Johnny and Sarah, sittin’ in a tree…
This post will contain spoilers for the latest season of The Dead Zone. OTP = one true pairing and BLT = bizarre love triangle.
I don’t read behind the scenes stuff for USA’s The Dead Zone, so I have no way of knowing if what’s happening on screen will be changed or made better somehow by future events. A quick set up for those who don’t watch: Sarah used to date Johnny Smith, until he was in an accident and subsequent coma for years and years. She had his baby. While he was sleeping, she met Walt Bannerman, fell and love and married him. Then, lo!, Johnny woke up and she had to contend with her feelings for both guys. My favorite, a love triangle.
TPTB toyed with that angle quite heavily for the first season or two, but honestly it tapered off to the point I forgot we were supposed to be sitting on the edge of our seats about it. Sarah chose Walt, and they had typical marital issues but were happy. Johnny pretty much stayed out of it and had his own love-interests-of-the-week (a whole ‘nother story).
This year they killed off Walt, while Sarah was 7-8 months pregnant. Suddenly Johnny was always around again. To help her cope, naturally, he stuck to her like glue. She actually called him on it, said he was being overbearing and pretty obnoxious. Johnny left in a huff. I mean, there he was – the hero! and he was being rejected. He came back later to sulkily return the house key he had for her place…and she apologized and explained she was out of sorts because she hated the new house she and her son lived in and she just missed Walt; the house was never theirs, really. Yadda.
So Johnny invited her to come live in his big mansion – separate wing, just like her own house! She looked doubtful, thought for about 30 seconds and said yes. So in moved a very pregnant former lover and a twelve year old. Not at all strange, eh?
Johnny gets to play house now. Lucky guy. Turned out all he needed to do to get the girl was wait until the other bloke in the triangle kicked it, and then it was easy money.
Oh, but it’s not over. Sarah, now tucked safely in Johnny’s house, has attracted the attention of former (still) bad guy VP Greg Stillson, who in the latest episode also put the moves on this grieving, pregnant widow. It seems poor Sarah Bannerman will never be much more than a conquest for the men on the show.
The bizarre love triangle is dead. Long live the bizarre love triangle.