As Flynne’s fight to save her family and her timeline progresses, the stakes reach an all-time high.
When the season 1 finale of The Periphery decreases, Tommy is in dire need. When the paramedics arrive at the scene, they find a pulse on old Corbell Pickett, much to his dismay. But before they can get into the weeds, the police are called to Clanton Urgent Med. There he finds a distraught Dee Dee, who assumes her shooter was the one who killed the sheriff and attacked Pickett. Tommy nods and assures her because what the hell else is he going to do?!
Lowbeer proposes an alliance to Burton and Flynne. She tells them she can help “navigate through the coming storm” that is about to hit their world. Flynne tells Lowbeer to heal her mother, but the inspector says they tried everything. Her mother has only 23 days to live.
Ash arranges a meeting with Cherise. Ash says she knows where the data Aelita stole is; it’s in Flynne’s brain. Not only that, Ash says Nuland can’t trust Lowbeer. In exchange for this information, she wants Nuland to kill Zubov, which Nuland seems open to. Cherise will also take the jackpot to the next level hoping to eliminate Flynne, her family and everything else in this world in the process.
Wilf apologizes for using Flynne and says he believes his sister is dead. They reconnect so Flynne can get some real answers. She suggests they go to his secret place, but Ash watches her. They find Aelita’s younger self, only she knows Ash is lying in wait. She wants Wilf to follow her, but Flynne has to go. Aelita’s adult self appears and tells him that the Klept killed their families. There was a contagion in the camps and they wiped everyone out in fear. Five million people in less than two weeks, she says. And so the klepts repress their memories, fearing retribution. A group of people appear that Aelita calls her army. She wants to unlock the many mysteries of RI…mysteries that are all in Flynne’s mind.
Corbell’s cronies say he has a 10 percent chance of survival. (Since he’s not dead yet, he’s probably alive, right?) Atticus takes the opportunity to try and take control, but Jasper doesn’t believe it. With his drunk buddies in the car, he parks his vehicle on the train tracks. He calls his wife and has a change of heart, but when a train approaches, he can’t wake Atticus up fast enough to save her. He jumps out of the way just as the train demolishes the car and flames illuminate the night sky.
Tommy tells Flynne he’s heard about a possible threat from right-wing militias. They plan to blow up a missile silo. He asks if she knows anything about it. She is lying. She goes back into the sim and tells Ash that she knows Cherise is behind the threat. Ash explains that the data Flynne and Aelita stole from the RI is stored in DNA and Lev knows about it too. Ash admits she told Cherise about it and Flynne does not happy. “It’s just a game to you, isn’t it?” Flynne asks as she storms off. But she declares, “I’m going to win.”
Flynne and Conner reunite in real (and decimated) London. Flynne hatches a wild plan: she wants to open a new stub. A reboot. But she needs his and Lowbeer’s help. She asks Lowbeer if she has the power to start a new stub, and while it’s not politically smart for her, she knows how it can be done. Flynne says Cherise will think she won and that Lowbeer helped her. You will also have all the data Aelita stole and it will save Flynne’s world from the jackpot. As for Burton, she wants him left out of it. She then asks Lowbeer to send her to one of the RI’s stub portals.
She takes out a guard and gains entry. Picks up a stopwatch and reveals a set of peripherals guarding the joint. A fight ensues and she kicks Everyone of the ass. She puts the watch down again and sees a digital tree with various stumps, each with a different year. Cherise speaks through a peripheral and says she will definitely find Flynne. “I think I want to be the hunter now,” Flynne tells her. “I know exactly where you are. And you have no idea where I’ll be. Not without the coordinates.” She smashes the watch and the tree goes dark. And Cherise is shook.
Flynne wakes up and we see more of her conversation with Conner. If Cherise thinks Flynne is dead, then she has no reason to blow up the silo. Flynne asks Conner for help, saying it must appear that Lowbeer sent someone to do Cherise a favor. She says she’s made peace with it. “I just go for a walk… and mentally count back from 10.”
We go to Flynne, who is walking along a creek. Conner is at the top of a hill, safe, loaded and ready to fire. Flynn counts down and sees all of her loved ones flash in her memory. A shot rings out in the distance. When she comes to, she sits across from Lowbeer, who asks, “So… shall we get to work?”
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