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'The River' Finale: Will The River Let Them Go?

Unless there was more going on than was revealed in this final hour of "The River" (Tue., 9 p.m. ET on ABC), then it seemed like a lot of filler building up to a bizarre closing scene that was supposed to be tantalizing enough to leave viewers salivating at the prospect of a second season. But with ratings dropping from 7.59 million at the premiere to just above 4 million for its penultimate installment, renewal seems a long-shot at best.

This final episode dealt primarily with the death and resurrection of Lincoln. He was shot down by Jonas and resurrected by Jahel and his mother in a weird ritual calling out to the spirit/demon of this particular river. But when Lincoln comes back, he's not quite the same, as the demon has taken hold of his body. He takes out Jonas, frames Kurt so he can threaten and beat him up in private, but gets taken down by his libido, allowing Lena to come close and then taking a swig of a drink she drugged to take him down.

From there, it's revealed that no ritual will pull the demon out. Instead, it takes Lincoln's will fighting his way out, meaning Emmet needs to reach out and say all those emotional things he's been holding back, talking about regrets from the past and hope for the future. It works and then Lincoln is free. So that's it?

Not really addressed is exactly what Emmet was hoping to find, nor the significance of Lena's birthmark -- Emmet blows her off when she tries to ask about it. But they'll apparently have plenty of time to find out as "the river" isn't done with them yet. It waited until they were nearly out of it before simply rearranging the jungle around them, as well as its own course. Will it ever let them out? Will viewers ever find out?

"The River" wrapped its first -- and only? -- season on Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.

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