'Orphan Black' S3E10: History Yet to Be Written

My friends, the time has come. The season finale — and what a season it was! Remember how we didn’t know anything about Castor? Rudy hadn’t creeped his way into our hearts, we didn’t yet know how hard Virginia Coady sucked, Paul was still alive (tear), and we had no idea how charming and perfect Krystal was. This episode took us for one last ride! Let’s get started, shall we?

After she was whisked away with the help of Dr. Nealon, Rachel wakes up in a very fancy (locked) room while poor Krystal lies in a hospital bed at Dyad in her place. This was not part of her plan, as she has no idea where she is or who is keeping her there. Did Nealon double-cross her or was her escape intercepted? Rachel explores her surroundings: there are symbols on the glass behind her bed that look similar to the code she and her father shared (Rachel doesn’t notice this, but I did), and there is a note on the table by her bed along with a hand mirror. Rachel reads the note — although we aren’t privy to its message — and then picks up the mirror to see her new eye for the first time. It is a robotic eye and appears icy silver in contrast to her natural brown eye. I couldn’t help but remember Aldous Leekie’s flippant response to how his perfect human would look: silver-gray hair with one white eye. Rachel is blond, but with her new eye she bares a passing resemblance. Could Neolution be involved?

With Art’s help, Sarah, Felix, and Scott have set up a lab in an abandoned warehouse. Here they will take Kendall Malone’s samples and begin testing to develop a cure. Sarah asks the question that’s been on everyone’s mind: If Kendall is her original, why don’t they look alike? Kendall explains that since she has two different cell lines, they express differently when in combination, but when isolated, you get the faces of Leda and Castor. (The first episode of the season was titled "The Weight of This Combination" — were we given a clue there??) They must work quickly; Castor and Topside both know they have Kendall and are undoubtedly on their way. They’re not wrong — at that very moment Virginia Coady is meeting with Benchman, aka Paul’s contact for the Director. (Guys, I saw his name in the credits and honestly thought he was called "Benchman" because when we first saw him he was sitting on a bench to meet with Paul. So that’s why I’ve been calling him the contact this whole time. My bad.) They inform Rudy that Sarah found the Castor original, although I don’t think they know that she’s also the Leda original or that she’s a woman. Rudy has already started defecting, but he says he’s good to go after Leda’s weakest link, Alison who is the only one not underground at this point, in order to force Kendall out of the woodwork.

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As for Topside, Ferdinand is already at Dyad meeting with Delphine to negotiate for the original. He wants things to be on his terms, but things aren’t going to go down that way. Sarah comes out from behind the curtain and twists his arm into a deal. Ferdinand realizes it was Sarah impersonating Rachel way back when he was last at Dyad and he sees that Sarah and her people have been pulling the strings and have no intention of giving him the reins now. Sarah tells him straight out, he can’t have Kendall. They will, however, give him her biological samples so that Topside can recreate Duncan’s trials. In exchange they want Castor dead; Topside is the lesser of two evils and without Coady and her science Castor will die out. Sarah will get Virginia in position and all Ferdinand has to do is kill her to gain access to Kendall’s samples.

In order to complete their deal with Ferdinand, Sarah and Felix work off of intel provided by Art. They arrive at a seedy motel and Felix kicks down the door (love how he asserts his masculinity there — gay men have so little chance to do that on TV), but it’s not Virginia and Rudy they were tracking, as I expected, it was Mark and Gracie! Sarah reminds them that they sold her out for a chance at freedom, but they all know Virginia will never allow Mark to simply walk away from Castor. Instead she’s offering him a chance to help take out Virginia once and for all. Mark agrees to help them draw her out.

Back at Dyad, Delphine and Nealon watch over an unconscious Rachel (who is actually Krystal). Delphine tells Nealon that Ferdinand believes Rachel is dead but that he’s still poking around. Nealon says he’ll move Rachel to a "private facility" to keep her safe, but in all likelihood he’ll dispose of Krystal as soon as he removes her from Dyad. At Delphine’s request, he leaves the room to make arrangements. She leans in close to Rachel, she knows something’s not right. Just before she turns to leave Delphine notices her manicure — Rachel bears the same pointed nails Krystal wore when she met Delphine at the salon. Delphine takes her hand and Krystal wakes up, slapping Delphine right in the face (hahaha, KARMA). Krystal’s freaking out, she recognizes Delphine from the salon and Delphine’s suspicions are confirmed. Krystal asks her what she’s doing there and Delphine removes the bandage from her eye. Thankfully, Nealon didn’t go too far with her transformation — her eye is undamaged. Even in her panic Krystal is adorable as ever — I freaking love her.

Continuing his mission, Rudy shows up at the school trustee elections. He follows Alison as she buses her supporters to the next polling station and Donnie texts Sarah to let her know that he’s tailing them. Sarah’s plan is already underway: she brings Mark to the warehouse, beats the hell out of his face, and has him facetime Virginia pretending to be Rudy. He shows her Kendall, and gives her a false location of where he is. Meanwhile Alison makes a quick pitstop at her house while Donnie continues on with the bus. Alison leads Rudy to the garage, but they pull one last switcheroo and Helena is waiting for him instead. They gear up for a fight to the death. Helena definitely has the advantage here (she gets in the first hit WITH A ROLL OF DUCT TAPE): Rudy is glitching like crazy by now and Helena is riding high from her recent reunion with Jesse of Jesse's Towing (YAY!). Rudy puts up a valiant effort, but little does he know how futile it is to fight back. Even if he makes it, he’s going to die soon anyway and Virginia is a sitting duck as she arrives at the false location. Ferdinand takes out her driver and gets in the car with her (but I don’t think he actually kills her, so she may still be a problem in the future). Helena disarms Rudy and he falls to the ground. Helena lies down facing him, and they share a sweet moment where they discuss their messed up childhoods. Rudy insists that they’re the same, "We had a purpose, just like you." Helena disagrees but she strokes his hair, showing tenderness in the way that only Helena can when she was so lethal just a moment ago. Rudy dies on the Hendrix’s garage floor. Orphan Black has the rare ability to humanize even some of their most villainous characters, and Rudy’s death showcases that ability.

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At the warehouse, Kendall, S, and Sarah sit down to have a chat and Kendall reveals what she’s been holding back. Five or six years after he took Kendall’s samples, Duncan returned to see her and admitted what he’d actually done with her DNA. He feared for his life; Neolution was after him. He said they’d corrupted the science as well as his wife Susan, and so he hid Kendall’s identity from everyone, including his wife. He told Kendall there was one child outside of everything who’d been lost in the foster system. Kendall sent him to her daughter, Mrs. S, who could hide him from Neolution. In return, he made sure the lost clone ended up in S’s care. Kendall wanted S to have some connection to her mother, even if it was only through Sarah. I love how intricately connected all these characters are — nothing in this show happened by chance.

After discovering Krystal’s identity, Delphine has Nealon handcuffed and detained in one of Dyad’s containment rooms, where we’ve previously seen Sarah, Alison, and Duncan held. He tells her to turn on the screen behind him and it shows surveillance footage of Rachel from wherever she’s being kept. Nealon works for Neolution and he reveals that they’ve been orchestrating the experiments all along; Castor and Leda are their Adam and Eve, and this is only the beginning of what they have planned. As they speak, Felix is bringing Ferdinand to the warehouse to collect Kendall’s samples and Topside will unwittingly deliver the genome to Neolution. He offers Delphine a place in Neolution, but she calls for the guards who are no longer stationed outside the door. Nealon tackles her and a bloody worm-like thing protrudes from his mouth. She shoots him before it can get her and as he’s dying he threatens, "You won’t live till morning (just like Leekie before her)." Ferdinand takes Kendall’s samples but Delphine calls Sarah to warn them of Neolution’s involvement while she examines the robo-caterpillar that came from Nealon’s mouth (yuck). Ferdinand flips out, kills his man, who was working for Neolution, and dumps him in an acid bath. His hatred for Neolution runs so deep that he does not take the samples with him, so Kendall’s DNA is safe from Neolution for now.

Alison hosts a family dinner at Bubbles to celebrate her winning school trustee, as well as their takedown of Castor and avoiding Neolution. It’s all very cute and heartwarming, with Scott and Art in attendance and Helena wearing a Jesse’s Towing hat. Meanwhile Delphine goes to Shay’s apartment to apologize. She promises that she won’t stand in the way of Shay and Cosima’s relationship anymore and gives Cosima permission to tell Shay everything. She hands Shay a Dyad business card with the Cosima’s tag number on it: 324B21. Will this come back into play next season? Has Delphine just given Shay sensitive information, and was it by accident or on purpose? We still haven’t gotten the full story behind Shay’s military background and y’all know by now, I am eternally suspicious of Shay. As always, we’ll just have to wait to find out!

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Back at Bubbles they all toast to Beth and Alison makes a beautiful speech. Delphine is waiting outside for Cosima. They kiss and it’s clear she’s saying goodbye, especially since she just gave Shay her blessing. She goes back to Dyad (Why?? Why didn’t you just get out of town ASAP??) and while in the parking lot she senses someone is behind her. She turns and asks "What will happen to her?" but the only answer she receives is a bullet to the stomach. Obviously the shooter is someone Delphine knew, and I assume she was talking about Cosima, but it could be anyone, really: Rachel, Krystal, Charlotte.

Speaking of Charlotte, she enters Rachel’s room. Rachel recognizes her and asks if she knows where they are. Instead of answering, Charlotte says, "She says you’re going to be my new mum." Rachel asks "Who?" and Charlotte answers, "Professor Duncan." Cue Susan Duncan, who is very much alive and tells Rachel, "Welcome home." AHHHH!!! The finale gave us a lot of answers, but even more questions. What happened to Marion? Does Susan run Neolution? How did she survive and where has she been hiding all these years? Is Virginia still alive? Is Delphine?

To wrap up the season, we got a nice little win, Sarah and Kira reuniting in Iceland. They’re safe for now, but I have a feeling they won’t be for long. Now that Neolution has been outed as the puppetmaster, there will certainly be more trials ahead for Clone Club. What questions do you all have after seeing the finale? What do you hope to see next season? Comment below!!

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May 6, 2016 12:04PM EDT

Awesome season finale! Liked that Ferdinand switched sides. And wtf is up with that worm thing, I sure as hell didn't see that coming! But why do you think it's a robot-worm? To me it seemed to be organic..

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Jun 25, 2015 6:06PM EDT

I thought I saw a little blue-ish light in it, similar to Rachel's eye, but I could be wrong.

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Jun 26, 2015 5:53AM EDT

Hm, didn't see that. On second viewing, the worm is making sounds that sound organic. Although why and how a worm would shriek is another question entirely ;)
Maybe it's the Screamapillar? :D

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