SDCC 2016 ‘Lucifer’: The Devil has a Mother

by Agent Alicia Glass (a.k.a. Pandora the Punctuation Horror)

It just wouldn’t be a complete Comic-Con without a visit to Hell! Or rather, a re-visit with the Devil on vacation and his pals, both human and divine, as we dive into the panel for FOX’s Lucifer!

The panel included Tom Ellis (Lucifer), D.B. Woodside (Amenadiel), Tricia Helfer (Mom), Lesley-Ann Brandt (Maze), Aimee Garcia (Ella Lopez), and Executive Producers Joe Henderson and Ildy Modrovich.

For those of you who may not recall, season one of Lucifer ended with some feuding angelic brothers teaming up to take on some bad humans, a potential death and return from Hell, and, oh hey, the news that, someone escaped from Hell and Luci’s been tasked to go get them. Who escaped, you ask? The one person/entity/whatever that Lucifer, Amenadiel, even God himself apparently, is afraid of – Mom.

We all wondered, because at the end of season one, Henderson didn’t have an actress to play her: Someone who would end up with the previously unheard-of role of Mother of the Devil. Wonder no more, Comic-Con fans, for famed sci-fi maven, Tricia Helfer joined the cast of Lucifer on stage in role as Mom!

Helfer was gleeful and playful about her role, pointing out, “The ‘Mom’ chapter was left out of the Bible,” so the show had tons of wiggle-room to write that chapter themselves.

Lesley-Ann Brandt was eager to explain that her character, Maze, would have her own version of emancipation in season two, being forced to remain on Earth  with Lucifer more or less as she is now. And of course, there is no love lost between Maze and Mom, who know each other pretty well, since, “Mom was in Hell and Maze was a prime torturer there, so their meeting again up on Earth is … tense.”

Aimee Garcia plays a new character on the show, forensic scientist Ella Lopez, who inevitably gets involved with Lucifer and Decker’s crime fighting. Garcia related an amusing little story where she surprise-hugged Tom Ellis in their first real scene together on the show. “I’m a hugger in real life and, apparently, so is Lopez; I just gave Tom a big hug and he was like, ‘Hey, go with it!’”

The audience was assured that Lucifer is still in therapy in season two, which is great because his therapy sessions are arguably some of the best scenes on the show. Woodside, who plays Amenadiel, Lucifer’s brother on the show, related that it was important to continue that aspect of Lucifer’s journey, “It’s always interesting to see a character be fragile, especially this character.”

Henderson happily explained that season one of Lucifer had most of the characters establishing their own roles on the show, so season two will have a lot more of the characters playing off each other and being much more together. He also gleefully explained to curious fans that the very reason Chloe Decker affects Lucifer in that way, will be explained in season two as well.

Lucifer will be back to set our everything a-boiling September 19, 2016 on FOX @9:00 p.m./8:00 p.m., Central!

‘Houdini and Doyle’ Premiere: A Magician Never Reveals his Failings

by Agent Alicia Glass (a.k.a. Pandora the Punctuation Horror)

Set in (where else?) London of 1901, the latest Fox supernatural drama opus features a jaded Harry Houdini and a bedazzled Arthur Conan Doyle, teamed up to investigate Scotland yard murder mysteries with a mystical bent. So let’s get into this!

We all know who the title characters are, or we should at any rate. Harry Houdini (Michael Weston) is well-known as being, perhaps, the world’s greatest escape artist, magician, master illusionist, et al. And, of course, Doyle (Stephen Mangan) wrote the memorable Sherlock Holmes book mysteries, which are still in circulation, even today. But, as we meet these two men in this new show, both are having issues with the very things that made them famous and allowed them to become freelance investigators when the Yard comes up with a supernatural-laden murder mystery in a nunnery.

Houdini, at this point, does his escape-from-straight-jacket-watery-death bit every night of the week and twice on Sundays, allowing him to hobnob with the likes of Churchill and other (in)famous names, but it’s left him very jaded on the life of the glitterati.

Doyle on the other hand is almost infamous for his Holmes mysteries, mobbed by fans who, of course, want more mind-blowing mysteries solved, reviled by the police whose procedures his stories have mocked, when all he wants is to promote his newest book that has crap-all to do with Holmes.

So, Houdini doesn’t believe in anything supernatural. Being an illusionist as he is, he will not believe unless he can see it for himself. Harry will often gleefully wager large sums (for 1901) of money as to whether or not some phenomenon is real, to which Doyle, exasperatedly, occasionally gives in. Doyle, on the other hand — oddly despite his scientific leanings in his Holmes mysteries — is a believer who, for very personal reasons, desperately wants the supernatural and all its wonders to be real.

Upon hearing about a death in a nunnery where the girls are swearing it was a vengeful ghost, Houdini and Doyle present themselves as eager-beaver detective-types to the Yard and get the reluctant go-ahead, only to be saddled with an unwanted police presence. Neither man wants a constable on the job with them, never mind a female one, as Adelaide Stratton (Rebecca Liddiard) immediately finds out, much to her chagrin. Scotland Yard is slowly limping into this century, apparently, but putting a lady constable on the Houdini and Doyle case is just an insult and she’s just a glorified nanny, as the police chief roundly informs her when Stratton tries to gush her gratefulness at him.

Similar to Agent Carter, the struggle for any woman in a highly male-dominated society, especially a place like Scotland Yard in London 1901 — the concept isn’t completely far-fetched out of this world, but it’s only just inside the lines of credibility. Like Fox’s other attempt at “I suppose it’s possible,” on Sleepy Hollow, the show is attempting to cater to us women with a female presence supposedly in authority of sorts, struggling to show she can do much more than make and serve tea to these uppity men. Stratton’s presence on the show may do the series more harm than good — no offense to Liddiard’s performance — but the real challenge comes in writing an inoffensive, bumbling, but lovable female constable character for her to play.

This opening gambit case of murder in the washing nunnery seemed to be deliberately lacking details and wasn’t explained very well during the wrapup of the last few minutes of show. Once again, we have an instance of “It’s possible,” but I think the whole thing seemed rather like a knock-off of The Illusionist film. The show’s writers have all sorts of leeway to bring in many characters, both real and imaginary (imagine the ghost of Jack the Ripper or a real-life Dr. Jekyll, just for openers) for the murder mysteries and make them as far-fetched or believable as they want. But, trying to give the BBC folks a run for their money in this fashion seems about as likely as getting eel pie to catch on in America. The backgrounds, sets, costumes and inevitable CGI settings are all more or less fine, and they work for setting the stage, but the writing needs stepping up a few notches in order to ensure a return appearance for our newest odd couple detective pair of Houdini and Doyle!

Catch the magic and mystery of Houdini and Doyle on Fox, Mondays @9:00 p.m./8:00 p.m, Central!

‘Lucifer’ Finale: You’re Smarming, Darling

by Agent Alicia Glass (a.k.a. Pandora the Punctuation Horror)

Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis), the fallen angel from Biblical old testament times himself, thought, “Screw this noise,” and popped off from Hell for a vacation here on earth. He just had to get involved with the one woman he simply can’t charm and coerce, who happens to be a police officer, Chloe Decker (Lauren German), and now, somehow, the Devil incarnate is the equivalent of a police-attache CI. Of course, there’s various dramas with the people around Chloe to contend with, too – mainly her ex, Dan Espinoza (Kevin Alejandro); also a cop and the father of her child Trixie; and the brought-back-from-the-dead fellow officer, Malcolm (Kevin Rankin), who turns out to be a psycho pawn to be used against Lucifer. Our Devil there runs his bar with the help of Mazikeen (Lesley-Ann Brandt), “call me Maze for short”: A sexy demon, deadly with her knives that he brought out of Hell with him. Luci (don’t look at me — that’s what his brother calls him) also has to contend with Amenadiel (D.B. Woodside), a brother Angel here on earth, determined to stop at nothing to send our weary Devil back to Hell where he belongs, damn it.

I think I may have figured out at least one of the secrets to Lucifer’s appeal, despite his many many failings – somehow, a lot like Jack Sparrow, if one thinks about it, he manages to be both smarmy and charming at the same time. Thu,s I give you the newly coined, just for FOX’s version of Lucifer, description: smarming. Lucifer’s flippant accent and attitude just adds another layer of smarming, because we all know Brits make the best bad guys. But that’s just it – in this adaptation of the ultimate Fallen One, Lucifer Morningstar is an under-the-radar nightclub owner who thinks he can use bad to do good, coaxing the truth under all those desires from evil-doers and only really resorting to the bedroom red-eyed cloven-hoofed monstrosity on those who really deserve it. There are a few moments when he goes Beast Leviathan 666 monster on people who really did deserve it, and the fact that it happens so rarely is somehow all part of his infernally charming package. This is a much more humane version of Lucifer and when he realizes it, the Devil does something very human – he gets a therapist.

Lucifer Morningstar’s therapy sessions with Linda Martin are some of the very high points of the show, whether the sessions are between the sheets or on a couch in her office. Because of course Lucifer sleeps with his therapist, at least for a while, in the beginning, and he’s obviously smarming enough outside the boudoir to let Martin deal professionally with his insistent metaphors about Angels and God and whatnot. Owed in no small part to the wonderful performance from Rachael Harris as Dr. Martin, we watch and are delighted by Lucifer’s therapy, the way Linda deals with his idiosyncrasies make us all wish we could have a therapist like that.

Lord Lucifer is all kinds of used to reading the minds of us humans, with our darkest desires easily brought to the surface and all, and smarming his way into the pants of every single woman he meets, just about. So, when he meets Officer Chloe Decker and is simply unable to convince her to sleep with him or float her darkest desires to the top, he is, of course, simply fascinated, darling, and determined to stick to her like tar to find out why. Lucifer discovers, to his chagrin, that Decker’s presence seems to humanize him instead, making him both literally and figuratively vulnerable to the frailties of being human. One would think that discovering hanging out around a human woman, a cop no less, makes Lucifer susceptible to things like bullet wounds, would deter him from her presence forever, but no. This version of the Devil delights in squiggly naughty things and thumbing his nose in Dad’s general direction without ever actually committing what we would consider true soul-crushing evil. In fact, Lucifer discovers he enjoys punishing bad guys so much, he tells Amenadiel to stuff it when his brother comes a-calling, demanding Lucifer return to his rightful place in Hell.

So what’s an Angelic brother to do? Amenadiel has been shadowing Lucifer throughout this entire season, watching our Devil fumble with his humanity versus his accursed divinity, and patience apparently isn’t his strong suit. So Amenadiel brought Malcolm back from the dead (I didn’t know Angels could do that), out of Hell and into his service, with one clear goal in mind – frame and then kill Lucifer Morningstar. What Amenadiel didn’t count on is the sheer surprises in life, including learning to actually care about Maze after he sleeps with her. She is after all a demon. And he didn’t expect Malcolm to go bugshit nuts trying to keep his butt from being sent back to the Hot Place. It’s all come down to this finale episode, where Lucifer has been successfully framed for murder, Decker’s trying to arrest him, Amenadiel has finally come round to start helping Lucifer, and we just know there will be all sorts of confrontations involved, including one completely unexpected.

The bad guys doing a couple of bare-knuckle rounds with a pair of pissed-off Seraphim amazed me – if you believe the hype as far as the highest Choir of Angels goes, you could strap a backpack nuke to a Seraph and he/it probably wouldn’t even sneeze, nevermind attempting straight fisticuffs. (But perhaps I watched a little too much Dominion and Legion.) We got treated to an adorable double therapy session when both Luci and Amenadiel went to see Dr. Martin, and now everyone’s on the hunt for Malcolm! But we can’t forget that Decker’s presence makes Lucifer vulnerable, so when he takes some gunshots, we fear this could be the end of at least Lucifer’s human body. Not so, Ellis fans, for Lucifer Morningstar rises to save the day most improbably and drops something even more surprising later, when he and Amenadiel are celebrating coming through this mess – Dad, that Divine parental absentee landlord that Lucifer’s been ranting at this entire time, not only spoke to Lucifer at the moment of his proposed death, He sent Luci back to earth with a mission. Find the one important person who escaped Hell’s clutches and send them back to the Pit. And who is the one person that could actually terrify Amenadiel, Lucifer, and even Dad? Well. Lucifer calls her, “Mum.”

It also bears noting that the soundtrack for the show is really great and worth looking into, not just yet more repetitions of “Sympathy for the Devil.” The finale out-tro confirmed that Lucifer has been renewed for a season two on Fox, so let the mother of the Devil speculation begin!


‘Second Chance’: Are You Worthy of Another Life?

by Agent Alicia Glass (a.k.a. Pandora the Punctuation Horror)

A pair of genius twins bring a dead sheriff back to life in this modern-day take on the Frankenstein mythos!

We understand these twins, they’re both like uber alles full-on geniuses. Otto (Adhir Kalyan) apparently came up with the algorithm that makes Facebook 5.0 look like your worst big-brother nightmare, some social media the twins control that a billion people are on, according to his twin sister Mary (Dilshad Vadsaria). It’s rather implied that Otto made the Arthur system that is the near-A.I. that runs their house, so we need to keep his unstable character around so he can further use his genius to enhance the modern potential slavery of our lives. Okay, I buy that.

For all his genius, as is often the case in the price we pay for Einstein-like powers, Otto is very unstable. The twins manage to remind us, fairly constantly, that Otto didn’t speak to anyone but his twin Mary, until he was nine years old. At age eight, he came up with a 3,000-word private language for his sister and him to communicate with. Ergo, Otto needs his twin in a way difficult to describe, and of course, he absolutely panics when Mary turns up with, you guessed it, cancer.

Regardless of the twins’ implied near-mystical connection, think what you would do if there was anything you could do to keep the one person in the world that you consider the other half of your soul from dying. This is when Otto first comes across the idea of what I’m calling the Hero serum, the Anti-Hyde if you will, which is the fantasy way of saying he made juice that takes the best traits of a dead man and enhances the hell out of them.

Enter Sheriff Jimmy Pritchard (Philip Baker Hall). A policeman, a man’s man with a smoker’s hack and two fingers of bourbon as he sits, old and forcibly retired from the force in a cloud of disgrace, getting harangued by his FBI son. His mind is still like a steel trap, though his body seems to have forgotten that. Which is why, when Jimmy goes nosing where he shouldn’t in his son’s house, he ends up getting tossed off a bridge.

Well, guess what? It turns out our favorite curmudgeon sheriff is the one-in-a-zillion chance chromosome whatever, that Otto needs to experiment with. If the Hero Serum works on Jimmy, his blood can start trying to treat Mary. Our old dead man goes from broken bowed and bent, to bolt-upright, stronger than a rutting ox and very single-minded. His newfangled body (Robert Kazinsky) is great and all, but comes at a cost – the potentiality of the ‘treatment’ not taking, meaning Jimmy has to get his ass back to the twins house and go back into what is simply known as the tank. Floating in there makes him look like a medical experiment, which yeah he is, so that’s fine. With a brand new life and a body that seriously won’t quit, Jimmy and the twins have embarked in uncharted territory, with the hopes of giving Jimmy and Mary a — say it with me — Second Chance.

Fox had quite a few issues getting the modern-day take on Frankenstein off the ground, including a bunch of name changes and rearranged air dates. The pilot is actually fairly good, with a plenty-deep backstory and lots of room for character development. But, for the show to continue well, we need to care about these characters and their dreams, so let’s hope Fox keeps that in mind.

Second Chance is on FOX on Wednesdays @ 9:00 p.m./8:00 p.m., Central.


The ABC’s of Horror: Y is for ‘You’re Next’

by Agent Alicia Glass (a.k.a. Pandora the Punctuation Horror)

The Davison clan gathers for the wedding anniversary of their parents, only to have the party turn into an abbatoir when a gang of mysterious killers invades the house!

There was a lot of hype surrounding this movie, I mean a lot, when the film first came out. Billed as a kind of much more horrific version of the darker aspects of The Purge and films like that, You’re Next tried very hard to bring back good old-fashioned home invasion horror with some new twists. Did it work? Come with Pandora and find out!

Oh, by the Gods of the Outer Dark, it’s family reunion time. We’ve all been subject to these kinds of atrocious nights – mom and dad can’t understand why you won’t go back to school, and they don’t approve of your current paramour, the siblings are outperforming you so hard in life that you’re seeing green, inevitably an uncle gets roaring drunk, and the grandparents disapprove of every single thing “those crazy kids” are doing nowadays. Why do we subject ourselves to this kind of sheer torture? Because, family. All right, fine, onward we trudge. Thankfully, the inevitable descent from celebrating mom and dad’s long-running “we haven’t killed each-other yet” marriage, to every last person arguing around the dinner table, doesn’t last very long. You’re Next wastes little time in sending crossbow quarrels through windows and machetes through carotids, and the game is on!

It’s not much of a game though. A fairly safe bet is that at least one of the family members brought this slaughterhouse down upon the Davisons, for whatever reasons they may have. But, no one could’ve anticipated that the pretty, shy little girlfriend of Crispian’s is the Final Girl: that powerhouse horror trope that most of us have come to love. Sharni Vinson as Erin gives arguably the best performance of the entire cast, because honestly, she’s the most interesting one of the bunch anyway.

The home-invading assassins wear animal masks most of the time and seem to only be in it for the money, which is kind of oddly in their favor as villains – never once did we think Lamb-Face was going to rape any of the women or mutilate the bodies, no, he and his pals, Fox and Tiger, they just kill in the quickest ways possible and paint “You’re Next” on the walls in your blood. That was the one thing that didn’t make much sense – what was with the very beginning, where the neighbor and his little girlfriend were “Nexted”? A practice run? Well, anyway. Most of the rest of the family bites it pretty quickly, but then, Crispian has disappeared, and Erin is now literally a door away from finding out who was the insider. Much mayhem and inventive slaughter ensue, with Erin going all I Spit on Your Grave on everyone, but as with any Final Girl storyline, there has to be one last twist.

And there is, just, it was completely what I expected. The satisfying crunch and splatter over the closing credits screen is fine and all, but didn’t really leave me feeling that anyone else was going to be doing a You’re Next 2: The Revenge of Lambie-kins.


Dark Whispers: The Best Halloween Cross-Overs

by Agent Alicia Glass (a.k.a. Pandora the Punctuation Horror)

Welcome to Dark Whispers, the horror corner of the Super Villain Network – speak intently, break the rules, and may all your nightmares come true.

This week we glory in a series of the best cross-overs Halloween 2015 has to offer! Ren & Stimpy invade The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror couch gag, George R. R. Martin finally becomes a real zombie in Z Nation, the cast of Penny Dreadful invades the board game Clue, and the FOX shows Bones swap remains with Sleepy Hollow!

Ren & Stimp-ified

John Kricfalusi, the manic mastermind behind the infamous Ren & Stimpy cartoons of bygone Nickelodeon days, is back! He returns to draw the opening couch gag for this years Simpsons Treehouse of Horror XXVI. The gag reel, which can be viewed below, is a mixture of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas and How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and airs on FOX Sunday October 25, 2015, at 9:00 p.m./8:00 p.m., Central!

The Father of Wights comes to ‘Z Nation’

Is there anything more delicious than irony? The world-renowned George R. R. Martin, author of the famous Game of Thrones books, will play himself, but as a zombie, in an upcoming episode of the wacky post-apocalyptic Syfy series Z Nation!

In the episode, zombie-Jesus-like figurehead, Murphy, gets kidnapped by a zombie collector named, of course, The Collector (Tom Beyer). Proudly taking Murphy on a tour of his zombie museum, the Collector introduces Murphy to Martin, who now spends his days chomping on his books in the ‘celebrity zombie room’. Apparently, the Collector explains, Martin succumbed to the zombie virus after a hectic escape from Comic-Con, which makes absolute total sense to me. Check it out in the mini-clip below!

Find your ‘Clue’ inside ‘Penny Dreadful’

For the longest time, people understood when you said something like, “I believe Colonel Mustard did it in the Study with the Candlestick,” that you were talking about the mystery board game from Hasbro, aptly called Clue. Now, the good people of the Showtime channel have paired with the board game makers to re-envision the world of a murder mystery set in Victorian London!

So Miss Mina Murray has been killed, and the murderer remains at large – what to do? Gather the six suspects: Dorian Gray, Vanessa Ives, Sir Malcolm Murray, Brona Croft, Ethan Chandler, and Victor Frankenstein, follow to the clues as to the location of the murder, and determine with what weapons they did it: pistol, syringe, tarot cards, arsenic, handkerchief, or sword cane! The lovingly illustrated game board represents locations from the show, set in 1891 Victorian London, plus Movers, Personality, and Intrigue Cards, a Clue sheet and envelope instructions! Priced at $39.95, plus tax and shipping, the Penny Dreadful Clue game can be purchased on the Showtime website here!

Find your ‘Bones’ in ‘Sleepy Hollow’

The hotly anticipated pair of cross-over shows for FOX’s Sleepy Hollow and Bones is almost here! Beginning with the Bones episode first, the discovery of skeletal human remains leads Brennan and Booth on a hunt for clues, during which they inevitably encounter Ichabod Crane and Abbie Mills, who are on a clue-hunt of their own. Realizing they’re all after the same evidence, the four protagonists team up to solve their mystery.

Immediately after Bones, the second hour cross-over episode of Sleepy Hollow brings back Crane’s ancient and most prevalent nemesis, leading him and Abbie to inquire with the Bones crew about advanced forensic techniques. Having worked with them before, Crane and pals call back in Booth and Brennan to unlock ancient supernatural secrets using futuristic science! The two-part event airs Thursday October 29, 2015, at 8:00 p.m./7:00 p.m., Central!

Dark Whispers: Back from the Dead, Don’t Lose Your Head!

by Agent Alicia Glass (a.k.a. Pandora the Punctuation Horror) 

Welcome to Dark Whispers, the horror corner of the Super Villain Network – speak intently, break the rules, and may all your nightmares come true.

Brand new nightmare clowns are hiding in your sewers, mutated vampires are returning from hibernation, and did I mention the headless horseman lost another head, sort of? Follow Pandora into the weekly atrocity with these horror stories.

Pennywise and a new pound of flesh

Variety announced recently, to a whole slew of immediate internet opinions of course, that Cary Fukunaga will be directing a two-part film adaptation of Stephen King’s It. Not only that, but Fukunaga has already selected his new Pennywise, in what I would consider to be the most unlikely of actors, Will Poulter. I’ve only seen Poulter thus far in The Maze Runner, where he did play a villain of sorts, so that is somewhat to his credit. However…

Why, exactly, do we need another adaptation of It? Horror remake hell is a real thing and needs to be stopped. Even if the original 1990 series of King’s It wasn’t exactly stellar, nothing can top the ever-fantastic performance of Tim Curry in the iconic role of the clown with pointed teeth, Pennywise. Reminiscent of John Wayne Gacy’s own scary-ass real life clown, Curry’s Pennywise haunted our childhood nightmares in a way I honestly don’t think anyone else can. Even if the movie gods do a bangin’ job on the makeup, Poulter just looks so young for the character of Pennywise, and the idea that he could frighten both the children and the adults in the original story is a bit of a stretch. Rumor says the two films will feature the Losers Club of Derry, Maine, with one film of them as kids battling Pennywise and the other film as haunted adults back for final vengeance. Maybe Fukunaga will flesh out the story more to make it believable, let’s hope so.

Returning mutant vampires

Guillermo del Toro’s The Strain is quite possibly one of the best things to happen to vampires of any kind in recent years. Granted, these vampires, the ones that sprung from the mind of the man who gave us Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy, and don’t forget The Hobbit, are these freakish mutant parasitic monsters, but hey, hold up a second! Isn’t that what real vampires were originally anyway? None of that sparkly high-schooler crap for us, horror fans, oh, no. The Strain gives us centuries-old end-of-the-world plots, apocalyptic city destruction by lesser mutant vampires, the lifetime lessons of a true vampire hunter, even Outbreak-style CDC involvement in a breakout plague of vampirism. Like nearly everything del Toro does, The Strain is above and way outside the purported norm of its genre. And it comes back to us in summer 2015! Here’s a trailer for season two, for those of you blood-starved.


Headless Horseman to lose another ‘head’ actor

Sleepy Hollow fans, prepare to be disappointed yet again. The latter half of season two of the troubled show was fraught with issues, over storytelling mostly from what I gather. And now the Witnesses who can never catch a break will lose another one of their sometimes-helpful sometimes-antagonist pals, Captain Frank Irving.

That’s right my fellow headless minions, Orlando Jones is officially exiting the show before the onset of season three. Variety dropped the bomb this week, because surprisingly Jones, normally a prolific user of social media, has as yet to comment on the situation. Unsurprisingly, Fox, home to Sleepy Hollow, hasn’t said a damned thing either. The season three renewal of the show must have been fraught with controversy or something, for all these events to happen after a season three was actually confirmed. After that death-filled season two finale, we don’t want any more heads to roll!