It is a shocking sequence. There is a restrict to what may be proven on primary cable and Snowpiercer manages to make the interaction between Wilford and Audrey all of the extra disgusting and horrible for what director David Frazee doesn’t present, quite than what’s proven. Lena Hall and Sean Bean have a palpable chemistry, and the scenes with the 2 of them are, at instances, arduous to look at, even earlier than Audrey begins feeding Wilford like a canine at her toes.
Hall makes nice use of her dancing background within the bookend segments of the episode, and her singing stays a optimistic attribute. When she’s given the chance to do one thing outdoors of her common routine of hanging across the Night Car and standing up for Third Class, she’s in a position to make a powerful impression solely with the ache and distance in her eyes. There’s Audrey on stage, reaching out to the viewers with a gripping efficiency of Portishead’s “Glory Box” and smiling for the general public.
There’s Audrey, charming Wilford on his manner again into the non-public sales space for Snowpiercer-style psychoanalysis. And then there’s Audrey, dead-eyed and numb with a plastic smile on her face as she offers up a bit of her soul up in change for some measure of management over Wilford. Sean Bean does his half, as anticipated, each charming and harmful by flip, however it’s his aggressively needy begging within the Night Car’s non-public space that basically pushes ahead simply how damaged Wilford actually is.
Wilford shouldn’t be the one damaged individual. Everyone on Snowpiercer has misplaced somebody, both not too long ago or prior to now. The world is filled with lifeless individuals; each revolution is a stroll by means of a frozen graveyard, and that’s earlier than the violent clashes between passenger lessons and tried violent invasion of Big Alice. Kiersten Van Horne’s script makes it clear; the strain is constructing.
There hasn’t been a lot time for anybody to decompress, and everybody appears to be feeling the strain, specifically Till (Mickey Sumner, placing in stable work), who each cries throughout a go to to the Tea Room and will get drunk and makes out with a girl through the celebratory celebration within the Night Car. LJ and Alex, The Last Australian (Aaron Glenane) and Emelia the tailor (Georgina Haig) from Big Alice, even Layton and Zarah… everybody appears to be in search of somebody to lean on throughout what is perhaps the primary steps in the direction of a brand new world outdoors the practice.