Carnivàle (2003–2005)
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In the cliff-hanging season finale, Samson devises a grand plan by scheming with Ben, Jones, and the entire troupe to lure Brother Justin to Carnivale for his confrontation with Ben. ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Clayton 'Jonesy' Jones
Rita Sue Dreifuss
Libby Dreifuss
Felix 'Stumpy' Dreifuss
Ben Hawkins
Professor Ernst Lodz


In the cliff-hanging season finale, Samson devises a grand plan by scheming with Ben, Jones, and the entire troupe to lure Brother Justin to Carnivale for his confrontation with Ben. Meanwhile, Stroud wants to protect Justin who correctly suspects that the carnival is setting a trap for him. Sofie finds herself locked in a dark shed after she tells Justin her conflicted thoughts about where her loyalties lay, and soon becomes terrorized by ghostly visions of her mother. Rita Sue is touched by Samson's generosity of giving her the money needed to pay off Stumpy's loan shark. Later, the final confrontation approaches when Brother Justin persuades Iris to overcome her fear of heights by riding the Carnivale Ferris Wheel where Jones traps both of them in for Ben to drain Justin's powers, and Ben performs his most important healing of Reverend Balthus, leading to Ben and Justin finally meeting face-to-face, and the visions of Ben and Justin coming full circle. At the same time, Joney sets ...

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27 March 2005 (USA)  »

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The last show of the series leaves many questions unanswered and plot lines unresolved, due to premature cancellation. See more »


[Justin goes to chase Ben, but Norman rises from his wheelchair, gets in the way, lays his left hand on his chest and raises his right]
Rev. Norman Balthus: The power of Christ compels you.
[Justin stabs him in the gut with scythe]
Justin: Behold,
[Justin continues slicing upward]
Justin: the holy evil is come!
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Carivale Main Title Theme
Written by Jeff Beal
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Fascinating look into a troubled time fraught with mythology.
15 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Carnivàle was not widely advertised or promoted, yet it gathered an enormous cult following through word of mouth.

It is a dark look at a time when Americans were desperately searching for miracles, and in Carnivàle, miracles are found, basically through two of the actors. One is a Creature of Darkness and one is a Creature of Light. Their awareness of one another evolves slowly, through dreams, visions and contact with other strange... 'presences.'

With a cast of characters such as never been seen together before on the same view screen, you will never be bored, and often fascinated as characters seek to avoid or to further their destinies while barely aware that behind the scenes lurks a presence and the possibility of a fate which exceeds the darkest dreams of this dark time.

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