'Servant' Season 3 Episode 1: Who was the burglar who stole Uncle George's dagger?

While cops feel one of the thieves is responsible for the string of robberies that were reported in Society Hill, there's probably more to it


                            'Servant' Season 3 Episode 1: Who was the burglar who stole Uncle George's dagger?
A still from 'Servant' Season 3 (Apple TV+)

Spoilers for 'Servant' Season 3 Episode 1 'Donkey'

'Servant' Season 3 premiered on Apple TV+ and the episode picks up three months after the events of Season 2. The series opener focuses on Leanne (Nell Tiger Free) still traumatized from the events that ended with the death of Aunt Josephine. The episode sees the third coming of Jericho and the family sans Leanne escaping the horror temporarily. The same though couldn't be said for the teen who has quite the day in their absence. 'Donkey' follows the Turner family taking a day out by the seaside while Leanne decides to stay back. The persuasions fall on deaf ears as she decides to take some time to herself and that proves to be a mistake. 

Apart from the past memories and the eerie feeling that haunts Leanne, she also ends up witnessing a burglary at home. Leanne fears that the burglar could be from the Church of the Lesser Christ. While she calls Sean to tell him about the robber ransacking the place, it turns out that he is just a petty thief who flees when the cops arrive. However, he does steal some items of value — one of them being Uncle George's dagger. This just leads to the fact that the Church cannot be ignored as one of the entities that sent the robber.

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The cops surmise it to be one of the thieves responsible for the string of robberies that were reported in Society Hill. What makes 'Donkey' a gripping watch is that it sets the tone for another intriguing season as it already starts throwing in the questions that will be answered over the course of the season. Executive producer/showrunner/director M. Night Shyamalan shed light on Leanne's psyche heading deeper into Season 3.

"She is living under this paranoia for a long time that she’s inevitably going to get ramifications for what she did in Season 2," he said in an interview with TV Line. "You can’t leave the cult that she left, and so they’re going to come and get her. This kind of paranoia is delicious — that every single person who comes in the house, every neighbor that visits, every person that drops off a package is potentially the cult. I think Season 3 is very muscular because of that, and very scary. It almost feels like a lot of Season 3 is the classic genre thing of being in a house when things are trying to get in. Like Night of the Living Dead, but a long-form version."

'Servant' Season 3 drops with a new episode every Friday on Apple TV+