Ah Plunderer, truly the gift which keeps on giving. From time travel to magical aliens engaging in mob rule, we’ve now reached the point where the evil antagonist who wasn’t so evil is, in fact, actually evil. ‘Tis a strange twist of fate when Schmerman is proven to be the progenitor of all evil, but frankly I think we all knew it was coming.
Besides Licht actually kicking the bucket (even if we all know he’s not permanently dead), the main surprise definitely had to be Jail getting beaten to a pulp by daddy dearest. Or, you know, Jail technically being a stand-in for Alan’s murdered son and daughter, but that’s a family conversation for another week. I’m frankly not too stunned Alan overcame Jail right now considering Alan’s Ace status and the uncertainty surrounding how the ownership over the Original Ballots will play out, however I highly doubt Jail is going to be left Numberless for too long. When Jail has more or less become the rival sidekick for Licht and is now serving as his “rational” side (insert speech about conviction here), there needs to be someway to ensure those iron fists to face leave their intended mark.
As for Doan and Schmerman though, things are a little less certain. While Doan’s opinions are a pretty easy read—i.e. believer in power only being given to those who’ve proven their worth—Schmerman for all his changes still leaves some things up in the air. It’s easy to guess that preserving Alcia is front and centre for example (it’s important for Doan as well), but it’s hard to believe a simple preservation of the status quo is all that our bespectacled blondie is aiming for. When you’re producing pills seemingly capable of turning the average man (or woman) into superhuman killing machines and demanding full control over the Original Ballots, there’s something else going on behind the scenes, especially when some other key players (e.g. Firenda) haven’t been seen for a while. Not that the truth is going to be easily discerned (if at all) before season’s end mind you, but I imagine a twist or two will help keep things moving along.
It’s only a question of how big a shakeup they wind up causing.