As Audrey and Dwight are left reeling from Charlotte’s murder, Nathan comes across a woman who has the ability to raise the dead. You wouldn’t be wrong in noting that the timing is a little too convenient, but the episode is still a rather strong one regardless.
Oddly enough, the moral or spiritual ramifications of raising the dead aren’t really brought up. Audrey is against the idea, but only because she doesn’t trust the troubles to backfire and notes that it seems a little too good to be true.
She turns out to be right as it is soon discovered that the raised soon turn into flesh eating monsters. Initially, it’s unclear if they’re supposed to be more like vampires or zombies. Later on, though, it’s clear that “zombies” is what the writers were going for, even if the word is never said. These creatures are somewhat different, however. Audrey’s head-shot does nothing and, much like the strigoi (at least “The Strain’s” iteration anyway) these creatures first go after their loved ones.
While the walking dead do present a credible threat, the episode also takes the opportunity to show some emotional poignancy as well. Charlotte gets to say goodbye both to Audrey and Dwight in fairly effective fashion. Scenes like that are a gamble as they could easily come off as more corny than resonant, but it worked well enough here.
Croatoan takes something of a backseat here. He’s talked about frequently, but his only appearance consists of hijacking Dave’s vision when the latter tries to use the ability to glean some information. Apparently he said Dave’s name? The voice effect worked well last episode, but it was really hard to understand him here. Considering he had just one line, it would have been nice to know what it was.
The episode does give us quite a bit of information about him and even the colony of Roanoke. Said information comes courtesy of Duke’s spirit guide, who tells him that the original colony was troubled and that Croatoan created the “Crocker curse” so that he could collect troubles in order to escape from the void. It’s an interesting twist that negates the previous perception that the curse was a defensive measure against the troubles. It does raise some questions as to how the events played out; hopefully that’s something that will be fleshed out in later episodes, so we’ll see how that goes.
Another aspect that is sure to be fleshed out is the last second cliffhanger reveal that Dave was behind Charlotte’s murder, allegedly anyway. The evidence in this case is the fact that Charlotte’s stash of aether is found at the Herald and Audrey says that Charlotte identified him as the killer. Couldn’t the stash have been planted there as a frame-up? You know, manipulation on the villain’s part? As far as Charlotte goes, considering the monster can wipe memories, isn’t it possible he could create some new ones as well? Audrey and her gang are convinced that they have Dave dead to rights, but the whole thing seems fishy.
Overall, though, this was a strong episode. It seems like the show is doing a pretty good job of providing answers while also building up to the ultimate resolution. At this rate, the show will certainly be going out on a high note.