Season 3, Episode 2
Moon Rises, Raven Seeks
Sunny and Bajie seek help from Lydia. The Widow struggles to control M.K. Pilgrim seeks to establish a new order in the Badlands.
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Pilgrim, Cressida and a huge convoy of acolytes make their way across the land. Nix alerts Pilgrim to Castor's weakening condition, which has been worsening due to the gift slowly draining his health.
Pilgrim finds Castor in one of the caravans. He tells Castor that he does not need to prove his strength, and reminds the boy how proud he is. Pilgrim leaves. Outside, Cressida walks through a lavender field to the edge of a cliff. In the water below, they see an island: the first temple of Azra, where they will build their new kingdom.
At the Sanctuary, Moon wears a Bowler uniform after officially accepting the role as the Widow's Regent. The Widow gives him a gift to complete his new look ñ a mechanical hand with a retractable blade and darts. M.K. approaches and the Widow asks Moon to "give him a lesson" since M.K. has been skipping his training. Moon throws M.K. a sword to "make it a fair fight." Moon bests M.K., but acknowledges M.K.'s talents. M.K. says he was trained by "the best Clipper in the Badlands" and taunts him about Sunny taking his hand. Moon knocks him out.
At the refugee camp, Sunny is stunned over learning Henry possesses the gift. Bajie explains that it's passed down through the blood, meaning Sunny has it as well. Lydia recalls that when Waldo found Sunny as a young boy, he was wearing the mark of Azra around his neck. She suggests going to see Ankara, also known as the Mad Witch, a former Master who was exiled from the monastery. She fetches journals that once belonged to her father, who used to help track Dark Ones, and finds information about a location named Vulture's Peak. Bajie knows how to get there, but urges Sunny not to go as it'll take them right through the frontlines of the war.
The Widow gives Moon his first mission. He'll need to track down Bajie, since the Iron Rabbit freed him during her ambush on the Widow's transports. Moon recognizes Bajie's name and mentions unfinished business with him. The Widow orders Moon to keep him alive, but wants the head of the Iron Rabbit.
Sunny presses Bajie for more information about Ankara. Bajie explains that she was his first master who was obsessed with finding Azra, until she was banished from the monastery after her mind snapped. Bajie curses himself for ever believing in Azra.
Pilgrim and the acolytes reach their sacred ground, an abandoned fortress that rests upon an island. They stare in wonder at the decayed remnants of what was once a 21st century museum, filled with dinosaur bones and ancient relics.
After one of the acolytes expresses doubt over the sacredness of the grounds, Cressida urges Pilgrim to "make an example" of the unbelievers. Pilgrim urges the doubters to step forward, blindfolds himself and orders the men to fight him -- with only "blind faith" to protect him. After watching Pilgrim easily kill the first three with his bare hands, the last doubter surrenders.
Tilda walks up to Sunny at the refugee camp. Sunny immediately puts a knife to her throat, but learns she doesn't work for the Widow anymore. Bajie agrees to take Sunny to Vulture's Peak if he doesn't kill Tilda. Moon strolls into the camp and Sunny and Bajie hide ñ but Lydia still has Henry.
Lydia recognizes Nathaniel from her past. She pretends to know nothing about the Iron Rabbit's ambush. Tilda changes her clothes and pretends to be an orphaned refugee. Tilda takes Henry from Lydia. Lydia volunteers to ride back with Moon and talk to the Widow personally. Before she leaves, she warns Tilda not to follow them.
Nix and Castor explore an old gift shop in the museum and find a View-Master depicting images of the ancient wonders of the old world, including one of Azra. Castor's ear starts to bleed. He begs Nix not to tell Pilgrim and worries he won't live to see Azra. From outside the room, Pilgrim secretly listens to their conversation.
Locked in his chamber, M.K. goes through opiate withdrawal and refuses to eat. The Widow urges him to take care of himself and prepare for Moon to return with Bajie, who can unlock M.K.'s gift.
Pilgrim admits to Cressida that the fortress is not what he was hoping for. Cressida says the "catalyst" sent the signal and they should trust his coordinates. She remains confident the catalyst will appear when the time is right. Pilgrim mentions Castor's dwindling health and Cressida says ìblack-eyed ones do not have long lives," and accuses Pilgrim of becoming too attached to him. With the full moon tonight, Cressida makes plans to perform a ritual that will give Pilgrim the confirmation he needs to move forward.
A Butterfly secretly delivers opium to M.K.'s chamber. When he's alone, he heats it up on a spoon and sticks a needle into his arm.
M.K. falls into a drug-induced dream and stands before a dark-eyed version of himself. "Suicide is the coward's way," his dark self says. M.K.'s dark self explains that the Master manipulated his memories and orders M.K. to remember what really happened to his mother. M.K. becomes transported to a memory from his past and learns that his mother was killed by one of Quinn's Clippers. M.K. looks into the killer's face and sees it's Sunny. M.K. drops to his knees and his eyes turn black.
Lydia and Moon walk up to the Widow's Sanctuary. Lydia notes that "after all these years," both she and Moon are still "living in the shadows of Barons." Moon reminds her that he offered her a way out, but Lydia insists she was too young and scared. She says nothing scares her anymore.
Lydia meets alone with the Widow at the Sanctuary and demands peace. The Widow wants the Iron Rabbit. In return, she offers Lydia the role of Viceroy where she will run the poppy fields and inhabit the Fort, and have more power to protect the refugees.
In M.K.'s chamber, M.K. lies comatose and unresponsive. The Widow orders a Butterfly to get a healer.
During a ritual, Cressida chants in the ancient language of her people and asks Pilgrim to lend her his strength. He slices his lip before kissing her, smearing blood on both of their lips. He then pierces two meat hooks under Cressida's shoulder blades so she can be hoisted up into the air by iron chains. "Tell me what you see," Pilgrim says. Cressida looks up towards the moon and replies, "I seeÖeverything."