[Warning: Contains spoilers for Colony episode 212, "Seppuku"]
Warring sides go after their enemies in a big way in the season’s penultimate episode. The Resistance is focused on getting the gauntlet back from the Red Hand. They plan to give it to Noa so she’ll take them with her beyond the Wall, but an up-close look at the Red Hand prompts Broussard (Tory Kittles) to decide they’re a bigger threat than he realized. Alan Snyder (Peter Jacobson) continues his machinations for Governor General Helena Goldwyn (Ally Walker), and Maddie Kenner (Amanda Righetti) becomes an important pawn in their chess game. But with larger issues at play within the International Global Authority, an existential threat looms over the L.A. Bloc that almost no one even knows about.
Broussard in Basra won’t toe the company lie
We begin with a flashback to a private security camp in Basra Province in 2014. Broussard’s fellow contractor suggests Broussard go along with the cover story he’s being offered. The official version is that his men responded after taking enemy sniper fire, but in reality one of his men fired first after mistaking a bag of books for an IED. Noa told us that only five men know the true story and three are dead. These must be the other two.
Alan Snyder works the shadows on behalf of Goldwyn
After learning from Dan Bennett (Christian Clemenson) about the file Katie (Sarah Wayne Callies) downloaded from Nolan Burgess’ (Adrian Pasdar) computer, Snyder suggests to Goldwyn that they use the info to get Nolan to turn on Alcala. Snyder’s conscience briefly starts to show and he asks Goldwyn if the data showing the bloc trending toward extinction is accurate. She blows him off.
Nolan Burgess sells out Maddie
Proxy Alcala (Tony Plana) again nags Burgess to get rid of Maddie. The Red Hand attacks left 114 dead in the Green Zone, including four department heads and the ambassador. Alcala knows he’s in the hot seat and hopes to pin the mess on Goldwyn. Nolan promises he’ll get rid of Maddie as soon as her son is somewhere safe. The next thing we know, Maddie is saying goodbye to Hudson as he boards a bus for a supposedly safe camp, at Nolan’s urging. Back at their empty house, Nolan pressures Maddie for one more time in the sack. Later, she talks to him about the future and senses a distinct lack of sentiment. When she asks if he believes in the Greatest Day, he says: “We have to, otherwise how could we live with ourselves?” Moments later, Nolan leaves Maddie in bed in her nightgown and lets the Redhats take her away.
Broussard meets Karen Brun and does not like what he sees
Noa, Broussard, Will, and Katie press Bram to set up a meet with the Red Hand. Later, Karen Brun meets with Broussard and Katie as Will and Noa provide cover. Broussard explains why they want the gauntlet back, trying to explain the greater purpose, but Karen flatly turns them down. She has no interest in helping them, saying her tactics are working. From his spotter position, Will warns Broussard that they’re being surrounded, but when Broussard is ready to go down shooting, Brun backs off. When she’s gone, Broussard announces that she’s a plague. He thinks she’s making matters worse with the Hosts and has no interest in actually winning the larger war. He says they need to steal back the gauntlet -– and then wipe out the Red Hand.
Maddie Kenner gets some hard truth
Snyder visits Nolan, who thinks Goldwyn has been weakened and doesn’t want to bet on her. Snyder extols the virtues of hedging bets, saying doing so has gotten him this far. He observes coolly to Nolan: “It’s interesting how all your women wind up in space.” But later, with Bennett’s help, Snyder finds that Maddie is not yet in the Factory. She’s in interrogation, still in her nightgown. She has already signed a confession to keep her son safe, but Snyder tears it up. Maddie sees through Snyder’s benevolent act, but also sees she doesn’t have many options. “The more you can give me on Nolan, the more I can help you,” Snyder says. As Maddie accepts that everything she believes in has betrayed her, she asks if the Greatest Day promises are real. Snyder tells her no.
Noa raises the stakes for retrieving the gauntlet
Will and Katie weigh whether to go along with Broussard’s plan to wipe out the Red Hand while stealing back the gauntlet. To help motivate them, Noa reveals something shocking: Her people have a RAP that doesn’t believe in what the others are doing and wants to help. (So many questions! RAPs have independent thought? They can defect? How do they communicate?) The group commits to the idea of shooting their way in to the Red Hand hideout. Katie’s justification: “I think our kids need a future.”
Katie tells Bram they’re going after the Red Hand. She asks him to take care of Charlie and Grace if they don’t come back, telling him to go to Maddie.
Resistance vs Red Hand
Will, Broussard, Noa, Morgan, and Katie shoot their way into the Red Hand hideout in the Westlake Theater, counting on the amateurism of the Red Hand to make them no challenge for their small strike team. They shoot their way into the grand theater, encountering smatterings of Resistance, but no real threats. Noa takes a hit, but is OK until she walks into Karen Brun guarding the gauntlet. The Resistance kills Karen easily, but Noa is fatally wounded. Katie and Morgan grab the gauntlet and make their way to the exit. Will and Broussard are clear first and Broussard stays behind, telling Will to get to safety because he has a family.
Will reluctantly runs and meets up with Morgan and Katie. Broussard doesn’t leave when he has the chance. Instead, he fights until eventually he has to change positions and ends up trapped on a roof with no escape and a dozen Red Hand members firing at him. Broussard turns on a homing device from the gauntlet, knowing drones will respond in seconds, then sits back as his attackers are turned into puffs of blood when the drones arrive. He knows he’s next, but when the drones turn on him, they don’t fire.
Snyder lays out his cards for Nolan
Nolan Burgess comes home to find Snyder sitting at his desk. Snyder reveals that he talked to Maddie and she will blame the stolen file on Nolan. Snyder doesn’t care if it’s true, both men know it makes Nolan look bad to the Hosts. If Nolan helps get rid of Alcala, Snyder says Goldwyn will make him proxy. For his part, Snyder thinks he’ll do very well managing from the shadows. Nolan offers a toast to “old friendships and new roads.” Schemers, unite! Later, Snyder surveys the carnage at the theater with Bennett. When he sees the homing device from the gauntlet, Snyder knows Broussard was behind it.
Goldwyn finally has the goods on Alcala, thanks to Snyder and Burgess
Goldwyn confronts Alcala with evidence that he’s been falsifying his reports to the IGA. Alcala knows Nolan must have turned on him. Goldwyn explains that the bloc needs to project stability, so Alcala will remain proxy—in name only. People she trusts will be running things. At home, Nolan is on the phone trying to get a message to someone to check a file when Red Hats come in with guns drawn and take him away. He realizes too late that Snyder lied to him, but that seems about right. Later, Maddie is ushered into the house and given ten minutes to collect her things. She’s allowed to walk out of the Green Zone, free but totally alone.
Broussard returns from the dead
Back in the bunker, Will, Katie and Morgan are trying to figure out their next move without Noa or Broussard when there’s a knock on the door. It’s Broussard. He tells them about summoning the drones and being pinned down and then explains that the drones simply left him and flew away. Will tells him the same thing happened to him coming back from Santa Monica. Katie wonders if they’re both on the same list, the one Broussard saw in the Black Jack’s car. No one knows what they do next without Noa.
Helena Goldwyn’s moment of victory is short-lived
Snyder and Goldwyn toast their victory over Alcala as they watch a transport ship blast into space for the Factory. Snyder suggests whoever took out the Red Hand did them a huge favor. Now they just need to reign in the Greatest Day, and let the “normal” people take control of their bloc. They’re interrupted when Goldwyn gets a call from Sabine Arneau, the chief counsel with the IGA. She’s calling with bad news: The Hosts have just sent word that the Los Angeles Bloc has been scheduled for "Total Rendition."
Goldwyn takes the news in stride and rejoins Snyder, not letting on that their fate might be sealed.