The joy that came with Revolution's return was more than a little dampened by frustration, shock and grief at the episode's much-hyped major death. So who died? Read on for this and ten other burning questions from "The Stand."
[Obviously, spoilers are ahead. Read at your own risk.]
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1. Has Monroe gone totally crazy? First, Monroe (David Lyons) lectures Neville (Giancarlo Esposito) about letting Miles (Billy Burke) get away. Has he already forgotten that he was the one that put down his gun and begged the dude to renew their BFF vows? What a hypocrite! Then, to top it all off, he starts musing about how, "We have light, power, we have everything" with these glassy dead eyes like some robotic serial killer. Now, I love me some psychopaths, but I'm a little worried about Monroe. Without Miles to ground him, it seems like the man has really gone off the deep end.
2. Which is better: Milra or Rachiles? OK, so neither of those portmanteaus are very good — alright, they're terrible — but no matter how you break it down, there's some serious tension brewing in this little triad. First Miles and Nora (Daniella Alonso) make out and it is H-O-T. That is, until he looked at Rachel (Elizabeth Mitchell). Who knew it was possible to look so upset when your tongue is halfway down someone else's throat? Nora, an astute observer, senses something going on between them and proceeds to throw Rachel shade via the power of side eye all episode.
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3. But seriously, what's going on with Rachel and Miles? Miles and Rachel later have a hushed talk in the moonlight (not romantic at all) and he confesses he never would have left her with Monroe had he thought she was alive. Miles then asks Revolution's favorite cryptic question, "Did he hurt you?" (this time, about Bass), but it all seemed a little redundant. Monroe held her captive — for years! — and forced her to contribute to a tyrannical regime. It's pretty obviously she suffered serious emotional pain. But moving on: Rachel, wracked with guilt over her role in the blackout and Monroe's new power, is somewhat comforted when Miles tells her everything isn't her fault, it's his. The pair then almost kiss, but Rachel stops it just in time. What is this, The Vampire Diaries? Dating brothers is never acceptable unless you're in a Jake Gyllenhaal/Toby McGuire movie (and even that didn't exactly end well). Will someone please explain Miles and Rachel's history ASAP because it's driving me bonkers!
4. Are the times a-changin'? After 10 episodes of sword fighting, seeing the helicopter's semi-automatic slaughter of a rebel camp was more than jarring. Now that the quest to give power to the rebels is in full-swing, it doesn't seem likely to go back to the way it was, either. Since there are only twelve pendants and one amplifier (that we know of), hopefully the show won't lose the delightful steampunk swordfights and old school shootouts I loved about the first half of the season.
5. A family divided? Neville is one sick dude. While Jason (JD Pardo) is horrified by the militia's slaughter of innocent families, Neville is horrified by his son's empathy. Jason finally stands up to his father, which prompts Neville to sucker punch him and call his only son a shameful disappointment. The two then begin a full-on brawl. And this is no Boyfights — this is intense! In the end, Neville tells Jason to never come home and tells Monroe his son is dead, so at least he isn't completely heartless. The question is: What does he tell Julia (Kim Raver)? There are times I get a Norma Bates vibe from her, so I don't think she'd handle the truth too well.
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6. Who can you trust? Rachel brings Miles to an old friend for help, one who just so happens to have the world's creepiest basement since American Horror Story's Murder House. Unfortunately, said friend is being coerced by Randall and turns on our heroes. Being awesome badasses, they escape with a missile launcher. But not before learning a serious lesson: power changes people, so be careful who you trust.
7. But what about Jason? Like our motley crew, Jason no longer has a home to go back to. So what's a former militiaman to do? Run crying to Charlie (Tracy Spiridakos) with news of Monroe's impending attack and a quest for forgiveness, apparently. Showing she isn't completely naïve, Charlie thanks Jason for the intel, but tells him to make like a dog and stay. Not in those words exactly, but you get the gist. I would have done the same, but I feel bad for Jason. It really seems like he wants to do good, but at the end of the day do you think he has it in him to fight his father and former friends?
8. What is The Tower? We finally have a name for Creepy Randall's headquarters, but what does it mean? Judging by the fear on Rachel's face, whatever The Tower is is pretty powerful and not good news for our rebels. Especially now that Randall has proposed an alliance with Monroe. Ruh-roh!
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9. Fight or flight? With only twelve hours until Monroe's choppers arrive, the rebels have a choice: run and hide or stay and fight. Choosing the latter, Charlie immediately goes into mommy-mode (because her real mother has once again left them in a time of crisis) and tells Danny (Graham Rogers) he should hide inside during the battle. For once, Danny stands up to his sister and reminds her that it's not her job to look out for him. As we saw in the pilot, he doesn't always make the best decisions, but they're his to make. It was refreshing to see that, out of shackles, Danny is a compelling, proactive character who's not nearly as pouty as his older sister. #TeamDanny for life!
10. How could the show do that? Miles takes it upon himself to shoot down the helicopter carrying the amplifier. Unfortunately, his plan is thwarted when he nearly gets blown to pieces. Miles survives, but is out of commission just long enough for Danny to grab the missile launcher and send a shot straight into the copter (he has excellent aim, by the way). His success is short-lived, as the helicopter's gunman begins shooting randomly as they crash and happens to hit Danny three times straight in the chest. Are you kidding me?! We just spent ten episodes rescuing Danny from Monroe and the second he's actually free to become a real, well-developed, awesome character they kill him? Is this a joke? That was ten hours of my life spent on freeing Danny! That's longer than Bobby Brown served for drunk driving! And it was all for nothing.
Or maybe not, if you believe creator Eric Kripke. "It's exactly the right type of shocking development that really ramps everybody up for their mission in the second half of the season. ... It really emotionally escalates everything," he explained. While I understand his reasoning, couldn't they have kept Danny around a bit longer? Or maybe kill off Nora, who led our reader poll as the most-likely to die? Maybe without her around, we'd finally get to the bottom of Miles and Rachel's tortured history!
11. What's Inside Danny? Forget the blackout: What I want to know now is what the hell Rachel pulled out of Danny! (And was that close up of her incision really necessary?) After his death, Rachel cut open Danny's abdomen and pulled out a small, blinking device. It's probably something to do with the experimental surgery Randall helped him get when he was a child, but what's so important about it that Rachel cut open her own son to retrieve it?
Are you sad Danny's gone? What do you think Rachel pulled out of him? Share your theories in the comments below.