**Spoilers for Galavant ahead. Proceed with caution**
When I first saw the previews for Galavant, I was unabashedly excited. After it started, I realized it wasn’t the greatest thing ever, but I was still firmly on board. It was just good fun and though Galavant himself could get pretty damn annoying, the other characters were solid. My favorite was King Richard (mostly because I love everything Timothy Omundson does) but Isabella was a close second. I liked that she wasn’t the typical damsel in distress, that she could sword fight, and that she occasionally called Galavant out on his crap. Of course I knew she had Galavant were going to get together, but I was hopeful that they wouldn’t totally destroy her independence in the process.
My hopes were dashed in the season finale.
The ending was designed to set up the second season: King Richard is sentenced to death for drunkenly planning to kill his brother (while singing the BEST song of the season), so Gareth has to break him out of jail. Gareth breaks Galavant out of jail as well, sending him with King Richard and commanding Galavant to protect the King. Meanwhile, Isabella and the others are used as collateral to ensure Galavant’s cooperation. When the Queen orders everyone killed, Gareth lets all of them escape except Sid, who apparently is still acting as Gareth’s collateral. Next thing you know, the Queen has killed King Richard’s brother and Gareth sits on the throne next to her. THAT was a good ending.
Isabella, on the other hand, immediately leads her group to her cousin’s castle. Her cousin is a pre-teen boy to whom Isabella happens to be engaged. Isabella says she has nowhere else to go and her cousin responds by placing her in a large, locked room covered in pink. And Isabella just walks inside, then stares out forlornly. The narrator asks whether Isabella will have to wait forever.
So, to recap, of the three main characters, Galavant is off on adventures with Richard, Sid gets a ring-side seat to King Gareth’s rule, and…Isabella gets to wait in a big box. Not only is that completely lame, but it’s also completely out of character. Isabella never struck me as someone who would just accept that fate; this is the same woman who took out a group of pirates! The very least the show could have given us is to show Isabella and her crew traveling and left the whole “Izzy in a Box” storyline for the possible second season where the reasons for her change of heart could be explained. But no, just get her captured and pitiful so that Galavant can come rescue her and “prove” his love.
There might be plans to redeem this abysmal end, but since a second season seems unlikely, Izzy will be waiting for a proper end forever.