Friday, November 20, 2015

Communes Are Just A Red Herring Haven S2E07 The Tides That Bind

Ah, scenic Haven, beautiful coastal small town in AUGH FUCK WITH THE CREEPY CHILDREN AND THE CHANTING. See, this is the kind of quality content I expect from anything to do with Stephen King. I'll be over here behind the couch, shivering.

Yes, there are creepy chanting children. Chanting something about the sea being deep and the things that sleep under it. I could blame Lovecraft, I guess, but we're not in Lovecraft Country, we're in King Country, and while both are far worse places to stop than Bat Country in King Country there's a lot less in the way of grand cosmic horror and a lot more in the way of inexplicable horror mixed with small town folksyness. All those of you who have lived or live in a small town and know the ways those can be horrible are now twitching as violently as I am. Anyway. Creepy chanting cultist children. Because you know that's what it sounds like. Also in the way four of them are tying a rope around the fifth's ankle and shoving him in. Followed by the cinderblock he's now tied to. And then more chanting. And then an adult calling them over to supper, looking down into the water with a grim expression and... doing nothing. Now, this is Haven, so we can assume all kinds of things about how this isn't what it looks like, and it isn't. But that doesn't make it all that less fucking creepy. Mad props to everyone who set this episode up, I'm wigged out. Oh, for extra bonus wig, the guy has a tattoo. Or to be specific, The Tattoo.

So, we of course switch up to Audrey and Nathan walking along the beach and talking about Lucassi finding the body. Oh goodie. It is not, in fact, the kid! It's the tattooed guy. So I guess he's not going to kill Duke today. No wallet on the guy, just keys and a picture. And a note! It sounds like a suicide note? But as always, context is everything. Also this is way too early in the show for it to be a straight up suicide. Back at the police station Duke would like to know everything Nathan knows. Which isn't much at the moment, and how did Duke find out a guy with a tattoo washed up on the beach anyway. Duke will not reveal his sources, Duke will be obnoxious until Nathan gives in. Which he will do because Nathan still doesn't have an ID on the fucker and he's hoping Duke will give him one. Sadly, no. Duke does not know who he is. Nathan is aggravated and promises to tell him anything he finds out related to his imminent demise, with the subtext being and it might just be me that kills you if you don't get out of my hair. And of course this is the moment when Audrey comes in with an ID on the woman in the keyring photo. It's a woman who works at Revered Driscoll's soup kitchen! Duke perks up, the Rev's involved? No, Nathan is done informing him of things now, he will get out before Nathan sticks him in a cell and he can ask his cellmate about tattoos. Duke's retorts at Audrey are equal parts, I think, bluster and genuine annoyance or offense. Not the least of which because that's the kind of generic retort that you come up with when you can't come up with something as cutting as you'd prefer, but you don't want to leave without saying something either.

So. Okay, over to the Rev's church to see this woman since it turns out she's working today. She identifies the guy as Leith. Which is either a port on the eastern coast of Scotland or an Irish clan name from County Langford, either way, similar and in common roots. And let's not forget Glendower is his last name, which was the name of a famous Welsh king, so that's there. (Glendower is also a Scotch. Which I will be drinking quite a bit of through this episode.) Anyway. Having determined that Leith is probably from the British Isles we also determine that a lot of the Glendowers have that tattoo (to say nothing of the silversmith mentioned in 2x05) and okay, now I'm going to digress, brace yourselves. We'll start another paragraph.

Basically this episode is all about the Glendowers, and a lot of things are either revealed or discussed in a sense that the characters are audibly trying to figure things out, that haven't been discussed or revealed before now. I'll discuss those as they come up but right now we're going to touch on the tattoo. It's obviously not an exclusively Glendower thing, we saw that it was on the arm of a non-Glendower in 1x05 Ball and Chain and with the ever-irritating disappearing-reappearing tattoo on Julia Carr's shoulder in 1x13 Spiral But it's now being established as predominantly (out of the proportion of people known to have it) Glendower thing, and given prominence here, as are the Glendowers. Who we never hear from again. Later, the tattoo is established as being the mark of the Guard, drawn from the one on Vince Teagues' arm which is hereditary with his Trouble and comes and goes as needed. The simple answer here is that the Glendowers make up a good portion of the Guard, but, well, why? They're insular, they have a clear hierarchy and structure of their own, they don't seem like the type in this episode (the only episode where we see them at all extensively) to associate themselves with an organization that at least so far as we've seen demands obedience above all societal and legal regulations, which would get an already clannish and suspect group like the Glendowers into deep shit. Potentially. Probably. Given the Troubles. On the other hand, by the time the Troubles come around and are active, the Glendower men all go into the water and the women are left to mind the children and the family property, and women sometimes get more leeway in that regard than men, not to mention if it really is only the men in the Glendower family that have the tattoos, there may be limits to how much the Guard is willing to draw on them. And on the other other hand, up to this point and up to the end of the season, the Glendowers are occupying the space in the narrative later taken up by the Guard and to a less populous extent, the Teagues. They're mysterious, clannish, have purpose and practices unknown to the viewer and only revealed in dribs and drabs. They serve an anchoring function in Haven, clearly going back several hundred years and possibly being one of the founding families. And they own considerable property to maintain this kind of clan, as do the Teagues. They maintain order at least amongst themselves, as do the Guard. Were they, then, meant to fulfill the role that the Guard took over, after presumably something changed behind the scenes? Were they meant to be more connected into the overall mythology than Haven than they ended up being? (Highly likely, all things considered, but still unproven.) We may never know, especially given that the Glendowers are all underwater and likely to stay underwater as long as the Troubles remain active, and even when that line is tied off the Glendowers might continue lurking at the bottom of the ocean. Waiting. Who the fuck knows. Not I, says I.

Okay, cranky digression over, back to the episode. Audrey continues to work under the suicide theory, which wouldn't be my preference but they do have some pretty compelling evidence in that rough direction. And as it turns out, according to his ex money was a stressor. He tried to provide for her and their son, and if money was tight and he couldn't, and. That would do it, particularly if there's family pressure to provide for your children even if you're not with the mother anymore. Oh, Nathan will explain now the clannishness of the Glendowers and how a lot of people think they're a cult. Yes, Nathan, I'm one of them. Sort of. Not a ritualistic cult but definitely a cult of tradition and personality. Nathan doesn't know if they're Troubled, but he did know his father went to check on them periodically, presumably in the way that you do when you're a small town sheriff and you want to have at least one finger in each potential trouble OR Trouble pie. We interrupt this establishing of situations for a panicked mother freaking out because the father of her child apparently killed himself and the child himself is not at school where the father was supposed to drop him. Yeah, I'd be freaking too. When was the last time she saw Daniel? (The kid.) Leith had him at the Glendower complex because he likes hanging out with his cousins and they hadn't worked out a custody agreement yet. Now's when we all go OH SHIT THAT'S THE KID THEY DROWNED WITH THE CINDERBLOCK. Is it? We don't know. But that's definitely the implication by conservation of characters.

Going out to the Glendower place gives a lot of buildings, fairly tidily kept buildings and grounds, and no kids. No people, really. Oop, two people, Gwen and Cole Glendower, both of whom are quiet when they're greeted with Nathan being somewhat official. Well, as you do when you're a cult leader, which presumably he is. The less obvious part is that they're also quiet about Audrey being, well, Audrey. We'll get to that later, I think. They're here about Leith, which might relax them some, they might want to know that one of their own is dead, and it's possibly a suicide, and do they know anything about the note he left. Gwen's 'no' is quick and Audrey's squinty eyes do not believe her. Nathan is pushing about the boy, telling them that Mary said he was here, they've come to take him home. Cole is adamant that Daniel's place is with the Glendowers, the phrasing he uses suggests there's something special (read: Troubled) about the Glendowers, and that Mary can't help him, which is interesting right there. Audrey would like to know this for herself and by the way, where are the rest of the children? Hell, where are the rest of everybody, but that's just me. I would actually like to know, though, in this scene, what time and day it is so that Audrey's question is either reasonable or un. Because if it's in the middle of the day on a designated school day, then no, the children shouldn't necessarily be outside playing. Anyway. Oh, here are some more Glendowers! And they have guns. That's not good. And Cole is done answering questions, so it's time for our heroes to get run off by the creepy people now. Cole is also not intimidated by the warrant, so, um. Yeah, that's even scarier, actually.

They do see a kid on the way back. It's the creepy kid in the plaid shirt. He says Audrey? Audrey and Nathan? The outside world? He says a very general you can't have him, he's one of us now. Given that the last time we saw this kid he was being drowned with tying ankles to cinderblocks, this is, um. Yeah, I don't know what this is but it's not good. But at least Daniel didn't get tied to cement and dropped in the drink! And we finally get opening credits!

Oh god, the Rev's getting in on this. And men loading things into trucks. Probably ammo and guns. Nathan tries to talk Mary out of of getting the Rev's help to go deal with the Glendowers and get Daniel back, but it's not working. Especially not because Daniel texted her a picture of him and the other kids (yep, still creepy) saying he belongs with them now. The fun part of Haven is, because it's fucking Haven, we know this isn't what it looks like. But because it's fucking Haven, it could actually be worse! Yay! Wait, no, that other thing. Nathan will now try to talk the Rev out of going after the Glendowers, which is rather like pissing into the wind and to much the same effect. Back to talking to Mary, then, pointing out that storming over to a clannish, tight-knit, well-armed, Nathan, you could mention the well-armed part, storming over to their compound and trying to attack them on their own ground is idiotic at best and suicidal at worst. And also they are also Daniel's family by his father's side, and they can't be any happier about Leith's death than she is. Nathan doesn't get her assent but she doesn't speak up against him when he starts ordering the Rev's crew to go home in her name. The Rev holds his staring at Nathan just long enough to make it a challenge and an insult, then tells him he won't wait forever. Yep. Pretty much. Nathan tells Mary he'll call her when he has Daniel.

And back at the police station oh god the Twitter posters. Go away guys. Audrey has uncovered a clue as to why the Rev's so fired up about the Glendowers, especially since they aren't obviously Troubled. It turns out that his wife went missing all those years ago and the lead suspect was Cole Glendower! And then she turned up dead in a car crash, the Rev accused murder, but Garland never pursued it. Which definitely indicates something hinky, because if he knew any evidence to exonerate Cole one would think he would have entered it. And yet nothing. So, Audrey has the flimsiest of excuses to go to the Glendower compound and investigate. The absolute flimsiest. They have no grounds for anything, which Nathan points out to her, and she points out that the Troubles aren't exactly covered under standard operating procedure and besides think of the children. I'm not entirely sure that's the best argument to present, but Nathan's not wrong that she'd go without him if she had to.

There will be no breaking and entering. There will, however, be picking and entering, and a line reference (see how important those are?) tells us that this is the only locked building on the compound. It's, um. Well, surprisingly ordinary. There's a kitchen, a fair amount of greenery, a hutch. Pictures on the wall. Including one of Lucy. Heh. And Garland. Who never, ever told Audrey that he knew her from back when she was Lucy, so there'll be that to contend with. The back of the picture says 'wedding day celebration '83' but it doesn't say who's getting married, so that's... interesting. Nathan is distracted by running water. leading them to what looks like either an old or an old style bathroom, for actual bathing. The tub is pretty big and full of water and a kid, the floor is tile, there aren't as many mirrors or shiny and chrome things as we'd expect in something more modern, and there's a vanity. And a boy in a tub. He looks like he's sunk to the bottom, but then he opens his eyes and Audrey and Nathan jump back in startlement and that's when we cut to commercial.

When we come back Daniel, for it is he, is sitting up in the tub and gasping. Audrey and Nathan, not knowing any better, try to help him, but Cole is there with a gun to make sure they don't. Mostly because Daniel's gasping until he goes back under the water. There's an argument, that if either man went for their gun could turn into a fight and meanwhile Audrey's watching the boy and his pattern of gasping. Finally she does interrupt and let Cole ease him back under the water, where he takes a huge breath and breathes easier. Even if it's still creepy.

Over at the Cape Rouge Evi is complaining that Duke was going to make her dinner. Did they have a date or something? Duke is more preoccupied with the body with the tattoo, not bringing up the death thing yet but definitely bringing up the Rev. He tells her the last time he asked the Rev about it he got all bitchy and cryptic. At this point we now know that Evi's working with the Rev, so her line of interrogation is even more funny and suspicious. She knows he's not prone to the religious cryptic, unless you count talking about how the Troubled are damned. Duke doesn't notice, though, he's busy seizing on the fact that, hey, the Rev hasn't met her before! As far as you know, Duke. As far as you know.

Over at the Glendower compound Cole is explaining to Nathan and Audrey how Daniel and the other children can no longer breathe air, and need to breathe water for several hours a day now. As far as reasons why Daniel needs to stay with his family, that's a good one! Every cycle when the Troubles come back, the Glendower men stop being able to breathe air. Apparently they breathe water instead. No mention is made of how they survive the cold at the bottom of the water, never mind the pressure if they go down deep enough. Okay, yes, I know, I'm not supposed to nitpick this. All the Glendower men and boys go under the water (wait, how are we defining boys? Past the age of puberty? Do prepubescent boys get to stay above the water? Do infants? Does that indicate they're genderless? Okay, now I'm definitely over-thinking.) at the ebb tide of a new moon. Which is in two days for maximum urgency to wrap this up. No one's told Mary yet, either, because she works for Reverend Driscoll and, well, we all know how that would go. Both we the audience and we the characters. Cole does confess that he and Penny Driscoll were having an affair and that's why the Rev's so upset and inclined to accuse him of killing his wife, and that does explain a lot! But no, he didn't kill her. According to Gwen, Reverend Driscoll isn't a man to let anything go. We'll come back to that in a second, right now Audrey's calling Gwen out on recognizing the note. It was in her handwriting, the same handwriting that was on the back of the picture that said 1983. And who was the note to? Well, her first husband, who wouldn't let her leave, so she had to find another way. Audrey suggests faking her own death, and remember when I said we'd come back to that in a second? We just did. It was a literal few seconds. Penny Driscoll is Gwen Glendower! This isn't even the most shocking revelation, that belongs to the woman who just walked in saying the boys had been kidnapped. It's actually the third most shocking revelation too, because the second most shocking revelation is that Gwen could easily stand in for Gwenivere, making the Rev the worst Arthur in the history of Arthurs, and I'm including the one where Malcolm McDowell played Arthur after a series of psychopaths including Caligula.

It's morning now, Cole and Nathan are talking and walking down the coast basically adding nothing except tension, speculation, and underscoring how little time the boys have now that they're adjusted to breathe water instead of air. It does however provide a nice parallel and contrast to the next scene, where Penny/Gwen's talking to Audrey about Driscoll. Apparently he was if not less intense, at least less angry. Then they came to Haven and that all changed. Driscoll changed, and Penny grew distant, grew to possibly resent him, certainly the relationship turned absuive. She says when he found out she was having an affair she actually thought he'd kill her, which is as good a reason as any to fake your own death. And leave your daughter behind, not that anyone's bringing her up right now. Everyone remembers the daughter from 1x02 Butterfly, though, right? Of course right.

(Across town, Duke is sending Evi in to distract the Rev, as it turns out. Probably so he can ransack the office later. Let's all take note of her/their body language here, this will be important later.)

Audrey thinks she can reason with the Rev (HAH) or Mary (somewhat less hah but that requires that she be out of the Rev's influence) and Cole thinks there's no reasoning with the Rev (accurate) and that they should go in and take the kids by force (bad strategy, bad). It's up to Nathan to negotiate between the two, if there's any negotiating.

Duke's ransacking the church. Bad Duke. Efficient, though, he does find a list the Rev's left in some secret box. It's a list of people "killed by the cursed" or rather, by the Troubles. We've reproduced that list on our blog for you, the upshot is that some of those names have been the victims in actual episodes, and some not. And Duke is possibly about to sneak out with the list, except that's when Audrey and Nathan show up. Everyone wants to know what the other is doing here. Heh. Duke, that's a shitty lie. Nathan, act less shitty. Audrey wants to smack them both, particularly when Duke holds the location of the Rev hostage against getting that list back.

It turns out the Rev is on the docks. Because that's exactly where you want to be when you've taken the children of water breathers. We'll get back to that in a second, meanwhile Nathan is trying to arrest the Rev on no evidence whatsoever, unless an action happened that we didn't see here. The Rev has an alibi anyway, he's been right here all morning waiting for a late boat. Evi and Duke have an exchange which leads to the Rev giving Evi a somewhat shaded look until she confesses yes, she's Evi Crocker. Which is even more layered because the Rev presumably knows this, considering he's calling her and talking to her about spying on Duke. Y'all are way too complicated. Nathan deduces that Mary has the boys then, and before we can get into that some more Glendowers jump up from the water and grab two of the Rev's men and drag them under. What was I just saying about not going near the water if you're taking the children of water breathers? It's like pissing off Aquaman and then not immediately fleeing to, I don't know. Central Russia or something. Kansas. Cole jumps out of the water last, it's a bit contrived but I'll allow it, and he wants the kids back. Nathan points out that the Rev doesn't have the kids, he promises he's not just saying that, he needs to trust him as he trusted his father. It's a tense moment, considering there are people drowning while Nathan's basically pulling an Audrey here. Do we even remember back that far, when Nathan was as capable of talking people down as Audrey based on his knowledge of and compassion for the people of Haven? Because he's a Haven boy, and he's Troubled, and he knows what that's like? He never got to do it as often as she did, but there was a time when he listened and empathized more and obsessed over Audrey less.

Ahem. I'm not here to do the overview, I'm here to do season two, I'll stop digressing. Or at least try. At any rate, that is what Nathan's doing here, talking Cole down not from an explosion of Trouble-incontinece, but from using his Trouble to do something stupid and potentially homicidal. And he does manage it. Evi reveals the existence of a barn (AGAIN WITH THE BARNS) on the edge of town where food stores are sometimes kept, my god it's a barn being used as a barn. Okay, most barns in this show are being used as barns, except That Darn Barn. And we cut over to...

... the barn! Not that barn, the other barn. Where the children are dying and Mary is trying to protect them. And to be fair, she is trying to. As much as she can, as much as she can understand with her limited experience at the moment, and with the Rev's influence and what he's been telling her. Now she has her son telling her, which may be the first time given that Leith was too something to fully inform her. Too scared, too uncertain, too aloof, who the hell knows, he's dead now and can't tell us. It's up to her son to try and get her to understand not just how this works physically, but how this works as a family, emotionally. It's unclear whether or not he's getting through to her when the rest of everyone arrives, and by the rest of everyone I mean police, Nathan and Audrey, the Rev, and possibly some of the Rev's men in attendance outside the perimeter. It's a fairly sizable crowd. The Rev calls out to Mary, and Mary calls out to him to help them because the children are sick. It's sweet that she thinks he's going to do anything or be able to do anything. It's also a good sign that in general, everyone treating her as an extension of the Rev was correct, if she's calling out to him in the sort of situation that has to do with Glendower blood rather than a general illness or, well. Even in the absence of her own son telling her what they need, she's still calling to the Rev. That's not the best of signs. At any rate, the Rev wants something in exchange for him talking her down. Because of course he does. He wants Nathan and Audrey to come to Sunday services, to show the town that they stand with him. That's both insidiously suggestive and insidiously harmless-sounding. Fortunately Nathan and Audrey aren't buying it as harmless, and hell to the no with that. It is so un-harmless, in fact, that the Rev is willing to let the children die because he can't get what he wants. Nice, Rev. Penny/Gwen's estimation of him may not have been far off, although this may be age and ossification at work as well. Thats fine, though. Nathan has a trump card, according to the signal to the officer.

That trump card is Penny/Gwen, herself. He does seem genuinely shocked to see her, or at least surprised into being deadened or suspicious, he's quieter than usual, I think is the form of the shock. Oh hey! There's a mention of the daughter. And an actual couple of lines about how could you leave her, and she didn't want to, but then we're back onto the subject of the humanity of the Troubled. I will actually accept that, given that it's more than we get a lot of the time and the Troubled are the focus of the scene right now, a pretty urgent focus. Penny tries to talk him out of hurting innocent people to make the Troubles go away, is essentially what he's doing. And to see the Troubled as fellow humans in need of compassion instead of monsters. I feel like there was an opportunity missed here, and yet it's done so smoothly we don't see it, to give the Rev a real origin point for his hatred of the Troubled, even if it was something as simple as one day he was walking down the street and saw a headless dancing bear suit. On the other hand maybe that is the point, and the Rev doesn't have an origin story, no Troubled killed anyone he cared about, he's just a hateful bigoted man. Ostensibly his reasoning is because the Troubled killed his wife, but, well. There she is. The Rev accuses her of not believing. As he does, is the unspoken conclusion of that sentence. And now here's an opportunity taken, where Penny calls out the Rev that this isn't about hating the Troubled because they're cursed (or possibly even because they're different) but because he got to Haven, he turned into a hateful bigot, and Penny left him, and he's been bitter about that ever since. So, she concludes at him, what he does here today isn't about saving anyone, it's about him and his ego. I added that last part in, but it's true. The Rev, though we don't entirely get the conclusions he's drawing from this or even if he's drawing conclusions from this, goes into the barn.

There's something to be said here for ongoing motif of Person Goes Into A Barn, Everyone Waits Outside And Is Tense For Things To Resolve. The Rev is no Audrey, though. He's not much of a Mara, either. Audrey is starting to sound like she wishes she'd done something else, possibly something involving storming and shooting, when the door opens and the kids come out. Walking, rather than being carried on stretches even though they were lying down gasping before, but never mind. Audrey congratulates the Rev on being a fucking human being for once and says that was very brave, convincing Mary that the kids needed more than prayer to save them. Which only gives the Rev the opening to say something ominous about the time for prayer is over. Yeah, why is that not making me feel any better. It's clearly not making Audrey feel any better either, but that's only because she's been witness to a lot of the Rev's frothing hatred.

Meanwhile Nathan's got a call from Bangor about Leith's body. Turns out there was no water in his lungs, therefore no drowning, therefore probably murder going by the bruising patterns that came up post-mortem. The next scene they confront Cole and Gwen (we'll call her Gwen since she's not confronting the Rev and her past life anymore) about the bruising and the lack of water in the lungs and flat out say that Cole murdered him. It turns out Leith told Daniel that he'd figured out a way to provide for him and Mary, and it turns out that way was blackmail! Nice, Leith. Very nice. Especially since that's your own people you're blackmailing. We don't get any real sense of Leith as a person except for a few specific facts like this one, so it's hard to say if this is desperation or typical of his character. Doesn't speak well, though. Cole doesn't sound surprised or shocked or anything to hear this, although Gwen is. Not elaborately shocked, but still surprised and upset. Actually, probably after you've been both married to the Rev and on the compound for as long as she has, you learn to mute your responses, which isn't the healthiest thing ever, but. Ech. She seems more appalled by the whole thing than afraid of anything. Cole's reasoning isn't terrible either, the Rev probably would have, if he'd found out, come for the women and Penny in particular when the men were all underwater. That's exactly the type of chauvinsim he thinks like, never mind that if the women are at all prepared for this span of a couple years (AHAHAHA oh god no) when all their menfolk are underwater, they're more than capable of handling themselves, especially since this is kind of a cult. But then, the Rev has people too, and they might have more of them. So. Not terrible reasoning at all. Gwen blames herself for bringing this down on them, which, oh honey no. You are the catalyst or the cause, not the actor or the initiator meaning that it's all on the people who took the actions. I can't quite tell if this is typical empathy or typical abuse trauma, either. More likely a bit of both. Cole is quick to point out that this was his choice, this was how he decided to solve the problem. At which point Gwen also points out that Nathan can't take Cole to jail. Nathan agrees, it's not like the jail has a facility for housing a guy who can't breathe except underwater, the phrase he uses is that bringing him in would be a death sentence. Cole and Gwen have a momentary poignant good-bye, reminding us that their relationship is an enduring and healthier one.

Cole is panting some as they walk to the shore, which is subtle but he has been seen as otherwise healthy. He and Nathan agree that when the Troubles pass for this cycle (AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA) he'll come to him and turn himself in. ... You know, I said I wasn't going to think about this from the perspective of down here in sixth season, but damn the Glendowers are probably under the water for the rest of time or something. That sucks. Both for the women, for Mary in particular, and for the men and particularly the boys who must be scared by now and waiting for this to end. It hasn't been so long, what, a little over six months? And the Troubles are usually mentioned as sticking around for I think up to a year and a half, but they've got to be getting worried by now. Anyway. Nathan and Cole have an agreement to work within the bounds of both the law and the Troubles. Audrey meanwhile is asking Gwen about Lucy Ripley, and we just get the usual description. Gwen says that she disappeared after the Colorado Kid murder, that that was the only time anyone saw her cry. Enter Duke! Who has been watching them from the jeep, and who gives us the most interesting statements of this entire scene. First of all the tattoo, Duke asks about the tattoo and Cole responds that when the Rev's men come for them, there are those who will fight. Which, to me, yes, that sounds like either the Guard is heavily populated by Glendowers (which, I wonder how that was supposed to work in times of Trouble, so maybe this was supposed to co-exist with the Teagues after all?) and definitely that at least something Guard-shaped was going on with that tattoo right now. Second, about him and what it has to do with him, and all Cole knows is he's being watched in case he decides to follow in his father's footsteps. That's definitely foreshadowing, but on the other hand we get payoff on the Crocker bloodline curse/gift a lot sooner than we get payoff on anything about the Glendowers or how long they've been in the town, so there's that. In very very long retrospect, I kind of wonder if the Glendowers weren't meant to be specifically such a big thing, and it was more the founding families of Haven in general. Crocker, Glendower, Rasmussen. We got a lot of buildup of that, and later on the Teagues, but then the origins of the Haven curse turned out to be all otherworldly, so, um. So much for the founding families? I'm not sure, I got nothing. Just a couple of statements that have definitely at least somewhat paid off later. Duke wants to know why one of the Glendowers killed him. Cole doesn't know who killed his father, and by the sound of his tone he doesn't think it was the Glendowers, but he does think Duke should stay the hell out of Simon's business. I'd agree, but clearly he doesn't have a choice.

The Rev is also watching, along with Evi, who's starting to have doubts about whatever it is they're doing. The Rev is not up for doubts today, he wants to be sure Duke doesn't suspect anything. It turns out Evi getting the Rev away from the church was a double-double, and she thinks the Rev has his loyalty or at least his tenacious curiosity now that he knows his father was murdered. Evi, your inability to read people accurately is going to get you killed someday. I'm not even kidding.

Enya! For when you absolutely need that Celtic one-woman-wail and have a surprising amount of money left in your budget. (I have no idea what use-rights to Exile are, but it's one of the more high-profile songs they've had in their soundtrack.) Mary and Daniel make their goodbyes, Mary visibly trying to be brave in the face of something she doesn't at all understand that's taking her boy from her. Poor sweetie. Daniel isn't worried, he's going with his family and it's weird, but it's going to be okay. Which just goes to show a strong family unit can get you through a lot of shit. Gwen comes over to offer that strong family support to Mary, which seems to be accepted. At least for now. And once again I'm struck by the fact that, at least so far in Haven... they're never coming out again. Poor kiddos. Nathan and Audrey watch and have a somewhat maudlin conversation about the splitting of the family, Audrey commenting on they don't even know how long they'll be gone. Nathan commenting that the family is united by secrets (well, a big secret and all the ones that secret causes) and that he wanted to get to know his father better and he didn't even know the right questions to ask. Family secrets evidently being much on his mind right now. Audrey tries to reassure him, because that's the sort of person she is, that Gwen told her Lucy and Garland helped a lot of people, and they've been following in their footsteps without even knowing it. Aww.

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