'Doom Patrol' Season 2: Miranda's takeover could mean Kay is finally done with self-destructive behavior
Jane's been replaced as primary now with Miranda taking the wheel and as much as we love Jane, this might actually be in the best interests of the child, Kay Challis
Spoilers for 'Doom Patrol' Season 2 Episode 7 'Dumb Patrol'
Crazy Jane (Diane Guerrero) has gone through a lot since the start of 'Doom Patrol' Season 2. Jane's been replaced as primary now with Miranda taking the wheel and as much as we love Jane, this might actually be in the best interests of the child, Kay Challis.
What we often tend to forget about Jane is that she and all of her fellow alters are essentially products of the fractured mind of a child. They may make independent choices and decisions but those choices are all still rooted in the subconscious desires of the child. In that sense, each of the alters represents a different instinct, a different part of Kay's whole mind. And as much as we hate to say it, Jane is basically Kay's self-destructive instinct.
Miranda, on the other hand, is basically Jane's polar opposite. Emerging for the first time when Kay's life was in danger, Miranda will do anything and everything within her power to ensure the safety of the child. So that makes Miranda the survival instinct that Kay has ignored for so very long. And as much as we hate seeing Jane demoted from the position of primary, Kay bringing back Miranda means she is willing to embrace her survival instinct over her self-destructive one for the first time in years.
Of course, there are still a lot of mysteries surrounding Miranda's return. While she has proven to be extremely capable as a primary in Episode 7 'Dumb Patrol', she does show some inexplicable abilities like the resistance to Scant infection that helped her save the team in the episode. And in the final moments of the episode, we found out that Scarlet Harlot has closed off her station, suggesting that Miranda is shutting down alters. It is possible that as the ultimate survivor, Miranda is also taking out her fellow alters to ensure her own survival but we're going to wait and watch before we give our verdict on that.
For now, it does appear as if Miranda is working in the best interests of Kay, even if there may be things about her that aren't immediately clear. Hopefully, we'll learn more about this mysterious alter as the season draws closer to its end.
'Doom Patrol' Season 2 streams on Thursdays on DC Universe and HBO Max.