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'Resurrection' theories: What the heck is going on?

Resurrection had its winter finale last week, and it left a lot of questions up in the air: Will Pastor Tom come back as a Returned? Will Rachael kill herself (again)? A lot of theory surrounds this show … like where the hell do the Returned even come from (and how do they come back so well groomed)? Also, why do some of the Returned disappear into thin air—never to be seen again? There have been some subtle hints to this, but we still are left to wonder. Let’s dive into some of the unanswered questions of season 2 of Resurrection.

Cremated, buried—does this matter? We’ve talked about this before, but we’re not done speculating. In season 1, the show made it a point to say that Caleb (Elaine’s dad) had been cremated as opposed to buried when he died. He was a huge asshole and robbed a bank and killed someone when he returned from the dead, while sweet little Jacob was playing Legos with his mom, Lucy. Jacob was buried when he died, so we all thought that there was some sort of meaning behind how those who died were laid to rest. In season 2, Jacob asked Margaret (his grandma) how she was laid to rest, and she made it a point to say that she was buried. So …






It’d be awesome if they could dive into that mythology a little more, but there’s so much else going on in the show right now, we could see the writers riding that wave as long as they can.

Margaret: Is she good or bad? Margaret is easy to portray as a villain, but is she one? She made Aunt Barbara disappear, but that was only after manipulating her into thinking she didn’t belong in the land of the living anymore. And what’s up with the creepy flashbacks where Margaret and some of the townsfolk used to murder Returned over and over again? Maybe Margaret found a way to peacefully get the Returned to disappear for good: helping them accept that they need to leave. Let’s not forget, though, there was that whole monologue Margaret had a couple of episodes back where she called the Returned “demons.” That doesn’t sound very affectionate to us, so it kind of moots the whole “Margaret is guiding the Returned to accept their disappearance” theory.

Jacob: Is he a Returned with superpowers? In season 1, Jacob was able to sense when another Returned was near, and the show has barely (if at all) touched on that in season 2. Again, we enjoy the mythology-building of this show and think it could be a huge strength, but it looks like the writers are steering away from Jacob and his “powers” from season 1. He’s still cute, though.

Jacob GIF

The bubonic plague. What’s up with this virus? First it affected the Returned, and some of them even died from it. Then a serum was discovered to keep the symptoms at bay so the Returned wouldn’t die. Then non-Returned starting getting sick and a cure was found from the embryonic fluid of Rachael and Tom’s unborn baby. We know that the Returned come back completely healthy (Margaret no longer had cancer, which is what she originally died from). Does this mean that the Returned could hold the key to not only the newly mutated virus, but other sicknesses as well? This could be the saving grace for the Returned and keep them protected from hate groups like the True Living. Speaking of …

The True Living. Let’s first talk about how terrible this name is. Clearly marketing isn’t their fist priority. Elaine’s brother, Ray, who is the unofficial president of the hate group, had fallen ill by the virus that only the Returned were originally thought to contract. He was cured by a Returned (Rachael’s unborn baby), so maybe he will have a change of heart about the Returned being “evil.” With Pastor Tom being a fatal victim of the True Living’s latest hate crime, the group is on the outs anyway. Who is going to side with them after it is revealed that they killed the town’s darling?

Angela and her plane. Angela Forrester, the mysterious government lady, has a dark secret—and we want to know what it is. There was an episode in season 2 that showed a bulletin board with a bunch of investigation research around a plane crash. There was a flashback surrounding the plane crash, too. It’s somehow tied to Angela and the Returned, but we aren’t sure how. We think she may be one of the good guys, though, since she snuck Bellamy and Maggie some of the virus cure after her superiors refused to help them. If she’s trying to help the Returned, that means she either a) is secretly a Returned herself, or b) has someone close to her that is a Returned.

We want to hear your thoughts on the show and where it’s going. There have been rumors that this might be the last season. Even if it is, we need some closure! Sound off with your thoughts and predictions below, and be sure to catch up if you’re still behind. Until next time … #FangsOut



Resurrection returns on Sunday, January 4, at 9/8C on ABC.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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