'War of the Worlds': Emily Gresham's blindness could make her the key to her family's survival

It is an interesting twist that someone who might be disadvantaged in the normal world now has an edge over everyone else

'War of the Worlds': Emily Gresham's blindness could make her the key to her family's survival
Daisy Edgar-Jones as Emily Gresham (IMDb)
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Spoiler alert for 'War of the Worlds' Episode 2

The new 'War of the Worlds' series airing on Epix has brought a ton of mystery to the familiar premise of HG Wells' sci-fi masterpiece. Even after Episode 2 hit screens, there's still so much we don't know about the alien invaders and the survivors of their apocalyptic arrival know even less. 

Despite surviving the initial assault, the remaining humans are pretty clueless about how to survive in this new world. However, at least the Gresham family has an ace up their sleeve.

Emily Gresham (Daisy Edgar-Jones) might have been at a disadvantage in the world before the aliens arrived, being blind and all, but in this apocalyptic hellscape, Emily is probably the single most useful human left.

And yes, we realize there are qualified scientists and trained soldiers around but can any of them hear an alien attack before it arrives? Didn't think so. In Episode 1, we saw how Emily felt the electromagnetic wave coming long before it fried the brains of the majority of Earth's population.

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In Episode 2, we find out that the wave is still being transmitted around the world, albeit at a lesser intensity, and we get this information thanks to Emily and her uncanny ability to hear electromagnetic waves.

It's an interesting twist, that someone who might be disadvantaged in the normal world now has an edge over everyone else.

Emily's abilities could be the difference between her mother Sarah Gresham (Natasha Little) and brother Tom Gresham (Ty Tennant) surviving the next attack or dying horrible deaths. Well, if her mother starts believing in her a little more, that is. 

'War of the Worlds' airs new episodes in the United States every Sunday at 9 pm ET on Epix.

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