“2 Corinthians 10:4” has all the high drama of a penultimate episode, as the Sisters undertake their final, most important mission yet.
This recap of Warrior Nun season 1, episode 9, “2 Corinthians 10:4”, contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.
Warrior Nun episode 9, the penultimate installment, begins with the OCS arriving in Rome in full regalia — including Ava. Mother Superion is also present, though on a mission of her own. It’s about time, but we finally in “2 Corinthians 10:4” get the moment we’ve all been waiting for: the slow-motion “good guys walk down a corridor in cool outfits” scene, as the Sisters whip off their habits to reveal their combat outfits. Vincent even takes his blazer off!
The plan is outlined, the security cameras have their feeds looped, and we know the stakes. There’s a time limit, finite Halo energy, and a very tight window for success — in other words, all the right elements for drama. I also like how “2 Corinthians 10:4” shows Ava’s visible excitement in participating in the mission, even as it leads to mistakes being made. It fits her character.
Back at Arq-Tech, Jillian, still in charge of Lilith’s care, discovers the fragments of demon scab she left in the bathroom. At the Apostolic Palace, Mary breaks off, ready to “bring the noise”, while Ava, Beatrice and Father Vincent head into the Necropolis in order to infiltrate the tomb. Meanwhile, the rejects arm themselves with Ava-killing Divinium weaponry and Mother Superion continues to nebulously roam around. But this all quickly comes together. The rejects attack Ava in the Necropolis; Beatrice and Vincent defend her, and Mother Superion herself intervenes. She has made her decision. Ava sees the tell-tale scarring of the Halo-Bearer on her back, but Superion explains that it rejected her: “Not all are worthy. But you are.” She and Vincent remain behind to protect the girls as they complete the mission.
As Ava and Beatrice make their way through the Necropolis, in Warrior Nun episode 9, it becomes obvious that passing through the tomb’s walls is the culmination of Ava’s entire character arc. Beatrice makes it explicit: “You do what’s best for Ava. Flight, not fight. It’s where your instincts lie.” It’s a callback to Ava’s training when during the fake demon drill she fled and got stuck in the wall. That moment foreshadowed this one. To complete the mission she’ll have to finally put the greater good above herself. But there’s an additional complication. Lilith goes to see Michael, who claims she’s too late. He tells his mother, “Ava is almost to the door.” Lilith says that can’t happen, and teleports away.
In the next scene, Lilith arrives before Mother Superion and Father Vincent. Sister Crimson tries to take her hostage, but Lilith’s new demon claws put paid to that idea by opening her throat. She catches up to Ava just as she’s about to enter the tomb. Mary arrives and restrains her, attempting to remind her of who she really is — she’s able to get through to her in a touching scene, and Ava enters the wall.
There’s a twist in the wall, of course: the skeleton of a Tarask, made of Divinium; the original, organic source of the substance. Even taking a detour around it, Ava is able to get through, reminding herself that her family needs her. But the tomb is empty. There are no bones there, and her communications to Beatrice have been cut off. Luckily, there’s someone inside she can communicate with: Adriel himself.
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