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The Returned Recap: Milan

The horde might be striking back — and Claire’s their latest victim.

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The Returned

TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
run date:
Pierre Perrier, Yara Pilartz
Sundance Channel

At one point in this episode, Léna discovers that her father has been busy trying to figure out why some people returned and why some didn’t. He has an entire room in his house devoted to the investigation, which involves newspaper clippings, drawings, Post-it notes, anything he can get his hands on that will maybe, just maybe, point him in the direction of an explanation, and, as a result, a hint as to where Camille and Claire are now. It’s bold, this investigation — especially because the mystery of the returned only keeps getting more and more complicated.

Last week, Claire and Camille urged the screaming Audrey to shush for fear that the zombie-like horde would crowd around their house. This week, that horde came back in full force: Audrey spots Esteban, another casualty of the bus accident, from inside her room, and runs to the door to let him in. Claire does, but then Audrey and Esteban immediately leave the house despite Claire’s passionate protests. Camille joins them, sending Claire running after the trio of rebellious teens. 

Camille ends up telling the other two the news that they’re dead, something they unsurprisingly don’t take it too well. Actually, they just refuse to believe her, leading Camille to take a broken glass and come close to slicing her own neck to prove that she’s immortal. After a few completely cringe-worthy moments spent bracing for some season 1-level grossness, a particularly young horde member comes up and stops her, reminding her that she knows “the rules.” And those are?

Because this show doesn’t like us knowing anything at all, he doesn’t do her or us the favor of repeating said rules — but he does take the three to the site of the bus crash in an attempt to make them realize that they are, indeed, dead. There, they get to see how they’ve been grieved: Esteban’s memorial includes pictures, Audrey’s a teddy bear, and Camille’s a heartfelt letter from Léna. 

Some people narcissistically lament that they will never to get to attend their own funerals, to see the ways people will remember and miss them. But this scene suddenly makes that fantasy of sorts sound more nightmarish than enlightening, a harsh reminder of the effect death has on the lives left behind. It doesn’t help that this whole activity is showing these three young people that they are dead, an inevitability most breathing humans fear.

During this time, Claire is wandering around looking for them and eventually finds herself cornered by the horde. We don’t see her again until she’s lying injured on the ground, seemingly unconscious. A man approaches her and gently touches her face, and assumedly takes her back home: Camille, Esteban, and Audrey later find her, still unconscious, in the house. She wakes up and hugs Camille with a look of disorienated, dismayed shock on her face. Now it’s starting to make sense why Claire was so insistent that the kids not leave the house.

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