DISCLAIMER: There are spoilers ahead if you haven’t watched the latest Snowpiercer episode.
If you watched Monday night’s episode of Snowpiercer (my recap, for your reading pleasure), you received quite the treat. Jennifer Connelly made her triumphant return as engineer Melanie Cavill! While the series continuously teased Melanie’s resurgence, episode nine marked the famous character’s return to the train.
Amid the tearful reunions, of which there were plenty, Melanie dropped a bombshell on the passengers of the Eternal Engine: Layton’s (Daveed Diggs) never set foot in New Eden, and it might not exist. Not only that, but Wilford (Sean Bean) killed a slew of brakemen and escaped his library prison.
It’s abundantly clear we’re in for a whopper of a season finale. Connelly chatted with Entertainment Weekly about what viewers can expect next week and the thought process behind Melanie’s actions.
Here’s what she told EW regarding Melanie’s mindset once she reboards the train:
She’s full of joy and love and relief to be back in the train. But she has that scene with Layton where they say that, if you’re going to keep people in the dark, and you’re going to manipulate them into doing what they think is right, you’d better be sure that you’re right.
I think she felt like the risk was too great. It wasn’t a sure enough thing, the science wasn’t proven enough, and she didn’t feel comfortable keeping the power from the passengers of the train, by keeping them in the dark. She felt that she owed it to them, that they deserved to know the truth. She felt like she had to make that very bold move.
Now, here’s what Connelly had to say about the Season 3 finale:
Again, we have opposing forces and Melanie wants to find a resolution, she doesn’t want to be in this situation, an oppositional situation. But she’s willing to stand her ground for what she believes in. I think it’s a great episode. We see something that we haven’t yet seen in Snowpiercer. It’s very exciting.
You see something and the passengers see something they haven’t seen in so many years. It’s pretty thrilling. I think it’s a satisfying emotional journey, but then there is something that transpires that nicely draws us into the next season. You kind of go, “Whoa, what was that? I want to see what that was.”
Considering there are now three factions at play — Melanie, Layton and Wilford — next week’s season finale will surely bring about more bloodshed, especially since Layton wishes to retaliate with “swords and shields.”
Snowpiercer poses a dilemma plaguing humanity since the dawn of time: Faith or reason? Religion or science? Regardless, Melanie and Layton aren’t villains and both present solid viewpoints. They might unite to take down Wilford once Layton learns of his escape.
Snowpiercer airs its Season 3 finale, “The Original Sinners,” on Monday, March 28 at 9 pm on your TNT affiliate.