“Alaska the Last Frontier” concluded its season with the finale that promised to give us Jane’s answer to husband Atz Lee’s inquiry about her willingness to move to his new cabin. The heavy artillery was brought in to complete the dwelling, including windows and the stove for warmth, then there was that awkward moment.
That would be when Atz Sr., Bonnie and Jane listened to Atz Lee re-tell the story of how the cabin idea was hatched and the pride he has in the end product. It was all leading up to him popping the question. He had been talking about it throughout the episode, and admitted that he was trying to make everything as enticing as it could be, hoping Jane would give in.
Atz Lee knew she leaned towards staying on the homestead, but began to think that he could chip away at that position bit by bit. How about a cute little twosome in front of the stove as the first fire was lit in the cabin? Atz Lee’s attempts at getting cozy got him nowhere with Jane who wouldn’t fall for it.
He had another method up his sleeve, which included an invitation for the entire Kilcher clan to pull up stakes and move nearby, making it essentially the new homestead. Did you notice that Atz used that moment to say to Bonnie, “Hey, it’s getting dark. I guess we better head out,”? It was Jane’s time to speak or act.
In her one-on-on camera time Jane was blunt and we realized that she hadn’t softened her position. “Hell no, do you know who I am? You’ve known me for thirty years, are you kidding me?” With Atz Lee she was not as blunt.
Jane’s no dummy. She knows that it meant everything to him to feel whole again and Atz Lee admitted, although he came up short of apologizing, that his absences from the homestead were a hardship for his wife. An “I’m sorry” would have gone a long way, but not far enough.
Jane was itching to follow Atz and Bonnie on her four-wheeler to beat the darkness on that 30 miles stretch of unpaved road. As Atz Lee rubbed mud on his face, told his dad that he had everything he needed to stay the night, if not longer, Jane used his appearance as a way to get the heck out of Dodge. “It’s hard to leave you when you’re looking this good,” she said as she gathered her gloves and walked toward her vehicle. Atz Lee said, “You know the trails now, too,” to which Jane replied, “You know how much I hate it,” which presumably meant the trek to the cabin, not the cabin itself.
It was what she said in her final one-on-one camera shot that sounded a bit ominous. “He really needs to come home or I guess I’ll live it up without him…and I will.” Atz Lee said it was depressing to watch her go. Here’s a suggestion, go with her. Thoughts?
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