Karnak, meanwhile, is engaged in an experiment to see whether death is even permanent at all. After learning what Declan and Maximus planned to do together — namely, splicing DNA from different Inhumans so that Maximus can undergo Terrigenesis again and actually get powers this time — Karnak comes up with his own twist on it. He wants to use Auran’s DNA, put in a Terrigenesis chamber with Gorgon’s body, and see if her rapid-healing genes can bring his best friend back to life. It doesn’t appear to work, and the two of them flee before Maximus and his cohort arrive.
But at least Maximus’ plans aren’t any better than Karnak’s. He wanted his second Terrigenesis to be like his first, a ceremony surrounded by his family and other people he loves, but now he’s standing in a dark basement with a human scientist he just met. Not great, Bob!
While Declan takes time to work out the kinks in their experimental science, Maximus heads back to his quarters — where his posse is ambushed by Triton, wearing a badass hood and wielding two knives. Those blades are put to good use slicing apart Maximus’ entire entourage, though when Triton ends up face-to-face with his real foe in an abandoned building, he ditches them for a good old-fashioned fistfight. He’s good with fisticuffs too, and in short order beats the crap out of Maximus. Maximus has political power, but not much else, and after conscripting or killing most of his loyalists, he’s losing even that. But it turns out he does have one last failsafe. When Black Bolt arrives, Maximus says that he installed a device that will destroy Attilan if he’s killed. No way to know if he’s bluffing or not, but for now, Black Bolt holds back. I’m sure Medusa will be happy with that.
Before the episode ends, Declan is greeted by none other than Gorgon — emerged from his Terrigenesis chamber, the former fun-loving captain of the guard is now just breathing heavily and growling as he approaches Declan. Last week, I complained about Inhumans using its primary black character as the plot’s sacrificial lamb. I’m gonna go ahead and say that bringing him back as a mindless barbarian would somehow make this even worse. Guess we’ll see how it all comes together next week!