'Snowpiercer' Episode 3: Melanie's secret may be beginning to unravel and it could derail everything

Right from the first episode, we've suspected that Melanie's relationship to the enigmatic Mr Wilford may be a lot more complicated than the one between employer and employee


                            'Snowpiercer' Episode 3: Melanie's secret may be beginning to unravel and it could derail everything
Jennifer Connelly (IMDb)

Spoilers for 'Snowpiercer' Season 1 Episode 3 'Access is Power'

As conditions on the Snowpiercer go from bad to worse, the cracks are beginning to show in the delicate system that has kept the eternal train moving forward. Secrets will be brought out into the light and there's no secret greater than the one being harbored by Melanie Cavill (Jennifer Connelly).

Right from the first episode, we've suspected that Melanie's relationship to the enigmatic Mr Wilford may be a lot more complicated than the one between employer and employee. Episode 3 'Access is Power' further heightens the mystery and raises the possibility that her secret may soon come out into the open.

In the episode, we see Melanie use old recordings of Mr Wilford's speeches to put together a message for the people of the train during Fight Night. This, along with a number of other hints we've seen throughout the season so far, suggests that Mr Wilford, if he ever did exist, is dead now and Melanie is just perpetuating the idea that he's still alive and running the engine when in reality, she's the one at the wheel.

There's also the possibility that there never was a Mr Wilford to begin with and Melanie is the one who actually built the train, only creating the identity of Mr Wilford so that she can walk among the passengers without them being aware that they are in the presence of the train's true owner. The value of this deception is painfully obvious.

The passengers of the Snowpiercer hold Mr Wilford and the Eternal Engine he "created" in extremely high regard, treating both with an almost religious sense of awe. They even go so far as to make a "W" sign on themselves after every message from him, paralleling the sign of the cross that Christians use to begin and conclude prayers. 

Right at the beginning of the episode, we see Melanie read out a message from Wilford and one of the staff members notices that it paraphrases a speech by Winston Churchill. It's possible that this could be a sign of Melanie getting sloppier with all that's been going on on the train but if it leads to her secret being exposed, all may be lost for Melanie Cavill and the powers that be.

'Snowpiercer' airs new episodes Sundays at 9 pm ET on TNT.

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