Episode 7 is a tantalising chapter as it keeps everything on a knife-edge as the truth edges closer.
This recap of Amazon original series Absentia season 3, episode 7, “Liberavit” contains spoilers.
How does Absentia season 3, episode 7, “Liberavit” open?
Emily and Cal navigate through the facility and look at the rooms that the people were held in. They eventually find a room with loads of dead bodies. The true depth of the operation dawns on Emily here — her face is filled with fear.
Julianne receives her own medicine
Foster (the FBI director) rings Julianne and tells her he has been ordered by the DOJ to take over the investigation. Let’s flit back to the previous season where she took the position off Crown and how clinical she was about it — “Oh how the turntables”
Back at the facility and Emily and Cal come across the woman in the white lab coat. Her phone rings and it’s Jericho. He wants the test samples transferred as he thinks the facility is exposed. Emily rings Jericho herself and offers to trade the files for Nick and gives him three minutes to offer proof. This felt like a desperate moment for Emily — it was uncalculated and emotional. Jericho sends a video of a man that is not Nick. Emily and Cal realize that they need to find Nick themselves. A few men are looking for Emily and Cal. Cal recognizes one of the men — the man that forced him to kill the young boy while on military duty (Armstrong). Everything is starting to piece together on Cal’s side.
Escape opportunity for Nick
On the lorry, Nick is trying to escape but he’s not confident of falling out of the vehicle as it is moving too fast. Eventually, he plucks the courage and scales off but the guards know they have a runner and start shooting at Nick as he runs into the woods. He manages to evade them. A few kids from Syria find Nick in the middle of the woods unconscious. Their parents have also been kidnapped in the same ring.
Is Cal the one feeding Meridian information?
At the midway point Absentia season 3, episode 7, “Liberavit”, Emily raises her suspicions frantically. While looking at Cal’s scars and tattoos Emily notices one of the guards has the same tattoo as Cal. Emily has flashbacks of what Cal has said and done — the suspicions are now on him.
Nick comes across a house in the woods and soon realises he’s in Austria. He grabs a phone and tries ringing a few numbers. Agent Thompson answers the phone as she’s doing the late-night shift. He gives her his location but then a man walks into the house with a gun. As the police arrive, one of the children distracts the man and he escapes again. Nick gives himself up to the police eventually. Agent Thompson hasn’t shown up to work. Crown is concerned as it doesn’t seem like her usual behavior. Crown heads to Thompson’s place to check up on her. When he opens her apartment door, she’s on the floor dead, blood everywhere. This is quite a dramatic swing in the story as someone Thompson knew in the FBI did this to her. Crown tells Julianne that Thompson found something out which got her killed.
Emily wants the truth
Emily and Cal escape the facility in a vehicle. As they keep driving, Emily wants the truth from Cal. She asks about the tattoos and he tells her that he used to work with the men in the military. Emily gets upset and shows Cal his phone which has a text from Julianne — she calls him a traitor and asks if he has been feeding information to Meridian. Cal holds his ground and states he is not a traitor.
Emily doesn’t have time to find out if he’s telling the truth or not so holds a gun to Cal’s head and asks him to leave the vehicle. What a difference a single episode makes — from lovers to foes in quick succession. Emily is cursed with men at this point.
How does Absentia season 3, episode 7, “Liberavit” end?
Emily continues listening to the radio and then shoots the wheels of a moving van that Nick is being transported in. She finds Nick inside and wakes him up. Nick cries; all the pain comes out at once from his recent experiences. Episode 7 is a tantalizing chapter as it keeps everything on a knife-edge as the truth edges closer.
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