Katla season 1, episode 8 recap – “I Am You”, the ending explained same difference

June 17, 2021
Jonathon Wilson 24
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“I Am You” doesn’t exactly wrap things up, but it manages several poignant beats that build to a deliberately ambiguous and surprisingly powerful ending.

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3.5

Summary

“I Am You” doesn’t exactly wrap things up, but it manages several poignant beats that build to a deliberately ambiguous and surprisingly powerful ending.

This recap of Katla season 1, episode 8, “I Am You”, contains spoilers. It also contains an open discussion of the Katla ending. You can check out our spoiler-free season review by clicking these words.


“I Am You”, the Katla finale, opens with a warning that the episode contains a scene of suicide, which probably should have flashed up at the start of the previous episode, no? Not to worry. There should probably be a warning about Mikael, really, since that creepy little sh*t shows up to confront Rakel and Darri right at the start. But with more of the ash-covered alien changelings beginning to stir under the glacier, there’s probably enough to worry about.

At least things are going well for Grima 2, and Kjartan thinks he has cracked it. The same can’t really be said for anyone else, though. Thor is apparently told by Vigdis that Gunhild’s unborn child has some kind of syndrome that causes malformations in the arms and legs, just like Bjorn, which means that his problems are apparently genetic and not the fault of older Gunhild’s witch abortion. This, though, seems very much like a lie to make her feel better. Thor also tells Grima about Bjorn, and she in turn tells him about the changelings and that the body under the generator shed was Asa. She thinks Asa’s doppelganger came to help her accept the real Asa’s death, which is a nice idea but doesn’t exactly mesh with that we’ve seen of, say, Mikael, who’s nuts. Perhaps the changelings assume the essential characteristics of the person they’re copying? Asa was fundamentally good and loved her sister, therefore her doppelganger wanted to help Grima; Mikael was a wing-clipping arsonist, so his changeling was even more bonkers. That makes sense to me. I should do Darri’s job.

Then there’s Magnea’s changeling, though, who just seems pretty clueless. She’s able to escape Gisli’s dungeon, so he takes the old, ill version with him to find her, but she ends up swerving him and escaping with her doppelganger. He demands to use Einar’s car, causing a great deal of commotion and suspicion, and speeds off, rifle in tow.

Meanwhile in Katla episode 8, Darri posits a new theory that the meteorite creates changelings based on the thoughts and feelings of those closest to them, hence why Mikael can only remember things that Darri and Rakel remember about him. His idea is that the meteorite senses what a person wants the most and tries to give it to them, which is annoyingly better than my theory. Remember, Rakel always covered for Mikael, whereas Darri always believed he was a dangerous nutcase; the fact that the changeling is more in line with Darri’s interpretation of his son lends credence to his theory. Both parents agree that their real son is dead and that this… thing is just an aberration. So they lead him hand-in-hand into the sea and drown him while he begs them not to. I’d say good riddance, but Jesus Christ, that’s a bit heavy, isn’t it?

Einar, thrilled to discover that the script has given him something to do, returns home and finds Magnea missing, as well as evidence that Gisli has been swapping her medication, hoping to kill her off. He confronts his father and smashes a statue of Jesus over his head, which is certainly fitting given that Gisli keeps saying this is all God’s plan.

Kjartan also returns home, and a ridiculous scene ensues in which he moves about the house having conversations with both versions of Grima without realizing that there are two of them. This immediately follows a conversation between both Grimas that really digs into how much guilt and trauma the original version has harbored over the years, so I get the idea that it’s trying to highlight how happy she and Kjartan could be if she just let go of it, but the whole thing’s too ridiculous for its own good. Also ridiculous: Grima 1 retrieves a revolver from the barn, and she and the changeling decide to play Russian roulette, presumably to determine who gets to stay and live a happy life with Kjartan. Surely he isn’t worth all this? And surely Grima 2, who is loving life, wouldn’t just blithely go along with it? Both women strip down to a vest top and have their hair the same for this scene, so I think it’s deliberately designed to confuse, but it seemed very much to me like it was Grima 1 who ate the fatal bullet.

While Gisli speaks to a painting of Jesus, both Magnea’s drive into Katla’s swirling ash cloud. Bjorn goes home with Thor and listens to Grima play the piano while the camera reveals the other one is buried in the garden. And in a final parting shot, Katla season 1, episode 8 shows more changelings emerge from the volcano and stumble towards the light.

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24 thoughts on “Katla season 1, episode 8 recap – “I Am You”, the ending explained

  • June 20, 2021 at 4:40 am
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    First time reader of your work and I got to say, I never look for who writes an article, but I did on this one. Totally entertaining and thorough at the same time. Love your work!

    • June 20, 2021 at 8:01 am
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      Thanks so much!

  • June 20, 2021 at 6:09 pm
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    I enjoyed your articles as well!

    Just wanted to add, it is definitely Grima 1 who died. I paused and rewatched to get a sense and just after the shot where the revolver is seen on the table and it switched to what will be the fatal shot, you see the blue top of Grima 2 in the background, indicating it is Grima 1 who was about to die.

  • June 21, 2021 at 4:07 am
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    It was a six shooter. There were 5 empties until the 6th try which had the bullet.

    Since Grima 1 started, Grima 2 must have gotten the bullett.

  • June 21, 2021 at 6:20 pm
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    It felt to me like they paused after the 5th shot, knowing the next one would be the fatal one. With that logic, Grima 1 knew that Grima 2 would die. Perhaps she wanted Kjartan to be happy so Grima 1 took the initiative. But that is just speculation at this point.

    I do believe however what I wrote earlier, that in the bokeh of the shot you could see the blue top in the background, showing us who was who. Timestamp 37:31 for who wants to verify this themselves.

  • June 22, 2021 at 12:14 am
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    Its confusing on purpose because for example some shot are through a mirror. You can get it if you watch it carefully. But if you count the bullets, as grima 1 is starting with first one, and the last one is deadly, you can conclude easily that grima 2 takes the fatal shoot.
    You could specilate that grima 1 letting her hair long could mean that she accepts to go over her traumas, whatever happens.

  • June 22, 2021 at 4:05 am
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    Ok i get why many of you think that Grima 1 took the initiative, and the shirt seemed blue in the background etc… But dont forget the mirror reflection view … It’s 100 percent grima 2 who dies because of the curtain patterns, which is the most obvious proof (there’s also the blue pants when she plays the piano) I’m betting that the confusion was decided only for that instant since you wouldn’t have time to notice any details but the blue pants playing piano was supposed to give you your answer. And as for the body at the end, well she seemed undressed and if not, well not blue pants and barefoot … Cheers

  • June 22, 2021 at 9:52 pm
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    If the changlings come in to help the humans, it would only make sense that Grima, the changling, died. It does seem that they each have a purpose in helping heal a trauma and then they are ready to leave,having fulfilled that purpose. The changlings come from what the philosopher Cal Jung would call the “shadow” aspect of the person they are helping to heal emotionally. They are mirrors of the person or persons whom have been traumatized. Personally I loved the show and the concept.

  • June 23, 2021 at 11:41 pm
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    I’ve read all the theories about which Grima survives and I can say 100% its Ash Grima (blue top). The entire sequence has been made to trick, but the 5th shot was edited with clear purpose. The 5th shot is cleverly merged and very quick, it shows Beige top picks up the gun, but BLUE top fire the shot. This means blue top Grima fires 3 shots and survives (6 round revolver), and the 6th shot now falls to Beige Grima. Their final stare down is because original Grima knows the final shot would mean suicide and she does it anyway.

  • June 27, 2021 at 5:40 pm
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    @A. Lamb, Since Asa’s changeling was already there to help Grima, it could be that Grima’s changeling was there to help Kjartan, not Grima. If that’s the case it makes more sense that Grima’s changeling would live, so that she could help Kjarten by giving him a loving relationship with his wife.

  • June 30, 2021 at 2:13 am
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    If you go by the bullet counts, Grima 2 actually took the bullet. Not Grima 1. I watched it again, and remember. Grima 1 went first

  • July 5, 2021 at 5:14 pm
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    It’s made to make you think Grima 1 kills herself. The trickery of cinema. Grima 1 still lives.

  • July 6, 2021 at 4:38 am
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    Elron and TennSeven above are right I think. The order of shots is clearly not linear (Grima 1 does start but from there the order is muddy)

  • July 6, 2021 at 4:41 am
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    If it’s grima 2 who died, that would be the only changeling whose blood we see. We never see other changeling blood. I think that’s also meant to signal that it was grima 1

  • July 8, 2021 at 9:04 pm
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    We also see blood of Gunhild changeling, so this is not argument at all.

  • July 11, 2021 at 6:26 am
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    Thanks very much for your synopses! I found them very useful to read after each episode, to help me understand what happened!

  • July 16, 2021 at 11:35 pm
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    Thanks for this recap.
    Just got a son of my own and the drowning scene was too sick for me to keep watching this depressing crap. Still ofcourse I want to know how it all ends…

    • July 16, 2021 at 11:36 pm
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      Yeah that scene was… a lot, for sure.

  • July 20, 2021 at 7:51 am
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    Can anyone explain what happened to the Gunhilds?

  • July 22, 2021 at 11:49 am
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    How did the original Asa die under the shed?

  • July 22, 2021 at 1:25 pm
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    Re original Asa, i assumed she’d be swept there by the volcano – in the absence of any explanation that I noticed.

  • July 29, 2021 at 2:13 pm
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    It makes sense to me that Asa was looking for shelter from the storm and attempted to get into the shed by breaking the window. When that didn’t work she found a way to crawl under it to try and survive but died there.

  • July 29, 2021 at 2:21 pm
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    The fact that it was the Changeling Grisa that died in Russian Roulette seems fairly straightforward to me. There are 6 chambers, one bullet, and the original Grisa starts. The mirrored image tries to add suspense but does not change the math and back and forth. It is also fully consistent with the purpose of the Changelings to help the characters heal their traumas and fractured relationships. It works with all characters to include Grisa. It wouldn’t make any sense from a story telling perspective to deny Grisa the same outcome as all the others.

    And in that regard, the trauma healed with sociopath Changeling boy is that his father is able to heal from the trauma of the divorce and the relationship between him and the boy’s mother is healed as a result.

  • July 31, 2021 at 6:03 pm
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    ok doesn’t matter in what order you show each attempt, if G1 takes the first shot either one of them took 2 or more in a row severally compromising the integrity of “the game” or G2 takes shot nr 6

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