This episode has confirmed my long time opinion of the relationship between Root and the Machine. She has always been protective of the Machine (she wants it to be free and not a slave) and it has reciprocated by using her to combat the "Northern Lights" government types who want to misuse it. She may have some issues but (like Dexter) with the help and direction of the Machine she is channeling her urges for good purposes. All and all, I like her. She is just as much an asset of the Machine as the others - Her mission is just different from theirs since instead of protecting those whose numbers come up, she is protecting the Machine itself. BTW: Although not mentioned in the article, the call Finch got was her number coming up (note that he recognized it and called the hospital immediately).
In other parts of Neverland, Rumpelstiltskin was left wandering the jungle... without his shadow. Somehow he separated his shadow, used the dagger cut it off at his feet and then told the magical shadow to hide it in a place where no one would find it, not even him. Now what do you think that's all about? The dagger is the only thing that can kill the Dark One (a position/role currently being held by Rumpelstiltskin). There was a prediction that Rumpelstiltskin would die on the island so hiding the dagger is a form of protection since so long as no one has it (or can find it) he can not be killed.
"As it turned out, Serilda the witch was bound by a spell from the good coven and ended up being burned at the stake, but not until after she cast a spell on the ancestors of everyone who sealed her fate." That should be "... she cast a spell on the descendants of everyone who sealed her fate." She is going after those whose ancestors sealed her fate.
amc suggests "[F]or all we know he could be in Argentina in the final scene." While there is no location title, I doubt that it is there (or anywhere other than the US). Even if he wanted to reconnect with Hannah and Harrison there is the problem of how he can leave the county to meet them. So long as he wanted to fake his death he needs to establish a new identity good enough to get a passport/etc. Without the death faking, he could have just flown down as himself (as he was going to originally).
Since the first horseman to visit was death himself, we can assume the other three will be war, famine and conquest. I wonder what will make them different opponents from death and whether they, too, will be headless. If Brooks was right, war is next up. There was a shot of all 4 in the coming attractions clip - 3 normal riders along with old Headless. Also if you watch closely when the priest meets the Headless Horseman at the graveyard, one of the headstones has a mystic society logo on it - I'd have to rewatch it to spot which one (although I recognized it). It looks like Washington was a member (as was the Sheriff - Note that he greeted the Priest in the diner).
"But the best part was when he crowed that he wasn't stupid enough to kill a judge. No, only stupid enough to threaten one." I have to go back and watch again. I had to impression that he did not so much threaten the judge as express the opinion that the judge deserved a lethal injection. That is just an opinion and not a statement of intent.
The question of Darby's name coming off the firm has been telegraphed if you read the Phelps cameo news article - The firm name is missing his name while Harvey's name is still there.
Caro posted "You've got the cat's name all wrong; it's MIKADO, after the Chinese game. :-)" I do not know if it is a game reference. I saw it as a reference to the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta of that name. The Mikado was the title of the Emperor. Given the stated behavior of the cat with both I think the name fits.
I know we will need to wait until next season to find out but I am predicting that Ray is going to turn out to be the shooter. As to him supposedly being on the west coast, he could have someone using his cards to establish an alibi. Without video of the cards being used, there is no way to prove who was using the cards.
At the end of tonight's episode there was a dedication and photos of him.
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