In The Librarians season 4 finale, Nicole Noone has finally succeeded in her plan to destroy the Library. Eve is alone – Flynn is held captive, her Librarians are gone, Jenkins is dead. She’s the only one left with memories of the Library. Will the Guardian be able to find her friends and reawaken their memories before the new dystopian reality becomes their world forever?
Read on for our recap of The Librarians 4×12, “The Echoes of Memory.”
The Librarians 4×12 opens with an encounter between Nicole and Flynn that took place after The Librarians 4×06. We thought Flynn deliberately chose to leave the Library without saying a word to Eve or the other Librarians. His motivation? Darrington Dare’s warning that there must only be one Librarian, or simply the desire to explore life without the Library.
It turns out that neither was the truth. Flynn had never had any intention of leaving the Library – in fact, he very much wanted to stay and tether with Eve. But Nicole had other plans. She kidnapped Flynn, setting up a chain of events that led to her final confrontation with Eve at the end of The Librarians 4×11.
At the beginning of The Librarians 4×12, Eve is alone in a reality that resembles George Orwell’s “1984.” It’s a reality drained of colors and flavors – a reality where the Company dictates what you should do and think. Eve tries to hold on to her memories of the Library, and builds her own memory palace. She chooses to focus on specific artifacts, like the Spear of Destiny, the Ark of the Covenant, and the Library’s Lions, which she calls “kitty”! In this way, she’s able to keep the memory of the Library alive – for the moment, at least.
In her pocket, she finds Flynn’s tethering ring, and she knows she has to find him. But where? There is something engraved on the ring: TV. Eve must find a TV! Once she does, Flynn appears on the screen and explains that he managed to record a message for her. The world in which she’s living now is a world where the Library never existed, and thus the knowledge and curiosity of man never existed. Flynn tells Eve that she needs to find him before she forgets him and the other Librarians. Only when they are all together will they be able to bring back the Library.
Eve begins her mission of tracking down her Librarians. Stone is the first she’s able to find, and although he doesn’t seem to remember her or who he was at first, Eve forces him to remember. Next, Eve and Stone track down Cassandra, who works for the Company. Actually, as Stone explains, everyone is working for and being controlled by the Company. There’s no space for privacy, for dreams, for creativity in this world. Like Stone, Cassandra doesn’t immediately remember Eve or the Library, but with a little help, she is reminded of who she really is.
Chased by the Thought Police, Eve and her two Librarians manage to escape. As The Librarians 4×12 continues, they go looking for Ezekiel, who now works as the host of the only show that airs on television – controlled by the Company, of course. It seems harder for Eve to convince Ezekiel that he once was a Librarian, and while she’s trying, the Thought Police track her down and arrest her.
Later, Eve wakes up locked inside a padded cell. She finally meets the person responsible for the current terrible situation: Nicole Noone. Thanks to a charm, Nicole is able to keep her memories, while all the others are losing theirs. Eve too is starting to lose her memories of the Library, and she can’t even remember who Nicole is.
Eve is now imprisoned inside an asylum, where she is deprived of all her memories and forced to take medication. One day, she meets someone: Flynn! He too is held captive inside the asylum. Even though the two can’t remember that they know one another – that they love one another – there’s an immediate connection. Flynn tells Eve that if she wants to remember, she must find him. He seems to have a whole bunch of memories inside him that the Company hasn’t managed to take away.
As The Librarians 4×12 goes on, Eve is able to find Flynn’s holding cell. Inside, she finds something that Flynn has secretly created: A sort of map of memories, with drawings of Eve and the other Librarians, of the Library and some artifacts. Eve finally starts to remember the Library again. They kiss, and for a moment they are back at the Library. Only for a moment, though, because Nicole finds them and decides to erase their memories once and for all.
In the meantime, Cassandra, Stone, and Ezekiel continue to recall who they really were, including their vast knowledge in their specific fields. They must find Eve and save her from the Company! They are able to get inside the asylum, and together they free Eve and Flynn.
Finally, all reunited, the Librarians and Guardian hold hands. Together, they literally rebuild the Library around them because, as Eve says, they are the Library.
We are the Library!
It lives and breathes inside of each and every one of us.
Stone, it lives inside of you because of your love of art and history and architecture.
Cassandra, it lives inside of you because of your love of science and math and magic.
Ezekiel, you’re a thief. You are a thief, and the Library needs you because you know the value of an artifact. You know how to find it, and you don’t let anyone get in your way, not even me.
Flynn, you are the heart and the soul of the Library. You’ve walked every inch of it, every room. You stand ready to guard against evil, ready to defend the place you love with your last breath.
We don’t have to go home;
We’re already there.
Suddenly, the horrible world created by Nicole disappears, and they are back inside the Library. Not everything is back to normal, though: Jenkins is not there. Some things can’t be fixed.
Flynn asks Eve’s help because there is still one more thing he needs to do to restore the peace. An artifact called the Toaster of Albuquerque is a portal, and Flynn wants to use it to rewrite Nicole’s story before time makes her dark.
Thanks to the artifact, Flynn finds Nicole and asks her to become immortal – but for the right reason, this time. Not to take revenge on him and the Library, but to protect the Library. This time, he came back for her. Flynn gives her a book – a book of her life. She’s going to have to do everything that it’s written in the book to fulfill the prophecy, but this time she will do it to protect the Library. Nicole realizes that she has always believed herself to be Flynn’s Guardian, while now she knows that she is the Library’s Guardian.
Flynn leaves her, and although this is The Librarians 4×12, he finds himself back at the beginning of the season. Specifically, a few moments before he, Eve, and the other Librarians were starting to rehearse the tethering ceremony in The Librarians 4×01). The other Librarians don’t seem to realize what has just happened, but Flynn and Eve do. With great surprise and happiness, they see that Jenkins is still alive, and still immortal! Flynn doesn’t want to waste any more time rehearsing and asks Jenkins to perform the tethering ceremony with Eve immediately.
And so The Librarians 4×12 ends with Flynn and Eve about to tether to the Library and become immortal like Jenkins, with the other Librarians by their side. The Library is back and safe again. Their faith and unity brought it back – their friendship and love for one another saved them.
Three candles burn brightly in the last image of The Librarians 4×12: the immortal lights of Eve, Flynn, and Jenkins.
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