Quantico Round Table: Unmasking the AIC

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On Quantico Season 2 Episode 8, Nimah and Ryan are revealed to be AIC in the future, which begs the question of whether they are still undercover with the FBI or if they have turned. Honestly, it could go either way.

Below, TV Fanatics Jasmine Peterson and Allison Nichols, along with TV Fanatic reader Meaghan Frey weigh in on Nimah and Ryan's loyalties, whether Alex should have gone back to the FBI, and more. Join the discussion!

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Ryan, Diana, and Leon are AIC. Does this surprise you or did you see it coming?

Jasmine: I can't say I saw all of it coming, but I'm not surprised. They did hint at Ryan, especially, so this didn't feel like some grand reveal. It was very anticlimactic. The only thing that surprised me was the ease in which Leon killed, and the fact that he actually confessed to Shelby.

Meaghan: Diana and Leon yes but Ryan no. I'm also with Jasmine that I was incredibly shocked that Leon killed someone. Ryan being undercover knew exactly what was going on and that he was being recruited by the AIC.

But Diana and Leon had no clue about the AIC. Did they think this was a test from the CIA or were they willing to commit crimes so easily for an organization they knew nothing about? If it's the latter then it appears the AIC is choosing those they believe are weak and easily manipulated. Ryan shouldn't be too happy with that.

Allison: Meaghan brings up a good point. I hadn't considered what was running through Leon and Diana's head whenever they were tapped. Their involvement definitely surprised me more than Ryan's. Still, it was a very anti-climatic reveal, especially for a winter finale.

Is Alex making the right decision by choosing to stay at the Farm and search for the AIC herself, or should she have gone back to active duty as an FBI agent?

Jasmine: Alex is making a very "Alex" decision. She has never been able to follow orders or any sort of authority. As a viewer, I have not been impressed with Alex’s spying skills at the Farm. But I'm sure the show will make it seem like her defying orders and doing her own thing was the best decision ever. I understand why she wants to stay, but she probably should have gone back.

Meaghan: Alex has a hero complex and a very large ego. There was no way she was going back to New York without saving the day and proving that she was the right person for the job all along. Also, she was so quick to jump to Shelby's throat for taking her spot on the mission, but doesn't she understand at the end of the day this is a job and they are all working towards the same goal?

Shelby had no control over the situation. Was she going to turn it down in order to spare Alex's feelings? No. When the bureau gives you an assignment you take it. That's the job.

Allison: She should have gone back. I do agree that somehow Alex's decision to stay will be portrayed as heroic and a smart move, but that's not really the case. Alex is just showing that she can do whatever she wants because she's always right and her superiors and colleagues are wrong.

Alex needs to learn when to quit. It's not like the mission was being discarded all together. Alex could not handle the fact that the mission was continuing without her.

Any theories on where Alex goes from here, now that Ryan has essentially forced her out of the terrorist situation?

Jasmine: Has Ryan really forced Alex out of the situation though? She's Alex Parrish. You can't force her to do anything, and you can't keep her down and out for long. She'll find a way to get out of this pickle. Is the clock still running out? I can't remember. It doesn't matter though, she will find a way. She always does.

Meaghan: It was very odd that the terrorists would be ok with Alex being let out of the situation. They knew she had been sneaking around there gathering intel. The only thing that makes sense is they want Alex to share the information with the FBI. Not sure what the reasoning would be, but these aren't your average terrorists so who knows.

Allison: I'm assuming Alex will circle back around and find another way to get in, assuming Ryan didn't lock her into a dead end. Knowing Alex, I think she won't go back to the FBI. She stay in that area and try to rescue her friends and find out how the terrorists knew about the bunker.

Do you think Ryan and potentially Nimah are still undercover with the FBI or have they switched over and started to believe in the AIC?

Jasmine: I like the fact that there is a solid enough argument either way, especially for those two. Ryan being a soldier could make him more or less likely depending on the AIC agenda. Raina pointed out why Nimah could be for it, but her experiences as a Muslim immigrant could also support why she would be against it too.

I'm not sure. I really want to believe that they're undercover with the FBI. But then again, I'm still resistant to Miranda being in on this too.

Meaghan: It's really hard to say either way. Being undercover makes the most sense for the show moving forward. It would be a big step to have 3 main characters turn to the dark side, and I don't think the show has the balls to do it.

However, it just doesn't seem likely that the FBI would be keeping them undercover and letting the situation get this out of control. The FBI is supposed to have people go undercover to prevent situations like this, not sit idly by while they happen. It's just too hard to tell for certain though.

Also, is anyone else beginning to wonder if Harry is accidentally recruiting people for the AIC? It seemed odd to throw in that scene with him and his handler where he is discussing people they can trust, unless it is significant. I don't think he is bad but I do think he is being used.

Allison: I feel like Ryan is still playing like he's for the cause, but he is actually still acting as an undercover FBI agent. I haven't seen anything that would make me think that he's switched sides. I feel like Nimah could have started to believe in the cause. I think it would be really cool if Nimah, Ryan, or Miranda did actually drink the Kool-Aid and start to believe in the AIC.

Who was the MVP of the episode?

Jasmine: Hmmm. [Spins wheel] Raina. I really liked that she lambasted Nimah the way that she did. She's taken a lot off of Nimah in the past season and a half, and it felt long overdue for her to really give it to Nimah a bit. I'm still a little annoyed that Nimah, who hated Simon, got to take part in a remembrance ceremony for him and Raina didn't.

Meaghan: Shelby. Simply for putting Alex in her place in the nicest way possible.

Allison: I'm going to have to give it to Raina as well. She got a badass moment. She stood up to her sister, and she didn't hold anything back. We rarely get to see this side of Raina, and I have to say, I liked it.

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Quantico Season 2 Episode 8 Quotes

The toughest lies are not the ones we tell ourselves, but the ones we tell those we love to keep them out of harm's way.

Owen

Multiple tours in Afghanistan, harrowing years at the FBI, and yet, you still fear conflict when it comes to Alex.

Nimah