Episode 7, “The Tunnel”, is fairly dramatic, as the paranoia in the group intensifies, leading them to new roads.
This recap of Black Summer Episode 7, “The Tunnel” contains spoilers. You can read the recap of the previous episode by clicking these words.
Now that the group has established weapons, they need to proceed to the stadium where they believe help will be found. Episode 7, “The Tunnel”, sees the group offered hope, as two soldiers keep them safe for the night, offering to take them to a stadium where they can be reunited with loved ones.
Rose (Jaime King) seems happy at the prospect, but Spears looks at them with an edge of paranoia, knowing full well these men have not got their interests at heart. In a long, tense scene, the soldiers tell them how lucky they are to have their services, and Spears stands there, looking at them with daggers, trying to give Rose the “eyes” as a signal of mistrust.
“The Tunnel” also offers a scene that is meant to be touching and designed to cross the language barrier. Sun sits down and delivers a monologue in her language (Korean), sobbing her heart out. I believe this was meant to be a touching moment, and it is to an extent, but the impact is doused somewhat by the fact we cannot understand what she is trying to say. Regardless, it was a good choice of direction.
Overnight, Rose wakes up, realizing Spears is not in her immediate area so goes looking for him. She finds him getting hustled out of the building by the soldiers, and she asks what they are doing. They reveal that Spears is not his real name, and refer to him as James, a liar, and a murderer. James confirms that his name is not Spears but also asks Rose not to trust these men. She chooses James, shooting both men down.
They now have the dead soldier’s weapons, and they continue their journey to the stadium.
You can read the recap of episode 8 by clicking these words.
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