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In a world full of waves and waves of content, shows like Severance feel special. Partly science fiction mystery, partly anti-capitalist liquidation, the series easily plays with both nuances and caricatures. But it’s also the type of show that leaves us with endless questions and a finale that definitely needs explanation. Let’s talk about it!
We begin the finale of Season 1 when Dylan (Zach Cherry) takes overtime protocol so that Haley (Brit Lower), Irving (John Turtur) and Mark (Adam Scott) can take over their bodies while out of the institution to try get to browse their lives and gather hints of what Lumon might be up to. This moment leads to massive discoveries, including that Haley is in fact Helena Egan, a descendant of company founder Cyrus Egan; Irving explores Lumon on his own; and Innie Mark now knows that his deceased wife may not have disappeared as he thought.
All this is accompanied by perhaps the most aggressive leap in five years. Haley manages to get out of Lumon in front of visitors to the same gala celebration in which Helena (her clothes) had to convince her that the breakup is the best thing ever ™, and Mark barely manages to shout “she’s alive” before Dylan stopped and the overtime protocol ends. Irving’s saving moment is much smaller, but infinitely more devastating than his counterparts: he sees Bert alive, healthy and happy, but he still needs to talk to him. The protocol ends just before Burt opens the door. Does this matter in a big scheme? Probably not. But we were very upset for you, buddy!
However, Mark and Haley may have just ripped the roof off the series. The end of the overtime protocol may have stopped them both before they could move forward in their findings, but they still managed to highlight some pretty important key phrases before their outings resumed. Devan (Jen Talac) may have just found her child after fearing that Mrs. Male (Patricia Arquette) had done something horrible, but Mark is still holding a picture of Gemma (aka Mrs. Casey, played by Dichen Lachman). when he shouts “she’s alive” at his sister. It seems fair to assume that some contextual clues will come into play in Season 2. As for Haley, what will Natalie (Sydney Cole Alexander) PR Wonk Lumon do? Go out in front of a crowd and say it was all a joke?
Obviously there is your unpack here. Let’s dive into the biggest questions left to us by the finale of Season 1 of Severance.
How is Mark Gemma’s dead wife still working at Lumon?
The finale of Severance (and the penultimate episode) left us with a lot of shocking moments, but the obvious survival of Gemma takes the pie. We don’t know why and we don’t know how, but beloved Mark – the same woman whose death led Mark to decide to join Lumon and be cut off – seems still alive and fighting in the company he is trying to eliminate.
From logistics it looks like a type of story that will break into a thousand irresponsible and challenging streams if you are driven too much. But, that’s what they get for leaving us in the end like they did. Gemma (Mrs. Casey’s name) could not have been a former employee who was detached before the accident, as her body would still have to be present to activate the Innie persona. This may be related to some of Cyrus Egan’s theories, which we’ll talk about later, but there’s also the theory that Ms. Casey is not a human at all, but instead a robot created to carry out Lumon’s orders.
Again, why not just reprogram it if it’s just a robot? There’s a lot of pomp and circumstance in her departure, so the “android” feels that it will end up being a pretty nasty revelation.
So far all we know is that Mrs. Casey’s face is Gemma, she’s either cut, in her amnesia, or she’s not Gemma at all, and she’s currently hanging out somewhere in a closet in Lumon. Oh, and that Mark had talked enough with his sister so that both he and his club knew that the death that had destroyed him had apparently not happened.
What made Wootey Haley decide to sacrifice part of her life for Lumon?
We heard enough recorded speeches by Helena Egan at the gala recording to understand what she sees in this cool project. But why? As a member of the Egan family, Helena is likely set up for life without much need to work. Why sacrifice eight hours of your life every day to go work as a casual coder in your family business?
We only saw Helen on screens at different times during the first season. She repeatedly tells Haley “no” through a friend in Milchik’s company when she tries to quit smoking, and her latest denial comes in the form of a video, and we see her documentaries sounding during Haley’s gala celebration in the finale. Although her origins help explain her cruelty to her girl, it doesn’t help us understand why she decided to undergo the procedure. In fact, she jokes that her father wants her to say something about “family loyalty,” but that’s not her motivator.
What’s the deal with Cyrus Egan and his family?
In a series full of question marks, Cyrus Egan – the founder of Lumon – and the rest of the Egan family are perhaps the greatest. Fans had a few theories when we learned more about the company’s amazing origins, but Season 1 didn’t give us anything clear about the founder and why his employees are obvious members of the cult. (Mrs. Kobel’s shrine, anyone?)
Although Cyrus Egan is considered dead, his descendants are alive and well. In the finale, we meet Helena’s father, but his strange, secluded behavior confirms the prevailing fan theory that Cyrus ’body may be somewhere alive and that his consciousness is simply being passed from CEO to CEO. It now appears that all company executives were descendants of Cyrus.
Whether he keeps Kira’s mind or not, with Helen’s father, definitely something is going on. When he meets his daughter before her speech, there is something … off about him. In addition to his slow, secluded speech, his sentences have some keywords that leave you with a strong “WTF?” vibration.
“I cried in my bed when I was told she was trying to do something to you,” he recalls, referring to Haley, who was trying to hang herself in an elevator. (Why are you just hanging out in bed, buddy? What’s going on there?) He then continues, “One day you’ll be sitting with me on my spin.” (What is turnover? Is it a ritual?) And then, finally, “they will all be children of Cyrus,” he says of the detached.
Okay, amazing dad man.
WTF does Lumon?
The MLR department (consisting of Mark and his team) has no idea what the real outcome of their work is. All they know is that they need to insert “scary numbers” into boxing. There are a number of theories, from the extreme ones – Cyrus Egan is alive, and the numbers are actually deadly cells that the MDR team keeps in fear – to ideas that are much simpler (and more likely) – they don’t really do anything, Lumon just needs them. in the building.
Again, a simpler theory begs the question: why are their quotas so important when companies are only needed in the territory? Technically what they are doing may have nothing to do with Cyrus. But Lumon’s strong cult vibes make it likely that at least part of the situation is related to the Egan family.
Then come the goats. Don’t wind us up. (We have no theories about goats.)
Who is the Council?
Another big unknown in the conversation with Severance is the Council. So far Natalie has been our only connection to them beyond the disembodied voice that speaks to Mrs. Male from the phone box. But how many connections does she actually have? After all, in Mark’s first encounter with Male at the beginning of the series, she gives the impression of having a direct connection to the mysterious team behind Lumon. Perhaps in time we will learn that Natalie is not as connected as it seems.
But so far we can confirm that she has a strong relationship with the Egan family. She is connected to Elena, giving her speeches before she enters the stage, not knowing at all that it is actually another person, Haley. She is also close enough with Helen’s father to help him find his daughter before the big speech.
Maybe no board! Maybe Natalie secretly solves all the shots, and the disembodied voice was supportive when someone questioned her decision! We’ll let you know when season 2 comes out so we can all find out together.
What’s the matter with Mrs. Male?
Harmony Kobel spent the second half of this season in a number of not very good and bad days. Although she was fired from Lumon for taking matters into her own hands with all unresolved cases (and nearly losing her boss daughter as a result of suicide during the campaign), Mark’s unexpected visit encourages her to keep the investigation open. Reading Ricken’s book. And, sadly, for both versions of Mark, he so casually hugs Male when an overtime protocol is introduced and his teenager takes on the role. (No, it will never sound weird.)
Although she is currently fired, it seems that Lumon will have no choice but to return her job after she tries to save them from having Haley play in the company. The dog has not succeeded in this regard, but this is more due to Natalie’s fears than to the fact that the dog is not doing everything in its power to protect the company. And even if that’s not enough, how do you let a woman with that kind of knowledge roam your city? The male is obviously a true believer in Kier, but how long will it take to be in boxing lying down?
How does Outie Irving investigate Lumon?
After Dylan introduced the overtime protocol, we get an unexpected idea of Irving’s life. Helena may have been a bigger picture, but Irving’s clothes have many secrets of their own. Most notably: he investigates Lumon.
Although in these few moments we learn much more about his life, this is not the first time we have encountered an external version of Irving. He keeps drawing the same corridor over and over, but all we know is that it’s the way to the elevator to get out of Lumon. It was originally thought to be a series showing that detached workers could touch the memories of their inni. But the investigation opens up a whole new bank of worms.
We know that Irving was torn apart the longest, and that there was a lawsuit against Lumon. Is it possible that the weekend isn’t as constant as they think, and Irving’s T-shirt is starting to sparkle with what he sees inside? Or maybe he worked for the company before leaving and is doing his best to memorize the few details he has left. But for what purpose? He seems to know something, but we don’t get access to that information. All we know is that Inni Irving is on a mission to find Bert, and that we are all devastated by the outcome.
On whose side is Milchik? Does he work with Regabha?
Milchik (Tramel Tillman) has always been one of the most curious players in the entire Lumon chess match. However, he still managed to break the cover from the original theories when he met Dylan on the street and introduced the audience to the protocol of overtime work. At their meeting it seemed that Milchyk could be on the side of the workers. But after receiving a call from Kobel warning of the MRR Department’s plan, Milchik is adamant to stop them.
One possible explanation may be that Milchik is working with Regaby (she is the girl who killed Mr. Grainer after he tracked her down for not breaking up with Pete). When Regaby finally has the opportunity to leave Mark alone and explain the situation to Pete, she makes it clear that their mission is very fragile. They must be calculated and accurate. Perhaps Milchik’s reaction is a combination of the knowledge that he is being watched and the realization that the MLU Department may have simply ruined their entire operation.
Again, maybe he’s really just a robot, as some fans suggest!
What about you? Serence is a show that lends itself to endless theories in all directions. What are yours? Sound in the comments!