The season 2 finale of Raised by Wolves answered some of the most pressing questions, even at a frantic pace, and leaves us with some new ones to tackle next time. Shall we dissect? For those who haven’t watched it yet, there are SPOILERS.
– “It’s happiness, and not knowledge that is the most the important to a human being’s everlasting’s life”.
– “Ignorance is bliss?”
– “Not quite bliss, but key to survival”
Removing the veil of emotion to explain the facts
The episode has a different rhythm from the others of the season, more “logical” as if it had put on the veil-like our beloved android, Lamia. No feelings and straight to the point.
We start seeing that Campion buries Vrille, not before taking the notes from what she left in the trunk so it can be reprogrammed. Number 7 is still after his “stepbrother”, but it’s back in the Tarantula that the real danger develops. Does anyone have any doubt that Mother listening to Grandmother is not a trap? Marcus isn’t too convinced, but there’s no time to waste. The veil transfer is done, Mother goes after Number 7 and kills the cub mercilessly. Wasn’t it too easy? In Raised by Wolves everything that resolves in 5 returns in double only in 10.
Campion is upset with Mother for lying to him and doesn’t really want to talk to her. Still under the influence of the veil, apparently, Lamia decides to stay in the Tarantula for an indefinite time and asks Father to take care of the family alongside Grandmother. So convenient! He tries to dissuade her, but who’s the boss in the house? He obeys. Apparently, not even a female android is free from the old sexist rule of “best friend keeping an eye on your man”. Grandmother promises to take good care of Father and her family while she is away. Good care indeed.
At Mother’s request, we see what happened to Sue and it was so graphic that we’re grateful they spared us. Albeit they are a bit suspect, the family adapts to the new android, who is all charm for Father, but misses Lamia. If they only knew what was to come…
In addition to what Sue’s transformation was like, the episode addresses some direct questions. Like, yes, Sol is an evil entity and it seems that wants humans to retreat into the water monsters of the acidic sea and to that end manipulates those who have not yet transformed with the voices they hear, leading them to death.
Inside the tropical zone, its signal is blocked so it needed the tree/Sue to place its “antenna” and create the transmission channel. By “feeding” the tree to Number 7, it further enhanced its warlike ability and when Mother apparently destroyed the snake, it opened the magnetic field for the transmissions that the entity needed. So Sol won either way.
Grandmother is NOT a Sol-bound droid, but is the current antagonist of the story, yet to be revealed to others. Mother, who belatedly discovered, is trapped in a pod on the Tarantula, so she’s bound without being able to act. Grandmother wants to lead all humans to the mutation. Tempest’s baby has already started (any surprise after she was nursed by the acid sea being?) and even Campion is starting to shed different skin. Things are not ok in the tropical zone!
And the doubts
The yo-yo of faith and skepticism moves on to the next season. Marcus regained his logic after he lost Sue, losing his faith and understanding that he was manipulated by Sol. Nobody trusts him 100%, but he understands distrust because he doesn’t lean on anyone himself. Everybody still thinks it’s weird the partnership between him and Mother, a thouhgt they share as well, but the duo will really unite next season.
Didn’t I say Lucius was coming back? Because he came just to get in the way, of course.
Paul talks to Marcus and comments that Sol signals come from the center of the planet and that if they went to caves, they could find out more. Now Marcus knows exactly where to start the investigation. Before he goes though, he is interrogated by Mother because someone broke into the Tarantula, beat up a guard (the stranger in the trailer), and stole the torture helmet. Marcus laughs when he realizes he’s the prime suspect, but he certainly gets away with it because then he’s about to enter the cave when he gets shot! That’s right, Lucius catches him off guard.
But Marcus has “plot armor” and doesn’t die so easily. Lucius, instead of killing his enemy does like every villain, devises a more complicated plan to crucify Marcus upside down, using the torture helmet (it was Lucius who stole it!) because now he hears voices and is the prophet, will be the King and so on. Man, Sol doesn’t change the conquest conversation with anyone, it’s exactly the same lines! Marcus tries to warn about it, but of course to no avail. Lucius hums and asks, “Are you dead yet?”, but when he takes off the helmet and sees a dead Marcus, happiness is short-lived. He feels some drops falling from the sky, they are blood and we end up with the image of Marcus levitating, upside down. So is he himself the prophet? Are we going back to that again?
Play the game, that’s how you survive.Grandmother
Symbols and promises
Both Marcus and Mother are now Christian symbols of the Cross. She is the normal sense and he upside down. The union of the two opposites will be a great asset because Marcus is a strategist and Mother, a powerful weapon. But they are separated for the moment and with more immediate problems to deal with.
Grandmother makes promises to everyone: true and false. Her game is already at 5-0 and we haven’t reached the end of the first half. Clearly, the “death” of Number 7 was not conclusive, but at least we already know the objective of the game: to save humans from being transformed into the carnivorous beings that prowl Kepler 22b.
Will they have time?