‘Top of the Lake: China Girl’: Why That Heart-Sinking Ending Was a Fitting Cap to a Tumultuous Season of TV

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‘Top of the Lake: China Girl’: Why That Heart-Sinking Ending Was a Fitting Cap to a Tumultuous Season of TV
[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “Top of the Lake: China Girl” Episode 6, “The Battle of the Mothers.”]

Top of the Lake: China Girl” didn’t need to exist, but the very fact that Jane Campion brought these characters back to TV made it destined for a murky ending. After all, that odd sense of closure and the lingering dread at the ramifications of a crime was what made the first set of episodes so haunting. The season-closing reveal of Sergeant Al Parker’s involvement in a child sex ring turned “Top of the Lake” from a dark meditation on rural crime to a pitch-black tale of human despair.

Top of the Lake” is all about that elusive sense of finality, the frustration with not being able to leave behind the most seismic events in your life. So what would “Top of the Lake: China Girl” offer as a follow-up? Unsurprisingly, the second series culminated in more devastation, but rounded those late developments out with a resigned sense
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