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Tear Jerker / Primal (2019)

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The show is set in a primordial Death World, which is 100% Played for Drama, so tragic moments are all around.

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    Spear and Fang 
  • The deaths of Spear and Fang's families are nightmarish. Spear and Fang are both visibly shattered by them. Until they turn that grief into pure Unstoppable Rage.
  • Spear contemplates suicide after his family got killed.
  • The way Spear collapses after the Tyrannosauruses are killed. He's avenged his family but it won't bring them back.

    River of Snakes 
  • The second episode shows that even though he's avenged them, what happened to Spear's family still haunts him, with him making shadow puppets and accompanying noises and thinking he sees, and is entertaining, his kids only for the shadows to become the horned Tyrannosaur Alpha which quickly chases down and eats the shadow versions of his children.
  • It's also sad to see Spear and Fang, who bonded strongly in the first episode, get driven apart to the point that Spear attacks Fang.

    A Cold Death 
  • Even before the mammoth is killed by Spear and Fang, it's clear that he's much older (and/or sick), and therefore not in good shape: he's missing a tusk and patches of fur, and he gets separated from the herd because he just can't keep up with them.
  • The entire episode is filled with moments like this but the ending scene at the Mammoth graveyard is an especially sad one, considering they could only bring back one tusk from the dead herd member, and possibly lost one other when retrieving it.
  • Similarly sad is Spear's flashback to the time he taught his son how to hunt (or when his own father taught him how to hunt), in a scene that clearly mirrors the scene where he and Fang slay the elderly mammoth. Spear is still grieving his family.
  • Spear's expression and how he places a hand on the mammoth right before it dies.

    Rage of the Ape-Men 
  • Fang seemingly dying at the hands of the Ape-Men.
  • After Spear relapses from his Psycho Serum-induced rage and looks at the corpses of the ape-men he slaughtered, he has a brief My God, What Have I Done? moment.

    Scent of Prey 
  • The poignant moment in the beginning where it seems like Fang has passed away from her injuries. Spear is utterly shattered, crying and letting out a scream of sheer unbridled anger and grief at the unfairness of it all.

    Plague of Madness 
  • Spear and Fang watching the diseased Argentinosaurus burn in lava and disintegrate into ashes, the former mournful that they had to kill it. Even Fang's expression looks like one of pity as the monster howls in dying agony. The somber music during this scene sets the sad tone even further. One YouTube comment puts it best.
    Heartnet: It wouldn't stop howling in agony until it literally, physically couldn't anymore. Jesus.
  • The way how the Argentinosaurus is taking in huge gulps of water from the lake after getting infected upon mere seconds, presumably to ease whatever kind of pain he's going through; the dinosaur's body language here, particularly looking at its reflection in the water, can easily be read as, "Oh, God... It's not working... Why isn't it working...?" It's even more saddening when he starts vomiting blood, you can actually hear him screaming in intense agony if you listen hard enough.
  • The Argentinosaurus herd are shown lovingly tending to their eggs mere seconds before the infected one tramples their nests while they all watch in horror.

    Coven of the Damned 
  • This episode is perhaps one of the most intensely emotional episodes of the series. As Lula notices her control over Fang weakening when the captive Spear calls out to her, she becomes curious as to the nature of their bond. How could (and why would) a human and a dinosaur care so much about each other? Using her magic to stop time, Lula travels into their pasts as an observer, and witnesses both Spear and Fang's loss of their children...before going back to witness the loss of her own child. She sees kindred spirits in them, and even gives Fang a sympathetic hug during the time stop. Parents actually getting to raise their young to adulthood seems to be a rare luxury in this setting.
    • Of particular note is Lula's outstretched arms as she cries out in despair at the sudden, tragic death of her daughter. As if she were screaming to the heavens "Why?! Why have you taken my child?!"
    • Sadder still is that, in comparison to all the gruesome, fantastical ways of dying that have been presented in this series, what ends up killing Lula's daughter is a fall from a high cliff. Something that could just as easily happen in real life.
    • Even sadder is that after this tragic accident, Lula appears to have become a bit of an outcast in her own coven, as if the other witches are shaming her for letting a gift their matriarch gave her be destroyed.
    • As the moment where Lula's daughter dies plays out, Lula runs up to her past self, desperately trying to warn her of what's about to happen...which, needless to say, does nothing.
  • As Lula is preparing Spear for the ritual, she notices a red butterfly, just like the ones her child loved, taking it as a sign from beyond that what she's doing is wrong...prompting her to disrupt the ritual and save Spear from the Matriarch's wrath at the cost of her own life.
  • At the very end, after the Matriarch kills her, you see that Lula's finally reunited with her daughter in the afterlife, and they pass on together.

    Slave of the Scorpion 
  • This episode confirms that there are creatures advanced enough to practice slavery in the world of Primal. If there were any lingering doubts that truly immoral characters exist in this series (assuming some previous antagonists were not), they are completely gone now.
  • The ending of the episode. Spear and Fang didn't make it in time to rescue Mira, and she gets captured presumably by the same people who enslaved her tribe. By that time Spear was getting used to having another companion and was having a liking to her.
    • When Spear and Fang see the ship sailing off to sea, Spear actually speaks for the very first time in the series... by saying Mira's name. The inflection of how he spoke sounded absolutely heartbroken, which claims that he already misses her. Spear's first utterance is both shocking and saddening.