The Raised By Wolves Colony Report: Sol Reveals His True Intent

It's a new day on Kepler-22b, which means it's time for even more mind-boggling and terrifying things to happen on "Raised by Wolves"! In last week's episode, "The Tree," the series' biblical themes started coming together, with a cursed Tree of Life, a human sacrifice in exchange for knowledge, and of course, the serpent. Mother (Amanda Collin) and Father (Abubakar Salim) have been antagonizing one another all season, but last week made it appear like they're finally headed for a real blowout over Mother's seventh child and Father's "science experiment." Marcus (Travis Fimmel) figured out the origin of the Tree after he ate of its fruit, and now he and Paul (Felix Jamieson) are going to try to use the fruit to make the atheist colony believe in Sol. "Raised by Wolves" is always kind of nutty, but last week stepped things up a notch with Sue turning into a tree and Tempest's (Jordan Loughran) baby being stolen by an alien fish-person. 

This week, things get even wilder as the lines between Team Sol and Team Robot start to blur, the serpent's true reason for existing is revealed, and everyone begins questioning their faith. Episode 7, "Feeding," contains some of the wildest imagery I've ever seen on television, and it's all in service of this incredible (if occasionally bewildering) story of what it means to be human. 

SPOILERS for season 2, episode 7 of "Raised by Wolves" from here on out.

A Quick Recap

When we return to Kepler-22b, Paul is bringing a pallet of fruit picked from the Tree for the colony to eat. They test it and find it safe, then begin digging in. It's a little disgusting watching people eat fruit that looks like human brains, especially when we know it contains some human DNA. Is it cannibalism? Who knows. Campion (Winta McGrath) doesn't eat the fruit after picking it up and inspecting it, and this seems to disappoint Paul, who is watching from a distance. Paul wants something to magically happen to anyone who eats the fruit, but it looks like whatever effects it will have don't happen immediately. Mother takes some of the fruit to her snake-baby, but the creature is apparently starving and eats the entire stack of crates, then escapes and flies away. 

Meanwhile, Hunter (Ethan Hazzard) turned one of the colony's drones into a submersible to look for the fish-creature that took Tempest's baby. They catch one of the creatures, only to realize it is not a pregnant or nursing female, just a well-fed male. They cover the submersible in the male creature's skin in order to protect it from the acid water, then set it on its way. Campion sees someone take it and run, and he goes to catch them. It's Vrille (Morgan Santo), with a Jason Voorhees-meets-Pinhead face-mask that she's created for herself. The others approach and Holly (Aasiya Shah) freaks out because Vrille killed everyone in front of her, but Campion reassures her that Vrille is harmless. Vrille explains that she heard a baby in a cave about 10 miles down-shore, then overheard Campion and the others discussing a missing baby. She took the drone in an attempt to contact the colony, so she could help Tempest find her missing child.

Back at the Tree, Paul is listening to Sue's heartbeat, which is beginning to slow. He asks Marcus what's going on and our intrepid True Believer doesn't sound so faithful anymore: "I wanted Sol to be the answer, a way out of the darkness," he tells Paul. "Maybe Sol is the darkness." The walkie-talkie in Marcus's bag starts getting static, and we can hear Sue's voice, though it's distorted. "Burn me," she starts repeating. Marcus looks up to see the serpent headed straight for the Tree, and he tries to light her on fire. It's too little, too late, though, as the creature swallows the entire tree whole, then begins to transform. It begins sprouting numerous tentacles and grows fins. Mother arrives in her t-posed killer state and attempts to stop the creature, but her scream attack gets caught in her throat. The creature blows her backward to the ground and takes off to find something else to eat. Marcus rescues Mother and asks why she couldn't kill the serpent. She reveals it is her child, and something in her caregiver programming is preventing her from attacking her flesh and blood. They set off in one of the colony's tanks to try and find the serpent, and, using the communications system, watch and listen as the serpent kills another tank nearby. 

The baby search party finds a cave with seaweed everywhere, and Father finds a dead infant fish-creature. They move on because a storm (actually the mutated serpent and its electricity powers) is headed their way. Hunter starts talking about deactivating Vrille and she gets spooked, running off into the wilderness. Campion follows her and Father loses them both. Campion stumbles upon the charred remains of the tank and crawls inside to see Vrille trying to hide among the bloody remains of the crew. The serpent's scream fried some of her systems and she's not doing too well. He tells her about when the serpent got between himself and Mother, acting jealous, and Vrille asks him if she thinks the creature came from Mother. He has a realization that Mother lied to him, and it's sure to come back to bite her. Vrille reveals that the human girl she was based on killed herself when she realized her mother was profiting off of weapons that were killing the earth's atmosphere. 

We return to the baby search party, where Father finally tells Hunter and Tempest that the serpent is Mother's "seventh child." He can't explain much more, however, because he hears a baby crying. They investigate a nearby cave and discover one of the fish creatures nursing Tempest's daughter. Tempest begs them not to kill it, to let the creature raise her child. Hunter tries to force Father to fight Tempest's decision, but she leaves the cave. Hunter kills the creature anyway and takes the baby, then attempts to give it to Tempest, who turns and walks away. This devastates Hunter, who can't understand Tempest's trauma and reasons for not wanting to raise the product of her rape. 

In an attempt to get answers or even a lead on what to do next, Mother questions Grandmother, the ancient android Father revived. Grandmother reveals that she was built by the "technocrats," who fought against "the believers" in a war on Kepler-22b some centuries before. She was a "shepherd" android, basically Mother 1.0 from a mirror civilization of sorts. Grandmother explains that the serpent is part of the "entity," and that it wants to destroy the planet. Mother tells Grandmother about her attempt to stop the serpent and her inability to do so, and Grandmother offers her the veil she wears. Apparently, it will block some of Mother's code, allowing her to face the creature and destroy it.

Campion and Vrille end up in a forest, where Vrille tells him that she's shutting down and starts writing, frantically, in a fallen log. He tries to reassure her and she shuts down, then her warning system activates: "Danger: this product will become radioactive shortly after breakdown." The episode ends with Campion's grief at his friend's permanent death. 

Team Robot: Have a little faith

The lines are starting to blur between Team Robot and Team Sol, or at the very least the players are starting to switch sides. The atheistic robots are discovering that they need to have faith in something, whether it's their offspring, an idea, or even themselves. They've been so lost in their search for meaning that they've lost sight of any kind of faith, even the completely secular kind. Mother, who has been distrustful of Grandmother since the beginning, goes to her for advice, showing just how lost the always-confident Mother has become. We see her truly defeated for the first time, unsure of herself and her mission, and it's pretty humbling. If an all-powerful killer android has that kind of self-doubt, who can blame mere humans for theirs? 

When Grandmother offers the veil, Mother asks her if it will hurt to wear, and Grandmother says "only as much as it will hurt me to remove it." That vagueness leads me to believe that the transfer of the veil is going to be deeply important and that it may signify Mother leaning into faith and feelings instead of pure logic. 

Father is having his own crisis of faith as he tries to reconcile his desire to learn with his desire to protect his children. His conversations with Hunter and Tempest have forced him to think more about his programming and how it has changed since arriving on Kepler-22b. Hunter is also going to be forced to deal with some complicated emotions after killing the fish creature and taking Tempest's baby, as he's completely devastated by her refusal. Will Father and Hunter raise the infant? Will they find someone in the colony to care for it? Or will something even weirder happen, like the infant growing gills and a tail because it nursed from the fish-creature? There's really no telling, but it's good that the baby is at least alive and safe for now. 

Team Sol: Sol is the darkness

Team Sol is slowly but surely dissipating. Following Vrille's massacre of Marcus' followers, the followers of this faith had dwindled in number to a mere handful of characters. Now the staunchest believer of the bunch, the mad "chosen one" Marcus, has his own crisis of faith. Sue's transformation left him reeling and heartbroken, and his words to Paul about Sol seem like foreshadowing. "Sol is the darkness," he says, and it's interesting that a supposed god of light ("sol" is Latin for "sun") could actually be the darkness. Grandmother's reveal that Sol wants to destroy the entire planet means that Marcus is actually right about something for once, and Sol is in fact the great evil that has made life on Kepler-22b near impossible. Marcus rescuing Mother was even more telling, as the two have been bitter enemies since the series began. If Marcus and Mother are working together, you know things have really gone wrong. 

Looking forward

The penultimate episode of "Raised by Wolves" answered some of the series' biggest questions regarding Sol, the serpent, and the Tree, but it also gave us some new mysteries to chew on. Vrille's story, carved in the log, might be of some use to the surviving humans and androids on Kepler, who had better all team up or they're toast. Can they see past their differences in order to take on a giant flying monster bent on destruction, or will they allow their petty disagreements to get them all killed?

While there's no way to tell what's actually going to happen next on "Raised by Wolves," one thing is guaranteed: I'm really going to miss both Sue and Vrille. Rest in peace, you absolute queens.

The season finale of "Raised by Wolves" will premiere Thursday, March 17, 2022 on HBO Max.