[Warning: General spoilers ahead.]
Monday night, Humans wraps up its second season with a two-hour finale, and although nothing is confirmed yet yay or nay for another season, I have a feeling this could well be the end of their story. It would be a shame to never pick up with them again, but episodes 7 and 8 do deliver closure on several fronts, so I’m OK with it in that regard, and grateful for these final episodes.
Last week’s two-parter featured an increasingly dangerous Hester meeting Mattie and instead of evaluating her as an ally, taking her as a threat. That dynamic continues tomorrow. Mia smartly returned to the safe haven of the Hawkins to get rebooted and catch her breath before returning to Leo. Niska took a runner back to Astrid, leaving Laura in a quandary about next steps.
Renie wasn’t helpful to Toby in trying to stop Sophie’s spiral into Synthiedom, while Odi took drastic measures to circumvent being hurt anymore. And Karen and Pete welcomed the young Synth into their home without quite knowing what to actually do about him, other than visit Athena, who finally found a line she really doesn’t want to cross.
Tomorrow, all of those roads converge in a wonderfully poignant way, as the definitions of human and Synth blur even further and takes casualties on both sides. That collapsing of divides is crystallized the most, separately, for Athena, who takes a long, hard look at what she wants from Vi, and Laura, who finally realizes the totality of what David Elster created with his originals.
I don’t want to spoil specifics for you, because it is a really well done, if at times brutal, wrap-up, so I’ll just set the stage for you.
Leo is still challenged by Hester about what the right thing is for rescuing the Synths at Qualia, until Mia steps up as Alpha and says there’s another, less destructive way in. She’s right, to a point, and that point turns out to be a catalyst for Hester to blow past any restraint she might have still had.
Karen is increasingly distraught about her lot in life and its limitations so she goes to see Athena with a fairly radical request.
Laura turns to an old ally when she needs help finding Niska in the hopes that she can safely resolve the Qualia situation, but she soon finds out that Niska’s feelings about her family are very complicated.
Mattie solicits help from Max, and he gives her another view of conscious Synths that’s more hopeful than the desperation and loneliness that Odi felt.
Vi talks honestly with Athena about who she is and what she wants, which combined with meeting Karen, pushes her more toward Mattie’s line of thinking that the Synths are a who and not a what.
Toby tries again with Sophie and Renie, and this time it has an inverse effect, which may help Sophie after all.
Joe is the odd man out as he suggests another move to Laura, who instead tells him he’s looking at the negatives of where their last year has taken them vs. the positives.
If you’re like me and you’ve become attached to these characters, the finale will be emotional throughout. It’s a tense couple of hours with beautifully heartfelt moments sprinkled in. If we are done, I’ll miss all of them, but I’m glad I spent 16 episodes getting to know them. The series is a set in a near, indeterminate future, and we may not be that far off as more and more people perhaps retreat inward or look for an other when they find the outside world is scarier and scarier.
Humans concludes Season 2 beginning at 10/9c Monday on AMC. Remember to set those DVRs for two hours. If you missed any episodes this season, they’re all online at AMC. Here are a couple of (spoilish) sneak peeks of the finale. Thanks for reading!