'Counterpart' season 2: Episode 8 will see a Rilke-Salome affair between Howard and Emily as Clare comes out of the Sleepers' den
As the counterparts finally confront each others' past, they realize that it has all been just a game of truth and lies all along.
STARZ's 'Counterpart' is set to give its audience one of the most intense and emotionally charged episodes, when it returns on February 3. Picking up from the incidents of Episode 7 where we saw Clare (played by Nazanin Boniadi) and Peter (played by Harry Lloyd) escape narrowly from the hands of the Sleeper Agents who work for the terrorist cell, Indigo, Episode 8 will see the characters push themselves off the edge.
Starring J.K.Simmons as Howard Silk, Olivia Williams as Emily Silk, Harry Lloyd as Peter Quayle, Nazanin Boniadi as Clare, and Christiane Paul as Mira, 'Counterpart' follows the crisis in the two versions of the same world, as one version strives to take over the other. The last seven episodes saw the thin line between the two worlds blurring as each counterpart tried to make amends for their actions. However, Episode 8 is about to take a break from all the turmoil and gradually delve into the inner conflict of the characters. As the episode is set to air on Sunday, here are the three things that you might want to look out for:
1. A Rilke-Salome affair
Emily Alpha's unreliability as a narrator to her own story was brilliantly symbolized by the use of Günter Grass' 1959 novel, 'The Tin Drum', in Episode 1 of Season 2. Now once again the show is turning to another German author in order to highlight the conflicting existence of Emily Alpha, and this time it is the Austrian-German poet, Rainer Maria Rilke. The reference to Rilke comes in a scene where Howard Prime tries to help Emily Alpha recollect certain things from her past. It is known that the poet, whose turbulent upbringing had a heavy impact on his mental and physical health, found peace in Lou Andreas-Salomé, the woman who introduced Rilke to a whole new world of Russia and the two continued to remain friends even when their affair ended.
It can be said that Rilke's story in a way symbolizes Emily Alpha's relation with Howard Prime. Although for the longest time she has felt that something was strange with her husband, Emily Alpha couldn't help but admire Howard Prime's undaunted nature. He introduces her to a whole new world, which is the Prime world, and soon the two begin to delve deep into every last detail of that world. Although we haven't seen them developing any romantic relationship, they certainly have an extremely strong bond built over trust and faith.
2. The Silks' game of truth and lies
Episode 8 will see the Silks from the two worlds, Prime and Alpha, finally establish the fact that the two versions despise each other. At the beginning of Season 2, we saw Howard Prime taking over his counterpart's place in the Alpha world, following which Howard Alpha developed a strong partnership with Emily Prime in the Prime world. However, none of the counterparts interacted with each other, they were only hearing stories. Now finally with a missing clue being placed into the puzzle, the Silks are about to discover truths about themselves and their counterparts which will change their perspective about each other in the most disastrous way.
3. The Seven Sleepers' Den
Clare finally realized in Episode 7 that her alliance with Mira is quite questionable. She grew up learning that the Alpha world had caused the flu in the Prime world which killed her parents, and several other people. However, Episode 8 will find her once again visiting her memories as Mira's disciple in Indigo. Until the age of 15, Clare was under the protection of Mira who had kept her hidden from the outside world. However, once Clare finally left Mira's den and arrived in the Alpha world, she realized that in those 15 years there were things that were either hidden from her or she was lied to about them. Episode 8 will see Clare once again delve deeper into her childhood memories, blaming herself for believing in Mira, and emerging from the Sleepers' den that Mira had formed almost three decades back.
Episode 8 of 'Counterpart' Season 2 is set to air on February 3.