'Snowpiercer' Season 2 Episode 4 Spoilers: Sean Bean's Mr Wilford meets 'old acquaintances' in 'A Single Trade'
As the Big Alice crew are granted shore leave on Snowpiercer, Layton and Wilford have differing opinions on the future
It will be a night to remember if nothing else. As Mr Wilford (Sean Bean) prepares to go "uptrain", his crew is with him. But just as they get a bit giggly about the joys and pleasures of the Night Car like "cabaret", Mr Wilford reminds them that at the end of it all, this is going to be his night, and they shouldn't dare forget that. He has some specific plans to set into motion and it might involve sabotaging Snowpiercer from the inside and of course his long-term plans of revenge on Melanie (Jennifer Connelly).
According to the official logline for the episode: "As the Big Alice crew are granted shore leave on Snowpiercer, Layton and Wilford have differing opinions on the future." Wilford's long con will involve the Night Car's Miss Audrey (Lena Hall) who he seems to have a hold over, despite her being fearful of him. The intriguing title of the episode has much to do with what Wilford is asking her to do for him. It is a trade, but Miss Audrey wants to know why, when everything has finally settled (somewhat), he wants to open "Pandora's box" again.
We know that Big Alice's docs are into some freaky medical stuff and Snowpiercer with its sleeping passengers is just a few steps behind. What new horrors is Wilford planning? You'll have to watch to find out.
While Miss Audrey is freaking out about this, there are two other ladies who are thrilled that Wilford has crossed the borders. As Wilford puts on a show, showbiz style being expansive, loud and extroverted, Ruth Wardell (Alison Wright) looks like she is going to faint with excitement, hero-worship written all over her face. With Melanie "failing" her, she is desperately looking for a leader figure to cling to and Wilford is God to her, in more ways than one.
Watching him with less effervescence but with equally intrigued eyes is our resident psychopath LJ Folger (Annalise Basso) who senses a kindred spirit in Wilford. It will be interesting to see how 'Snowpiercer' reveals the back history these characters have with Wilford and what it means going forward, especially for Andre Layton (Daveed Diggs), the Tailee-resident-turned King. He has no idea about how deep the networks of the rich go and just what they can do to get the train back, playing into whatever elaborate revenge Wilford has planned.
As last week's episode showed, Wilford is just waiting for the right time and opportunity to take out Layton and Melanie and control the whole train. He likes being God and wants to stay as one for the survivors. So Layton now has to prepare for another war with Wilford and his team, barely after winning and securing the train from Melanie.
We also know that Melanie is getting ready to get to the research station and has started to build bridges with her estranged daughter who she warns about Wilford's manipulative ways, though Alexandria doesn't really need to be told that. But for now, it is the question of the devil she knows rather than the one she doesn't. Icy Bob is also going to the Headwoods for more experiments, so that's another cold immunity plot line that is going to build as a plot B (or even C) this season.
'Snowpiercer’ Season 2 Episode 2 releases on February 1, 2021, on TNT at 9 pm ET.