'The Little Drummer Girl' episode 2 preview: Charlie gets the script and is told "the audience is everywhere"
After luring her to join him in Athens, Becker is now narrating the script to Charlie which will lead them to a terrorist in episode 2 of 'The Little Drummer Girl'.
BBC 1 has released a clip teasing fans with what could happen on the upcoming episode of the Park Chan-wook directed adaptation of John Le Carre's 1983 novel, 'The Little Drummer Girl'. Starring Florence Pugh, Alexander Skarsgard, and Michael Shannon, the story follows the young and aspiring actress Charlie (played by Pugh) who becomes a matter of interest to the Mossad agents, Marty Kurtz (played by Michael Shannon) and Becker (played by Alexander Skarsgard). Marty, who is intolerant about the Arab-Israel conflict, is determined to get his hands on a terrorist.
The second episode is set to pick up from the loose ends that the first episode had left us with. The first episode saw Charlie being swept off to Athens by the alluring stranger, Becker, who seemed to have followed her everywhere. However, once in Athens, Becker's attitude changes as he begins to turn a cold shoulder to Charlie who is by now completely smitten by the stranger. While Charlie makes an attempt to connect with Becker, he walks out on her but later indulges in a maddening speed driving. Charlie is immediately scared and asks Becker to let her know if she is being kidnapped.
Becker only says, "I have lied to you as little as possible". It is soon discovered that Becker had tempted Charlie to be a pawn for Marty who welcomes Charlie by saying, "I am the producer, writer, and director of our little show. And I would like to talk to you about your part." We do not know what Charlie's response was to it as she was left looking baffled at the sudden, unexpected proposal. However, from the clip, it can be assumed that Charlie ultimately succumbs into becoming Marty's goat. As an actress, Charlie has been passionate about classic romance and Shakespearean dramas and the scope to work in something impromptu is quite irresistible for her.
Since the beginning, Charlie has depicted herself as a bold young girl, who is critical about things but gives people the benefit of the doubt first. In Episode 1, she wasn't very welcoming of the stranger who was at her show and had later sent her an empty watch-case indicating towards his glowing gold watch. When she meets him once again at the beach in Greece, Charlie begins to question his identity telling her friends that he is nothing but a fraud. However, once the two start communicating, Becker succeeds in seducing Charlie into joining him for a two-day trip to Athens.
In Athens, Becker manages to win over Charlie by taking her to the Acropolis, where the actress who is an ardent reader of Greek literature immediately falls in love with the historical monument. However, things change once they share a moment and Charlie soon finds out that she has been proposed to be a part of an impromptu script. Picking up from what the script could be about, here are the three things that we can expect from the second episode:
1. Charlie is introduced to the script
The Palestine-intolerant Marty has always been good with his words. He can convince people into believing what he believes because he understands that humans are driven by passion. In the case of Charlie, it was much easier because she is young and easily convinced. The clip reveals Becker explaining Marty's script to Charlie where he states, "We are building a fiction. The audience is everywhere, all the time." Charlie might not even have a doubt in her mind about the absurd script as being a true actress, she understands the basic element of film-an imitation of life, and that is exactly what Marty is trying to do in order to convince Charlie.
Charlie, who had come to Greece, to spend a vacation with her troupe finds herself in the middle of a casting process of which she wasn't aware of. Although she does have her own doubts, she nevertheless goes on with it because it is after all her passion that is being dangled in front of her.
2. Becker is both guilty and not guilty
Once Becker had dropped Charlie in front of the gate when Marty came along to welcome her, he simply walked away and did not stop even when Marty tried greeting him. Becker hasn't spoken much in the first episode, but he has managed to do the job - lure a young girl into the core workings of Mossad, and make a goat out of her. Probably the fact that Charlie had fallen for him made him uncomfortable, or even more guilty. However, Becker isn't a person who would let that come in the way of his duty. In the second episode, he narrates the script to Charlie who seems to be infuriated with Becker for not telling her everything clearly.
However, the two are soon to work together, and maybe soon Becker will have to come to terms with the fact that he too has fallen for the girl whom he has in a way abducted. As for Charlie, she is heartbroken yet hopeful that Becker might help her.
3. Let the spying begin
Episode 1 established Marty's real motive behind recruiting Charlie to be his goat. Being intolerant towards Palestine and the war, Marty wants to put it all to an end once and for all, but he won't make a hasty decision to carry out the task. Marty wants to catch a lion, and in order to do that, he will keep his goat alive. He will not disclose anything about the plan to Charlie but he will always keep an eye on where she is going, who she is meeting, and what are they talking about. The clip shows both Marty and Becker spying over the people of the terrorist organization, as they use Charlie to lure them into their trap.
Charlie, who still thinks that this is all a big plot, continues to play her role diligently as she meets one "character" after the other and exchanges "dialogues" with them. However, it will probably not be long before she finds out what the game is actually about.