'Counterpart': With Howard Silk in the wrong place and the 'crossing' shut down between both worlds, here's what to expect in season 2
Howard Silks have swapped lives, with one becoming a husband and the other a convicted criminal. Who is in more danger?
Howard Silk's world turned upside down the day he realized that he isn't the only Howard. A second Howard Silk exists who, unlike him, is a spy. STARZ's Justin Marks-created show, 'Counterpart', starring J.K. Simmons (as Howard Silks), Harry Lloyd (Peter Quayle), Nazanin Boniadi (Clare), Olivia Williams (Emily Burton Silk), and Sara Serraiocco (Baldwin), is set to return for its second season on December 9.
And after the shutting down of the 'Crossing' between the two worlds of Alpha and Prime in the first season, the city of Berlin is about to witness the duplicate lifestyle of Howard Prime, who is now stuck in the Alpha world.
Season one left us on a doubtful note as we observed the diplomacy between the two worlds coming to an end, an assassin walking free in the Alpha world (our world), and the swapping of the Howard Silks where Howard Alpha is now serving his sentence in prison while Howard Prime is at home with the newly-awakened Emily.
However, one interesting perspective that the first season left us with was the ambiguity in the character arc of Emily. Emily Prime is already known to be working with the management but on a surprise note, it seemed that Emily Alpha always knew about the existence of the Prime world, unlike her husband who despite working with Interface for over 30 years had no idea of its existence.
Season two is set to pick up from Howard Prime's newfound relationship with Emily Alpha, and it is only a matter of time before we get to know if Howard Alpha manages to return to his world. As we wait for the show to arrive on December 9, here are five things that we are looking forward to in the second season:
1. An Origin Story
To be honest, throughout the first season, most of us have wondered how the gate opened in the first place 30 years ago? The first season had only offered glimpses into the workings of the Management and the Fourth Floor, who have been trying to forge a diplomatic relationship between our world and their world. Unfortunately, when the gate closed, any hope of reconciliation between the two seemed extremely bleak. However, we can hope that in the upcoming season we will get to know how the portal came into existence almost 30 years ago when Berlin was on the brink of a cold war.
2. The Alpha to deal with the Prime criminal
In spite of his docile nature and his urge to keep Emily away from the workings of the 'Crossing', Howard Alpha failed to return to his own world and instead killed off the Pope in the Prime world which has now turned him into a convicted criminal.
On the other hand, with the death of Aldrich (played by Ulrich Thomsen) in the neutral zone, the two worlds are left without anyone to take up the initiative of hunting down the violent gang who call themselves Project Indigo. We easily assume that Betty Gabriel's character Naya Temple, who is a new addition to the cast, will fill up the place left vacant without Aldrich.
Interesting enough, creator Justin Marks has pointed out that Temple is not aware of the 'Crossing'. Speaking with Den of Geek, he explained, "[She] knows nothing about the Crossing at the beginning of her run and is read in for the first time and has to now piece it together, but because she has no loyalties and no sense of network in this world, she’s able to see things through a much clearer lens. She’s going to cause quite a problem for anyone who’s hiding in this world, whether it be Clare or Howard Prime."
3. Clare's dual life
Nazanin Boniadi's dubious character Clare was quite a surprise package in the first season, and the actress has herself claimed that she is the villain who is somebody else's hero. We can speculate that Clare probably knows much more about Project Indigo than anyone else, and she may hold back information from her husband, Peter Quayle, who in a way tried killing her in the first season. The couple is in for more trouble in the coming season, and it may not be too long before Quayle unmasks his wife's reality. However, Boniadi still abides by the fact that Clare's radical aggression is the result of her upbringing and maybe the second season will do a fair amount of justice to that.
4. An exchange of Alpha and Prime
Howard Alpha is behind bars and Howard Prime is at home with Emily Alpha, but for how long? Also, does Howard Prime hold the same feelings for Emily Alpha that he had felt for Emily Prime? Or is this another scheme? Emily Alpha always knew about the existence of the other parallel world, while her husband had the least idea until his counterpart showed up. It can be said that Howard Prime probably decided to stay back because he realized that Emily Alpha's knowledge of this world and the other might be worth something. On the other hand, we can expect that Emily Prime will probably be on the lookout for her estranged husband, which will eventually lead her to Howard Alpha.
Marks had mentioned, "There’s an extent to which he needs her intelligence so he can figure things out and so he can get home, but there’s also, as was evident in the first episode of this show, this moment of Howard Prime taking Emily Alpha's hand when she’s in the hospital bed... And the question is: is a connection with that life going to come out the longer he spends with her, or is he going to find his own worst tendencies starting to come out again in ways that he thought he had escaped many decades ago after his divorce?"
5. Baldwin walks alone
Baldwin is probably the most pitiful assassin on TV at the moment, with her tragic past, her oblivious present, and an uncertain future, she has no way of returning to the Prime world but remains in the Alpha world where her counterpart, the violinist Nadia, was killed. Baldwin was released free by Howard Prime as he left her with a warning that she was being hunted for, and with that, Baldwin walks away from everything else. Certainly, she will be back in the second season and the Indigo assassin's storyline will probably take yet another turn.
Marks has claimed that her character was one which had taken the writers by surprise because as "we began to grow her, we found ourselves unable to let her go and kept her in the story. And the same thing happens in season 2 albeit in a different way as we reintegrate her into the events of the story."
'Counterpart' Season 2 returns to STARZ on December 9. Watch the trailer below: