That’s it, my fellow guardians of the light. We’ve reached the final rung of this ladder that we call “season 1.” And maybe I’ve drunk one too many “medicinal” green-juice cocktails, but the closer I get to the end, the more paranoid I get about what’s really going on. Why does every plotline on this show suddenly feel like a widespread conspiracy?
Conspiracy theory #1: Alison isn’t really returning to Meyerism
Remember that, not long before Alison had a near-suicidal breakdown and rejoined the Meyerists, she was literally risking her life to publicly condemn the movement online. That’s a pretty abrupt change of heart. Alison tells Richard that she’s back because she’s despondent over Jason’s death. She insists that Jason was suffering from madness, seeing things that weren’t there. He wrote in his journal that he was determined to climb the ladder, but every time he tried, he burned his hands. And yet, his account of what happened matches what Abe learned from the coroner’s report: Jason was found with burns on his hands after falling off a mountain. Is it possible that the ladder is a real thing, not just a symbol of enlightenment?
Even if that is true, Alison’s story still sounds suspicious. So, her husband wrote in his journal that he wanted to climb again, “even if it kills me”? Doesn’t that sound like something a murderer might write in somebody else’s journal, right before pushing him off a cliff?
Also, why is Cal suddenly preaching forgiveness for Alison, right after meeting with her in private? This is a guy who gored a man to death with a broken idol for lesser crimes. Now he’s rewriting the most fundamental tenants of the movement, urging his followers to step up and give their most vocal opponent a hug? All if this makes me wonder if Alison knows that Cal played some kind of role in Jason’s death, and she’s blackmailing him into welcoming her back to the faith. Once she’s accepted back into the movement, she can avenge Jason’s death by destroying Meyerism from the inside.
Conspiracy theory #2: Someone has been spiking Eddie’s green juice
Just like Jason, Eddie suffers from hallucinations. It has always been interesting that the only Meyerist who’s not a true believer — Eddie — is the one who’s been receiving the holiest visions. Now, it appears that this is something he might’ve had in common with Jason. After all, Alison once claimed that Jason doubted the faith before he died, and now she says he was “seeing things,” too.
Eddie finally takes steps to leave the faith and his home, but the more time he spends at the Travel Inn, the more his visions increase. There’s a dead falcon on the floor of a local market. There’s a giant, scary snake slithering around his bed. Worried that he’s going crazy, Eddie tells Richard that he’s seen the retreat center in Peru, and the door where he saw Dr. Stephen Meyer dying. (Oops! Did he accidentally mention that Dr. Stephen Meyer was dying? Never mind!) It’s “like I am on the medicine, but I am stone cold sober,” he reveals.
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Well, it’s possible that Eddie’s not as sober as he thinks. The effects of “the medicine” look a lot like the effects of a drug like ayahuasca, which is known for causing flashbacks during regular consciousness. It’s possible that Eddie’s simply feeling the repercussions of decades of green smoothie consumption.
Then again, it’s also possible that someone is actively doping his drink, just to make him a true believer again.
NEXT: Is that Dr. Meyer at the door?