'Counterpart' season 2: One version takes over the other, Clare truly symbolizes the message of the show
She is the only one who has managed to kill her other version and take over completely, but what about the quest she had set out for?
Season 2 of 'Counterpart' has been unraveling the secrets of the Management in some unfathomable ways. Coming from creator Justin Marks, the show has been dealing with a controversial topic about daughter universes which states that with every decision we reject, a new reality is formed. Starring J.K. Simmons as Howard Silk, Olivia Williams as Emily Silk, Harry Llyod as Peter Quayle, Nazanin Boniadi as Clare, and James Cromwell as Yanek, Episode 7 of the second season is set to pick up from where Episode 5 had left.
After a brief pause with Episode 6, which looked into the origin of the Crossing between the Prime and the Alpha worlds, and how the Management of these two worlds came to exist, Episode 7 will take a dive into the ongoing mystery of Shadow. Recruited by the terrorist cell, Indigo, Shadow acted as Quayle's secretary while keeping a close eye on his wife, Clare.
However, once her secret was revealed in Episode 5, Shadow wasted no time in killing herself right before the cops could arrest her. This left both Quayle and Howard Prime as the main suspects behind the murder of the Prime world's ambassador, Lambert (played by Guy Burnet).
Episode 7 sets the mood for impending paranoia as Quayle tries to convince Clare to run away with him. As the synopsis of the episode suggests, "The fallout of the lockdown casts suspicions around the OI. Howard and Emily Prime find clues about the history of Management. Clare questions her allegiances."
Although the chief focus of the episode continues to remain the ongoing interrogations at the Office of Interface, it also brings out an extremely conflicted situation in Clare's life. It can be said, Clare's role in this episode is quite symbolic to the central idea of 'Counterpart', which as Yanek suggested, "one version will always find a way to destroy the other."
Clare is guilty of killing her counterpart in the Alpha world in Season 1. Ever since she has resided with Quayle, who was aware she did not belong to his world, the two maintained the secret for as long as possible. But with Clare's childhood lover Spencer (played by Ken Dunken) coming in, the secret is now on the verge of being exposed.
However, Clare does not really care about that anymore. Ever since she gave birth to her daughter, Clare has been contemplating how the Alpha version's life was everything she always wanted. Yet now that she has it, she is unable to tear her ties away from Indigo and its head, Mira (played by Christiane Paul).
The episode focuses on this very conflict. Now that Clare is the only version left, how will she manage to keep with the lifestyle of her counterpart while being who she is? Her previous attempts to break away from Indigo have invariably failed since she was a major part of the plan.
However, every now and then she has expressed her disgust over the terrorist cell's ideology as she no longer wants to destroy the Alpha world. Clare even questions Mira's true motive behind taking over the Alpha world, and she reaches a conclusion which convinces her the fight was no more worth anything.
Clare makes a life-altering decision when she reveals Indigo's hidden headquarters to Quayle. This very act leaves us with one question, does all of this mean Clare Prime is gradually embodying every quality of Clare Alpha? This could be, since that is the underlining message of the show.
One version takes over the other and completely impersonates every single quality of the other version. Clare can be asserted as that one character who truly symbolizes the show's overall idea. She comes from a very different world, a world that never allowed her to be happy. Now that she knows that even she can be happy and have a family, Clare simply does not want to leave.
Episode 7 of 'Counterpart' Season 2 releases January 27 on STARZ.