Fortitude: Episode 6
March 6, 2015 7:04 AM - Season 1, Episode 6 - Subscribe

While Morton uncovers new information about the death of Billy Pettigrew, Hildur makes a heart-breaking discovery. Another gruesome event occurs in Fortitude. This episode aired March 5, 2015.

Lots of confessions and reveals - Hildeur tells Trish about the phone message, Trish tells Hildur about her and Eric; Morton visits the Russian and talks about print-outs and Pettigrew; Henry recalls (and develops) some grizzly evidence - and lots of plot, but also that scene at the end. There's still so much going on, so many lies and secrets. Fortitude is not a happy frozen wonderland. Yet, as the farewell party shows, they are all a kind of family, and what impacts one impacts all.

From the AV Club's review: "It’s no surprise, then, that Fortitude invested nearly half of its first season in building a world in which the terror was real, but existed mostly unseen. In the pilot, we see Billy Pettigrew seemingly attacked by a bear. We see the aftermath of Charlie Stoddart’s murder. But it was only last week that the series began to dig into the gorey reality of the situation at hand, showing the start of Liam’s attack on Charlie, but even that isn’t fully revealed. No, it’s not until this week’s episode that Fortitude finally pulls back the curtain and reveals that whatever the audience had been imagining, was nowhere near the house of horrors at work in reality." note: the AV Club calls this Episode 7, while Sky and Pivot call it episode 6.
posted by jazon (7 comments total)
And, oh that final scene. My wife and I were cringing the whole time, and for once the show didn't cut away. Many of us thought the kid couldn't have killed Charlie Stoddart, but now I'm not so sure. Whatever is affecting the sick and stricken is so alien, so bizarre... are we going to see the entire town affected by mammoth-madness?
posted by jazon at 7:07 AM on March 6, 2015

yeeeeeeaaaahhhhh, things are happening now.

So yeah, Liam def did it, way to rub it in... he's just a lil' kid!... that was shocking. But is Doctor-Mom still alive? I replayed those last few seconds three times: she is still breathing, ugh.

Q I have, the photo of the arm handcuffed to a fence? I don't understand, Henry was photographing at the shore line, I don't remember seeing any structures. It also means his blood isn't going to cure Liam.

Also, when Dad and daughter were boarding yet another boat to get away, whose boat was it? Have we met that character already?
posted by TWinbrook8 at 10:35 PM on March 6, 2015

Henry did have a long lens on, and only remembered he snapped the photo when he was half-loopy from blood "loss"; it may be another example of the "not really show everything until they half to" style of the show.

I think the boat pilot was just another rando. When the scene first started I thought they had the same boat, but it didn't make sense that they had it, ditched it, then went back for it. I also thought when Carrie went below-decks she was looking for her rabbit. I didn't think they'd be tusk-jacked.
posted by jazon at 9:44 AM on March 8, 2015

Sheriff Dan told Stanley Tucci's character that he happened on the polar bear death scene because "someone had reported seeing a person walking that way without a gun for protection". Now it seems to point to the Governor's policeman husband having driven Pettigrew out that way, leaving him handcuffed but still alive (otherwise why handcuff him? but that's reeeeeally evil). So the sheriff is lying. In the first episode, I thought he was protecting Henry's reputation. Now he's got to know it was something else because it looks like he took the handcuffs away (for the Russian guy to find in the desk) (although doesn't one set of handcuffs look like another?).

I am putting a lot of trust in the writers here, but in the back of my mind...LOST...Broadchurch Season 2...
posted by TWinbrook8 at 7:58 PM on March 9, 2015

The "fork" tag sums this episode nicely
posted by 6ATR at 9:18 PM on March 9, 2015 [2 favorites]

Doc mom is definitely forked.
posted by TWinbrook8 at 11:04 PM on March 9, 2015

just watched it. this episode, man i tell ya. DANG.

i have a hard time believing there's some sort of sickness that can make people dig into other people's bellies, tho.
posted by rebent at 3:27 PM on March 10, 2015

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