AVClub: Noah’s biggest mistake throughout the entirety of The Affair so far is thinking that he was going to get out of this thing scot-free. It’s as if as soon as he decided he wanted to make a life with Alison he expected everyone else to fall in line accordingly, with minimal resistance. What Noah can’t see is that removing himself from his family isn’t as easy as just going away; there’s a hole there now where he used to be, and the family he left behind keeps being pulled into the hole, unable to escape its gravitational pull. For what feels like the first time, Noah actually sees just how messy Helen and the kids’ lives have been. The question is, will it change anything?