Daisy Jones & The Six, the limited series that took Spotify and TikTok by storm, concluded its limited run. With all its humor, musical genius, and a few questionable creative decisions, many have left this show feeling genuinely satisfied. Others left debating whether the changes were truly necessary. This author is here to tell you she was part of the former.
With a brilliant needle drop of “Gold Dust Woman,” we are welcomed back into the drama. It adds to the feel of nostalgia in the best way. By this point in the show, Daisy (Riley Keough) has burned every bridge with those who matter. All paradoxically for the sake of her happiness. It’s also an attempt to calm the resentment and the hurt she feels towards her mother. This behavior however costs her everything.
Both Billy (Sam Claflin) and Daisy in turn are reflective of their current positions as they come back into each other’s lives. They have achieved everything they’ve wanted, and they’re living the dream, yet they’re still unhappy. A lot of Billy’s unhappiness stems from Daisy. She’s a reminder of everything he claims to hate about himself, yet he loves her. What does that say about him?
The final episodes of the show dive into a messier outcome of events compared to those of the book. We start with the live concert, their final performance. Intercut between is everything that was going on behind the scenes, perfectly timed with the songs that match the heat of the moment. As we approach the inevitable breakup of the band, we start to see as an audience how the band is falling behind the times. Music is finding new trends to chase. Tempers are running high as secrets, deceit, and unbridled desire bubble underneath the surface. All the lies come out into the light and explode in madness.
The show does a great job building up from start to finish. They ease us into the madness. By the time we get to episodes nine and ten, none of this surprises us. You are consistently on the edge of your seat wondering what’s going to happen next. This includes fans of the book. The team behind the show made sure that everyone would leave this story with various eye-openers.
When it came to the original narrative, many of the characters seemed stronger than their urges. It still approaches the difficult and nuanced journey of addiction, but the romance between Daisy and Billy in the show gives into the scandal of it all. Surprisingly, it never feels unnatural. Sam Claflin and Riley Keough sell this romance and attraction through and through.
Camila (Camila Morrone) also seemed to be a different person altogether. I do agree the original take showed these characters as humans who knew when to act and when to have restraint. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the messiness of the show. At times, it felt as if this made Daisy, Billy, and Camila all the more human than we could have ever imagined.
Were there moments that gave into the drama for the sake of spectacle? Of course, but what a ride it was. People have been preferring the portrayal of the relationship between Camila and Daisy specifically in the book as opposed to the series. But the show gives us something raw and honest.
As for Billy Dunne, he struggles with this belief that he can have both women. He then gets frustrated when he realizes it isn’t possible. While he longs for Daisy, he knows, if there’s ever a time for them to be together, it wasn’t in the 70’s. He got better with Camila, for Camila. He sincerely believed that Camila was what held him together. But Billy needed to become his own person, a whole person, to learn how to love fully.
No matter how many times I watch this show’s finale, it still manages to get me choked up. I felt for these characters as though they were real people, and while their problems, in the grand scheme of things, can be simplified as perhaps champagne problems, the cast was able to deliver every single moment with conviction and emotion.
All this to say, Daisy Jones & The Six delivers a solid season. While the first two episodes had us on a bumpy start, everything else led up to a wonderful conclusion. It was what the show deserved, from people who clearly understood the source material. In the end, while the band broke up, everybody got their happy ending, and that’s all we could’ve asked for tortured souls searching to belong.
From Billie’s relapse to seeing him covered in Daisy’s glitter, forever changed by this unpredictable woman to Camila’s ability to be both strong and vulnerable with just a look thanks to Camila Morrone. Let’s not forget the ever-so-lovely Riley Keough who delivered what can only be described as the godsend performance of a woman who was born to play Daisy. It is impossible to leave this limited series not feeling forever changed by what Riley gave us. We got lucky with a Daisy like her. And, though discussing awards and their nominations may be a diminishment of how wonderful this show stands on its own, it is wonderful to see it get so much recognition as of late, especially Riley considering everything she gave us. Daisy exists now and forever because of her.
All episodes of Daisy Jones & The Six are available to stream on Prime Video with an Amazon Prime account.