'The Passage': New villain Horace Guilder's plans are something that Amy's newfound superpowers couldn't possibly take on
Guilder's main interest lies in the side effects of the virals and creating an army out of The Twelve - something that Amy alone can't possibly take on.
This may contain spoilers for The Passage season 1 episode 5: "How You Gonna Outrun The End of The World?"
Fox's ongoing series 'The Passage' has done a brilliant job in its debut season, following Justin Cronin's novels of the same name, showing how controlling and destructive overwhelming amounts of power can be. Through the story of Amu Bellafonte (Saniyya Sidney) and the devastating Project Noah, that infiltrates subjects with a virus from a South American bat to turn them into superhumans, we have seen how the pioneer of the project, Dr. Tim Fanning (Jamie McShane) fell prey to his own plans. And now, by the looks of it, another man of power introduced in the latest episode, Horace Guilder - a government director - could be following the same path. But first and foremost, Guilder, played by James Le Gros, is a vicious villain and could also prove to be equally dangerous for Amy, despite her recently developed superpowers.
Much like Jonas Lear (Henry Ian Cusick) and Fanning's intentions for developing Project Noah, Guilder's interest in the experiment gone wrong stems from finding a cure to a chronic ailment he is suffering from. Somehow, by a twist of fate, he gets roped into the side of The Twelve - the test subjects infiltrated with the vampire virus, who have turned into destructive monsters wreaking havoc on society. Right from his introduction, he can be seen as a sinister presence amid the project runners, as more than being interested in finding the cure, his interest lies in the side effects of the virus. This also makes him extra keen in creating an army of The Twelve virals who have started exhibiting the side effects of the virus, spurring his ambition in weaponizing them.
Guilder, who is a special weapons expert in the series, takes a particular fascination with Amy whose superpower owing to the virus she has been injected with, isn't like the others. Unlike the rest of the virals who have turned into pale, veiny, yellow-eyed bloodthirsty monsters, Amy has developed a sixth sense of telepathy - probably why Guilder is drawn especially to her. Much like the original story in the books, the series' Amy, accompanied by the guidance and support of special agent Brad Wolgast (Mark Paul Gosselaar), intends on tricking Guilder into believing she is the leader of the twelve, but danger lies in the form of Guilder's intentions with her. In that, Guilder plans to exploit Amy's newly developed superpowers which means her story is only going to get murkier than the peaceful sanctuary viewers had expected her to receive under Wolgast.
True, Dr. Major Nichole Sykes (Caroline Chikezie) doesn't quite like Amy in the beginning of the episode because of Guilder's keenness over the young girl, but at the end of the day, she is a staunch believer in righteousness. This leads to her deciding that she must help Amy and Wolgast escape from the insidious greed Guilder is driven by, and thus ensues mayhem with a fairly positive outcome which we shall not spoil for viewers at all. So far Amy is safe and so is Wolgast, but Guilder is still on the prowl, and knowing his affinity for The Twelve, this sudden stunt from Amy's end could only mean one thing and that thing doesn't appear anything but negative for Amy's future in the story.
'The Passage' season 1 returns to Fox on Mondays, 9 p.m.