Something about “Snake Creeps Down” feels like the calm before the storm. Sure, we get that cool final scene that sees Sunny facing off against the Widow, but most of tonight’s episode is about moving pieces into place for the finale. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it does mean there’s less action, which is Into the Badlands‘ bread and butter, this time around.
The episode starts with a dream sequence that sees Sunny training M.K. on top of the giant wall that protects Quinn’s fort. After pushing M.K. to his limit, the boy turns on him with his powers and pushes him off the wall to his death. Sunny springs awake, the dream a clear manifestation of the decision still to be made about giving M.K. up in exchange for safe passage out of the Badlands.
When he wakes up, he grabs the book that M.K. brought to him, the one he stole from the Widow. Sunny flips through the book until he finds a spot where a section is carved out amongst the pages. He slips his Azra compass into the spot and it begins to whir before stopping on a direction that may just start leading him toward paradise.
For now though, the Widow remains the biggest threat to him, Quinn, and the few people left in the fort. Because she took all the cogs, the poppy fields are going to spoil if they’re not harvested right away. That gives Jade a chance to prove herself, as she teaches the Clippers, and even Lydia, how to harvest the poppy in order to keep up with their opium deliveries.
Things are even worse though because Quinn, while trying to rally his men, gets hit with the effects of his brain tumor again, this time worse than ever. That brings Veil over again to help treat him. Despite her help, Quinn chooses to provoke her, not only talking about her dead parents, but lying to her and saying that it was Sunny who did the deed.
It’s clear he’s trying to drive a wedge between them, because when Sunny sees him later, Quinn tells him to stop seeing her once and for all. Sunny agrees, but we know he’s just getting closer and closer to escaping the Baron’s grasp. The question remains: Will he give up M.K. in order to do so?
Meanwhile, back at the Widow’s fort, Matilda is questioning her mother’s plans for the boy with the powers. The Widow says she’s looking to train him, to harness his powers. She managed to translate much of the book before it was stolen from her, and there’s one thing of particular importance that she learned: M.K. loses more and more of his life force every time he’s cut.
While out in the woods searching for the Widow, Sunny just barely stops M.K. from stepping in a bear trap. He goes all kung-fu on a tree branch, knocking some acorns or pinecones to the ground, setting off the rest of the traps—well, every one but the one his Clipper buddy steps in.
Anyway, that night in the woods, Matilda finds M.K. and has a secret meeting with him and tells him about his dwindling power. She doesn’t get much more out before Sunny stumbles upon them though, and despite M.K.’s protests, he takes her into custody and back to the fort.
NEXT: The Dark One