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When undead assassins come after Bo, Tamsin and a surprisingly not-dead Acacia insist that Bo investigate who sent them after her, implying that Rainer might be responsible. Meanwhile, Kenzi worries about Hale wanting to talk to her about something important and is shocked when her mother shows up at the clubhouse. Trick shares stories of Vex's father with Vex while angling to get some information for himself.
Drink Recommendation: Yes
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- Kris: This episode is like an emotional obstacle course — you're happy and laughing, you're getting all sappy, then you're crying. For the next two days. Also, I hate zombie stuff. That last scene! So good, but so sad. Dammit, Steve Cochrane.
- Annie: I kind of want to be mad at Bo. Glad Rainer wasn't in the episode. Loved Linda Hamilton back as Acacia. Not a fan of zombies, either. No Dr. Hotpants. The ending was so, so good and caused a lot of snot and tears.
- Stephanie: I'm not a fan of zombies either. This episode came off much better than it had any right to, which I credit to the acting. It was a very busy episode. There were a few too many blatantly manipulative moments for me.
- We all wish that more had been revealed about The Wanderer.
- Also, Lauren wasn't in the episode because she was at her new apartment with Crystal. (Yes, she was. #Hotpantsless forever! LIEEEEEBS!)
- Zombies that they're not going to call zombies
- From the Latin word “reveniens,” which means “returning”
- The dead that have returned to terrorize the living
- Stories became popular in Western Europe during the High Middle Ages
- Good makeup and zombie acting! (Though Annie thought the breaking-into-the-building scene was a bit hackneyed.)
- Bo's command to “Be at peace” is very Bo (by which I mean compassionate).
- Historical figure: Marie Laveau
- 1794-1881; Voodoo Queen of New Orleans
- Worked as a hairdresser. She may have gained her reputation by overhearing things while working. There were reports of people seeing her after she'd died, though it was likely her daughter.
- Has been used as a fictional character several times before.
- More information about Marie Laveau from Elizabeth in the comments:
She was an amazing and impressive woman who virtually ran New Orleans for half a century. That’s a woman of color who ran a major port city from behind the scenes for decades! Her role as Voodoo Queen (and hairdresser, too) meant that she had access to all sorts of power– political, spiritual, cultural, etc. Yes, Voodoo Queen is a real job in the priesthood of “Voudoun” or “Voodoo,” depending on your spelling preferences. “Queen” is a title in the Haitian-African diaspora religion that in New Orleans has it’s own localized pantheon and rituals. She’s one of those women with power that history has ignored or made seem almost silly. It’s just too bad. If you ever are in New Orleans, be sure you check out Marie Laveau’s tomb. It’s really something to see.
- Even though we know this Laveau isn't THE Marie Laveau, we were disappointed that such a powerful, Black female historical figure was reduced to kind of a generic/stereotypical Voodoo priestess type of character, that she was romantically involved with the really, really gross guy, and that she was killed while Harvey got to live.
- She makes an interesting comment to Dyson that his love for Bo is a prison of his own making.
- Annie likes the Evil Dead reference with the hand.
- Linda Hamilton got to do way more in this episode than in her “Delinquents” appearance, and we loved it.
- Acacia's intro in this episode — did she turn into Michonne from The Walking Dead? (Michonne is also awesome.)
- Acacia vs. Bo! Watch out, Bo!
- Tamsin confesses what she did to Rainer, and Acacia seems genuinely concerned and/or worried.
- “I'm not a killer.”
- Tamsin seems to really consider herself part of the group now.
- Rainer (and his picture) is written back into history. Tamsin says, “That's not my boss.” — What does that mean??? It would seem that there's a another party involved, though we don't know if that means he's working with Rainer somehow or not.
- Stephanie wishes that Acacia had seen the picture to confirm or deny his involvement, but Kris says that's exactly why that didn't happen. Annie now doubts that Rainer is The Wanderer.
Bo Gets Called Out!
- Kenzi calls her out on her selfishness (twice!) but also forgives her pretty quickly. As is Kenzi's way. Because “you had me at a-hole.”
- Everybody has been giving Bo some leeway because of the whole why-did-I-sign-up-with-the-Dark thing, but now that it's over, it's time for a reality check.
- Also, saying you're not brainwashed is exactly what a brainwashed person would say!
- Dyson is being more patient with Bo than usual, but we see him getting fed up with Bo here. He even tells her he might not be able to fight with her if Rainer is the bad guy.
- Bo tells Dyson she doesn't love him anymore?!? We weren't prepared for that. Anna Silk and Kris Holden-Ried were wonderful in their scene at The Dal.
- Acacia sounds like us, asking Bo all kinds of logical questions about why she trusts Rainer.
- Wolfyrie? Is that what they're called?
- The kiss seemed to be a direct result of their conversations with Bo.
- Probably seeking comfort (or whatever) with one another after essentially being shot down by Bo
- Tamsin acknowledged that Bo had strong bonds with Dyson and Lauren in “Groundhog Fae,” and she seems hurt that Bo has chosen Rainer over them (and her).
- We finally get to meet Kenzi's mom and cousin Dmitri!
- We had hoped this storyline would play out over more episodes.
- Kenzi's never said this much about her past as a street kid.
- Heartbreaking. Kudos to Ksenia Solo.
- Annie points out that, as nice as it would be to have more details about Kenzi's past, it's kind of better/worse to leave it to the audience's imagination.
- We like that Kenzi confronted her mother and put her foot down. It is a powerful scene. Tough, but powerful.
- Kris is a little bothered that Hale called the family that Kenzi ran away from (and paid off her stepfather).
Hazi / Kale / Henzi / Kenzaley?
- He proposed!
- Stephanie is double-fist-shakingly annoyed. There was no buildup to the proposal. Hale wasn't even in the last couple of episodes. It just feels like emotional manipulation to her. It worked but still.
- NEVER SAY “WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD” IF YOU'RE ON A TV SHOW. It won't end well.
- The reminder of Kenzi's abusive past explains why Hale went after Massimo so ferociously.
- All that time worrying about the infected piercing, and it wasn't what ultimately killed Hale, though it was a contributing factor.
- The series of events that led to Hale's demise began in the season premiere.
- WHY DID IT HAVE TO BE GERALDINE?????
- Exploitative, but effective
- Thinking about Hale saying “Run” makes us want to cry. Or actually cry in Stephanie's case.
The Final Scene
- As if we weren't already emotional wrecks, they make it clear that Kenzi isn't going to be so forgiving of Bo this time.
- Kenzi lashes out at Bo. We're hoping this will help knock some sense into Bo.
- Kris is worried that Kenzi will be reckless and self-destructive in the next episode or two.
- Ksenia Solo and Anna Silk are so, so excellent.
- We're sad that Hale was killed, and we are even sadder because Hale is the only main character who is a person of color. We're disappointed that he was the first main character to die because he is just one in a long line of POC characters to do so.
Terrible Horrible No-Good Very Bad Massimo
- Does he have the seed? Will the seed even work on a human?
- Add that to the Twig of Zamora, and he's practically invincible. Crap.
- Who's going to kill him? If the characters don't, fandom will.
- Could have the seed — he seemed pretty determined to hold onto his power in “In Memoriam”
- Might not have the seed — he seemed genuinely hurt when Trick accused him of taking it
- Vex may have been behaving so badly because it's how people have been perceiving him or because it's how he's had to survive.
- Bat-winged, fire-breathing hell horse. Why? What were you expecting?
- Does it have anything to do with Bo's origins?
- Annie is feeling frustrated that it looks like “The Wanderer is Bo's father” might be a big misdirect. But Stephanie and Kris don't mind the writers messing with us.
- Don't search for “Priapus” when you're looking for “Pyrippus.” Especially in public places.
- Bo talking about destiny. “You can't always choose your path, Dyson.” This goes against Bo's personal philosophy as we've known it for the past three seasons.
- Power as it relates to blood. One can gain control over the revenants by drinking their blood. Also, Vex says “history is written in blood.”
- “Kenzi” is short for “McKenzie.” She was also called “McKenzie” in The Dawning.
- While the episode held together well without Lauren, we're sad that we'll never get to see any closure between her and Hale.
- Bo chooses Kenzi. We knew she would, but it's good (and reassuring) to hear her say it at this point.
- We are emotional messes.
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