'Snowpiercer' Season 3 Episode 7: Layton's vision of New Eden falls apart

Taking place mostly inside of Layton's dream, the latest episode of 'Snowpiercer' had more vibrant hues, contrasting with the usual dystopian monochromes


                            'Snowpiercer' Season 3 Episode 7: Layton's vision of New Eden falls apart
A still from Snowpiercer Season 3 Episode 7 (TNT)
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Dreams and reality collide in the seventh episode of 'Snowpiercer' Season 3. Titled 'Ouroboros,' Episode 7 of 'Snowpiercer' Season 3 is also the first one in the entire series to start without a voiceover. Beginning with Layton waking up after the events of the previous episode, 'Ouroboros' kicks off with him being abducted by two unknown men and being saved in the nick of time by Mr Wilford, Javi, and Ruth.

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However, apart from Layton, none of the people on the train are the same anymore. In fact, even the Snowpiercer's appearance has changed — instead of muted monochromes, the train is filled with color and life. We get to see Mr. Wilford swap looks for the first time since his appearance in Season 2. The former head of the train dons a very quirky suit, pairing it with a Panama hat. Javi is no longer scarred and is shown sporting long hair while Ruth is seen in braids. Additionally, Till works as a guide, and Zarah is a cartographer. We soon find out that all this is actually happening inside a comatose Layton's dream. In reality, he has been in a coma after getting a concussion following his fight with Pike. 

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Believing that the answers to New Eden lie in the Tail, Episode 7 of 'Snowpiercer' Season 3, sees Layton fight his way to the back of the train as he tackles various obstacles while trying to meet the Tail boss. As things continue to get more hectic in Layton's dream, Bess approaches Miss Audrey in real life, asking her to help Layton by getting into his head. Episode 7 of 'Snowpiercer' Season 3 ends with Layton coming back to consciousness after Miss Audrey successfully finds a way inside his dream, talking to him till he wakes up. Sadly, Layton doesn't come back to reality with answers from his dream. Instead, we see him return riddled with doubt. 

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Taking place mostly inside of Layton's dream, 'Ouroboros' comes as a breather in a series that has been getting quite intense in the last few episodes. In a way, the latest episode of 'Snowpiercer' takes us back to the time when the TNT drama was more about Layton's reprieve as a detective, investigating a murder on the train. We get to see him move through his dream in a similar manner.

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By the end of the episode, Layton pieces together that the visions he has been having so far aren't of New Eden and are actually from a photograph that he saw at the Nuclear Nest while rescuing Asha. The rescue mission that took place in the Season 3 premiere, saw Layton having a vision of a tree, after running out of oxygen, for the first time. Now, it is a recurrent vision that haunts him. He was extremely protective about the concept of New Eden till now, lobbying to set course for it, using Asha as a witness. But when Episode 7 of 'Snowpiercer' Season 3 comes to an end, that vision has fallen apart.

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'Snowpiercer' airs Mondays at 9 pm ET on TNT