It is 12:54 am as I’m writing this. I currently just finished the show Army Wives. I started watching it before the deployment started. First off I have to say that I really enjoyed the show. At the same time though I also have to say that I HATED the ending. Spoilers will be included in this so if you don’t want to know what happens then DO NOT read any farther.
In my personal opinion I think it would have been best to not introduce new characters into season 7. Pamela and her family moves to California. Roxy and her family moves to Fort Lewis. Claudia Joy and Amanda die. Emmalin is off at college. Joan retires and follows Roland to his new job. Jeremy was KIA. The only main characters left is Denise, Frank, and Michael. That should have been the end. There was no need to introduce a whole new group of wives. The new wives weren’t bad but I have no clue why they thought that would be good for the show. Personally after watching the group grow for 7 season there is NO one that could ever replace them. When Claudia Joy died I literally cried. That’s when I knew things would never be the same. I don’t think I could personally pick a favorite character. They all did an amazing job. I felt like it was real. Well a good portion of it anyway.
I know I may not be an Army wife but I do know that things shown in the show don’t actually happen the way they depict it. Also, if Army wives actually did some of the things these ladies did in this show they wouldn’t just get a stern talking to or a slap on the wrist. Unrealistically they didn’t PCS till the end pretty much after many many years of being at Fort Marshall. They didn’t have to worry about finding new jobs and friends at a new duty station. They didn’t have to try and keep friends that were far away until the end when Roxy and Pamela moved. I don’t believe that General’s wives and private’s wives become BFF’s. Army families don’t have as much money as the show makes it out to be. They don’t all have nice house, fancy cars, and expensive clothes either.
There are things that they do show on there that are real though. Deployments and how everyone handles them differently, including the men and women in uniform. They show soldiers struggling with PTSD and many other wounds, physical and mental. Coming back home from being deployed can be hard on soldiers. Same as dealing with the deployment from the other side as a family member or friend. It is never easy. The worry and stress of making sure everything continues on at home. They show that leaning on your friends and family will help you get through the hard times and I believe that. You always have to have a shoulder to lean on when in need. Struggling with a death or a divorce are real things that military families go through all the time as well.
In general this was a really great show in my opinion. Yes, there are differences between the show and the real life of Army wives. I think they did a good job of shedding light on some of the things that no one likes to talk about with being in the Army. Though I did shed A LOT of tears while watching this show, I am 100% glad I did. I hope those of you that have seen it enjoyed it as much as I did.
Let me know in the comments below if you’ve seen the show and what you think of it.