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For All Mankind Season 3 Ending Explained (In Detail)

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Warning: SPOILERS for For All Mankind Season 3 Finale – “Stranger In A Strange Land”A shocking terrorist attack at NASA in For All Mankind season 3’s finale completely changes the space race and escalates the drama on Earth and Mars for season 4. In For All Mankind season 3’s penultimate episode, Commanders Danielle Poole (Krys Marshall) and Grigory Kuznetsov (Lev Gorn) were stunned to discover that there was someone else on Mars: a North Korean astronaut named Lt. Colonel Lee Jung-Gil (C.S. Lee). To everyone’s surprise, it turns out the North Koreans launched a Mars mission weeks before NASA, Helios, and the Soviet Roscosmos initiated their race to the Red Planet. Therefore, in the alternate history of Apple TV+’s acclaimed sci-fi series, Lt. Colonel Lee Jung-Gil is the real first person on Mars!

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For All Mankind season 3’s finale, “Stranger in a Strange Land,” detailed the harrowing months Lee Jung-Gil spent alone on Mars until Danielle and Grigory came across him. On Mars, the primary crisis involved how to transport the pregnant Kelly Baldwin (Cynthy Wu) to the orbital Phoenix spacecraft so that she can safely give birth. Thanks to an ingenious plan by Aleida Rosales (Coral Peña) at NASA, Ed Baldwin (Joel Kinnaman) piloted a daring mission to break Mars orbit and safely deliver Kelly to the Phoenix. However, back at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Jimmy Stevens (David Chandler) tried to stop his friends from committing a terrorist act against NASA. Karen Baldwin (Shantel VanSanten) saved Jimmy and tried to warn security but once they were caught, Jimmy’s terrorist friends detonated their car bomb. The results were devastating and have upended everything going into For All Mankind season 4.


For All Mankind season 3 centered on a three-way space race to Mars, with the astronaut teams led by Danielle, Grigory, and Ed forced to work together as tragedies and calamities piled up on the Red Planet. Back on Earth, Margo Madison (Wrenn Schmidt) realized she had become a kompromat whom the Soviets manipulated as an asset, the discovery of which tormented Aleida. In the White House, President Ellen Wilson (Jodi Balfour) decided that the only way to protect her husband Larry (Nate Corddry) from a scandal that would bring down her Presidency is to publicly admit she is gay, which finally allows her to live openly as her true self. Meanwhile, billionaire and Helios Aerospace founder Dev Ayesa (Edi Gathegi) found himself pushed out of his own company in favor of Karen Baldwin being installed as the new CEO. But For All Mankind season 3’s finale has rearranged the show’s game board once again, and here’s every major event in “Stranger in a Strange Land” and what it all means.


Every Major Character Who Died In For All Mankind‘s Season 3 Finale

There were many casualties as a result of the terrorist bombing at Johnson Space Center but in terms of For All Mankind‘s main cast, there were two major deaths and one character only believed to be dead. Karen Baldwin died from her injuries after she was caught in the brunt of the explosion and was buried underneath debris. When Jimmy found her and tried to dig her out, Karen was already at death’s door and the last thing she saw was the clouds parting to give her a view of space, which she always hated and took so much from her. Jimmy now has to live with his role in Karen’s death in For All Mankind season 4, and he’ll have to answer to Ed, Kelly, and his brother, Danny (Casey W. Johnson), when they get back to Earth.


However, Molly Cobb (Sonya Walger) also died as a result of the JSC bombing, which may have escaped some viewers. Molly’s death was made official in the newspaper headline that landed on Sergei Nikulov’s (Piotr Adamczyk) lawn, which announced that NASA was renaming the rebuilt Johnson Space Center as the Molly Cobb Space Center. After the bombing, Molly, who is blind, heroically helped lead other survivors to safety. The newspaper’s story details that Molly was last seen reentering the remains of the JSC to look for more survivors and Molly’s body was recovered 7 days later. Like Karen, Molly was part of For All Mankind since season 1. They are both beloved characters who are huge losses to the show, and they will be missed.


Finally, when she searched for her mentor, Aleida found Margo’s office completely destroyed by the explosion. For All Mankind left her (and the audience, briefly) believing that Margo was also dead until her true fate was revealed in the final seconds of “Stranger in a Strange Land.”

How The JSC Terrorist Bombing Sets Up For All Mankind Season 4

The bombing of the Johnson Space Center, which happened in 1995 and resembles the real-life Oklahoma City bombing that same year, will force NASA to change its leadership. However, the fact that the Justice Department was ready to arrest Margo, the head of NASA for treason, had the bombing not happened would have also created a void at the top of NASA. Someone will have to replace Margo as NASA’s director, and the most likely candidates are Ed Baldwin, Ellen Wilson, Danielle Poole, and Aleida Rosales.

By For All Mankind season 4, Ed will realistically be too old to go back into space, and running NASA may be his best career move. Similarly, Ellen’s heart has always been at NASA, and running the agency could be her next step when she’s no longer President. Danielle may also be tapped to run NASA but she likely still has one more season of being an astronaut to come. However, Aleida was always groomed as Margo’s heir apparent, and Madison essentially passed the torch to her during what became Margo’s farewell speech to the flight control team. However NASA restructures, which will also provoke a response from their rival agencies in Russia, North Korea, and Helios, it will radically affect the future of the space program and the continued colonization of Mars.


How Karen’s Death Changes Ed, Kelly, And Danny In For All Mankind

Karen’s death is a real tragedy, especially since she has so many family ties. Karen is mourned by her daughter Kelly, her ex-husband Ed, and also the Stevens family, and Karen will never get to meet her grandchild, who was born to Kelly in Mars orbit, Karen essentially raised Danny and Jimmy while their deceased astronaut parents, Gordo (Michael Dorman) and Tracy (Sarah Jones), were in space, so they’re essentially a part of the Baldwin family. Danny, of course, fell in love with Karen in For All Mankind season 2, and he slept with her (which Danny still hasn’t confessed to Ed, although Jimmy knows). Karen was also a fascinating character who reinvented her career every season, starting from a housewife to becoming CFO of Helios Aerospace. Her death will have a lasting impact on many For All Mankind characters in season 4.

Will Dev & Helios Return In For All Mankind Season 4?

Karen’s death will also force major changes at Helios Aerospace, which will hopefully return, along with Dev Ayesa, in For All Mankind season 4. Thanks to Karen, Dev lost the confidence of his devoted employees, and he walked out on the company he founded. But with Karen gone, Dev could return to Helios, or he could make good on his promise to start a new company. Dev remains committed to colonizing Mars so that should continue in season 4. But if Dev doesn’t return to run Helios again, it’s possible Bill Strausser (Noah Harpster) could be the new CEO, unless a new character is introduced in For All Mankind season 4.


Who Will Be President In For All Mankind Season 4?

It remains to be seen if Ellen Wilson politically survives coming out as gay and gets a second term as President, or if her Presidency ends in its first term. Regardless, Ellen won’t be POTUS when For All Mankind returns for season 4, so who will be in the White House in 2003? Possibilities include George W. Bush and Al Gore, who battled for the Presidency in 2000. Another likelihood is Hillary Clinton, who may win the White House as revenge for Ellen beating her husband, Bill Clinton, in the 1992 election. 2003 may be too early for Barack Obama to become President in For All Mankind‘s universe, but it could still happen later on in season 4 or in season 5.

Will NASA Go To Jupiter In For All Mankind Season 4?

By every measure, the combined efforts of NASA, Roscosmos, and Helios to colonize Mars have been a disaster, with 7 astronauts from all three agencies dead and the loss of vital spacecraft and equipment. For All Mankind season 3 ended with all of the astronauts opting to remain on the Red Planet until NASA can rescue them, and they committed their remaining resources to safely deliver Kelly to the Phoenix so she could give birth. In addition, the Mars team added a new member from North Korea, while they also banished Danny Stevens to the Korean spacecraft as punishment for causing the drill disaster that killed their colleagues. However, life on Mars may be thriving in For All Mankind season 4. If so, the next stop in exploring the solar system would be Jupiter, but without President Wilson, it remains to be seen if NASA has the clout and political backing to reach the Gas Giant.


How Margo Being In Russia Changes The Space Race

The reports of Margo Madison’s death at the JSC bombing were greatly exaggerated, and For All Mankind season 3 ended with the revelation that Margo now living in Russia in 2003. This means that Roscosmos’ director, Lenara Catiche (Vera Cherny), got Margo out of the United States. But questions abound as to how and when. Was Margo caught in the JSC bombing and survived or did the Russians get her out before the explosion? (And did the Russians know about the planned terrorist attack?) If Ms. Madison is believed dead from the bombing, then Margo is now living in secret in the USSR. Unfortunately, it’s likely Margo now has no choice but to work for Roscosmos. Ironically, Margo is now trapped in the Soviet Union just as Sergei and his family defected to America, which Margo enabled.

Of course, having the former director of NASA now working for Roscosmos, voluntarily or not, is a coup for the Russians. Margo is still a brilliant engineer who knows everything about NASA since the 1960s. How much information Margo will give the Russians will determine the next phase of the space race. Tragically, the finale’s title “Stranger in a Strange Land” ultimately refers to Margo. Who knows if Margo will be able to come back to the United States in For All Mankind season 4?

For All Mankind Season 4 Time Jump Explained

Every season of For All Mankind moves the story about a decade past the previous season so For All Mankind season 4 now brings our characters into 2003, although the show’s first decade of the 21st century will be very different from the real world’s. For Ed, Margo, Danielle, Aleida, and others who have been around since For All Mankind season 1, they are all now over 30 years older than when the show started. It also means technology will have changed by leaps and bounds since the space race accelerated technological development like helium-fusion, electric cars, and combating climate change.

For All Mankind season 3 already had laptops and cellphones in the mid-1990s as well as flatscreen HDTVs. For All Mankind season 4 could introduce holographic technology next. Meanwhile, For All Mankind is heavily influenced by Star Trek, with many Easter eggs throughout the series dropped in by the many Star Trek alums in the writers’ room. Thus far, the show has resisted sci-fi tropes like warp drive and introducing aliens to maintain its realism. But could NASA develop faster-than-light travel (i.e. warp drive), which would enable rapid space flight to Jupiter and beyond in For All Mankind season 4?


For All Mankind Seasons 1-3 are available to stream on Apple TV+.

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Adar Did WHAT? Is Rings Of Power’s Shock Sauron Twist True?

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Warning: spoilers ahead for The Rings of Power episode 6Did Adar really kill Sauron in The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power? Everybody from Lindon to the Southlands knows Sauron is lurking in The Rings of Power‘s shadows – it’s merely a matter of where he’s hiding, and when he’ll reveal himself. Many naturally assumed The Rings of Power season 1’s big bad (Joseph Mawle’s Adar) was working in league with the Dark Lord, executing Sauron’s evil machinations in his absence.

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The Rings of Power episode 6 all but confirms that’s not the case. Captured and interrogated by Galadriel, Adar acknowledges his allegiance to Morgoth, but explains that Sauron’s harsh treatment of Orcs following the War of Wrath upset him. Adar is, after all, the race’s progenitor from way back. Feeling protective over his little bundles of hate, Adar apparently killed Sauron, thus making himself the chief purveyor of Middle-earth misery. Sauron, meanwhile, hasn’t been spotted since… if Adar’s story is to be believed.

The Lord of the Rings fans will, of course, know that Sauron doesn’t die until the One Ring’s destruction in the Third Age (and even then he technically still exists in some metaphysical form). With this in mind, what’s the truth behind Adar’s boastful claim in The Rings of Power episode 6?


Did Adar Really Kill Sauron In The Rings Of Power? Can He?

Before digging into the weeds of his claim, The Rings of Power viewers can at least assume Adar believes what he’s telling Galadriel. No obvious benefit can be gained by lying in this situation, and Adar’s story about wanting to protect the Orcs from Sauron’s cruelty tallies with both Galadriel’s experiment chamber discovery from episode 1, and the promises Adar has repeatedly made about wanting the Southlands to become an Orc haven. Adar, therefore, seems to honestly believe he killed the Dark Lord.

He’s almost certainly mistaken. Sauron is one of the Maiar – angelic and immortal spirits from the beginning of time. Since the Maiar are divine, primordial beings, they don’t die in the traditional sense. Even after the One Ring’s eventual destruction, The Return of the King confirms Sauron still lives as a weakened spirit floating helplessly through the shadows (the same fate implicitly befalls Saruman, although wizards are a slightly special case). Maiar can, through great effort, be diminished to the point of no return, but their essence remains tied to the world.

Nevertheless, physical forms of Maiar aren’t invulnerable to damage. The likes of Lúthien, Gil-galad and Elendil all enjoyed success in battle against Sauron, but the Dark Lord’s spirit survived in each case, renewing its strength, restoring its body, and returning to prominence. Maybe this is what happened between Sauron and Adar in The Rings of Power. Adar might’ve slayed Sauron’s physical body, forcing his spirit away until enough power returned to launch a comeback. At worst, Adar’s betrayal would’ve been an unpleasant inconvenience to Sauron.

How Sauron Could Return To Middle-earth

The Lord of the Rings tells of two ways a Maia can retake physical form following a defeat. One is by the Valar’s grace – as seen when Gandalf dies fighting Moria’s Balrog but returns as Gandalf the White. The second method is going the long way around by renewing over time. After the destruction of Númenor, for example, Sauron’s physical body is gone. Tolkien writes of how the villain’s spirit endures, retreats to Middle-earth, and slowly forges a new shape over many years. This could certainly explain how Sauron defies Adar’s blade in The Rings of Power. Since the Valar are hardly likely to bring him back as “Sauron the Purple,” the Dark Lord could only wait in secret until his strength returned, and the body Adar may or may not have assassinated was replaced with a new form.

Annoyingly, this knowledge doesn’t bring The Rings of Power any closer to explaining where Sauron might be. If Adar vanquished Sauron’s physical form and forced him to spend many centuries recovering, it’s possible the villain would return to Middle-earth as a flaming meteor with no memory of his former self. The theory connecting Sauron to The Rings of Power‘s Stranger, therefore, remains alive. At the same time, Sauron’s enforced exile by Adar sounds suspiciously similar to the fate Halbrand was forced to endure…

Adar’s Story Might Explain A Tolkien Mystery

J.R.R. Tolkien’s mythology leaves a big chunk of Sauron’s history unaccounted for. After the War of Wrath ended, Sauron chose to run and hide rather than face the Valar’s judgment. He eventually began making moves 500 years into the Second Age, spent another 500 years redecorating Mordor, then eventually triggered his One Ring masterplan by appearing as Annatar yet another half-century later. Compared to the 100 years (give or take) between Sauron’s body being destroyed on Númenor and his subsequent wars against Gondor, it’s fair to ask why the Dark Lord took 1500 years to make waves after Morgoth’s defeat.

The real answer, of course, is a combination of gathering troops, making plans, building strongholds, and amassing power after a crushing loss. The Rings of Power may be offering an alternative perspective, where Sauron’s Second Age comeback was rudely interrupted by the blade of a supposed ally delaying his glorious return.

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‘Ghosts’ Cast Tease Season 2 and Their Dream A-List Guest Stars (Exclusive)

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The Ghosts cast got all dressed up as they posed for a CBS Watch magazine spread and teased season 2, which kicks off Thursday on CBS. Only ET was with the ensemble as they reflected on the comedy’s breakout first season and offered a glimpse into what awaits the crew as they begin a new chapter.

“We are a loud, very rambunctious group of people. We take a very long time to get through our days on set, but we have a really good time. It has become very much like a family in this pandemic,” Ghosts star Rose McIver, who plays Sam, told ET.

Added co-star Utkarsh Ambudkar, who plays her TV husband Jay: “I think we all learned how to really work well with each other and not to mention all of our incredible guest stars. It’s not just the ensemble. We have two or three extra hilarious people almost every episode.”

Season 2 kicks off with Sam employing the ghosts to spy on an overly-critical couple who have arrived as guests at the B&B in an attempt to receive a positive online review. Meanwhile, Isaac (Brandon Scott Jones) tries to integrate Nigel (John Hartman) into his friend group.

“I love whenever people ask us what’s going to happen in the second season because I’m like, I have been grilling the two Joes — [showrunners Joe Port and Joe Wiseman], who are our writers and creators — so much. I try to peer pressure information out of them, and I can’t get anything so far!” McIver confessed of what Sam, Jay and the undeads are up to this year.

“We’re so excited to find out what happens with the characters and there are so many possibilities with the show, so it’s very exciting,” co-star Sheila Carrasco, who plays Flower, added. “Especially now to be back in L.A. and New York and just to be seeing the show on TV and experiencing it and knowing you get to… make more, it’s just a very special time right now.”

Cast members Danielle Pinnock, who plays Alberta; Richie Moriarty, who plays Pete; and Jones all had their own theories about where the show will go in season 2, sharing that they believe there will be a “parade of the most famous guest stars in the world” dropping in at the B&B.

As for who they’d like to see swing by? The Ghosts cast reached for the moon. And why not? Lin-Manuel Miranda, Tiffany Haddish, Mark Hamill, Dolly Parton, Steve Carell, Carol Burnett, Lily Tomlin, Jason Momoa, George Clooney, anyone from The West Wing and Harrison Ford were just several of the A-list names bandied about.

“We just want visitors in Montreal,” Jones quipped.

Ghosts airs Thursdays on CBS.

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‘Rings of Power’ Episode 6 Recap: ‘Udûn’ is the Darkest, Bloodiest and Best Episode Yet

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Anyone who’s been waiting for “The Rings of Power” to pick up the pace will have their wish granted by “Udûn,” an hour-long battle sequence with a few brief interludes thrown in for viewers to collect their thoughts. It’s the most focused episode to date, as two of the main narrative threads are conspicuous in their absence: Elrond and Durin’s odd-couple bromance and the hobbitses’ migration. It’s also the most consequential.

It would appear that having a stronger, larger army matters little when attacking a fortress in Middle-earth. Just as Saruman learned this the hard way in “The Two Towers,” Adar does in the opening moments of “Udûn.” He and his battalion of orcs and human conscripts march on Ostirith, the watchtower where Bronwyn, Arondir, and their people have taken shelter; the battle promises to be a short one, with little hope of survival for the good guys, except there’s no battle at all. The tower is abandoned, and yet Adar is sure that Arondir remains — “I can smell him,” he tells one of his officers. He’s right, of course, but he failed to anticipate the trap he’s just walked into: With a few arrows and graceful movements, Arondir brings the whole place down via a booby-trapped tower as he makes his nimble escape, presumably wiping out Adar’s forces in one fell swoop. Though yet to show as much personality as some of the show’s other characters, Arondir can always be counted on for a balletic action sequence.

The victory is short-lived, however, as one battle tends to just start another. After retreating to a nearby village and setting up their meager defenses for the inevitable second round, Arondir’s forces appear to eke out yet another win against Adar. (If all this seems too good to be true, that’s because it is.) It isn’t the most believable come-from-behind victory we’ve seen in Middle-earth, but it’s still an engrossing one — especially once Arondir gets cornered by an absolute unit of an orc who comes dangerously close to ending him.

He’s saved at the last moment, but not before the orc has spilled black, viscous blood all over him. The visual is as important as it is disgusting, for Arondir can’t help noticing a nearby corpse covered in the more familiar red while assessing the enemy’s casualties. Then a terrible realization dawns upon our heroes: Mixed in with the orcs were their own people, the ones who foolishly accepted Adar’s offer of peace in exchange for swearing fealty. (Who could have guessed that he wasn’t trustworthy?) They aren’t the only army who can spring a trap, and arrows soon begin raining from the sky — two of which strike Bronwyn.

This is the most peril one of the protagonists has been in so far, and seeing Bronwyn pierced by two arrows is sure to have some viewers concerned that the lovely speech she delivered to her son Theo earlier in the episode was a kind of swan song: “This shadow is but a small and passing thing,” she tells him, echoing Sam’s words to Frodo at the end of “The Two Towers.” “There is light and high beauty forever beyond its reach. Find the light and the shadow will not find you.”

Arondir carries her into a makeshift keep where the group’s noncombatants have been hiding, but not before many of his compatriots are killed by the hail of arrows. Thus begins the darkest, most violent sequence of the series thus far, with Bronwyn narrowly surviving after having her wounds painfully cauterized and Adar breaking into the keep and demanding to know where “it” is. “It,” in this case, is the sword Theo found, the one we’ve been led to believe belonged to none other than Sauron himself. It’s wrapped in cloth and hidden beneath the floorboards, but Arondir refuses to tell him that — even when Adar’s soldiers begin killing hostages. Not until they turn their attention to Bronwyn does Theo reveal the blade’s location.

How many times can the good guys be saved at the last moment before it stops being an effective plot device? Difficult to say, but it certainly hasn’t happened yet. For it’s just after Adar makes off with the covered blade that we hear a rumble in the distance, the kind that can only mean approaching horses carrying Galadriel, Halbrand and hundreds of Númenorians clad in what might be the most gorgeous armor you’ll ever see. Galadriel and Halbrand track down Adar and retrieve the sword, with Halbrand coming close to killing him after asking whether Adar remembers him (he does not). But Galadriel wants him alive, which can only mean one thing: It’s time for an interrogation, dear readers.

Before that, though, we’re treated to a brief respite in which Halbrand is hailed as the returning King of the Southlands, Elendil and Isildur bond over their first father-son battle and we learn about the unbreakable bond between horse and rider. “Lord of the Rings” has never lacked for epic battles — though few, it must be said, are quite as bloody as the one we’ve just witnessed — but these small moments in between have always been its true heart.

As he’s being questioned, we finally learn Adar’s whole deal: He’s a “Son of the Dark,” one of the first orcs, an elf taken by Morgoth and corrupted into his current form. She then promises to kill every last one of his kind, saving him for last so he can see all of his “children” die before she sticks a dagger into his poisoned heart. (Yikes!) His response? “It would seem I’m not the only elf alive who’s been transformed by darkness.” He’s got a point, Galadriel.

But what of the sword, which still hasn’t been removed from its covering? Galadriel returns it to Arondir, who speaks to Theo about it and advises that the accursed blade be tossed into the sea. But they were both of them deceived, for Waldreg — last seen bailing on his people in the hope that Adar would reward his betrayal with safety — has taken the blade in secret and replaced it with a mere axe. Why he’s done so relates to the episode’s title, which has implications that will last thousands of years. The old man plunges the true blade into a puzzle-like lock, setting off a seismic chain of events: Water recedes into underground passages, shooting up in geyser-like bursts all around our heroes before flowing into the interior of what appears to be a normal mountain before it begins erupting and turns the sky black.

Dear readers, Udûn is a valley of Mordor thought to have been formed by volcanic activity. The mountain that just revealed itself as a volcano is Mount Doom. The eruption we just witnessed was a cataclysm unto itself, but it surely pales in comparison to what’s to come.



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