Warning: SPOILERS for Snowpiercer Season 2, Episode 5, “Keep Hope Alive”.
Miss Audrey (Lena Hall) betrayed Snowpiercer and sided with Mr. Wilford (Sean Bean), who essentially gives the billionaire Messiah the victory over Andre Layton (Daveed Diggs). Miss Audrey’s decision to turn Layton on is a fatal blow to the already worn-out grip the former train detective has over Snowpiercer, especially with Melanie Cavill (Jennifer Connelly) off the train and believed to be dead.
Wilford was invited aboard Snowpiercer’s Nightcar in last week’s episode, “A Single Trade,” so that he could witness Melanie connect the Breslauer Research Station in the Rocky Mountains, a crucial step in Cavill’s attempt to demonstrate that the world is warming and there could be a warm place on the planet that the Snowpiercer people could recolonize. But the real plan in motion in the Nightcar was to reunite Wilford with Miss Audrey, his lover, so that she could seduce and dominate him. Instead, Miss Audrey was deeply affected by being with Joseph again, and was left questioning herself and her still overwhelming bond with him in the face of her loyalty to the train.
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Feeling (correctly) that he has the upper hand over Miss Audrey, Wilford invited his lady to Big Alice for a romantic encounter, and she agreed. But Layton sent Audrey to Mr. Wilford as a saboteur; their mission was to alter Big Alice’s communications so Layton and his engineers could hear Wilford without the billionaire knowing. But even though he tried, Miss Audrey was unable to carry out the sabotage and Wilford suspected what he was up to. Meanwhile, another phase of Mr. Wilford’s plan took effect, and not even Layton’s spy aboard Big Alice, Josie Wellstead (Katie McGuiness) was able to warn Andre in time. Wilford loyalists aboard Snowpiercer beat up and killed most of the train’s Breachmen, which appears to open a path for the next mission for Wilford’s monstrous henchman, Icy Bob (Andre Tricoteux).
Layton was already easily losing his intricate game of chess with Mr. Wilford, but Miss Audrey, literally skipping trains is a proverbial checkmate. Given the opportunity to return to Snowpiercer, the seductive singer opted to stay with Mr. Wilford aboard Big Alice. Miss Audrey’s betrayal was predictable considering the obvious internal conflict and the proximity of the Wilford torment it causes in her, but her turning on Wilford is the worst thing that can happen to Snowpiercer and condemns Layton’s ability to rule the train. 1,034 wagons long.
Which means Miss Audrey teams up with Mr. Wilford for Snowpiercer
The importance of Miss Audrey to Snowpiercer cannot be overstated. She is essentially the soul of the train, and through the changes she made to the Nightcar, Audrey has provided a therapeutic release for grieving passengers. In turn, Miss Audrey obtained a wealth of secrets about the Snowpiercer inhabitants, and her connections span all sections of the train, from First Class to Tail, and now, Big Alice as well. Miss Audrey is also a celebrity on the train, making her a symbol, so her decision to side with Mr. Wilford is a flash point that will inspire most people on Snowpiercer to support as well. to Wilford, which is a feeling that was already gaining strength at all times. the train since the billionaire came out of the cold.
The story between Miss Audrey and Joseph Wilford is “complicated,” to say the least; She was a high-class escort who was exclusively from Wilford since she was 18, and hers was a passionate and haunting romance marked by emotional and physical abuse. Wilford once convinced Audrey to cut her wrist in the bathtub simply to give him sexual pleasure. And yet they are intimately linked in ways that are not easily explained, and their connection is a powerful two-way street, each of which takes turns dominating the other according to their private rules that only they understand.
Miss Audrey is a devastating loss to Layton because she was part of his trusted inner circle, along with Zarah (Shiela Vand), Roche (Mike O’Malley), Bess Till (Mickey Sumner) and Ruth Wardell (Alison Wright). While Layton practiced a strategy of need to know many of his secrets, Miss Audrey was aware of many of Layton’s plots and machinations, and this information could now belong to Wilford. For Miss Audrey, it’s a win-win scenario, as she essentially gives up nothing; By siding with Joseph, you will get the Nightcar back anyway if Wilford regains control of Snowpiercer. Then Miss Audrey will take her rightful place as royalty alongside Mr. Wilford, which was the original exchange she made with Joseph to secure her future aboard Snowpiercer seven years earlier.
Snowpiercer is crumbling from within
Miss Audrey is no fool and her decision is probably due to her knowing Layton’s power is fading fast and Snowpiercer is crumbling from within. Andre was forced to call off his burgeoning experiment in democracy when Wilford permanently attached Big Alice to Snowpiercer’s tail, and the marshal’s law Layton imposed only made him more unpopular. From First Class to Queue, everyone has complaints with Layton’s leadership and whether the former train detective is truly up to the task. Meanwhile, the bright hope of restoring a family order promised by the glamorous Mr. Wilford is just across the border.
Violent attacks and killings aboard Snowpiercer are on the rise. The Breachmen were blamed for the horribly mutilated hand of Lights (Miranda Edwards), and now the gruesome killings of the Breachmen in episode 5 of Snowpiercer are apparently Tail’s doing. Meanwhile, Layton issued a state-sponsored secret assassination order and sent Pike (Steven Ogg) to murder Terence (Shaun Toub), the housekeeping manager who threatened to expose Josie as Layton’s spy aboard Big Alice. as extortion for 100% of Snowpiercer’s Clandestine Marijuana Smuggling. Snowpiercer is a tinderbox under Layton’s direction, despite Andre’s best efforts to do what he thinks is best for the train.
Melanie can’t go back to Snowpiercer (what this means)
In Snowpiercer Episode 5, Layton and the engineers also face the possibility that Melanie is dead. She hasn’t signaled from the Breslauer Research Station and they suspect the worst. However, the hope for the future lies in the success of Chief Engineer Cavill’s mission and Layton made the decision (much like Melanie) that Hospitality would lie to the train, and it’s even more crucial that Mr. Wilford doesn’t know that his arch-enemy might have perished in the cold as that would only inspire him to act aggressively to retake Snowpiercer.
The possible loss of Melanie Cavill would be catastrophic for Snowpiercer on multiple levels, and not just because of the hope her mission is trying to give humanity. Melanie is a mastermind who is equal to Wilford, and grudgingly respects Cavill’s intelligence and tenacity. Melanie also understood the train itself better than anyone, including Wilford, as Cavill was the original designer for Snowpiercer. Also, Melanie and Layton may have been enemies but, working together, they would have had the advantage of frustrating Wilford. Cavill may be hated in many train circles for posing as Wilford and lying to them for seven years, but she still commands respect. Layton feels even more pressure with Melanie gone, potentially forever, and now, losing Miss Audrey to Wilford, makes Layton dream of Snowpiercer like an almost desperate democracy.
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