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10 Reasons We Will Miss The Ranch


10 Reasons We Will Miss The Ranch

10. Mystery – Who killed Nick?

The prevailing mystery of The Ranch’s final season is who shot Nick. Nick was the abusive ex-boyfriend and overall detrimental influence of Mary and is finally shot in her trailer by an unknown. While the audience holds minimal pity towards Nick’s demise, we do find out that Colt is taking the blame for his murder for someone else…

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9. Military Men

Beau and Luke are both veterans who bond over the horrors of war quickly. An important theme throughout the series of taking care of veterans and supporting them, I really loved how realistic this plotline was.

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Mercenary's Woman

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8. Second chance at love – Abby and Colt

Colt and Abby used to date in high school and had drifted apart when Colt went to play college football. He’s listless at the beginning of the series until he falls for Abby again and they rekindle their relationship. Their references to growing up together are incredibly cute and gives us hope for loves long past.

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Chayce Derringer has deliberately kept his distance from sweet Abby. But how can he bear to watch her walk down the aisle with another man? It’ll take a true Montana man to show Abby who her real groom should be…

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7. Melting Hearts – Beau

Eventually, we see Beau fall in love with Joanne as she gradually melts his heart with Spanish food, hunting and love of Chevy’s. She’s his match and while he still becomes annoyed, it’s never directed towards her.

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6. Real Life Issues – Drug addiction, Alzheimer’s, and setbacks

Throughout the show, Colt and the rest of the residents on Iron River face real-life obstacles that viewers can identify with. Whether it be drug or alcohol addiction, Alzheimer’s, having unexpected children or just financial troubles, this show doesn’t shy away from addressing them.

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5. Confronting domestic abuse – Mary

As referenced in the first point, Mary is in a terrible relationship with a guy named Nick, who beats her and traps her by providing her drugs. She becomes a typical deadbeat drug addict, stealing money from her children and stealing Luke’s truck, but through the loyalty of her friends and daughter she overcomes her drug addiction and escapes her abusive relationship. Her downward spiral and subsequent healing is a story that a lot of people should observe.

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Rage Of Passion

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4. Forgiveness

Probably the biggest theme that courses through The Ranch is the characters’ ability to, eventually, forgive each other. Maggie is forgiven by the boys and Beau for leaving, Abby forgives Colt for sleeping with Heather right after they break up, and I must say Lisa Neumann forgives Colt for his antics quite a lot.

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3. Small Town Life

Everyone knows everyone and though some might find this annoying, it’s that part of small town life that has always enchanted me. Knowing the cops by their high school nicknames, gossip spreading like wildfire, and people marrying people whom they’ve known about all their lives, are aspects of small town life that simultaneously promotes drama and wholesomeness.

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Betrayed By Love

Kate is naive about a lot of things, but she knows what Jacob is offering, and it isn’t forever. And yet she’s been in love with him for as long as she can remember. If a couple of nights in his arms are all she’ll ever have of him, aren’t a few precious memories better than none at all? Even if that surrender breaks her heart….

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2. Humour

Most of the humour of the show was facilitated by Rooster, Colt’s brother in the show that is portrayed by Danny Masterson. However, during season three Masterson was accused of rape and sexual assault by quite a large number of women. There was a great fear among fans on whether the show would continue its success with Rooster being killed off, but I can confirm that it was still a very funny, heart-warming show to the end. The humour was converted to Dax Shepard, who did a brilliant job in balancing a PTSD war veteran with a witty, self-deprecating sense of humour in his portrayal of Luke.

1 Family

I mean, this was the premise of the entire show. A family live on a Ranch and pick on each other for four seasons. What I think they did a great job in displaying is how loyal family is. Numerous times throughout the show characters get stuck in a rough place and it is their family who (begrudgingly) come to their aid. Colt losing the Ranch, Beau going to defend Mary against Nick, and Luke investing in the Ranch are just a few examples. It’s not a matter of if your family will be there for you to the very end, it’s how much they’ll pick on you for wearing Ugg’s while doing so.

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The Founding Father

Camilla knows John only married her for her father’s money, but she wants more than a bond in name only with her new husband. But will passion blaze when this fortune-seeking Long, Tall Texan brands his sweetly unassuming wife with his soul-searing kisses?

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By Hillary Albertson

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