What the heck just happened?
That's about all I can muster after all of the crazy twists and turns on Outsiders Season 2 Episode 1.
Considering the way Outsiders Season 1 concluded, there were really two ways the show could go: An all-out war or the tension between Blackburg and Shay Mountain continuing to boil over.
Thankfully, we were treated to the latter, but we did get a glimpse of what war would have looked like.
It was not pretty.
Wade's vivid and very brutal dream about his team on the mountain being wiped out by the Farrells was everything. They were outnumbered, so even entertaining the idea of a war was always going to be a losing battle for his team.
The production values in that opening scene were just breathtaking. There was no expense spared. In other words: It was not for the faint hearted.
The good thing about Wade is that war is not his type of thing and he could care less about the Farrells hanging around on the mountain. His beef was with Asa because he was apparently the one who gave Breece a bullet between the eyes.
For Wade, it was personal. Everybody in town thought he was scared of bringing a Farrell to justice, but running away from the conflict on the mountain did him no favors.
He claimed that he could see a bolt of lightning in the sky. In fact, he even thought he was struck by it. It's probably no coincidence that his father was killed by a bolt of lightning all those years ago.
Managing to get Li'l Foster behind bars was a big win for him because of the multiple failed attempts to take in a Farrell. However, keeping him in overnight for questioning is a bit much.
Li'l Foster has emerged as one of the best on the show, but it's difficult to think of how he will be able to find his way back home. The residents of Blackburg are looking for somebody to blame for all of the drama.
Gw'ynn: Just find your fa. I'll handle Asa.
Little Foster: So you say.
I would like to believe that Li'l Foster's statement about returning Breece's body to its rightful land was true, but he could have been using the opportunity to earn brownie points with Wade.
For now, the hatred towards the residents of Shay mountain is only going to grow stronger. Matt cutting the free clinic was a terrible move.
Matt: I'm supposed to lay off two of your deputies.
Wade: That's not gonna happen.
Matt: You're right. I moved garbage pick up to once every three weeks and shut down the free clinic.
He's definitely working with an ulterior motive... much like his little partner in crime, Haylie.
How will the people struggling to make ends meet be able to make sure they get medical help? That will only make people hate the outsiders even more.
Asa's death was a shock, but did G'Wyn really command the wolves to take him down? At first, It seemed obvious they were killing him for taking a Farrell down, but then came the reveal that Foster was, indeed, alive.
Are we to assume that he was killed because of the heartbreaking moment he threw all of his Farrell belongings into the water?
Maybe, but it's just so darn confusing right now.
Asa has been such a big part of the show that losing him this early seems like it won't stick. There's a lot we don't know about the mythology of the show and I'm betting Elon and the other kid will shed light on that in the coming episodes.
I mean, G'Wyn definitely addressed Elon and the girl who looks like her who helped Asa escape from his cell. It's crazy how different things are on the mountain with G'Wyn as brenin.
Everything is much calmer. It seems like things are returning to normal. G'Wyn pushing to have the coronation sooner suggests she was worried about Foster returning to claim his place.
There's absolutely no way he's going to just disappear into the night. He waited all those years to become brenin and he'll be damned if he lets his wife take that from him.
His return would probably be met with praise from some. This was evidenced by the divisive reaction to having G'Wyn take over.
Not everybody wanted her to take on the role, so look for there to be an intense power struggle as the season continues.
I'm one of those people who prefers the dead to stay dead on TV, so I would have liked Foster's remains to be found and that chapter closed.
One thing that's sure to cause further division is Sally-Anne's pregnancy. She was adamant that she was done with Hasil, but somehow, she's going to turn to him for comfort.
She won't want to take on the role of a parent alone and that will probably lead to her becoming a more permanent resident on the mountain.
The people on the mountain would take the news much better than Sally-Anne's friends and family. There's a love story playing out for both Sally-Anne and Hasil, but they both need to understand that there are cultural differences between them.
If you recall, there was a scene last season in which Sally-Anne revealed she only had one bar (in her phone) and Hasil had no idea what the heck she was talking about.
Additionally, he did not understand the concept of bills, so he would have a tough time of it in the real world. I'm all for Sally-Anne making her way up the mountain, but I hope she really thinks it through.
Love always tends to prevail on drama series and that's part of why we like them so much.
"And Three Shall Save You" was a phenomenal return for this WGN America series. It's clear that last year we only learned a small portion of the story, and there's still much more on tap.
Other tidbits from the episode:
- Jim being good was quite the surprise. It seemed like he was going into the bar to reveal he had a Farrell in his truck, but thankfully, he was actually one of those people who did not have much hate in his body.
- The decreased presence of Haylie was a delight. Her condescending tone towards Wade was something that irked me about earlier episodes of the show. It's somewhat surprising that nobody else has figured her out yet.
- What do the butterflies mean? At first, we only got to see them when the red haired girl was on the screen, but there was a point in which L'il Foster almost walked into them.
- That soup Big Foster was getting at the close of the episode was the least appetizing meal in TV history. Yuck.
- Will Ledda and Wade really be able to live together? It seems like Ledda has some resentment towards her brother for not doing anything about the Farrells sooner.
- No one will ever believe what the homeless man sells to the media about Asa being murdered by three wolves.
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Note: Outsiders Season 2 Episode 2 airs January 31 on WGN America!
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