'Counterpart' Season 1 Episode 8: Will Emily Alpha recall her past, while Baldwin and Clare fight to escape theirs
Baldwin might have to kill Emily Alpha, but the question remains as to whether she commits that crime and gets back to her old life as an assassin
'Counterpart' Season 2 has already given us the backstory of the Crossing, and how the characters' lives have been revolving around it. While some characters were thrown into a different world where they had to cope with unfamiliar circumstances, others have been acting as bridges between the two worlds to exchange information about the Office of Interface.
Starring J.K. Simmons as Howard Silk, Olivia Williams as Emily Silk, Sara Serraiocco as Baldwin, Nazanin Boniadi as Clare, and Harry Lloyd as Peter Quayle, Episode 8 of Season 2 is set to follow the characters' struggle, as they try to find meaning in the worlds they do not belong to. We saw these very characters try and seep into normalcy amid all the violence erupting around them in Episode 7, but the tables are about to turn in Episode 8. Here are the top 3 things you can expect from the episode:
1. Clare's Haunting Memories
Since the beginning of Season 2, Clare has been trying in every way to avoid her contacts with Indigo, but the unusual turn of events in Episode 7, led her back to the very place where it all started. In order to get away from Naya's team of investigators, Clare and Quayle chose to run away in order to protect Clare's identity as a citizen of the Prime world. She takes him to the place which, in the Prime world, used to be her childhood home, the Indigo headquarters. The building we see in the Alpha world has a dilapidated exterior and seems to have been abandoned for years. So, why did Clare choose this place?
The promo clip of Episode 8 suggests Clare is trying to put back the missing pieces of her childhood, an age when she was trained to believe in the ideologies of Indigo. However, once she enters the building, she is confronted by Quayle who does not feel safe about the idea of being in a house that is exactly identical to Indigo's headquarters in the Prime world. It can, however, be assumed that Clare probably brought Quayle there in the first place in order to show him the place where she grew up and how that affected her upbringing.
2. Baldwin Has to Kill, Again
Baldwin almost went missing after Episode 4. She was initially held captive by Howard Prime's men when she failed to escape from Berlin. However, after she killed all of his men including Lambert, Baldwin absolutely vanished from the scene. Episode 8 will see her returning once again, but this time she will probably not get a second chance.
Baldwin got her chance at redemption when she was released by Howard Prime in Season 1 as he asked her to immediately flee Berlin. However, he took her captive when he realized she was still staying in Berlin, and could be a potential threat to the Alpha world. However, before Baldwin left in Episode 4, she left a message for Clare, telling her she wished to leave her old life behind.
However, Episode 8 will see her once again coming in contact with her fellow Sleeper Agents, who were all sent to the Alpha world to kill their respective counterparts. The Sleeper Agents force her to commit yet another crime and kill off Emily Alpha, who is now under the protection of Howard Prime. What will Baldwin do? She, eitherway, has to break someone's trust, but whose is it going to be? Will it be Howard Prime's or the Sleeper Agents'?
3. Emily Remembers Everything
Emily Alpha has been considered a valuable resource by both the Management and the Indigo. While we still do not know why she is so precious to them, the earlier episodes of Season 2 revealed to us she was a regular visitor to the Prime world. Ever since she got back from the hospital at the beginning of Season 2, Emily Alpha has been trying to recall her past but has failed every single time.
The little she could recall - such as Shadow was actually a woman and worked at the Office of Interface - she would immediately inform Naya. However, Episode 8 is set to see her recalling everything she had forgotten from her past, and that will put her in immense danger.
Whether Emily Alpha will be safe with her memories, and Baldwin once again commits a crime, can only be found out when the episode airs February 4 on STARZ.