Snowpiercer Shocker: Jennifer Connelly asks our burning questions (together with “How does rat style?”)
The following contains spoilers from the March 1 episode of TNT’s Snowpiercer.
Damn it, Snowpiercer – that was cold.
Monday’s episode of TNT’s dystopian drama was rewound a bit to record Melanie Cavill’s walk to the remote research station and reveal what she found in it – namely, a couple of married explorers who died in a murder with their young daughter. Suicide program.
Melanie was surprised by this grim discovery and was further marginalized by the loss of her sled and the resulting hunger. She hallucinated visits from Wilford, Andre, and Alex. And while she would barely mark the situation by skillfully chasing a hidden nest of meaty rats, a violent storm knocked the signal tower down, explaining why she couldn’t “ping” the latest weather balloon as planned. Melanie brilliantly picked the tower up again and put it back online, but when she later made an appointment with Snowpiercer as planned, the mighty train drove right past her and a distraught Alex yelled at her mother from the rear window.
Here’s what TVLine star and youngest actress of the week Jennifer Connelly revealed about that tragic twist, and what it means for her future on the show.
TVLINE | My # 1 question from this episode is: So what is “rat”? What is Jennifer Connelly eating there in these scenes? Is it choppy? Chicken?
Wait, I need to remember … the reason I’m pausing is because it was special. It was something I’d never heard of before that was technically some kind of fruit that looks like meat because I don’t eat meat. The props that people came up with said it was amazing when you cook it. I didn’t believe them that it was actually plant material, but unfortunately I just don’t know what it’s called.
TVLINE | Now to the point we just saw: Are we supposed to believe that the train actually passed Melanie without stopping? Or could this be another hallucination of hers?
Well, I suppose it could be a hallucination for seeing things, but … I guess I can say it’s the real deal.
TVLINE | Are we going to find out why Snowpiercer blew them away?
This is a big thing that goes unanswered so I’m pretty sure you can answer some questions there.
TVLINE | Among the things revealed in the pre-freeze flashbacks, what surprised you the most?
Well, because of the conversations I’ve had [showrunner] Graeme [Manson] From the beginning, through the nature of her relationship with Wilford, I had a sense of what that past had been – but of course it’s always different to see the expression of. Working with the actor who plays this role (Sean Bean) always brings new energy and dynamism to the show.
TVLINE | Yes, we had a sense of what the story of Wilford was like, but the moment he had the geneticists murdered was so dark. If you were on the fence around Wilford at all, that really moved the needle, I thought.
Absolutely. And I found the arguments about science and the importance of science and someone advocating science interesting. All along, I knew the show was talking about things that were really relevant, but we filmed that a while ago. And when I looked at it, I thought, “Wow, I didn’t even realize then how much of it is forward looking.”
It really is terrible when we see Wilford’s two faces – there is the charming showman who can seduce a large part of this train and all these die-hard followers, and yet we know he is capable of this incredible cruelty. Yeah, I thought it was really cool.
Graeme and the writers did a really good job of not putting all the cards on the table at once. At the beginning of the show you think Melanie is responsible for doing some pretty terrible things herself, but then as the show goes on you say, “Wait, maybe I like her. Maybe she did it for the right reasons. Maybe she’s not super bad “- and then you see what she does to Josie and you say:” Oh. “
TVLINE | Melanie, who’s been stranded for at least another month, is going to mean another really big number to her psyche – as if she wasn’t already starting to break down.
It really has to be “science” to get out of a problem, I think!
TVLINE | So, will we see you again after this episode? Can you tell
I think that might give too much away so … you have to keep watching.
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