Last night's season finale of The L.A. Complex was amazing on so many levels. The writing was intense and emotional. Most of the character arcs were resolved in satisfactory fashion. And then there was the fabulousness otherwise known as Kaldrick King.
Did anyone expect that last scene?
Warning: Spoilers inside. The real brilliance begins at 16:00 AFTER THE JUMP ...
It's been a treat to watch Kaldrick's character develop over the last two seasons. Last night was a delicious cliffhanger surrounding the down-low, blackmail, murder, a videotaped hook-up ... and is Kaldrick's best friend in love with him?
The piece de resistance: Kaldrick King served Frank Ocean realness after watching his father die.
Kaldrick's final scene was an emotional roller coaster as he wrote and posted to the internet an open letter to his father discussing his own personal journey with hyper-masculinity, homophobia and his own sexuality.
"I was raised to be tough and not to take anything from anyone. It's a lonely way to walk through the world," he reads. "I spent my whole life trying to please you but it only made me hate you and hate myself.
"And when I finally found someone that I thought I could love and love me back, it made me hurt them. ... I have wanted to die because I could not be who I wanted to be. Who you wanted me to be. But I couldn't be." "None of these lies I told made me stronger. None of the secrets I kept made me happier."
"My name is Sean Duggan. AKA Kaldrick King. AKA The King of California." And he finally said it: "I'm gay."
An incredible scene. But what happens in season three—hopefully the series will be renewed—is Kaldrick being set up for murder? And does the best friend want more than a BFF relationship?
Kaldrick's letter begins after 16 minutes.
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