'The Passage': Episode 7 digs into Brad and Lila's past, offering some much-needed answers
We finally know the reasons for Brad's tough, cold exterior, the conflict with his ex-wife, Lila, and most importantly, why our protagonist Amy Bellafonte has won over his heart
This article contains spoilers for 'The Passage' season 1 episode 7: 'You Are Like the Sun'
Fox's ongoing show 'The Passage' does a brilliant job at bringing together the world of supernatural, science fiction, and dystopia. And while the mingling of three genres can get a little too much for the viewers, what paces things out are the articulately explored backstories to each of its characters, laying out brick by brick, what exactly led them to where they are right now.
True to its signature style, this week offered us a glimpse into main character Brad Wolgast's past, helping us understand his tough, cold exterior, the conflict with his ex-wife, Lila, and most importantly, why our protagonist Amy Bellafonte has won over his heart.
For those unaware, Brad (Mark-Paul Gosselaar), was an agent working for a medical trial, tasked with the job of delivering death row inmates and orphaned children as test subjects for the trial. Things, however, took an unexpected turn when Brad came across 10-year-old Amy (Saniyya Sidney) who was somehow left unscathed by the dangerous side effects of the trial.
Infiltrated with a virus derived from a South American bat in the hopes of finding a cure to all of humanity's illnesses, all the test subjects ended up turning into vampire-like monsters with superhuman strength, but instead of impacting Amy the same way, the virus gave her telepathic powers.
Thus began the quest for survival for the little child, with Brad acting like her proxy guardian, saving her from being manipulated and utilized by the ambitious fools controlling the trial. At the time Brad took Amy under his wing, he had a fondness for the little girl, explaining he had lost a child in an accident.
Presumably, Brad's daughter would have been of Amy's age, had she been alive, so seeing the little girl being toyed with by those in positions of power must have set his trigger off, and he did all he could to protect Amy - as if making up for not being able to save his own child.
The impact of losing a child took a toll on Brad's marriage with Lila (Emmanuelle Chiriqui) too, and, so far, we have seen the two of them shooting bickering remarks and resentments at each other. Both of them have lost a child, so both must have been hurting equally - which is why this particular lack of fondness for each other had been a mystery on the show so far. But the recent episode finally offers us the answers we have been looking for.
As Brad and Lila's past is explored, we find out their daughter, Eva, was shot in the middle of a liquor store robbery gone wrong. What's even sadder is that the little girl was already suffering from a seemingly chronic illness (thus explaining why Brad would have been eager to be a part of a trial aiming to find 'the cure').
After the death of their child, instead of grieving together and moving on from the trauma, what afflicted Brad was a severe case of depression, which eventually caused his marriage to crumble. Still, there was some possibility of saving the marriage had Brad not been so overcome by grief and vengeance that he decided to pull the trigger at his daughter's shooter - something that ruined pretty much everything for him and Lila.
From a regular soccer dad living a dreamy family life, Brad turned into this dark mess driven by guilt and regret, and consequentially, he totally shut out his wife, going by what his backstory tells.
Luckily, however, Lila is a more emotionally sound person. Not only is she more capable of acting with rational thought in the face of a crisis, she also manages to convince Brad that she does not blame him for their daughter's death.
At that moment, both Lila as a character and Chiriqui's performance simply grows on you like a cozy blanket offering solace and comfort. The fact that she is eager to resolve their issues, not only offers a new hope for redemption for Brad, but also comes as reassurance Amy is truly in good hands as her journey on the show gets even more dangerous.