This is the episode where seemingly random plots are strung together with the campfire chat continuity the audience has experienced since the first episode. I’m referring to those scenes where someone talks about something that already happened. I’ve noticed that these scenes kind of come in two varieties. One is where the listener does not know a piece of information nor should they need it. The other is a “tell, then show” method of storytelling. When I’m writing stories of my own I find myself doing the same thing. The old saying is “show, don’t tell.” It’s odd that dialogue is inherently show to most people reading prose. Yet in film or audio dramas it is a tell. But I guess such is the nature of any artistic medium.
Back to the campfire sequences, I’m starting to get confused as to the point of them and if the story is essentially all just flashbacks of different characters. This didn’t bother me as much in the first, because they weren’t as many. It seemed like the campfire scenes were more obvious this time around. Which isn’t a bad thing. It just made me think about how the story is being told, rather than just enjoying it.
The middle of the season is also the part where the you-know-what hits the fan. All the pieces seem to be in place for an explosive season finale. I’m curious to see how they wrap-up loose ends and which ones they leave for future seasons.