In many ways, what Matt Edwards and Stephen Lee Haynes have experienced over the course of the season has underscored one of the major themes of this show: nothing is what it seems, and nobody exists with a black-and-white moral compass.
Matt Edwards began this story as a company man, recruiting a civilian and former journalist (Tara) into a high-stakes meeting with a North Korean general. He followed orders, didn’t ask questions, and executed his commands with a ruthless level of talent and effectiveness. In an ironic way, he began with a nearly machine-like execution of his directives that is not dissimilar to the Cicada agents that he is now hoping to expose.
Meanwhile, Haynes began as someone completely off the radar of anybody who would be found in the scope of this story. We didn’t see him before his reactivation, but Haynes was a schoolteacher in Maryland before he (and the rest of the Cicadas) were activated, leading Haynes to go on a murderous rampage that even he couldn’t explain in the ensuing interrogations.
Through Haynes’ hypnotic interrogation sessions with Edwards and Dr. Wells -- then the escape and the unlikely partnership that is formed between the two -- both have come to question everything they thought they knew. Edwards, the former company man, is now starting to believe (and even care about), this man who just went on a shooting spree, perhaps even more than his superiors and colleagues at the CIA who he has known for years. For his part, Haynes is just starting to understand the extent of what was done to him, and he cannot even bring himself to speak with his daughter when he meets her eyes outside his old house.
The events from Edwards and Haynes’ tragic tale have left both of them forever changed, or even worse. Has this story reached its final moment when Edwards gives himself up in Episode 8? We’ll find out over the final two episodes…