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Zilpha Geary isn’t dead. She’s Taboo’s most important character

Zilpha Geary’s suicide scene pissed off a lot of “Taboo” fans. We witnessed her grow over six episodes, cheered when she pushed a needle through Thorne’s heart and gasped when James finally rejected her love. And then the show’s writers threw her off a bridge.

Oona Chaplin didn’t have a Zilpha Gearyclose-up to explore the pain on Zilpha’s face before she leapt. No flashback surfaced to illustrate better times between James and Zilpha. The woman we thought would be key to James Keziah Delaney’s heart wound up being a footnote in the show’s history.

But what if we were wrong? What if Zilpha Geary is Taboo’s most important character?

Think about it: Who else shows us so much turmoil on screen? Who else can crush James or elate him? Who else kills with such glee and transforms with a taste of blood? And who else has fans hungry for more?

Zilpha isn’t gone, not by a long shot. She could have faked her death. She could have been abducted. She could have attempted to leave a secret message in her suicide note. Or, even if Zilpha is dead, she could delightfully spook us forever as a ghost in James’ head.

Why would Taboo waste time on Zilpha Geary?

Taboo’s first season weaved mystery, horror, action and romance in just eight short episodes. That left no time for filler episodes or self-indulgence. Every minute had to be important, and Zilpha devoured a lot of those minutes. Continue reading Zilpha Geary isn’t dead. She’s Taboo’s most important character

MIB is actually a grown-up Logan

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Hey guys, love your podcast. I, too, have subscribed to the William is the MIB since early in the show. However, episode 9 changed my mind completely. I now believe, with almost near certainty, that the MIB is actually a grown up Logan. It seems very clear to me now and I don’t know why I didn’t see it before. Here are my reasons:

The MIB is clearly a man with considerable means and power. This would have been a full 180 from William (who has had to work hard for his position and is of a more gentle nature). However, this is right in line with Logan. If you think about it, if Logan grew up, became slightly more serious and mature but his innate nature stayed the same you have the MIB. Heck, he even looks more similar to the MIB than William does (the only thing I cannot reconcile is the brown to blue eye issue). Also, Logan was always wanting to go out into the far corners of the park. He didn’t want anything to do with the vanilla story lines. He wanted to dive deep…..which is exactly like the MIB.

The MIB tells how shocked he was when he saw Maeve show signs of true emotion and humanity….if this were a grown up William, why would he be shocked at this? He’s already seen and believed in the “real” emotions and humanity of Delores.

When Delores, supposedly present day, is in the church in Escalante, she hears someone at the door and she says, hopefully, “William?” yet is obviously terrified when she sees it is the MIB. This not only shows that she is scared of him like she would be scared of Logan, but it also shows the MIB has NOT been coming to the park living a second life with Delores all these years, otherwise why would she be scared of him? She would, however, have a visceral fear of the MIB/Logan.

So here is my theory: William obviously goes a little nuts in this episode, but I believe he still loves Delores,…maybe now more crazily than ever. Logan blames this entirely on Delores. There is going to be some big showdown and I predict that Logan will be the only one coming out alive. Delores will be killed on the beach where she “saw” herself dead in the water, however, she will of course be brought back to life to resume her sweet little loop once again. William will be killed at the Abernathy ranch. I think he will try and get back to Delores after she has been reset from being killed on the beach, Logan will try to stop him and William will end up dead. Not before the pic of Juliet that Logan carries around is dropped in the dust to be uncovered years later by Delores’ father. Which brings us to the current timeline.

…Not to mention, on Reddit there is talk that Jimmi Simpson does NOT have a renewed contract for season 2 but Ben Barnes does.

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Thanks again, guys! Great podcast for a great show. Can’t wait for next Sunday!


Can Maeve kill humans?

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What’s up fellas,

I picked up on something that I haven’t seen discussed anywhere. When we see Maeve cut Sylvester’s throat in episode 7, we take this as and indication that she can now kill humans. HOWEVER, she then tells Felix to save Sylvester because they “might need him.” Was this her good Samaritan reflex kicking in? We’ve seen hosts appear as if they’re going to kill a human, only to be stopped short. I wouldn’t be surprised if Ford (or Bernarnold) implemented something in the hosts after Deloris killed Arnold to ensure that it was officially impossible for a host to let a human die. Probably overthinking the scene, but that’s what this is for.

Thanks guys,
Jimbo Slice