'Counterpart' Season 2: Where does Baldwin's true loyalty lie after the fourth episode? Here's what we think
She broke the code of loyalty, but did she ever promise alliance to anyone? Probably not, and that is where Baldwin stands apart.
STARZ's show 'Counterpart', created by Justin Marks, has returned with its second season, and it seems that with the diplomacies of the two worlds being compromised, the show's pitiful assassin, Baldwin (played by Sara Serraiocco), is about to take things into her own hands. The fourth episode which aired December 23 left us with Baldwin betraying Howard Silk Prime's (played by J.K. Simmons) trust after she ruthlessly murdered his three accomplices and the Claude Lambert Alpha (played by Guy Burnet).
Starring J.K. Simmons as Howard Silk, Harry Lloyd as Peter Quayle, Olivia Williams as Emily Burton Silk, Sara Serraiocco as Baldwin, Guy Burnett as Claude Lambert, and Nazanin Boniadi as Clare, 'Counterpart' has been following the murderer, Baldwin, who came to the Alpha world in order to carry out various acts of murder under the order of the terrorist cell, Indigo, which is based in the Prime world.
However, things went completely in a different direction for Baldwin when she came across her Alpha-counterpart, Nadia, who, unlike her, was a successful musician. Both Baldwin and Nadia share the same horrific past where they left their drunken father to die on train tracks. While Baldwin's guilt led her to become the assassin who never thinks twice before shooting a bullet right through her victim's head, her alter-self, Nadia, turned out to be a self-damaging musician whose guilt drives her to only harm herself, and channel all her frustration through her music.
Baldwin's world turned upside down when she realized upon meeting Nadia, that in spite of her past it wasn't necessary for her to kill people. Baldwin tried changing the course of her life, and this is where the two Howard Silks stepped in.
While Howard Silk Alpha showed Baldwin what she can do with her life if she got a second chance in the first season, Howard Silk Prime gave Baldwin that second chance in Season 2, after she was captured by his people. Howard Prime only wanted information out of Baldwin, and once she had given it, he slid a blade into her hands as an indication for her to choose her escape.
Although Baldwin did escape, she ended up murdering the three people who, working under Howard Prime, had captured her and Lambert, who in a way instigated her to murder them. So where does Baldwin's loyalty lie? Probably nowhere.
Baldwin is the villain whose injury on her face makes it look like she is always grinning on one side, but there is much more to her than just another murderous figure in the show. Unlike Mira, who seems to be spearheading the functions of Indigo at the moment, Baldwin has been questioning her decision to join Indigo in the first place.
Just like Clare, who is trying her best to fit into the Alpha world, Baldwin too has realized the Prime world has taught her nothing but crime. We can say Baldwin is following Indigo's basic intention of taking over the Alpha world, but her path seems to be a little different as she is no longer willing to destroy the Alpha world.
Baldwin can very well be one of the characters whose arc sees a steep turn from the second season. She did murder the three people she was not supposed to and in that way, she has broken Howard Prime's trust, but probably Baldwin never wanted anyone to depend on her.
As a child she was exploited for her talents by her father, as a young girl she was exploited for her skills by Indigo, and to some extent, Howard Prime exploited her for the information she could give out about Indigo.
Baldwin is a character who has been surviving in no man's land, and it is quite difficult to say at this point if she will turn to the goodness of the Alphas or the slyness of the Primes. 'Counterpart' Season 2 returns with its fifth episode January, 6, 2019, and maybe we will know then what this troubled girl truly wants from her quest.