This episode begins with a flashback to our most volatile former member of the Inner Circle. We see Rebecca’s seeming domestic bliss at home being torn apart as her family betrays her. Given what happens; her parents calling Sentinel Services on their own daughter, we can wrap our heads around why she’s got such unending anger towards those who hate mutants. The main people in her life that should have been there for her got her locked up. And not just in prison, but in that mental institution where she was drugged, tortured and treated horrendously.
Lorna and Andy deal with a pretty similar pain, loss. Andy must witness Rebecca being contained, in pain, literally locked up in a box. Most likely reliving her time in captivity and being friendly traumatized again and again. Whilst Lorna has to be without her daughter, sending Hope away so that she’d be safe while they map out and enact the rest of the plan that the Inner Circle has created. Andy’s somewhat sceptical that the ‘Mutant Homeland’ will every actually take place, will take place. Which is reasonable considering that this is an unspecified amount of time after the X-men, meaning that pretty much everything that went down in the entirety of the X-Men timelines (both McAvoy and McKellen) made little to no impact when it came to mutant rights, general acceptance of any carriers of the X gene in society. Abuse and xenophobia is still widespread, arguably, things have declined severely.
Lauren finally discloses to her parents what the Doc’s ultimate end goal regarding the fate of mutants is. When Reed and Kate go in for more tests and treatment for his rogue gene, they plan to get all the information that they can out of the doctor regarding his condition. Meanwhile, Lauren is on a mission. She gets Noah to show her the containment room where her and other vital blood samples and research is kept. On their way out she uses her ability to put a hold on the doors lock that will reopen for her whenever she makes it back. Cunning little lady.
Andy’s struggle as the episode continues is clear, he disagrees with how their treating Rebecca. Reeva attempts to further use him for the cause. He tells her “It was her first mission. It was a mistake. Everyone she ever loved turned on her. She spent the last year in a dark room getting drugged and tortured. I don’t know what you expected.” Reeva, ever the opportunist, doesn’t let a good crisis go to waste. She responds: Your right Andrew. Rebecca is a victim. What she did was not her fault. It was theirs. The humans who took her freedom and turned her into what she is.” She weaponizes his trauma over Rebecca, saying that their plan is to make a world where she can get the help she needs.
Ironically, this pushes him in the opposite direction. He plans the Gifted’s very own little Bonnie and Clyde runaway. Breaking her out of her prison he saves her. Showing her that there is one person who is still with her, who will come for her, help her, be there when she needs.
This isn’t enough for the broken soul that’s left in Rebecca, she makes her way to the penthouse where the leaders of the Inner Circle are convened in a meeting. And attempts to slaughter them all. Andy reacts and stops her, but without meaning to, kills her.
Andy’s guilt and horror at what he’s done, along with Rebecca’s actions and mental state, bring in some interesting discussions and debates about fault, ethics and blame. Can someone who was continuously abused and tortured by the powers that be really be held accountable, fully, for their own actions, their bodies and minds have been warped by manipulation, pain, anxiety and extreme mental and physical distress. The authority figure/ institution that did this is the root cause, not the symptom. All of the unhinged, angry and tortured patients and mutants that have been abused are a symptom. The abusers are the disease, the real problem. Balancing and weighing up where the responsibility lies is a huge theme in the episode. Recognising where to assign fault.
There are collisions happening everywhere in this last episode, the Struckers appear to win out over the Doctor’s plans for scientific genocide, when Noah steps up and saves the day. Destroying everything in the lab and incapacitating all of the staff. Ensuring Lauren’s getaway.
The next phase of the Inner Circle’s plan is enacted. Raising Hell ensues.