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Into The Badlands recap: Two Tigers Subdue Dragons

The Barons are on the brink of war while Sunny works with M.K. to control his powers.

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Into the Badlands

TV Show
Current Status:
In Season

This week’s Into The Badlands, “Two Tigers Subdue Dragons,” opens on Matilda running through the forest completely covered in blood, having survived, along with her mother, Quinn’s raid on their fort. She stumbles into the road in front of a jeep, screaming for help. When the men get out to help her, the Widow throws two of her butterfly ninja star things and kills them both.

Together, the Widow, Matilda, and the rest of her “sisters” climb aboard the jeep, filled with gold, and begin to set in motion a plan that could bring about war, or at least bring down Quinn. It seems that just about every move made in this episode is to quicken Quinn’s downfall.

Back at the fort, Sunny is working to train M.K., but as usual, the boy is rushing into action. He’s stubborn and has quite the ego; when he thinks he has the upper hand on Sunny, he goes after him, but his mentor quickly puts him in his place, which is on his ass on the ground.

That training leads to M.K. practicing on his own at night. When he’s worried that he’s not fast or strong enough, he contemplates cutting himself and enabling his powers. Sunny watches from a distance as he pulls out a knife, hovering it over his palm. He ultimately puts the knife away though, knowing that he can’t control his rage yet.

Meanwhile, one of Jade’s biggest secrets is finally revealed to be not so much of a secret. While she’s planning her wedding along with Lydia, she tells her that instead of being enemies they should work together, that Jade has often viewed Lydia as a mother. Lydia’s response/motherly advice? That having sex with both her soon-to-be husband and his son probably isn’t the best idea. That’s a Lydia mic drop, in case you were wondering.

While Lydia and Jade are sparring over Quinn, the real, live Quinn is once again visiting with Veil, getting an update on his tumor. She says that while she doesn’t have a ton of experience treating such an ailment, she knows her father had a remedy of sorts. It’s not a cure, but it could shrink the tumor and let him live longer. It’s about the only option he has.

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After witnessing M.K. almost cut himself, Sunny decides that it’s time to see what M.K. can do with his power and see if he can control it. He takes him to an abandoned part of the Badlands and swiftly cuts him with his sword. M.K.’s eyes go dark and he punches Sunny in the chest, which sends him flying more than a few feet backward.

When Sunny and M.K. both regain consciousness after the incident, M.K. is livid. He says he’s not ready to control his rage, that he could have killed Sunny. Sunny says it’s not about control, but rather balance. When his rage takes over, he needs to find something pure to focus on, something inside of him. But what in this world is still pure?

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