Sick of living in fear, the sensates throw a party and come face to face with Whispers.
Back to the question about Angelica’s involvement with BPO. When Whispers shows up once again to chat with Will, he comes with a friendlier attitude. He says he wants to be honest this time around, so Will hears him out. They sit on a bench in London, and Whispers muses on the Black Plague, fear, and the idea of moving humanity forward to something better. He insists he’s working for the sensates and their future, and that Angelica believed in their mission. When Will fires back that Angelica killed herself, Whispers mentions that soldiers and police officers often take their lives, too, because the burden of fighting evil can be a lot to bear. This feels like Whispers being manipulative, but it’s also information that Will can use later.
Before the sensates can come back together and develop a new plan for fighting BPO, a few things need to happen to get them out of their respective funks. First, Lito needs to reckon with the fact that he’s now being typecast and find a way to motivate himself and others. That comes in the form of an invitation to be the Grand Marshal of the São Paulo Gay Pride Parade, but he’s hesitant to do it. Second, Nomi needs to feel safe enough to come out of hiding, and thankfully Bug’s guy comes through. They all meet at a movie theater, where Lito’s movie happens to be playing. Bug freaks out when Nomi tells him that Lito is “sitting beside him,” which is super cute. Bug is a huge fan of Lito’s movies, apparently. Once there, Nomi is handed a flash drive that gives her the e-death she craves. Furthermore, the anonymous-looking dude knows all about BPO and homo sensorium, which suggests there are many more sensates than this cluster assumed.
After Wolfgang turns down Lila’s advances and Sun hears that the cop who tried to capture her might actually be willing to help her out now, the cluster meets up at the bar where Lito stole a passionate kiss from a cute bartender last season. They go in there to plan and to drink, but what they find is courage. As the bartender relates how Lito’s passion inspired him to propose to his boyfriend, the group realize they need to change their tactics. Their fear is hindering them. As Will puts it, “Nothing changes if we keep playing it safe.” They’re sick of living in hiding and hoping they figure out a way to stop BPO. They need to be active and forceful.
Essentially, Will posits that if BPO is so stacked with resources, it must be because there are a ton of sensates out there. What they need to do is find a way to tap into those people and attract them to their cause. The plan is to take Victor up on his offer for Riley to perform a DJ set, and everyone is on board.
Sense8 calls back to arguably its most memorable scene by cueing up “What’s Up” by 4 Non Blondes as Riley takes the stage and puts on a show. She tells the crowd about how easy it is to go through life looking down, and how rewarding it is to finally look up and take in your surroundings. She tells Will that she loves him, and all of our collective hearts melt. Then she plays her set. Everybody dances, and it would seem a few people have their first sensate experience, including an older man who suddenly finds himself onstage alongside Riley.
Whispers descends on the party with the cops and smugly lambastes Will for his recklessness, but Will and Riley escape without any issue. They flee on a boat, smiles on their faces for the first time since the stabbing in the museum. For now, they’ve found another way forward: a new way to fight BPO and maybe secure a future for themselves and everyone like them.