In Episode 9, we saw startling and shocking moments out of two of the characters we have been so closely invested in since the start of this story. Let’s take a deeper look out of what we saw from Tara and Doug’s story.
The big, shocking moment of this season came in the final beat. In the preceding moments, as Becker starts to understand more of the scope of this program, we may start to suspect that something big is coming, but it comes as a shock when we learn that Tara Coleman, the fiery investigative journalist who has taken it on herself to dig into this mystery, has actually been a Cicada all along.
The ramifications for this are huge, as are the questions that it prompts. How much of Tara’s quest (that has taken her from London to Paris to Ghana to Berlin…) was planned by the CIA? Who knew about it, and who may have been pulling the strings? Becker? Levine? Even Edwards? Just as we may think we’re starting to understand more about what’s going on, this unleashes a whole knew batch of questions and throws everyone else in question, setting up the final episode for a wild finish.
One of the episode’s most emotional moments comes when Doug and Samantha are forced to say goodbye to each other, on their own accord, and even they have no idea when they’ll see each other next, or what state they’ll be in when they do. Similar to Soyun’s transformation in Episode 7, we see Doug take on a new physical appearance that underscores the emotional journey he’s been on in this season.
While Doug started off in Episode 1 in denial that there was something wrong with him, he always knew deep down that he had a problem. Now, in Episode 9, we see Doug voluntarily become another Treadstone asset, not just physical, but in his manuerisms, skills, and even mission status. In hopes of finally putting this nightmare behind him and his wife, Doug has become the man he never wanted to be.