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Is Wilford dead or alive?

Is Wilford dead or alive?

After deciding to go to New Eden in the third episode of Season 3 of TNT’s post-apocalyptic series “Snowpiercer,” Layton and his allies face a new challenge ahead of them. Alex delves into his childhood to operate the Snowpiercer and Wilford encounters revenge from an unexpected guest. Alex and Wilford also enjoy the company of an unexpected visitor as they confront their emotions individually. Since the fourth episode ends with some important questions unanswered, we took a closer look at the ending. Let’s share our thoughts! FRONT SPOILERS.

Snowpiercer Season 3 Episode 4 Recap

The fourth episode of “Snowpiercer” Season 3, titled “Bound by One Track,” begins with Alex reading his mother Melanie’s diary. As she reads, she sees Melanie in her vision, talking to her. In the engine room, Ben discovers that their track is blocked by some cars from the Big Alice, left behind by Wilford before. Alex informs Layton and Ben that the cars are stuck in the lane and an engineer is needed to get them out. Ben and Alex leave the Snowpiercer to get into the cars after asking Javi to drive the Snowpiercer in reverse until they clear the track.

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Asha continues to suffer from her past traumas. Ruth has a date with Pike. Ben and Alex get into the Big Alice cars. The first opens a panel that contains corpses, which were sacrificed by Wilford for the benefit of the others selected. Alex comes across the corpse of Shilo, her childhood friend, and she reminisces about her childhood in the imaginary presence of Melanie, who continues to exist in her visions. After a nice date, Pike invites Ruth to his place and they share intimacy. Javi frequently hallucinates Wilford’s dog, barking at him. Wilford sees Melanie in his visions as he counts his days in the prison.

End of episode 4 of season 3 of Snowpiercer: is Wilford dead or alive?

Wilford is alive but in critical condition. Coming out of the drawers, Roche decides to get revenge on Wilford for destroying his family. He tricks Bess into going into the drawers and stealing medicine to kill the powerful engineer. He uses his chief brakeman uniform to dismiss the guard to enter the prison. As Wilford shares his astonishment at seeing Roche, the latter injects Wilford with the drugs. Layton, who arrives at the prison to get information about Wilford’s Big Alice cars, sees him on the verge of death. Layton saves Wilford by arranging the required medical treatment in time.

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Even though Layton has no sympathy for Wilford, killing him or letting him die is the last thing he wants to do. The idealism that governs Layton’s actions does not aspire to the death of the tyrannical engineer. Additionally, Layton knows that Wilford’s knowledge of the Snowpiercer as an engineer may prove unavoidable in the face of crises. Thus, he saves Wilford. Although Wilford is alive, he is still in critical condition, facing remote death. If Mrs. Headwood’s medical efficiency proves insufficient to sustain the engineer’s life, the distance between death and Wilford may gradually shorten.

What does Wilford do with Layton and Zarah’s baby? Why does Zarah agree to experiment on her baby?

In the Snowpiercer, pregnancy is highly valued. When Wilford learns of Layton and Zarah’s baby, he sees Zarah’s pregnancy as an opportunity to reflect on the future and the survivability of the species. He asks Mrs. Headwood to experiment on the baby with the cold-resistant treatment they previously successfully tested on Josie. Wilford uses the baby as a way to find out if the substance he has developed can be used to enable newborn babies to withstand the deadly cold from birth. His unparalleled ambition to be “the God” of the remnants of humanity leads him to find a solution that can withstand freezing.

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When Layton finds out about the prenatal experiment that happened without his knowledge, he confronts Zarah. The baby’s mother reveals that she agreed to do the experiment for the baby’s sake. She blames Layton for abandoning them for his pursuit of Melanie. For Zarah, the baby’s well-being is the only thing she cares about. When Layton leaves the Snowpiercer, she realizes that if she is to survive, she may need to be on good terms with Wilford.

When Wilford offers her baby “a magical substance” to beat the deadly cold, Zarah thinks it may increase her baby’s chances of survival. Layton’s absence and Zarah’s selfishness set the stage for her pact with the devil to experiment on her baby.

Are the Big Alice cars moved off the track? How? ‘Or’ What?

Yes, the Big Alice cars are moved off the track by Alex. When Ben fails to unlock the cars from the track, Alex informs Layton and others that only Wilford can help them. When Layton reaches Wilford prison, he sees that the engineer is about to die. He asks Ben to abandon the mission and return to the Snowpiercer. However, a persistent Alex rejects Layton’s orders and does her best to find a solution. Melanie, who exists in Alex’s visions, asks her daughter to remember Wilford’s lessons to solve the riddle.

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Alex thinks back to the time Wilford asked him to see and thoroughly examine the train. The memory of Wilford’s lesson sparks wisdom in her, and she realizes that she can unlock cars by working on the hydraulic lines inside. Alex does the same and unlocks the cars for the Snowpiercer to move freely.

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