‘Carnival Row’ Season 2, Episode 2: Recap And Ending, Explained: What Is Sophie’s Masterplan? Is Dahlia Alive?

In the first episode of “Carnival Row” Season 2, we saw how the Critch of the Burgue were afflicted with an illness, yet the political leaders seemed unconcerned about it as if they didn’t even exist. Although fully aware of reality, the new Chancellor, Jonah, punished the Pucks for the murder of his parents. Sophie Longerbane was controlling Jonah, who was still trapped in his inner conflicts. As a result of his dismay at the chaos, Philo devised a plan to reveal his identity as the son of Absalom Breakspear in front of the Pact ambassador. Meanwhile, Tourmaline was driven to do evil deeds by a dark power that had possession of her. Let’s see what’s in store for us in Episode 2 of “Carnival Row” Season 2.

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Spoilers Ahead


What Was Sophie’s Masterplan?

In episode 2 of “Carnival Row” Season 2, we learn that Philo had requested Boz Ghaidos’ assistance in securing the release of his friend Darius from custody. Darius and Philo finally crossed paths after a long period, but Darius didn’t seem to be happy about it because he felt that Philo had abandoned him to suffer in jail. Darius had a hard time forgiving Philo because of all the suffering he had gone through.

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During this time, Jonah, the Chancellor, welcomed the Pact ambassador to Burgue. They banded together to create an alliance and show solidarity between the two factions. The Pact requested weapons of war from the Burgue as a symbolic act, but Milworthy realized that this was no mere symbolic act and that they actually needed advanced construction equipment, which could only be found in the Burgue, to combat the developing revolutionary movement, New Dawn. In addition to the Chancellor’s support, the opposition leader Sophie served as the brains behind the deal between the Pact and the Burgue. She reassured Jonah that they would provide the Pact and New Dawn with ammunition so that they could engage the troops while the Burgue would find a way to take over Tirnanoc. She also invited businesspeople and members of the republics to her home, where the businessmen raised the issue of factories that were about to close down due to a lack of readily available, cheap labor after the regime had launched the war. She, therefore, advised that each company be given a sizable loan so that they may hire qualified laborers. She also brought up the Fae organizations’ acts of violence, which was something to think about. Although the businesses were hesitant to agree with Sophie, they signed the documents because they had no other option. Sophie was pleased to get her work done.


What Happened In The Banquet Hall? Was Dahlia Alive?

Philo admitted to Vignette that he was finally going to the state banquet hall to expose his identity to the ambassador. However, Vignette didn’t want him to do that because doing so would increase the likelihood that he would be assassinated by the officers. Philo wouldn’t change his mind, though. Vignette drew up a plan to shield Philo and discussed it with the Black Raven. Her plan was to break into the dinner hall and expose the Chancellor and the government’s hypocrisy. Dahlia agreed to perform as planned, but she was bothered by Vignette’s willingness to lead the crew. She thought Vignette wanted to take over as leader, but that was not the case; Vignette was only concerned with the safety of his group.

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As Millworthy assisted Philo in entering the hall, Philo was getting ready to divulge everything when the Black Ravens smashed through the roof and entered the room carrying the sick Fae, Oona. Dahlia described how, like Oona, numerous other Faes had been afflicted by the disease and died, but the Chancellor didn’t find it necessary to look into the matter. Nevertheless, their strategy failed when Dombey fatally shot Oona to death. There had been a great uproar, which caused everyone to flee the hallway. After Philo returned home, Vignette confessed that she was the one who made the plan. Philo couldn’t be upset at her because he knew she loved him, so she felt driven to do anything she could to protect him. The other Black Ravens called Philo and Vignette later in the night, showing them Dahlia and his friend Bolero’s severed heads hanging on the wall. The Faes concluded that it was the humans’ job, but it seemed like some dark demonic energy might have been behind the murder. As Dahlia was gone, it seemed like the responsibility of leadership would fall upon Vignette, who would direct the Black Raven in an effort to bring change in the lives of Critch.

When Tourmaline went to Mima for advice regarding the psychic visions, Mima told her that before Haruspex passed away, she might have given Tourmaline some of her dark power. When she touched Tourmaline, she sensed the presence of a highly evil energy inside of her that might allow her to look into the future or the past or command her to carry out evil deeds. This magical ability could perceive evil; hence, it might also be applied to evil. As a result, Mima warned Tourmaline to be conscious of the darkness inside her, which she had already begun to feel. We shall have a clearer idea of the visions that Tourmaline was experiencing in upcoming episodes. It’s even conceivable that Tourmaline was motivated to perform the crimes by this terrible force. It is yet unclear whether Philo will be able to divulge his identity or if Vignette will forbid it. Let’s wait for the upcoming episodes of “Carnival Row” Season 2 to find out all the answers.

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Poulami Nanda
Poulami Nanda
Poulami Nanda hails from a medical background, yet her journey is to cross the boundaries of medicine and survive in the cinematic world. The surrealistic beauty of cinema and art has attracted her from a very young age. She loves to write poems, songs, and stories, but her dream is to write films someday. She has also worked as a painter, but nothing attracts her more than cinema. Through her writings, she wants to explore the world of cinema more and more and take her readers on the same ride.

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