Audrey may be back, but the Mara problem remains. Nathan and Duke can’t just kill her or hand her over to the guard as she may be connected to Audrey. It’s a legitimate concern on Nathan’s part, but this seems like a very easy thing to verify. The closest they ever come to testing it is when Duke attempts to bluff about cutting off Mara’s toe. I’m not sure why he didn’t try something simpler like plucking a hair off her head or flicking the back of her ear. Heck, he had her barefoot at one point, just tickle her.
While Mara may be locked up, the rest of the town isn’t convinced that everything is back to normal. Fellow cops are wary of her and even the guard is gunning for her. This would be a manageable problem, except for the fact that Dwight skipped town.
The real kicker, however, comes when Nathan falls victim to a trouble that makes him disappear, leaving only an incineration mark silhouette. From his perspective, however, he is still around, but he can’t see or touch anything.
The episode tries to push the idea that he died and became a ghost, but it is hampered by the fact that we know that that isn’t what happened. Even when other “ghosts” show up and tell him about how the condition works, you know that it isn’t that. Actually, I would have liked it if those two were in fact ghosts, even if Nathan’s condition was only something resembling death. Instead, it’s all just a trouble, though we still don’t know who has the trouble.
I did like the fact that Audrey’s immunity is gone. Not only does this separate her from Nathan for this episode, but it makes her situation that much more difficult. On top of that, Mara being the one with the immunity makes perfect sense.
While Mara spends the entire episode chained up, she still manages to steal the show here. The scenes where she taunts Nathan and Duke stand as the highlights of the episode. Even after so many episodes, seeing Emily Rose play the villain is still incredibly entertaining.
I was surprised that this was made into a 2 part story. Not only did we just come off of a 2 part episode, but it seems like this could have been resolved in one. Credit where it’s due, though, that cliffhanger ending was very effective and dramatic. Oddly enough, the teaser for the next episode makes it look more lighthearted in tone, but we’ll see how it plays out when it airs.
This episode was pretty solid overall. It was good to have Audrey back, but keeping Mara around was the right move. It also changed up the status quo, which is more realistic compared to just having everything end up as it was before. I don’t know if I’d rank it as a season favorite, but it was a solid hour of television.