Equinox season 1, episode 6 recap – the ending explained

December 30, 2020
Jonathon Wilson 0
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Summary

“The Blood Runs in the Veins” delivers an ambigious ending that’ll prove divisive, but at this point does anybody expect Netflix originals to actually end?

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Summary

“The Blood Runs in the Veins” delivers an ambigious ending that’ll prove divisive, but at this point does anybody expect Netflix originals to actually end?

This recap of Equinox season 1, episode 6, “The Blood Runs in the Veins”, contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.

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Fittingly enough, the finale of Equinox finds the long-awaited Spring Equinox finally arriving, as we open “The Blood Runs in the Veins” in an emergency psychiatric facility, with Astrid poring over Jakob’s book, which is missing the page he sent her. Somehow able to get out of the facility unseen, Astrid heads to see Lene to demand some answers about the exact biological relationship between her and Ida – any claims they’re not sisters are, apparently, just rumours.

But there’s more truth to those rumours than Astrid is comfortable with. A photograph gives it away, and the truth comes out – she and Ida are both children of the Equinox, and her whole life has been a lie based around that. Her mental stability has, likewise, been in question, with institutionalization defining both her past and present, her fervent belief in Ostara reinforced by Lene over the years.

There’s an element of selfishness to that, though, since Lene believes Astrid can bring Ida back – it’s a facet of grief, a desperate move, and one that only leads to further trauma for Astrid. This is something that Dennis can see, and it appals him. Ida, too, gets the brunt of Lene’s rage when she miscarries. All in all, not exactly a stable family unit.

The flashbacks catch up to Graduation Day, finally, as the visit to the island and an interaction between Henrik and Lene help to re-contextualize the events that opened the season. More explanation follows, including an explanation for why Lene was so irrational about the miscarriage. As it turns out, she promised Henrik and his cult her child when she turned 18, but, unable to give up her daughter, she changed the terms of the arrangement so that Henrik could take Ida’s firstborn instead. Since that firstborn ran down Ida’s leg, she’s now in terrible danger.

In the present day, it’s the recently reawakened Torben who connects with Astrid over the hazy orange alt-dimension. He explains how he and the children were trapped in the cave, and also explains how Henrik is not human.

Seemingly taking that as an invitation, Astrid heads to Henrik’s home but finds it abandoned, going instead to the island, and retraces the steps we saw the kids take on the way to the ritual until she finds Henrik at the ritual site and hands him Jakob’s book. Suddenly, some context for the disappearance of the bus’s passengers is given, orchestrated by Henrik, and once again featuring that orange glare. In a nebulous present-day ending, Astrid reunites with Ida, still enshrined in an orange haze, and we catch a brief glimpse of the students themselves all walking together. There’s little explanation, but the conclusion is still able to strike a note of poignancy. Perhaps this one would be better not being renewed, leaving audiences to ponder.


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