NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Sunday, November 29, 2015, 10:00 PM
All eyes are back on the Guilty Remnants.
Following a mind-boggling 60-minutes revolving around Kevin Garvey (Justin Theroux) in purgatory, the penultimate episode of Season 2 hones in on a part of the plot that has been mostly overshadowed of late, in a timeline hopping manner.
The women who wear white, Meg Abbott (Liv Tyler) in particular, are going to change Jarden, Texas, if all goes according to her plan.
From the small glimpse we get, Evie Murphy (Jasmin Savoy Brown) and potentially other “victims” of secondary departures in the town are actually safe and part of the cult.
The people of Jarden will be rocked to their spiritual core if Meg’s scheme comes to fruition.
The seed of Meg’s loathing for Jarden was planted at some point after the Sudden Departure, when she visited the town to find an answer to a personal question that haunts her: what her mother’s final words to her were.
Just one day before the departure, Meg’s mother died of natural causes while the two were getting lunch. She wanted to tell her daughter something, but Meg had to excuse herself from the table to get high in the bathroom.
As did the Garvey’s, Meg heard of how “special” Jarden is. She initially made the trip there — with her fiancé who is introduced for the first time — to see palm reader Isaac (Darius McCrary), before his house got burned down.
While we don’t find out what Isaac tells Meg, it clearly has an effect on her, as she lies to her soon-to-be husband about the psychic’s abilities and is visibly upset when she meets Evie in the middle of town.
Fast forward to some point closer to present day, and Meg spends her time as a rogue Guilty Remnant member who is not liked by the higher ups because of her lust for violence and passion for “real change.”
To atone for her bad ways, like throwing a grenade on a school bus full of children, the Guilty Remnant inform Meg that Tom Garvey (Chris Zylka) is still hugging people’s problems away, the cult’s members specifically, and she needs to do something about it.
Given their murky personal history together, after Tom abandons his mom the episode gets more intense, featuring some deep dialogue between the two characters about what post-departure life is really like.
What it leads to is a road trip to, you guessed it, Jarden, where the rest of Tom’s family is and, coincidentally, also where Meg is planning to terrorize. En route to Texas, they take a pit-stop at a bar, where Meg reveals why she forced Tom to have sex with her.
“I wanted to get you pregnant,” she tells Tom, which leaves him puzzled.
As they near Jarden, it’s clear that Meg’s plan is a big operation. It involves a confidential Guilty Remnant building near the town that houses members of the cult that aren’t noticeable to the naked eye: the people there do not wear all white, they do not chain smoke and some are even allowed to speak.
Like the deranged person she is, Meg goes to scan the scene of the crime exactly 24 hours before she plans to commit it, which happens to be the anniversary of the Sudden Departure.
There, she runs into Matt Jamison (Christopher Eccleston), who basically sees through her claims of leaving the cult and coming to Jarden for shelter. With a hint of foreshadowing, Meg pushes Matt to tell her why everyone waits outside the gates of Jarden instead of forcing their way in.
“You’re waiting for me,” she tells Matt before he can answer. Meg can’t bear the thought that the people in Jarden do not suffer like everyone else.
She then heads back to the big secret compound. Thanks to Tom, he found out what it is hiding.
People from Jarden who everyone thinks were victims of “secondary departures” did not depart at all… they simply became part of the Guilty Remnants.
Most interesting of all is Evie’s presence at the secret house. Her “disappearance” nearly tore apart the Texas town. Her potential return as a Guilty Remnant member would have serious implications.
While it wasn’t as entertaining and gripping as the past few episodes, “Ten Thirteen” sets up a potential bombshell of a season finale next week.
– The ending of Season 2 is shaping up to be similar to how Season 1 ended, with the Guilty Remnants wreaking havoc on people.
– Kevin Garvey does not make an appearance in the episode. Bank on him entering town for the first time since crawling out of his grave just as the Guilty Remnants plan is unfolding.
– While Evie’s appearance is massive, it puts added pressure on other questions surrounding Jarden. What do the earthquakes actually mean? And how did she get out of her friends car the night the lake went dry if she really didn’t depart?