Servant leans fully into its pulpy horror conventions in another action-packed installment. “Tunnels” seems to set us up for a genuinely eventful finale, where anything could happen.
We recap the Apple TV+ series Servant Season 4 Episode 8, “Tunnels,” which contains spoilers.
As the final season draws closer to its hotly anticipated conclusion, the creators throw some well-timed doubt into the mix, making viewers question their theories and beliefs. Is Leanne (Nell Tiger Free) supernatural or not? It seems like she must be with all the unusual events we have witnessed, but Uncle George (Boris McGiver) has persuaded Sean (Toby Kebbell) and Julian (Rupert Grint) otherwise.
In “Tunnels,” these two unbelievers must coerce Leanne into the basement so the cult can finally deprogram her. Yet we all know Leanne won’t go down without a fight while a biblical storm rages in the background.
Servant Season 4 Episode 8 Recap
This storm of the century is mentioned all over the news channels. Philadelphia is plagued by power cuts and catastrophic weather warnings. A category two storm is heading their way, with severe flood warnings and a poorly timed lunar eclipse predicted to clash during this one night. The Turner household prepares for this storm the best they can. Meanwhile, Julian researches his sudden speech loss and its possible medical reasons. One website talks about conversion disorder, and although it could just be Leanne and her superpowers, Julian cannot bring himself to think this way for now.
What is Uncle George’s plan?
Sean and Julian meet in the tunnels that night to discuss the plan. Uncle George wants them to bring Leanne into these tunnels. The cult member promises to deprogram Leanne and set her straight, but really, he wants to kill her with the cult’s gruesome ritual. Sean asks Julian to lure her down to the basement by any means necessary. Julian agrees to help out, but he has his reservations overall.
Dorothy wakes during the storm, hearing a banging sound. She shuffles over to Jericho’s room and finds a window open. It takes all her strength to close this window; then, she finds Leanne sitting on the bedroom floor.
Dorothy orders Leanne to clean up the mess, and then she starts to talk to the nanny more openly. Dorothy states that she has never met anyone like Leanne, and she sees a lot of herself in her. They are both tenacious and never give up, but that isn’t always good.
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Leanne defends herself, asking Dorothy why she doesn’t like her. All she does is help her; she wants Dorothy to be happy. Dorothy asks why Leanne chose her, but she won’t answer. Dorothy promises to help Leanne see things from a different perspective and then leaves the room to shower independently.
In the attic, Leanne climbs to the rooftops and screams out into the storm. Lightning strikes only meters away, and she laughs manically in response. She screams at the sky, taunting God. Julian arrives to find Leanne having this total breakdown. Leanne believes she has won; she has bested God. He tries to talk her into going down to the basement, but Leanne refuses. Sean and Julian resort to dragging her there instead.
What does Uncle George want Leanne to do?
Sean and Julian wheel Leanne down the tunnels to the cult members. Uncle George asks the two to leave, although Julian is suspicious of the fire. Once Sean and Julian have left, Uncle George speaks with Leanne.
They talk of God’s perfect order and how Leanne has disrupted this peace, creating chaos in the world. She must sacrifice her life to restore order to this world and save the Turner household. Uncle George passes her a burning hot dagger, asking Leanne to perform the ritual to herself, as they cannot kill her.
Who dies in “Tunnels”?
Leanne takes the dagger and stabs Uncle George through the throat, killing him. The other Church of the Lesser Saints members flee, and she chases after them, killing them off-screen in the underground tunnels. Leanne then maims Uncle George’s corpse and sets him ablaze. She returns to the upper levels, with blood splatters across her face.
How does Leanne punish Sean and Julian?
Sean and Julian hear Leanne’s humming, growing nearer and panicking. Sean grabs a cheese knife, and the two nervously head toward the living room together. The storm shatters the window next to Sean, and he accidentally stabs himself with the knife in the chest. Leanne appears, scaring Julian. He apologizes for handing her over and asks to go and phone 911.
Leanne lets him pass but then pushes him down the stairs into the basement. Julian tries to escape but falls back into the basement hole. The shelves of wine then topple over, falling onto Julian. Leanne punishes both Sean and Julian for betraying her.
Servant Season 4 Episode 8 Ending Explained
Leanne heads over to Sean and pulls the knife out of his chest. Sean screams in excruciating agony as Leanne calls 911. She asks for two ambulances, reporting the incident as an accident.
Julian is taken away on a stretcher first, and then another comes for Sean. As Sean is being whisked away, Leanne whispers into his ear, stating that she will not let him back into the house ever again.
The eventful episode ends with Dorothy crawling over to the stairwell. She asks Leanne what she has done. Leanne says it was all an accident; she hasn’t done anything wrong. Leanne sits opposite Dorothy, telling her that it is just them now.
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2 thoughts on “Servant Season 4 Episode 8 Recap – who dies in “Tunnels”?”
So underwhelming. I’ve been obsessed with this show since the pilot. Leave it M. Night Shymalan to finally write complex and intriguing characters only to spend too much time ignoring some of the most basic foundational origin info, to throw it all away over the course of minutes. Obviously, the supernatural was certain from episode one, but not explaining Leanne’s origins or giving more info about the Church Of Lesser Saints (all seemingly dressed like The Latter Day Saints) and how it all played into the plot. What a waste of amazing talent such as Nell Tiger Free. Her performances were outstanding.
Absolutely taken back. Watching every week I feel like I’m right there in the turner hiusr. After watching episode 8 season 4 I was left completely terrified! M night has really hit the mark. I have mixed emotions due to the story will be over. I truly enjoyed every single episode. I hope M Night does another series in the near future. Only one eyed to describe the Show. Outstanding!!! Bravo !!