Season 2 of M. Night Shyamalan’s Servant just broke a main character at long last as the emotional weight of Jericho’s sinister abduction sinks in.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Servant Season 2, Episode 1, “Doll,” which aired Friday on Apple TV+.
In Season 1 of M. Night Shyamalan’s Servant, Dorothy (Lauren Ambrose) was put through the wringer when her reborn doll turned into baby Jericho. She was trying to deal with the grief of accidentally killing her baby, but when the supernatural babysitter Leanne (Nell Tiger Free) arrived, Dorothy entered this delusional world, forgetting the trauma and living life with Jericho as if nothing ever happened.
However, as the second season focuses on Leanne stealing the baby and fleeing, we’re seeing some of the main characters feeling the pressure. And come the premiere, the sinister abduction finally breaks one person who didn’t budge that much last season: Dorothy’s husband, Sean (Toby Kebbell).Continue scrolling to keep reading
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In all fairness, Sean didn’t get much time to grieve the death last season because he had to suppress his anger from Dorothy accidentally leaving their kid in the car after being distracted by her work and household duties. Then right after, he had to cope with her depression, so he’s just been taking care of her, balancing this with his work as an internationally renowned chef. And just when it seemed like he wanted to embrace the pain, Jericho was reborn, so he didn’t get time to process anything at all as he now had to restart his life as a father… and this time in secret since the public knew they lost a child.
Now, we see how all of this has been taking a toll on him, slowly eroding his mind, and as Uncle George realized, Sean feels guilt for neglecting his family when the child was alive. He’s starting to think all of this is a macabre curse as it’s led to resentment of his wife, self-loathing and a ball of emotions that he still somehow walls up. But thanks to Julian (Rupert Grint) — Dorothy’s brother and his best friend — it all comes crashing down.
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Sean has to hide evidence about Jericho because he knows the cops will think they kidnapped someone’s baby. Maintaining the façade is the main objective, but deep down he’s missing the child. He makes it clear to Julian they will get Jericho back and raise the baby, which causes Julian to throw the reborn doll in the bin when no one’s around. But Sean saves the doll from being compressed in the rubbish truck, and the final shot has him bathing it in the tub in a heartbreaking scene.
It’s a rare, vulnerable moment, with him cracking and finally accepting how much he misses the idea of being a dad. He’s exorcising his guilt and regret because he really wanted a second chance. However, he took it for granted, focusing on the mystery of Jericho, rather than Jericho himself. And it’s why when the melancholic Sean says he wants the boy in his home again, while he’s partly right in saying it’ll save Dorothy’s life, it’s to save him too as being a good father can offer him the redemption he so desperately seeks for the sins of past.
Starring Lauren Ambrose, Toby Kebbell, Nell Tiger Free and Rupert Grint, the second season of Servant airs every Friday on Apple TV+.
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