10 Fascinating Mysteries Still To Be Solved In Severance Season 2

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It feels like going back to the good old days of Lost. The first season of the Apple TV+ series has just ended with a wonderful and so enigmatic finale…

We still don’t know what’s going on, and yet, we find it wonderful. Season 1 of Severance, which just ended on Apple TV+, is a brilliant mystical achievement. As in the finest hours of Lost, it conceals a host of mysteries, questions, questions, which will drive us crazy while waiting for a semblance of the beginning of an answer, in season 2 (fortunately ordered by the streamer). Do you remember the numbers engraved on the island of Lost ? We are at this level with Severance and here are the 10 intoxicating puzzles that still haunt us after the season 1 finale… Spoilers alert!

1) What is Macrodata Refinement or MDR?

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From the first episode, we are introduced to Mark’s work: analyzing data, compiling data… but what data? To do what ? At first we thought it should be seen as a metaphor for perfectly useless office work. But it seems there is more. Much more. Because the employees of the department know “to acknowledge“clusters of digits to”put in the trash“, being filled with a feeling of fear when they appear on the screen! So why are these figures so frightening? Who dumps this data on their computers? And what happens when employees throw?

2) Who is really the Eagan family behind Lumon?

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This is the logical continuation of the first question: for whom do Mark, Helly and the others work? What’s behind Lumon? We understand that the Eagan family has generated a whole cult behind them. There’s even something ostensibly divine about Kier Eagan, Lumon’s founding father… But what exactly did he create? A sect ? A religion ? Lumon now seems to have a stranglehold on all sectors of the economy. But for what purpose? In many ways, it feels like we’re seeing E. Corp from mr robot

3) What does the O&D department do and why was this ideographic map so important?

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Again, we don’t understand what Lumon makes (if it actually makes anything). But when Dylan nicked an innocuous card featuring a childish graphic, telling two people how to perform certain body movements, Milchick performed an emergency maneuver! He went as far as waking Dylan up outside to retrieve the map! And this in a palpable anguish… As a result, we guess that it was very, very important… But why? Is it the object itself or the movements depicted on its back that make it so crucial? Are we back in The OA and are we going to be taken to other dimensions by performing a funny choreography?

4) What is this delirium with goats?

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It’s the kind of scene we loved to serve Lost : holds, at the turn of episode 5, while Mark takes Helly to do “a sanity walk“, they discover a room full of baby goats, bottle-fed by a Lumon employee. The man in the suit and tie panics when Mark and Helly approach: “They are not ready. You can’t take them yet. They are not ready. It is not the moment.“His kids are not ready for what? To go to the slaughter? To fly in the sky with Kier Eagan? The mystery is so thick that the people of the MDR service even wonder if the datas they throw do not do not correspond to an execution order of the animals in question…

5) Was Gemma’s death faked and why?

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Mark thought his wife had died in a car accident two years ago. Faced with the impossible mourning, he decided to have his memory severed and go to work at Lumon. Except that Gemma is (a priori) not dead. She (or her doppelganger) even works squarely next to Mark, at Lumon’s and calls herself Mrs. Casey. Why was Mark’s mystery wife ‘separated’? Who is she ? And now that Devon and Ricken know, what can they do?

6) Why did Ms. Cobel infiltrate Mark’s personal life?

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Mark’s boss, played by Patricia Arquette, seems to be a faithful Eagan. An adapt ready to do anything to serve the family, as evidenced by its sanctuary in Keir Eagan. However, she decided to go and observe Mark in his outer life. Installed as a neighbor, she infiltrated her personal life, going so far as to take care of her sister’s baby. But why such scrutiny? What does she know about him that everyone (even Lumon) doesn’t? Does she have a personal connection with him?

7) Who was Petey and can we really reverse the procedure?

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“Some people might live here”, wrote Petey on the plan he gave to Mark, in the first episodes. Obviously, the former head of the MDR department knew something. How ? When did Petey decide to investigate and how did he coerce his outsider into “reintegrating”? We don’t know yet. But we know that the procedure did not work so well, resulting in his death. So, not sure that we can really come back from “Severance“.

8) Who is Irvine? Will Burt recognize him?

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It is understood from pictures painted by Irvine, in his house, that he shares a form of subconscious connection with his alter ego of Lumon. Moreover, he could well have entered to investigate the company, if we are to believe the documents hidden in his home. But in the meantime, he thinks only of Burt, who has just retired… He is no longer in the box. But will his double from the outside have the memory of this romance shared in the corridors of Lumon?

9) How many people have undergone “Severance” in the real world?

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We know at least one: Gabby Arteta, wife of Senator Angelo Arteta, underwent some kind of separation procedure before giving birth to her third child (or even before her first two). Her husband openly supports the proceedings and is involved with Lumon, as evidenced by their attendance at the Eagan Family Gala. Gabby tells Helly she couldn’t have given birth”without a little helpand scoffs at the idea of ​​people wanting to ban “separation”. So she resorted to it, out of Lumon. She quietly uses the procedure in the normal world, using the chip to forget tiny bits of her memory. …So how many other people are walking around with these chips in their brains?

10) Why did Ricken write The You You Are ?

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We haven’t had the chance to read it, but it seems to be a hell of a book! The kind of essay that changes lives. Moreover, we discover that he also has some faithful in this final. But is it really a coincidence that Mark’s brother-in-law wrote a book about self-discovery and freeing the individual from work? And that such a subversive book was inadvertently “forgotten” on a Lumon chair?

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