Andy knew too much. He knew the truth—that the berry farmer didn’t actually die from heat stroke.That’s why Ben had to kill him. Read our full recap of last night’s shocking episode of The Purge HERE. Since his fateful encounter with the masked Purger in the season premiere, Ben has transformed from relatively innocuous fraternity brother to full-blown murder addict.
In retrospect, the writing was on the wall, even before Ben killed the farmer. Now that we’ve reached the halfway point of season two of The Purge, let’s revisit nine key moments from episodes 1-5 that chart Ben’s descent into murder madness.
1. He didn’t want to talk about what happened on Purge Night
Ben returned to his frat covered in someone else’s blood. Rather than open up to Turner or Kelen about what happened, he insisted everything was fine, and expressed his inner turmoil in other ways.
2. He drew sketches of the GOD mask
Ben clearly wanted to get out his emotions-- he just wanted to do it in ways that wouldn’t tip anybody off.
3. He experienced repeated flashbacks to Purge night
He couldn’t shake what happened on Purge Night. More than anything, he couldn’t shake this new... thing it awoke in him.
4. He went to the mall to play the Purge simulator
Ben never seemed more alive and engaged than when he stepped into the Purge simulator and brutally murdered a bunch of virtual Purgers.
5. He recovered the GOD mask
Ben’s early obsession with what happened to him on Purge Night culminated with his return to the garage where he first experienced the sensation of taking another human’s life. The GOD mask lay where he left it, surrounded by a swarm of gnats and covered in blood. It was his for the taking.
6. He started listening to Bobby Sheridan
Popular radio host and Purge advocate Bobby Sheridan gained a new listener in Ben.
7. He took a field trip to kill animals at a farm
In an effort to confront and act upon his newfound thirst for blood, Ben took a solo trip out to the country, to a farm that allowed paying customers to kill their livestock. Of course, Ben couldn’t go through with it—but then he killed the berry farmer on his drive home.
8. He took a trip to Purge USA
With the next Purge on the not-too-distant horizon and a Remembrance Day sale at Purge retailer Purge USA, Ben went to browse the store’s array of crossbows, blades, firearms, and other weapons.
9. He started reading Purge literature
Shortly before he killed Andy, Ben mentioned that he had started reading literature by the woman who founded the Purge. He floated an idea that even Andy would find controversial: killing outside of Purge Night. “How can something be good one day and wrong the next?” he asked.
Follow the rest of Ben’s journey through all-new episodes of The Purge every Tuesday 9/8c, only on USA Network.
Source: Ben’s Descent Into Murder Madness | Blog | USA Network