But there’s also the corrosive nature of their seriously messed-up family dynamic, one that Shyamalan, show creator Tony Basgallop and the rest of the cast and crew seem determined to end in this fourth and final season. Like all before it, this season of “Servant” delights in upending the status quo of our not-quite-nuclear family and watching how it rattles the psyches of everyone involved. The results here, at least in the three episodes available for review, are as delicious as ever, even if the show feels like it’s rushing toward the end of its tenure.
The first episode, “Pigeon,” brings some of the show’s major plot threads to rest (if you’ll pardon the pun), an almost entirely Leanne-centric episode that also takes her outside the confines of the Turner home for a rare street-level showdown with her former cult, De Små Helliges Kirke. It’s a dizzying work of minor suspense, director Dylan Holmes Williams shooting us out of the house and into a smoky street suddenly teeming, zombie-like, with cultists hungry for Leanne’s return. But her maddened struggle to survive (including some large set pieces around Turner’s car, her one bet for safety) soon give way to another of “Servant’s” brushes with the supernatural; whatever Leanne’s powers are, they are growing. And whatever grand purpose they are to be used for, it will happen soon.
After the largely standalone premiere, “Servant” brings back the Turners and introduces us to the season’s new, uncomfortable status quo. Dorothy returns from a months-long stay in hospital, bedridden by the spinal cord injury she sustained and more suspicious of Leanne than ever. Sean (Toby Kebbell) has lost himself in the whims of the celebrity chef; the bits we see of his over-the-top TV show, “Gourmet Gauntlet,” are darkly funny reminders that Sean’s detachment and anger are pushing him further away from his family. Julian (Rupert Grintalways great) has relapsed and is trying to figure out where he fits into the family unit, especially since he’s started sleeping with Leanne again.