I can’t believe the season finale is already here! This show has sucked me in, and got me hooked. With all the sub plots and drama surrounding this cult-like movement, I have no idea how they plan to wrap it up in this finale, but I am anxious to find out!
We begin the episode with Sarah and Eddie meeting with Richard, the guy in charge of discipline within the movement. He is trying to cox Eddie into signing forms that would declare him a denier. Something Eddie refuses. He knows if he signs the forms he will be denied access to his kids, something he will not let happen. He begs Sarah to understand, and it seems she may when she tells Richard she outranks him and he will not be signing.
In the next room Richard joins Allison, who we saw returning to the movement at the end of the last episode. She tells him about the journal Sarah gave her and its contents. She explains how it was filled with ramblings of visions, and his determination to climb the ladder. She finally believes he killed himself. His last entry explained about how he tried to climb the ladder but it left his hands bloody and raw, and next time he would be successful, even if it killed him. As someone who doesn’t believe the ladder exists, you can see how torn she is.
Sarah is still worried about Silas’ whereabouts. She calls Felicia to see when she heard from him last and is shocked by what is insinuated. Felicia all but says she thinks Cal killed Silas, as he did disappear for a night. Sarah knows the white owl she sees everyday on her walk is a sign, but she refuses to give any thought to the accusation made. Cal walks in as she is speaking to Felicia and the conversation ends abruptly. I’m just glad someone is onto Cal and what he did.
And I am not going to lie, I got some joy in seeing Sarah smash Cal’s soul when she killed his dream of them being together. She told him they need to keep it professional, which shocked him since they did share a few make out sessions recently. But what caught me off guard was Sarah questioning his whereabouts they day they voted on the Hondurans, the same night he killed Silas. Cal’s expression all but gives him away too. He stumbles through his words to find an excuse for his disappearance, never really revealing where he was. And in this moment I am hoping Sarah is starting to find truth in what Felicia said.
Eddie makes an emotional exit from his family home, leaving his daughter Summer to question whether or not he will be with them in the Garden, their Heaven. He explains all that matters is in the now, not the future. And Hawk reassures her he will there with her. Sarah breaks down as he’s leaving, knowing he will be in a hotel in town. But at least she is letting him see the kids, with or without the light. I honestly didn’t think she would.
As Eddie makes himself at home in his new hotel room, he is confronted by the snake from his previous visions in Peru. And moments later as he is scouring the room for the snake he receives a call from Agent Gaines, thanking him. While this is going on, Cal is busy back at the compound trying to impress everyone with how good of a person he can fake being. He invites everyone to be like Jesus and forgive Allison and welcome her back into the movement. And being the followers they are, they do, all but Sarah.
Speaking of Cal and his manipulations, it looks like Sean and Mary took his advice to get married. Sean invited his parents to the compound to meet his future wife, and they are not too comfortable. That is until his mother heard Cal speaking of forgiveness which sparked her to reach out to Mary. She explains how losing her daughter then having her son join the movement was painful, but she wanted to share a piece of herself and her daughter with her, and she gave her her veil to wear for her wedding. A very sweet gesture, but if only she knew how her son got hooked up with Mary, then I am not so sure she would give it to her.
Eddie shows up at the hospital where Agent Gaines, his wife, and daughter are for her surgery. When the nurse comes in and calls his wife by her real name I thought Eddie would put the pieces together he was using an alias, as did Agent Gaines. When Eddie revealed to him he was leaving the movement it was hard to say what Agent Gaines made of it. He looked shocked, relieved, and perplexed. And it only became more confusing when Eddie prayed for the baby regardless of his own beliefs, claiming, “It wouldn’t hurt.”
And does anyone else think it’s odd that Hawk is going through with taking his vows knowing his father is leaving the movement? I would think knowing he would have support for his dad he wouldn’t go that route, but I guess Sarah has more control than Eddie when it comes to the kids. And as Eddie makes his way through the streets it is more and more clear he has no idea how to act outside of the compound. Yes, he wasn’t born into the movement, but at this point he has spent more time in it than out. He dips into a toy store to escape the chaos of the streets and is confronted by another vision, this time a dead hawk with blinders on. This has got to shake him to his core considering how close he is to his son. I was shocked to see Eddie turning to Richard for advice after this vision. He tells him ever since he left Peru he has been continuing to have visions like he is on the medicine. Richard seems intrigued and encourages Eddie to find out what the light is trying to communicate with him. This sets Eddie off because he thinks Richard is trying to making it about the movement when he is convinced he’s losing his mind.
And speaking of lost minds, we find Mary confronting Cal with her feeling of guilt. She knows she isn’t right for Sean and she sees the darkness in herself, she knows Cal carries that same darkness, and she has yet to stop yearning for his attention. And in a complete jerk move they start hooking up while she is wearing the veil meant to be worn on her wedding day to Sean. Cal and Mary really are meant for each other; they are both twisted and manipulative.
Eddie shows up at his family home with a gift for his daughter Summer, something she mentioned she wanted. Unfortunately for him, Sarah’s family shows up soon after forcing him to leave, and causing Sarah to breakdown. And in a twist, when we check in with Agent Gaines it seems as though the prayer Eddie said for him the day before worked, his daughter won’t need surgery. Following this another shocking twist is revealed. Sarah decided to take Cal up on his offer to usher in a new era for the Movement with him. I guess the guy Cal had lie to her about his whereabouts the night he killed Silas helped with her suspicions. I feel like she is a sitting duck when it comes to Cal and whatever he has planned.
As Cal moves in closer to Sarah, the vision of the snake comes back to Eddie, this time it slithers into his bed and bares it teeth. This is obviously the last straw for Eddie, as he needs to know what this means, so he heads back to where the visions started, Peru. While simultaneously Sarah stands at Cal’s side at the Gathering to reveal they will performing three important ceremonies that day. The recommitment of a denier, Allison, Sean and Mary’s wedding, and Hawk taking his vows. At the end of these ceremonies Cal reveals Steve is there, but not in flesh, he has transitioned to light. The shock of this moves through the gathering, as Sarah’s mother weeps.
Meanwhile in Peru Eddie is confronted by the vision of many more dead animals in Silas’ place. Eddie moves back to the hall where he first saw the vision of a comatose Steve and the snake. When he sees the bed Steve was once in is empty, he knows he is gone. And back at the compound Sarah finds out some things for herself: Mary’s dad is at the gate looking for her and tells her about seeing Cal the night he killed Silas, he was leaving at two in the morning and according to Mary’s dad, he looked like he was fleeing from something. This reignites suspicion in Sarah and causes her to break into Cal’s office and do some snooping. And that’s right where she is when he finds her. She confronts him about writing the rungs, and I am surprised by how calm he is. He tells her about how Steve is dying of cancer and how he promised him he would keep the movement alive. She confronts him with his hidden liquor and pours two glasses, showing him she doesn’t believe his cover story any longer. And when she tells him she’s going to figure out where Silas is, and makes him toast to the truth, I like her. She’s been so easy to hate up until this point, but now that her blindfold is falling off, she is strong for all the right reasons. Now that she and Eddie both know the truth, I can’t wait for them to destroy Cal next season!