2.7 Lay Thee Before Kings
Original air date August 20, 2015
Based on closed caption transcript found at
Michael – Previously on Dominion
Riesen – You’re an eight-ball.
Noma – No. He’s a Dyad. Half human, half higher angel.
[Noma screaming as she rips her wings off]
Alex – No!
Zoe – My whole life I’ve been invisible. Just like all V-1s. People of Vega, [continues over PA] this is war. Now, this is our city.
David – What [shot in the hand] aaah!
Zoe – Now you’ll never point a gun at me again.
Alex [running with Noma] – Come on. We’ve got to keep moving. We need a needle and thread. There’s a town nearby. Once we get to Vega, you can rest.
[Julian kicks an unconscious Michael to a chained Gabriel’s feet]
Gabriel – Michael.
[In New Delphi. Gabriel is chained and seated. Michael is seated a short distance away, facing him. We see electrical sparks over them]
Gabriel [chains rattle] – Michael. [electricity buzzing] Now’s not the best time for sleep.
Michael – I wasn’t sleeping.
[The doo opens and Julian strolls inside. The lights are turned on.]
Julian – Brothers.
Gabriel – If you hoped to frighten us, Julian, you must know it will take more than a homemade toaster to do it.
Julian [chuckles] – Oh, I want to do so much more than frighten, archangel. You know, being a Dyad has advantages that no angel can imagine. I get to tap into the very nature of the beast. Human nature, the thing that separates us truly from them.
Michael – And what is that?
Julian – Hatred. Oh, they have the capacity to despise one another in a way that we angels just can’t comprehend. And they’ve honed that hatred through centuries of practice. Torture being one of its crowning achievements.
Michael – Seems Julian was more human than angel. Even at Sodom.
Julian – [chuckles] Oh, I see you, Michael. Smug. You think ‘I am the greatest of all archangels. This is all beneath me.’ And I was. Always, below you. Your life, your rank, the great gifts you were given freely through no work of your own. I’ve earned everything I am this day. Can you say the same?
Gabriel – Last I heard, madness has always been free.
Julian – Well, it’s true, as Lyrae I was exploring that darker side of man’s nature. I carried out Father’s justice, and you didn’t approve because you wanted all the blood, all the vengeance for yourself.
Michael – I held a sword. You, a sadist’s grin.
Gabriel – Oh, please. If I am to die, I’d prefer not to hear Julian pontificate about how events didn’t favor him.
Julian – Right you are, Gabriel. Why banter when it will soon be over anyway? So, this torture is beautifully simple and given that electricity is one of an archangel’s few weaknesses besides Empyrean steel, it is perfect for my purposes. You know, ironically, it was first used in Stalin’s Russia to force traitors to confess as they sat across from a loved one. Above each of you are two live wires I’ve connected to the power grid of this facility. Each has enough volts of electricity to destroy even your powerful bodies. [A huge sizzling spark is sent between the electrodes] That metal pipe between you controls whether or not the live wires descend or stay in place. And to stop from being killed, each of you will have to take turns grasping it. The pipe delivers an electrical charge that will wear you down.
Gabriel – Seems like a lot of work to kill us. You have Empyrean steel in New Delphi.
Julian – I don’t want to kill you, Gabriel. I want to break you. And then I’ll take one of your bodies and make it my own. Any questions? [He walks over to an electrical panel and turns a knob. There is a power-up hum. The wires start to slowly descend and electricity zaps as Gabriel stares upward at it]. Michael looks up and then grabs the pipe. The noise of the wires descending stops, but at the cost of electricity sparking through Michael. Julian turns to leave.] Have fun. [As the door closes Michael and Gabriel grimly access their predicament]
[In the deserted building, Alex awakens in the morning, along on the couch. Apparently a sensation in his markings has awakened him. He pulls up the sleeve of his right arm and watches as the markings move, especially the ones Michael explained represented Vega and Lyrae. He stands up and notes that he appears to be alone.]
Alex [in a loud whisper] – Noma.
[She is outside, walking but hides behind an old truck when she sees eight-balls. A man sneaks up behind her and grabs her shoulder, spinning her around. He is curiously dressed, with a wide-brimmed hat and a rifle slung across his back]
The Prophet – Is he really the Chosen One? He wears the markings? [Noma tries to protest but he cuts her off] East. Bring him East.
Noma [turning to look back at the house, seeing eight-balls swarming around it] – Alex.
[Indistinct Lishepus. Suddenly Noma is grabbed from behind again and spins around. It is Alex]
Alex – Shh. Shh! [He notes eight-balls are looking for them] We’re running out of time. [He grabs Noma’s hand and leads her away.]
[The eight-balls continue to look for them, speaking Lishpus with no subtitles. Suddenly The Prophet strolls into view and stretches out a fist toward one of the eight-balls. It is spontaneously set on fire. Alex and Noma escape and The Prophet turns to leave]
[Back in New Delphi. Michael is still holding on to the pipe. It is draining him. Gabriel stoically watches, conserving his strength. Noting Michael’s discomfort he reaches out and grabs the pipe and Michael settles back in his seat, relieved]
Gabriel – Admittedly, I don’t know everything, Michael, but how would he steal our bodies?
Michael – I’m not interested in finding out.
Gabriel – You know why we’re here, brother. Because Alex is a wrecking ball. Had you let me take him at the start, our family wouldn’t be in shambles, and Father, maybe I could have reached him.
Michael – I know you miss him. We’ve all lost his presence. Why does it torment you more than the rest of us? It’s warped you.
Gabriel – Don’t change the subject. Alex, and your misplaced devotion to his kind, is the reason we’re both here. About to die. Is this situation finally enough for you to realize that the boy’s not who or what you think he is?
Michael – Because of what I’ve experienced these last months, I’m more convinced than ever.
Michael – You were in my position once. Watching over a child that had been chosen. Do you remember him?
Gabriel – It’s not the same.
[Flashback to a desert area. A long-haired Gabriel is dressed like an ordinary man, walking beside a curly-haired boy. They come upon destruction]
David – What did this?
Gabriel – Soldiers. On their way to Allah. But you don’t need to worry about that. [He playfully tossles the boy, David’s, hair, and David smiles, causing Gabriel to smile back. He sees a rabbit and quietly points it out to David. He gives a stone to David, who throws it at the rabbit. He misses and the rabbit scampers off as Gabriel laughs]
Gabriel – [laughing] Perfect!
David – I missed. Why is that funny?
Gabriel – Losing is part of winning. Every time you fail, you’re better for it. Besides you’ve won enough, hmm? [opens a bag and shows contents to David] We feast tonight.
David – Can I have the fat one, Papa?
Gabriel – [laughing] Fat one it is.
[They continue to walk to a village and we see Michael standing outside their home]
Gabriel [to David] – Go inside.
[David runs to the door and passes right through Michael, who apparently isn’t corporeal at this moment]
[Cut back to New Delphi and Gabriel’s face as he remembers]
[Vega, outside House Riesen]
PA announcement – Security clearance checkpoint now in effect.
[Inside House Riesen, Claire is looking at a stuffed teddy bear and seductive music is playing in the background. Gates walks in and smiles at the sight of Claire and the bear. Camera pulls back and we see that she is standing next to a crib. She puts the bear into the crib, and as Gates walks up to her we sense the attraction as they kiss and tenderly caress each other. A soldier walks in and there is no hint of embarrassment]
Soldier – Sorry, Lady Riesen, we have a situation.
[Cut to somewhere in the house. A number of Claire’s household staff are dead]
Arika – The rebels are sending you a message. There are sympathizers everywhere, even your servants. Those you trust the most.
Claire – Message received.
Gates – Whatever we do, we better do it fast. They have the Agri-towers. While they feast like kings, we have about three weeks left of food.
Claire – We’re all gonna die if this bloodshed doesn’t end. I need to speak to Zoe face to face without David Whele as the go between. I think we could make a deal. End this rebellion once and for all.
Gates – I might know a way that we can get Zoe’s attention.
[Cut to the other side of Vega, Zoe’s HQ. Zoe is talking to one of the rebels while David sits silently, staring at his watch]
Pearson – We split everything east of the trench in thirds, and go our separate ways.
Zoe – Not gonna happen.
[Pearson looks over at Whele] – What are you looking at?
David Whele – Nothing.
Pearson – Is he your pet? What the hell is he doing here?
Zoe – He’s the one who gave us the codes to the Agri-towers. The same ones you’re using for extortion now.
Pearson – I’m not extorting anyone. I’m taking advantage of a resource that I control.
Zoe – But I have the support of the people and Ramirez has armed us. We’re an army now [Several of Zoe’s soldiers step closer to the table]. You can either join us, or I’ll remove you and take back the towers. The food belongs to the V-1s. [Pearson stands up to protest but the power suddenly goes out and just as suddenly goes back on]
Zoe – What the hell is going on?
[Whele puts his watch on the table and Pearson picks it up and puts it into his pocket]
David – Claire just said hello.
[In New Delphi, Riesen is having his condition monitored. We see an oxygen meter on his finger and hear the EKG machine beeping. He coughs and takes the monitor off his finger. He rips off his blood pressure cuff as Julian enters the room and slinks into a chair]
Julian – Now death’s sweet embrace is close, is it not?
Riesen – Not close enough.
Julian – Oh, come on, Edward, you know what I want, my Amphora. I’d torture you for its location, but it’s clear you wouldn’t last. And you’re just stubborn enough to let it die with you.
Riesen – [chuckles] My wife used to say I was stubborn as a junkyard dog. You’re wasting your breath and what little time I have left. You’re never going to see that Amphora again.
Julian – You know, you think I’m going to use it to destroy Vega, but I’ve had that Amphora for over 20 years. If that were true, then you wouldn’t be sitting here now, would you? I have other purposes for it.
Riesen – Ah, exactly.
Julian – Every great man has his weakness. What’s yours?
Riesen – Dying men don’t have weaknesses. They got nothing to lose. [coughing]
Julian – One thing I’d love to know, and I-I don’t think it steps on your vow of silence, what brought you to New Delphi? And who’s Clementine? I overheard you say her name to Alex.
Riesen – Clementine was my wife’s name. When the angels fell, she was possessed. The angel, the one that took her body, also took her name. I captured her. Over time, we became close. Coming to this hellhole was her idea, not mine. She had heard that eight-balls and humans could live together.
Julian – It’s a beautiful story. Don’t wish for darkness, Edward. You have so much life in you. [He leaves as Riesen watches]
[Down in the dungeon, it is Michael’s turn again to hold the pipe. Gabriel turns around and sees a red laser dot on a machine. He starts chuckling]
Michael – You’ve always found humor at the strangest times.
Gabriel – Because there’s always something to laugh about, Michael. Most of all, death. And that said, I haven’t felt this weak since
Michael – Since you were a man? When you were your best self.
Gabriel – No. My worst.
[Flashback. Gabriel tucks in a sleeping David and kisses his head. He goes back to the table where Michael is seated]
Michael – You’ve done well here.
Gabriel – No, he’s a good boy. So kind. He has the heart of an artist. [He picks up a small animal – horse perhaps – that David has apparently carved]
Michael – It’s time.
Gabriel – No. It’s too soon.
Michael – The invading army is massing, and has put forward the same beast of a warrior every day for 40 nights. Every sun up and sundown he waits. Every able-bodied soldier is needed. So too, your son.
Gabriel – But what of the King? His army?
Michael – The coward hides in his castle. Only the farmers are left to face his enemies now.
David – Papa? Who are you speaking to?
[We see the table from the perspective of David’s bed. Michael is not there, again proving that he is not in corporeal form]
Gabriel – Nobody, little one. Back to sleep with you. [He adjusts the blanket] War is coming, poppet. Tomorrow, you need to be brave. [He gently strokes the boy’s hair. David looks worried]
[Noma and Alex duck down beside an abandoned car near a deserted store – Finns. They are both out of breath]
Noma – Alex, medical supplies were one of the first things looted in the War. That, and booze. No way anything’s left here.
Alex – There better be. Either that or you bleed to death. And that’s not happening. Come on. We’re getting what we need. Let’s go. [He helps her up and they run to the store.
Noma – Be careful.
[Alex opens the door and ducks down as he enters. We hear a distorted male eight-ball voice]
Cashier Eight-ball – Beep. Beep. Beep. Beep.
[Noma and Alex cautiously follow the noise. We see it is a cashier in a uniform at a cash register. He keeps swiping a small item in front of the scanner as if he were ringing up purchases]
Cashier Eight-ball – Beep. Beep. Beep. Beep.
[Noma and Alex sneak behind him and duck down behind another checkout lane]
Cashier Eight-ball – Beep. Beep.
Alex – Holy shit.
Eight-ball [close-up on his face. He appears as if in a trance] – Beep. Beep.
[Alex and Noma turn around as another uniformed eight-ball pushes a broom.]
Broom eight-ball – Cleanup on aisle three.
Alex – What are they doing?
Cashier eight-ball – Beep.
Broom eight-ball – Clean-up on aisle three.
Cashier eight-ball – Beep. Beep.
Broom eight-ball – Clean-up on aisle three.
Cashier eight-ball – Beep.
Noma – Lower angels aren’t that different from humans. Each one has a personality. Some are smart, evolved, some primal, dumb as a box of rocks, but all of them –
Eight-ball – Beep.
Noma – Are obsessed with the lives they took. Maybe this is where they were happy.
Female eight-ball – Hello, sunshine! [A short female eight-ball dressed in the store uniform strolls in, smiling at Noma and Alex] You came to the right place. Everything’s on sale. Prices are plummeting. Let me know if you need any help, okay? [She walks away]
Noma – We should go. There’s too many of ’em.
Alex – But they’re not attacking. I don’t think they’re going to. I mean, look at this place. It’s stocked. [We see lots of goods strewn around] I bet there’s first aid, maybe guns. We’re gonna need some with that crew out there.
Noma – Okay. What should we do?
Alex – Get a cart.
[Back at Vega, House Riesen]
Gates – What? Where?
Claire – The message came about an hour ago. Zoe wants to meet behind the back of Harrah’s.
Gates – That is a terrible location. There’s too many ways in. The buildings are close and high.
Claire – Which is why my soldiers are sweeping the area now, securing the location, and I’m going with Arika.
Gates – Arika?
Claire – Yes.
Gates – She’s one of the people from that room that knows that I was in those tunnels. All of them have security clearance. Guess who doesn’t.
[Meanwhile in Julian’s Little Shop of Horrors, Gabriel is watching as Michael holds on to the metal bar and accepts the subsequent electrical shocks]
Gabriel – I know you, Michael. You don’t do anything without intent. Why bring him up to me now?
Michael – Because it’s good to remember where we come from, and the moments that shape us.
[Back to the flashback. Gabriel is standing near the front of lightly armed farmers and peasants. Many of their weapons are farm tools. His face is grim. In front of them is a well-armed army several times the size of the village force. It is a stand-off. The soldiers begin rattling their spears and yelling, trying to intimidate the villagers. David looks up at Gabriel, a worried expression on his young face. A giant of a man walks through the crowd of soldiers and takes several long strides toward the villagers. It is Goliath.]
Goliath – Who will fight me? Days I’ve waited. No one?
Gabriel [to David] – Today you must be brave, David.
Goliath – Where is the king? Hiding behind the skirts of his many wives? [the soldiers laugh] Today will be your last. If no one will fight me, we will take Saul’s pride and his wives!
Soldiers (in unison) – Yeah!
[As Gabriel watches, David walks out from the crowd of villagers to confront Goliath. The soldiers laugh in derision, as does Goliath. David, his expression calm and determined, drops his small hatchet and takes his simple hand sling from his belt. We see Michael walking up behind David. He has a rock in his hand. He throws it at David’s feet and smiles. As the soldiers taunt David with a war chant, Goliath charges at the child, armed with a sword and shield. The young boy bends down and picks up the stone and sets it into his sling. He looks back at Gabriel, and then twirls the sling and lets the rock fly. It pierces the giant’s forehead and bursts out the back of his head, and Goliath falls dead at David’s feet. The soldiers nervously look at each other in disbelief as the villagers cheer and then charge at their enemy. Gabriel is visibly relieved.
Soldier – Retreat!
[The soldiers retreat as some of the villagers chase them and others herald David as a hero]
[Back in New Delphi, Julian is watching Michael and Gabriel on a video monitor. He turns to face someone]
Julian – Hello again. [He walks over to a woman, a female eight-ball] Welcome back.[She smiles widely]
[Cut to Noma and Alex going through the warehouse-like aisle of the department store getting items for their shopping cart. They stop at the sight of an eight-ball employee stocking a shelf. The eight-ball senses their presence and pauses, but he walks away. Noma throws a few items into the cart]
Noma – This is bat-shit. We need to hurry.
Alex – What about guns? The case back there was empty.
[They see a sign that says “STAFF ONLY” behind the eight-ball pushing the broom]
Noma – In back. Maybe there’s more. [She winces] Ow.
[The broom-pushing eight-ball pauses as they walk by him but he does not attack. Noma and Alex enter the back room and find a large pile of human corpses.]
[In Vega, a large covered parking area. Gates and Claire arrive in an armored vehicle. Zoe is already there with David and a few of her people.]
David Whele [to Zoe] – She’s here.
Gates [to Claire] – The perimeter is secure. We swept a five-block radius. There are eyes on you from every vantage point.
Claire – I’m ready.
[Claire and Gates walk toward Zoe. Two of Claire’s soldiers walk to Zoe first.
Soldier – I’m watchin’ you.
[Soldier pats down Zoe]
Soldier – She’s clean.
[One of Zoe’s female accomplices pats down Gates and Claire. Gates has a pair of binoculars in his hand. The soldiers gestures for Zoe to approach Claire and Zoe’s rebel does the same to Claire. After one final look exchanged with Gates, Claire slowly walks out to meet Zoe as Gates watches the perimeter through his binoculars]
Zoe – Nice move with the electricity. Did you really think that would stop us?
Claire – No, that’s why I restored the power. I just wanted to get your attention. When I decide to stop you, you’ll know.
Zoe – Well, I’m here. You got something to say?
Claire – Neither of us wanted this war. We’ve both lost so we could fight for other people’s happiness, but I can’t remember the last time I felt any. Can you? [Claire raises her eyebrows] You do that to David’s hand? [Camera cuts to David Whele standing next to Zoe’s truck, his hand bandaged. Zoe nods.] Next time, shoot him in the head. Don’t make the same mistake I did.
Zoe – Thanks, but I got this. Or is that all you dragged me out here to say?
Claire – I’m sending soldiers across the trench as soon as you drive out of here. That’s what I came here to say.
Zoe – You’re bluffing. You wouldn’t kill your own people.
Claire – I would to unite this city. Surrender, Zoe, and everything changes. You and me, we change it together, just like I promised when you were in my prison. You’re a leader now. It is your job to protect your people. You wouldn’t have come here unless you wanted the same thing I do, so let’s find it together as equals.
Zoe [pausing to think about it, then nods] – Okay.
[Claire is visibly relieved. Camera cuts to the view through Gates’ binoculars. A man with a gun suddenly appears in the distance]
Gates – Sniper! Claire, get down!
[Everyone ducks as gunfire erupts. Zoe and Claire run back to their respective vehicles]
Gates – Claire! Come on!
[Gunfire continues ]
Zoe [piling into her truck] – Get us out of here.
Gates [as he and Claire get into their vehicle] – Drive! Drive, drive, drive. Go now.
[We see a pained expression on Claire’s face. As Gates watches, she grasps her leg, blood seeping between her fingers. She gasps in pain]
Gates – Claire? Claire. It’s okay. You’re gonna be okay.
[Back in New Delphi, Gabriel is shaking as he struggles to continue holding on to the metal rod]
Michael – Gabriel, enough!
Gabriel [Letting go of the pole as he falls back against the back of his chair] – Ah!
Michael [calmly as he grabs the pole] – Rest. My turn.
Gabriel – And then, back and forth again? How long can we endure this pain?
Julian [walking into the room] – For eternity, I hope. Oh, on and on you both went about your great strength, so superior to a higher angel. I thought we’d never hear the end of it. Now let’s see how powerful archangels really are.
Michael – We won’t disappoint.
Julian – Love that attitude.
Michael – But eternity won’t be enough. Your device is broken. I don’t feel a thing. [Gabriel chuckles. Michael laughs as well] It’s worthless. No surprise really, considering its maker, I mean, you’re a failure.
Julian – Oh, the old girl is set at her lowest strength, but I’d be happy to show you what she’s capable of.
Michael – Do your worst. We can handle it. [Gabriel chuckles again]
Gabriel – Michael.
[Julian saunters over to the controls]
Michael – Show him, Gabriel. [quietly to Gabriel] It’s almost over.
[They both grab the pole as Julian turns up the power. The sparks increase and both archangels struggle against the pain]
[Cut to a back alley in Vega. David Whele meets with Pearson]
David Whele – All you had to do was kill Claire Riesen. You failed as you always fail me. Why am I surprised?
Pearson – That shooter was my best man.
David Whele – Oh, I’d hate to see the others. You botched this, Pearson.
Pearson – I did good work for you when you were Consul.
David Whele – Three times out of five, and even then I’m being generous. Can this be tracked back to us?
Pearson – No. My guy died.
David Whele – Good. You better hope Claire does too.
Pearson – If Zoe finds out what we did
David Whele – I will take care of Zoe. You just finish what you started.
Pearson – I want my money!
David Whele – You stop. I paid you half already, and I gave you the codes to all the Agri-towers. Until Claire is dead, you won’t see another chip. But do keep the watch. [As Whele turns to leave, Peason glances at his pocket]
[Back in the store, Noma is pushing the cart while Alex reads a magazine]
Noma – Alex, don’t tell me you’re actually pretending to shop.
Alex – It’s a really interesting article here on guns. [whispers] Maybe if we keep acting like we’re shoppers they’ll let us check out.
Noma – Some of those corpses were fresh. You really believe they’ll let us waltz right out of here?
Alex – You got a better idea?
[They walk towards the register as the eight-ball stops his beeping to stare at them. Ale]x and Noma start to put their goods on the belt.
Eight-ball – You find everything okay?
Alex – We did, thank you.
[Eight-ball begins to pretend to scan the items]
Eight-ball – Beep. Beep. Beep. You’re not forgetting anything?
Noma [grabbing a brush] – We’ll take this too. For my hair.
[Eight-ball swipes the brush but does not make his beeping sound. He repeats this several times and finally he beeps]
Eight-ball – Beep. Sometimes it takes a few tries. [Alex smiles at him] Paper or plastic?
[Noma looks at Alex. He pauses]
Alex – Plastic?
Eight-ball – Excellent choice. Plastic it is.
[We see the female eight-ball locking the front door as the broom-sweeping eight-ball also hovers close by and the stock boy enters. They menacingly all get closer to Noma and Alex]
Eight-ball stock boy – Price check on potato chips.
Eight-ball cashier – Cash or credit?
Female eight-ball – Everything’s on sale.
Eight-ball stock boy – Price check on price checks.
Female eight-ball – Let me see if I can help you with anything.
Eight-ball cashier – Cash or credit?
Eight-ball stock boy – Price check on potato chips.
Eight-ball cashier – Cash or credit?
Female eight-ball – Everything’s on sale.
[Alex grabs a wire brush with a sharp wooden handle]
Broom sweeping eight-ball – Attention, shoppers. The store is closing.
Eight-ball – Price check on oven mitts.
Eight-ball – Thank you for shopping with us.
[The cashier eight-ball suddenly jumps over the belt to attack but Alex stops him with a brush handle to the eye. The eight-ball falls dead.]
Alex – Maybe we should speak to a manager.
Eight-ball stock-boy – Manager [He makes a sudden move but camera cuts to black for commercial]
[In Vega, Claire’s armored vehicle hurriedly pulls in to a secure location. A medical team brings in a gurney to take Claire in to the medical facility]
Nurse – Lady Riesen
[Claire groans in pain as Gates scoops her out of the back of the vehicle and lays her on the gurney. Her hands are bloody]
Gates – I’m gonna find whoever did this to you, Claire. I swear it. [She yells out in pain as a cloth is pushed against the bullet wound in her thigh]
Arika [walking out of the lobby of the building] – Claire, I just heard. Are you okay?
Claire – [unintelligible, then] My baby [She grabs Gates’ hand]
Arika – My doctors are on their way.
Dr. Mitchell – The bullet entered near the femoral artery. We need to operate now.
Gates – He’s right. We can’t wait. She’s lost too much blood already.
Doctor – We’ll handle it from here, sir. [Claire is wheeled away]
Arika – Zoe lied. She never wanted peace.
Gates – No, you didn’t see her when the shot was fired. She was just as surprised as we were. Zoe didn’t set us up. Someone else did.
Arika – It must have been David.
Gates – Yeah. Most likely candidate. Well, we gave peace a chance. Now it’s time to try something else.
[In New Delphi, Edward is reading a book as Julian walks in]
Julian – Oh, good. You’re still alive.
Riesen – You need to learn to take no for an answer.
Julian – There’s someone here who’d like to meet you who I think would do your heart a lot of good. [We see the female eight-ball at the door. Julian takes her hand and leads her in] Come on, darling. I loved your story. Only I hate the ending, so why don’t we give it a new one?
Riesen – I don’t follow.
Julian – Once evicted from a human body, a lower angel doesn’t cease to exist. They return to the outer sphere, waiting in darkness for their next chance to possess. Your life isn’t over, General. And neither was the angel that you loved.
Female eight-ball – Edward. [She raises a hand and caresses the side of his face] I’ve missed you so much.
Riesen – Clementine? [She smiles]
[Back in Vega, Zoe is nervously playing with poker chips. She hears footsteps behind her. She turns to see Pearson]
Zoe – Do you have any idea what you’ve done? [Pearson turns and tries to leave, but is stopped by one of Zoe’s rebels] We could have had peace. If Claire dies because of you –
Pearson – Zoe.
Zoe – Not very smart wearing David’s watch around.
Pearson – Zoe, you gotta listen. I didn’t
Zoe – You know who I hate the most? People without conviction. How could we kill the scum on the other side of the trench if we don’t first deal with our own? [The rebel hits Pearson on the back of the head with his gun]
Pearson [Falling to the ground] – Aah! No!
[A disgusting crunching noise is heard as the rebel beats Pearson to death while Zoe calmly fingers the watch]
[Across town, Claire is back in her living room. She looks pale and sad]
Dr. Mitchell’s voice [In Claire’s head] – We were able to repair the artery, but the blood loss was severe. And with the added stress of surgery, it caused a spontaneous miscarriage. It wasn’t something we could prevent, but you will make a full recovery. I wish I had better news. I am sorry. [We see tears roll down Claire’s face]
[Back in New Delphi, Michael is holding on to the pole as sparks fly. Gabriel looks weakened – he must have just finished his turn. They are both in pain. Fade to flashback….]
Gabriel – David? David? Where is he? [We see a concerned Gabriel back in his house. The camera pulls back to show a devastated Michael apparently looking down at something] Where’s my boy? The crowd swept him away. I-I couldn’t find him. Michael?
Michael – Brother, you raised a hero. Your David protected Father’s flock. A mere boy felled a giant and proved to all the strength of our Lord. But King Saul, he was jealous. [Michael turns around and walks to Gabriel and we see that Michael was looking down as David’s bloodied corpse, now laid out upon his bed] If a peasant boy was the only one who could best a giant, what good then is a king? He threw your son from the palace ramparts. I, I was not swift enough to catch him. [muffled cheering while Michael gets more and more emotional] And do you hear them? They still cheer for him because they don’t know. They don’t know they carry another child on their shoulders and they dance in the streets. Saul put an impostor in his place. One he can control. Gabriel, I’m so sorry.
[Gabriel raises a hand to Michael as if to ward him off and instead goes to his son’s bedside]
Gabriel [holding his son’s lifeless head] – Poppet. Poppet. [His voice breaks] No. No. No. No. [sobbing as he gather’s up the boy’s body in his arms] No. [He is utterly heartbroken as he holds David’s lifeless body against his chest and sobs]
[Cut to outside the village. Gabriel is back to wearing his archangel armor. He is much more coldhearted, hardened by the experience, but at the same time visibly emotionally drained. We see here the beginning of the modern day Gabriel, the enemy of mankind. He and Michael look down at a grave marked with stones. Gabriel is kneeling]
Michael – You did all you could do. You played your part.
Gabriel – Not well enough. The loss of him, his life, is a stain on my soul. I-I can’t bear it.
Michael – Father has a plan. We must trust in that, Gabriel.
Gabriel – His plan is perfection, but they will pervert it. Destroy it. [Anger emerges in his voice and expression] Father thinks too much of them.
Michael – Careful, brother. You must stay your hand in all ways. We cannot judge these humans by their flaws, their mistakes. We can’t lose hope. Time will heal you.
Gabriel [Standing to face Michael] – Time will never heal this. [The bitterness in his voice is palpable. His wings emerge and he flies off, alone]
[Back in New Delphi, Gabriel is slumped back against his chair]
Gabriel – Alex won’t survive in this world without you. There are too many monsters. [We see the pain on Michael’s face as he struggles to keep his grip on the pole. Gabriel gives an ironic chuckle] Including me. If the angels don’t kill your Chosen One, the humans will. We need to move this thing along before it’s too late for him. [He looks up at the sparking overhead wire] “All perfect gifts come from above.” [He reaches upward toward the overhead wires that they have been trying so desperately to prevent from reaching them. With his hands shackled Gabriel strains to reach them]
Michael – What are you doing?
Gabriel – I’m giving you what I never had with David – a chance to save your Chosen One. [He pulls back] I don’t believe in Alex, Michael, but you do. Protect him. And if you can, bring our Father back. There’s no point to anything without Him [Gabriel is becoming emotional. Michael is weak – he won’t be able to hold on for much longer. Gabriel smiles and then kicks Michael back. As Michael releases his grip on the pole, the wires descend enough for Gabriel to reach them. He cries in pain as the electricity tears through his body. Michael reaches up and, as Gabriel essentially gets electrified, he uses the sparks to melt through his wrist shackles. Once freed, he runs to the control panel and turns off the current. Gabriel passes out. Michael reaches behind his back and pulls out one of his wing spikes, which he uses as a weapon to take out Julian’s men. He then uses the spike to free Gabriel, and then tries to half carry his brother out of the room. Gabriel can barely stumble with Michael’s propping him up]
Gabriel – You must go to him. Alex awaits.
Michael – I won’t leave you. [As the get to the door Michael grabs a weapon but Gabriel finds the strength to push his brother out the door and close it behind him.
Michael’s voice [on the other side of the door] – Brother, don’t do this! [pounding on the door]
Gabriel – I can’t leave anyway. I still have to kill Julian. [He passes out]
[Julian enters the room and finds Gabriel on the floor. He bends down to find a pulse]
Julian – No, no, no, no, no. I’m not done with you yet, Gabriel. Stay with me. Gabriel?
[Flashback. The same ancient land, but many decades later. It is night, and the king – the replacement for David – is in bed with several women. His crown is upon his head. Gabriel strolls in. Faux David awakens to find Gabriel at the foot of his bed, his face grim]
Faux David – Who in God’s name are you?
Gabriel – Shh. Do you know me? [The women awaken and scurry off]
Faux David – No.
Gabriel – Well, I know you. You have children, do you not? Five boys and three daughters?
Faux David – I do.
Gabriel – Lucius, Rona, Tebald, Corinth, Jessiah, Tusla, Winow, and Getrin. You’re very blessed. Such a large family.
Faux David – Yes, but I [getting nervous]
Gabriel – I too, had a son once, many years ago. He was a beautiful boy, so good. I raised him, loved him more than life itself. He died, fallen from a high place. I buried his body in a dirt field. My child was destined for great things, but an imposter stole his destiny, but didn’t fulfill it; tarnished it. [Faux David gets out of bed and tries to back away from Gabriel] My boy, the boy God chose to be King of Jerusalem, and the boy Saul murdered by throwing from a window was named David. The same name you bear with gluttony and dishonor. Saul is long dead, but I can stay the hand of revenge no more. Tonight, all your children will die, as will all their children. The streets of this city will flow with your blood. The name of David may live on, but your line ends this day forever, and there’s nothing you can do about it. [Gabriel gives a big push and Faux David screams as he is flung out of the window and falls to his death. Gabriel turns and unsheathes his sword before strolling out to fulfill his threat.]
[Back in the department store, we see the dead eight-ball with the brush sticking out of his eye socket. Stock boy is dead in a shopping cart. The female is bloodied and dead on the floor. Broom man is dead as well]
Noma – You can’t fix me, Alex. No one can. [We see Alex is stitching up Noma’s wounds]
Alex – I can’t change what you did for me, Noma. I wish I could.
Noma [becoming more emotional] – I don’t. I’m prepared to die in this war. I don’t know how to live like this. I mean, look at me. [sniffles] I’m not an angel. I’m not human. So what am I? I don’t know. I’m nothing.
Alex – Well, I still know who you are even if you don’t.
Noma – Oh, yeah? Who’s that?
Alex [smiling at her] – You’re Nomes.
Noma – [chuckles] Mm.
[Alex affectionately caresses her hair and then they kiss]
Alex – There’s a plan. I don’t know what it is yet, but you, me, Michael, we’re all part of it. [He slides her jacket on] Easy. When we get to Vega
Noma – Yeah.
Alex – We’re gonna figure out what it is. Together.
Noma – Three of us against the world, huh? [finally smiling]
Alex – World doesn’t stand a chance.
Noma – [chuckles] Mm. [She kisses him]
[Cut to outside the store, where many eight-balls are approaching. Noma and Alex hear them and turn in that direction. Through the door they can see the eight-balls, including one rather large one carrying a chainsaw. He yells at Noma and Alex through the wire-infused glass. He tries to rattle the door open]
Alex – They must’ve tracked us from the house.
[The eight-ball lowers goggles from his bald head to cover his eyes and then starts up the chainsaw. He shoves the blade between the doors and cuts at the deadbolt as the other eight-balls growl]
Alex – Shit.