Samuel Breen runs a music column, Off Kilter, for Clash magazine, covering the weird and the wonderful. Since reviewing gigs in his teens for the Manchester Evening News, he has freelanced for a number of magazines and websites, currently including FACT, Fader, and Vice.
As the show has progressed the revenants have been eclipsed by their relations. Once full characters unravelling the plot, commanding the tone, balancing the humane elements with the supernatural, their stories have gone flat.
We’ve reached the midpoint in the series and equally we’ve reached a moral midpoint in many of the characters. As fantasy casts a mist over the town’s geography, our perception of the protagonists is torn by their behaviour.
Fragility of life looms large over an episode that closes with the scarring on Julie’s stomach. While the barmaid is offscreen battling for her life in hospital, Camille is struggling to deal with the nature of her existence.