Big Love Big Love

Over its five seasons, HBO's Big Love masterfully divided story lines between its polygamous foursome — Bill (Bill Paxton), Barb (Jeanne Tripplehorn), Nicki (Chloë Sevigny) and Margene (Ginnifer Goodwin). But cocreator Will Scheffer points out, "This is Jeanne's year. Barb has been utterly transcendent." Her journey, and all the reunited Henricksons' (Amanda Seyfried is back as daughter Sarah), comes to a close in Sunday's emotional series finale as Barb is finally able to embrace her life as an independent woman/wife/mother... and priesthood holder. "I really wanted Barb to find an inner peace and happiness, because she's never had that," says Tripplehorn. "And she's on her way. Without giving anything away, at the end of the episode you see that this arrangement truly is for all time."

One thing Tripplehorn assures us: She'll be forever linked with her "sister-wives." "Ginny and Chloë and I are incredibly close and always will be — they're aunts to my son," says Tripplehorn, who will be in attendance for Goodwin's upcoming wedding. Alas, to just one groom.

Big Love airs Sunday at 9/8c on HBO.

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