sayidiscoolerthanyou asked: Imagine Carlos losing his phone in the sand and putting all his important science on hold to search for it, because if he loses contact with Cecil he doesn't know what he'll do... he finds it after several hours of digging and he doesn't think he's ever felt so relieved in his life.
Something I’ve been thinking about for the last few days but can’t figure out:
Right before Maxine stabs Amy, she says: “You’re the first and the last.”
And “the first” I understand, that’s more than obvious. But “the last”? What does she mean by that? I can’t think of anything Amy was the last to do or be.
She was the first to rise. The first to experience symptoms. The first to come to life again. (Side note: Is there any way for Maxine to have found that out? I don’t think there is, but I’ve always wondered why she aimed for the heart when the show makes it seem like the only way you can kill a PDS sufferer is with damage to their brain [or probably things like beheading or similar] and also like that’s common knowledge. Aiming for the heart of an undead person seems pretty pointless is all.)
It would have made sense if Maxine had, like, killed a lot of PDS sufferers beforehand, to train or something, and then Amy would be the last she had to kill, but that doesn’t make sense either.
And I don’t think it’s some kind of vaguely poetic-sounding throwaway line, either, because Maxine could have easily said only the first part and still have sounded like she did and also Philip later repeats it word-for-word at the GP’s. I know that that moment focusses more on Simon and how he probably for the first time realises that he actually could have been wrong about Kieren being the first but still, having those words said twice in exactly the same way doesn’t seem like something insignificant to me.
Does anyone have a good answer for that? Is it obvious and I’m just not seeing it? Or am I reading too much into something that was only supposed to sound cool?
Hi there! I was on vacation when you tagged me in this, so sorry for the delay!
The term “the first and the last” is actually derived from early transcriptions of the Christian bible, wherein can be found the phrase “I am the Alpha and the Omega” (the first and last letters of the greek alphabet, respectively) as it relates to Jesus Christ (and some argue, God as well). In terms of ITF, I believe that Maxine is using this to declare Amy as the “messiah” of sorts. Due to the same way Kieren later denounces himself as such, I think it is believed that ‘the First’ is the equivalent of the messiah figure in the ULA belief set. I don’t believe it actually has anything to do with Amy literally being the first (to do or be) or the last (to do or be) so much as it has to do with what her place is within that set of beliefs, which Maxine seems to put stock in after hearing both Vicar Oddie and The Undead Prophet speak of second risings, etc. Additionally, she heard this same phrase from the Prophet, and it would have been important for Philip to repeat that exact phrase the Prophet uses in Simon’s presence in order for him to realize that Maxine was doing the same thing that he had been about to do (ostensibly under the influence of the same person, by some way), how horrible it could have turned out, how it could have been Amy he set upon like this, and that he was, in fact, correct and justified in choosing Kieren.
As to whether or not Maxine knew that Amy had come to life, my guess would be that she was close enough to hear Amy exclaim that her heart had begun to beat again. This or, by that point, Maxine had become upset enough by the second Rising not happening and her plans sort of falling apart, that her realization that she might be able to still salvage it and the overwhelming emotion that came along with that, muddled her thinking momentarily. She had a stabby device, and common sense says stabby devices go in the chest or stomach, not in the head, and before her brain caught up… she stabbed Amy. Upon seeing real, red blood, maybe her brain caught up and she kept going with what worked.