Ok guys, I admit it, I have ‘theory’ fatigue. I’ve spent so much time trawling around the intertubes this week reading every half baked theory out there (and dutifully posting a link to this blog in the comments section) that my brain just can’t keep track anymore. But the most productive thing I did, in terms of the originating animus of this blog, was to rewatch episode 1. Somewhere Mr. Pizzolato is quoted as saying that something like 80% of what you need to know is contained in episode 1. Well, we NEVER hear about the Yellow King in episode 1. He also says you see the killer (or meet the killer?) in episode 1. Errol is not in episode 1. Now, those sorts of statements by a director are intentionally cagey. He has also said something to the effect of “we haven’t seen a single supernatural element so far, why would you expect one in the finale? That said, I won’t rule out any special effects.” Yep, cagey. Which is just as it should be of course.
But with Nic’s advice in mind, I rewatched Episode 1 with a close eye yesterday. More than anything else one thing jumped out at me. Dora Lange’s mother has severe and cripling headaches, one of which takes hold of her just as the detectives are asking about Dora’s ‘church’. She claims it is from working with ‘all those chemicals’ at a dry cleaners. Fast forward a bit to Marie Fotenot’s uncle’s house. HE has a neurolgical condition which seems a lot like cerebral palsey, rendering him unable to communicate, and his wife tells us that the doctors said it was some vague ‘cerebral event’, a series of strokes, that caused it.
So, the only families we meet of both victims are stricken with brain injuries of some kind. Did they both see some eldritch horror which has damaged them beyond repair, and which neither wants to speak about? Two weeks ago I would have loved to have entertained that idea.
Now, I think maybe they offered up their children/relative to the cult, and that the drug cocktail which seems to have been involved with the ritual at some level screwed them both up good. The theme of family is becoming more and more prominent, with Rust commenting on the Sprawl he suspects the cult has throughout LA, running through families, even up through the reaches of power. The world is ripe with examples of parents and families giving their children up for sacrifice. Is there an element of that here?
The title of this post comes from a review that for the life of me I can’t remember where I saw it. But the reviewer wondered if the Yellow King was going to end up being a boat, ala Rosebud. We did see that long lingering shot of a boat behind the Lawnmower man last week, and it would explain why there are so many kids missing right by the river. Boy, wouldn’t that be…uh…something? I don’t really buy that, as I don’t see a boat as “Him who eats time…him robes is invisible voices.” All of that said, Girl and I have been discussing one theory which I think is very very likely at this point. I won’t spoil it, as she’ll be putting it together soon.
But I am leaning toward the more prosaic answers at this point, and am ready, really really ready, to see the last episode.
How about you?