elora (Devery Jacobs), Bear (D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai), and Willie Jack (Paulina Alexis) on Reservation Dogs season 3 episode 10.
Photo: Shane Brown | FX

This article contains spoilers for Reservation Dogs season 3 episode 10.

Many television shows try to be about community. Hell, one series tried so hard that it violated SEO best practices to just go ahead and name itself Community. I would wager, however, that no TV program ever has better understood the concept of community, nor articulated what it means more effectively than FX’s Reservation Dogs.

The series, which just finished its three-season run on Hulu, began as a simple comedy following four Indigenous teens in their small reservation town of Okern, Oklahoma. Just as those teens – Elora (Devery Jacobs), Bear (D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai), Cheese (Lane Factor), and Willie Jack (Paulina Alexis) – grew to realize that their world was much bigger than pilfered potato chips and petty rivalries, so too did Reservation Dogs grow.

Throughout its richly-realized third season, Reservation Dogs has carefully and empathetically communicated how little the youth sometimes realize that they need their elders. The show became as much about old-timers like Uncle Brownie (Gary Farmer), Bucky (Wes Studi), Irene (Casey Camp-Horinek) and the estranged Maximus (Graham Greene) as it did about the titular Rez Dogs. By broadening its storytelling landscape to treat its elders as co-equals, Reservation Dogs tapped into what makes community so important.

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