it is starring Josh Brolin and Imogen Poots, finally revealed some solutions to its puzzle box in the Season 1 finale. Abbott family and their ranch, where a bottomless pit can be found in one of the pastures.
What is the hole really? What is Autumn’s true identity? Is Royal a thing of the past? Let’s dive into all of these questions and more in the spoiler-filled section below.
joy in the past
In the penultimate episode (episode 7), Deputy Sheriff Joy stumbles across a huge boulder marked with the symbol of the mining company Royal is after. Following a trail of the dark substance connected to the void, Joy enters a forest.
On the other side, she surges into the past, where a stampede of wild bison streams past her. She notices teepees in the distance and realizes that she is no longer in Kansas.
Royal’s Great Royal Secret
Also in Episode 7, we settle into the story of what happened in Royal’s past. While showing the void to his son Perry, Royal reveals the reason he ran away as a child.
While on a hunting trip, the 9-year-old Royal accidentally shot his father in the chest. Unable to bring his father home, Royal wished he could disappear…and his dream came true. Royal discovered the void and took his escape route. This all happened in 1886. When he returned from the hole, he had traveled into the future, to 1968.
After hearing this, Perry, in search of his lost wife Rebecca, jumps down the hole – but surprised! This time the hole closes, leaving a ring of red dust in its wake.
Amy finds Rebecca, then disappears
As Rhett tries to win the rodeo, Amy leaves her grandmother’s side and comes across an amazing discovery: Rebecca. Her long-lost mother makes a miraculous return, calling Amy for an epic hug.
Amy asks where Rebecca has been all this time, and Rebecca cryptically says, “I had to hide.”
Before giving a proper explanation, she takes Amy away, much to Grandma Cecilia’s horror.
Luke takes gold
When he discovers the hole has closed, Tillerson’s eldest son digs as many new holes as it takes to find black powder that has something to do with the physical form of time. His efforts pay off and he finds the key to his plans to earn money. Could this be the beginnings of the mining company? Maybe – as long as they can keep the buffalo herds from running wild through the passages they open.
Fall is Amy, Amy is Fall
Ah! Finally, we learn the true identity of Autumn Rivers. Thanks to a scar she and Amy share on their forehead, Royal connects the dots and realizes he was about to murder his own granddaughter. Autumn says she has no memories of her life before she was 9 years old. It’s no coincidence that Amy is also 9 years old. Does Rebecca take him through the hole looking for Perry? It’s a possibility.
What does the future hold?
Many questions remain unanswered, including how the hole itself works. While some who enter emerge into the future, others are sent into the past. Perry believes that the hole takes you where you need to go, that there is a “plan”.
Remember when the mountain disappeared? This coincided with Autumn and Royal shaking hands. Now that we know they’re related and moved in time, we may see more Earth-altering events (although nothing apparently happens when they shake hands in the first episode). Perhaps this mountain was momentarily teleported into the future.
Who did Rebecca escape from?
Autumn first carries a lot of cash and later requests more funds from a mysterious benefactor over the phone. There may be other parties working in the background that we haven’t encountered yet, and they may have something to do with Rebecca’s disappearance.
This pesky cult
Finally, Autumn is the leader of a cult from the future, where the members wear yellow uniforms. While it’s clear they want to mine gunpowder, their grand plans are another mystery waiting to be solved. In the first episode, Amy cryptically paints a picture of what she thinks heaven looks like, and it looks remarkably like mine and cult members in the future. Chance?
It’s unclear if Outer Range has been renewed for another season, and sadly, reviews have been to mixed favor. Trippy sci-fi mysteries are all the rage right now (when weren’t they?), so let’s hope another season emerges from the void to help solve the problems.
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