Cable viewers were spoilt by a double dose of Snowpiercer tonight on TNT, with two brand new episodes also coming to Netflix on Tuesday. After an exhilarating second season, fans sounded off on Twitter when the fate of Melanie Cavill (played by Jennifer Connelly) was left hanging over a cliff edge.
Viewers have shared their crushed reactions to the jaw-dropping twist ending that just capped off Snowpiercer’s second season.
The second most popular cable drama returned after a week’s hiatus to deliver a two-part finale of epic proportions, ‘The Show Must Go On’ and ‘Into the White’.
When the series last left off, Mr. Wilford (Sean Bean) launched his plan to take over Snowpiercer, and this week treated the passengers to an extravagant carnival.
By the end of this week’s instalment, Andre Layton (Daveed Diggs) and Melanie’s daughter, Alex (Rowan Blanchard) had split the vessel apart to form their own ‘pirate train’.
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Unfortunately, their quest to find and safely retrieve Melanie from the frozen research station was a failure.
Having located her last recorded location, Andre and Alex discovered Melanie had seemingly stepped out into the frozen wilderness when she realised she wouldn’t be rescued.
The episode ended on a tear-jerking final note as Alex read the last entry of Melanie’s journal, which confirmed the worst had happened.
As the finale wrapped up on TNT, fans were inconsolable as they mourned the loss of one of Snowpiercer’s most beloved characters.
Importantly, season two featured a number of flashback sequences between Wilford and Melanie, throwing doubt over how Snowpiercer’s former Head of Hospitality could return.
There’s a strong chance Connelly will be taking a backseat when the series returns, and only appear in a handful of flashbacks as a special guest appearance.
However, after her ambiguous and, for some, disappointing off-screen death, several fans are already convinced Melanie is still out there alive somewhere.
One fan complained: “Man I have to say I’m kind of disappointed with that off screen death, Snowpiercer. Good finale but I don’t like when you kill a character like that off-screen.”
While another theorised: “So… I’m not convinced that Melanie is dead on Snowpiercer. We haven’t seen a body, so I’m hopeful that Alex will find her somehow.”
Melanie’s research this season confirmed the frozen Earth is actually warming up in some spots, so there’s a slim chance of her survival in the outside world.
Snowpiercer’s third season is currently in production but isn’t expected to air before the start of 2022, so fans will just have to keep speculating until then.
Snowpiercer season 2 is available to stream on Netflix from Tuesday, March 30.