With only 3 episodes left for The Mist this season, the pressure is on for the residents of Bridgeville. Boy does the show deliver big time tonight with the jaw dropping episode, “Law of Nature.” Huge secrets are uncovered and society finally starts to crack under the weight of the mist. No one is safe from the destruction that will follow, but remember, even destruction is an act of creation.
Things are looking grim, for all the groups we’ve been following thus far. Food is running short at the mall, tensions between residents are at an all time high, the only working car is almost out of gas, and with Father Romanov’s death uncertainties darken the mood at the church. The mist doesn’t seem to be clearing out anytime soon and the town still no answers about what’s actually happening and there have been no signs of outside help coming to save them. Now that the battle of Mother Nature vs. the Church has been addressed, tensions are strongest at the mall. So we’ll start there.
Things are heating up between Alex and Jay, which has Eve on edge. She doesn’t want him anywhere near her daughter so has to improvise on what to do. But there’s more distrust happening at the mall than just that. The main group lead by Gus is quickly falling apart. With only 1 day left of food rations, that group is accurately described as dry grass just waiting to ignite. Particularly with grieving mom Shelly, still trying to put whatever blame she can on Alex.
She is still upset, but she’s becoming dangerous very very quickly, and the main group at the mall is only a small push away from starting a full on witch hunt with Alex being guilty. It doesn’t help that she over sees Alex and Jay burning off some energy, roller skating around the mall. They end up kissing and as Shelly quite bluntly puts it, you don’t often see girls having make out sessions with their accused rapists. She’s trying to convince the others that Alex is part of the mist, that’s why it didn’t want her, and that she is somehow to blame for it’s appearance.
Alex is playing with fire though, at least in regards to Jay. She knows how her mother feels about him, and honestly her character really bothers me a bit with how stubborn she is. Shelly has a point, maybe she’s starting to believe that Jay didn’t do anything to her. But she knows that something did, which means someone had to have taken advantage of her and she’s quite frankly putting herself in some pretty dumb situations. Yes she’s a teenager and wants to be a ball of angst towards her mother, but damn child. Grow up a bit and show some respect and gratitude for those trying to care for you. Because of her actions, Eve decided that something needed to be done about Jay. We’ve already seen her threaten him with a gun, I really don’t think she would have a problem using it on him either. Luckily, she’s going a tad less extreme route in order to deal with him. She finds a small room with no windows in the inner hallways of the mall. All it takes is a few essentials, and boom you’ve got yourself a prisoner. Though she was nice enough to leave him a cot, blanket, small pillow, some water AND toilet paper. For now, in Eve’s mind, the problem of Jay is solved. Alex goes looking for him and ends up in the main camp, asking if they’ve seen him. She has a stand off with Shelly which just adds even more fuel to that particular fire.
Gus and Shelly have a talk about what’s truth and what isn’t. He tells her that she cannot egg on the other members of their community. If she knows that Alex isn’t a part of the mist, she shouldn’t start rumors with the others. She however has caught him on a little secret, he’s been stashing food in his office and has a full supply. When the tables are turned on him about coming clean to the group, he panics. If she rats him out to the group they’ll kick him out of the mall, easily. Gus has a moment to think but ends up knocking Shelly on the head and killing her. He couldn’t risk his secret getting out to the group, it would be certain death for him. At first he doesn’t do anything, but once he hears someone approaching he turns on his acting skills and acts like he just tumbled across this. At first he isn’t believed, but when he suggests that he saw Alex running away from the scene, suddenly he is a credible witness. Things are going downhill at the mall, super freaking fast.
At the church, Natalie is waiting for a sign from the mist about what to do next. She speaks fondly of being surrounded by the mist, and the comfort it brought. She knows that she will have to venture back into at some point, but she’s trying to decipher the meaning of why the mist is here and what exactly it needs. The first black spring was brought upon after a girl sexually attacked, much like this time. Once the mist has purged those who offend the laws of nature, it will move on from Bridgeville and let the remaining residents live in peace. She and Connor have a heart to heart about death and raising families. Jay’s mom passed when he was very young, leaving Connor to figure things out on his own. And now more than ever he feels like he has failed. Failed himself, his son, his late wife, and the town. He is supposed to protect and maintain order, yet here he is thrown in the middle of a serious accusation. When he was in the mist, he had a dreadful feeling, he admits that with every bone in his being, he just knew that Jay was guilty. This confession to Natalie gives her the next step in the plan. They need to restore order, purge what the mist is naturally trying to kill off and then rejoice in life. They have to head to the mall, where Jay was last known to be. Now that she has their next step, she addresses her followers. After some debate, only two decide to join her and Connor for the adventure to the mall. The others, while have faith in her, feel they will be safer staying in the church. Bad choice. Connor has found an underground tunnel system for their path, but even destruction is a new creation. On their way out, they burn down the church and those they left inside.
Now for the most messed up part of the night, if that is even possible. Kevin and crew are back in the car and heading for the mall. Mia thinks they’re lost and Adrian snaps that they aren’t lost, they’re on his street. It takes a minute for it to click in his head, but they’re on his street. He tells Kevin that he has to stop and check in on his family. We all know that he hates his dad and that feeling is mutual, but he wants to see his mom. Kevin hangs tight in the car, Mia and Bryan run to a nearby garage to spyhon off some extra gas, and Adrian heads inside to check the status of his family. He finds his dad in the kitchen, eating some beans at the kitchen table. He offers Adrian some but even in this dire situation, there is no love between the two. Adrain asks where his mother is, and he finds her in the living room. Dead on the couch, she was terrified when the mist came and stepped out onto the porch, his dad was too late once the screaming started. She was pecked to death by birds in the mist.
So, the mist is still taking it’s victims based upon fears or psychological secrets each person hides. Which I still think is brilliant and I love the fact that we’re getting to see the aftermath of these fears but also it adds an extra level of creepy to what is going on. Who wouldn’t be terrified of a mist that could take your life in the way you personally find most terrible? Adrian and his father get into an argument and the topic surprisingly turns to Alex. Adrian admits that he was scared of losing Alex to Jay, so he had to do something. His father makes a comment about how Alex will only love him until she finds a man who will f her. And without losing a beat, without blinking an eye, he responds with, “I already did.” Woah there Adrian, what the hell did you just say? Not only that, but he then shoots his father right there in the kitchen without a second thought.
At this point, Kevin has found Vic, mall employee who was booted from the group and sent to his death. His return is totally overshadowed by Adrian’s confession though and right now is just a convenient plot point for updating Kevin on events at the mall. Bryan and Mia make it back, bringing gas for the car with them, so Kevin is antsy to get to the mall. He goes in for Adrian, but Adrian the sneaky bastard really is crazy. He hears Kevin coming so deeply cuts his arm to make it look like a battle ensued between himself and his father. Kevin of course is a bleeding heart and comes to the aid of his daughter’s best friend, none the wiser about what Adrian has just admitted to. Adrian clearly does need some help, and maybe the murderer in the psych ward wasn’t too far off, there is something seriously wrong with Adrian and that’s becoming clear very fast. Kevin tells him not to worry, that he will always have the Copeland family to call his own. Adrian is obsessive about needing to hear Kevin promise he can always be a part of their family. The guilt starts to wear down on him and without saying it, he asks Kevin again to promise he will always belong, even if he did something stupid.
They’re in the bathroom, looking for medical supplies to clean up Adrian’s cut when Kevin comes across a bottle of the exact drug Alex was drugged with at the party the night of her assault. Kevin knows now what happened and tells Adrian that he needs help. Adrian quickly snaps from woe is me I need help personality to raging psycho personality and grabs the shot gun to take out Kevin as well. There is a struggle and Kevin just ends up getting knocked out. Again without missing a beat at all, Adrian knows just what to do to save his own ass. He runs to the car, crying and back in his woe is me personality, and tells the other that Kevin is dead. That his own father shot him and he saw him die. He tells the others that he promised Kevin he would take care of Alex and Eve, and without much delay, Mia moves to the drivers seat and they presumably head for the mall. Leaving Kevin to regain consciousness stranded in a house with the comforting thought that a severely messed up person is heading straight towards his wife and daughter.
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