Into the Badlands: “Nightingale Sings No More” Recap and Review
Last week on Into the Badlands, Sunny and company returned to the badlands and made a deal with Baron Chau to take on the Widow. The former clipper quickly changed sides when the Widow told him she could lead him to Quinn and Veil. While Sunny did battle, Veil is forced to marry Quinn for her safety. Before the marriage could be consummated, news of Sunny’s returns interrupted the unhappy couple. This week’s episode “Nightingale Sings No More” began with a flashback of Bajie’s first encounter with the gifted girl known as Flea twenty years ago. A lot of fans had speculated that the Widow was the girl so it wasn’t a surprise to have that theory confirmed. As a child, she was able to break out of the trunk. Her red hair and her introduction as Minerva was all we needed for the pieces to fall into place. Having followed Sunny, Bajie pretended to be a former cog of Baron Chau to get into her property.
A lot of fans had speculated that the Widow was the girl so it wasn’t a surprise to have that theory confirmed. As a child, she was able to break out of the trunk. Her red hair and her introduction as Minerva was all we needed for the pieces to fall into place. Having followed Sunny, Bajie pretended to be a former cog of Baron Chau to get into the Widow’s property.
Inside, M.K. now clean and redressed invited Tilda to join him on his quest to find Azra, but she turned him down citing that she’s met someone who she cares for referring to Odessa. In my opinion, Tilda and Odessa’s relationship hasn’t been shown enough beyond that kiss for Tilda to be willing to stay with her. As if she knew she was being discussed, Odessa walked into the room and was introduced by Tilda. The girl looked terrified of M.K. and quickly left the room. Tilda followed her and heard the story of how Odessa was a witness during M.K.’s slaughter of those being sold to the River King. She demanded Tilda stay away from him.
Quinn gave Gabriel a mission and then proceeded to get into a small scuffle with Veil. One of his men, Jenkins, seemed to almost step in before Veil was taken away. Waldo and Sunny reunited in the sanctuary and the veteran gave his former colt a warning about trusting the Widow as well as access to his personal armory. While Sunny and the Widow prepared their assault on Quinn, the former Baron gave his men the signal to start their final plan. He also revealed to Lydia that he was aware of her and Veil’s plan to have Veil slit his throat. The final plan is to have the tunnels blocked off and explosives set throughout their hideout. Lydia and Veil realized that they can no longer wait for Sunny to rescue them.
Gabriel arrived at the sanctuary as a refugee only to kill a butterfly and reveal to Sunny that not only is Veil Quinn’s wife, but the Widow is the one who traded the doctor to Quinn. He also said that Henry recognized Quinn as his father. Before the Widow could kill him, Gabriel set off an explosive vest, killing himself and several nearby clippers. Sunny escaped in the chaos with the help of Bajie and headed to the fort. Before he left, he told Bajie to find M.K. and have the boy lead him to the fort.
The former abbot found M.K. but instead of leaving immediately, he told the boy that they needed to get the Azra book from the Widow first. The pair got caught because Odessa eavesdropped on the conversation. After they are imprisoned, Tilda went to confront her “mother”. After calling the Widow by her first name, Tilda says that she should have poisoned her. That seemed to set her baron off. The pair clash in a spectacularly choreographed and emotional scene. Tilda held her own pretty well for a time. In the end, the Widow dropped a chandelier on her already injured regent.
When the Widow tried to walk away, Tilda demanded that she finish it and kill her. After a moment of hesitation, the baron delivered a serious kick to the head. It’s unclear if Tilda is dead or just knocked out, but plenty of fans were dropping crying emojis and RIPs on Twitter. We’ll have to wait until next week’s finale to see.
Final thoughts on this week’s Into The Badlands
This week’s episode was high energy and moved quickly. With both sides scheming and Sunny trying to toe the line of siding with the Widow, but not trusting her, it was inevitable that things were going to get messy. It seems that Bajie is Sunny’s only ally that has lasted more than one episode this season, and his motives are always unclear. I was surprised this week that he was actually kind of helpful. With his interest in finding Flea, I expected him to try to get in her good graces. We don’t know what he wants with the Azra book, but with the compass in his possession whoever wants to use it needs him.
Marton Csokas’ performance as Quinn continues to be great and cringe-worthy. For a terrible man, Quinn can give some great speeches. His plan of blowing everyone up is so crazy that only he would think of something like that. I’m surprised that Lydia hasn’t tried to kill him again after what he did to Ryder. She’s focused so much on Veil and Henry that the death of her son has taken the backseat. One thing that didn’t work for me is the attempt at making it seem like they’ve progressed Odessa and Tilda’s relationship more than they’ve shown us. M.K. was accepting of her decision and the fact that she has someone else, which wasn’t surprising, but the almost triangle thing feels forced.
I’m giving this week’s episode of Into the Badlands a 10/10 for that amazing fight scene between Tilda and the Widow.