When Apple TV+ Breakup started, we saw the world through the eyes of Helly (Lower Britt), a woman with no recollection of basic details about herself who finds herself working for a mysterious company called Lumon. As Helly and we soon learn, it’s because she voluntarily participated in a process called separation, where a chip in her brain allows her professional and personal life to be separated entirely, creating two different versions of the same person. Helly’s outie, in essence, like the other separated employees of the building, has condemned herself to a life where she could do anything for the company she works for, with no idea what it’s all about. is and how to get out of the arrangement. Of course, as the finale proved, Helly’s life is very different from the others in the company.
Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers for the Season 1 finale of the Apple TV+ series, Severance.
Right at the start of Episode 9, one of the most shocking first bits of information we receive is that Helly is actually a descendant of Kier, the man behind the Lumon Empire and part of the Eagen family, making d she the CEO’s daughter. James Eage (Michael Siberry). Helly is Helena Eagen, a high-level corporate executive, who hopes to score PR points by projecting a positive view of the workplace. This is necessary because in the series, the senate is currently engaged in a debate over whether Lumon’s separation proceedings should be legalized or not. Therefore, her stint as a separate employee allows her to talk about the process on stage at a gala with invited members of the press.
Of course, Helly being tied to the Eagens was a theory that grew as the show progressed, although the show did a stellar job of keeping us in the dark until the very end. . One of the main reasons many assumed she was related to the founders of Lumon was the extent to which her bosses on her floor were supportive of her. Whether it’s breaking windows trying to escape, wandering down hallways, or even attempting suicide. Helly made it clear in every possible way that she wanted to quit but was held against her will. Although it is established fairly quickly that Lumon does not allow her employees to leave their posts, if Helly had been a regular employee, this rule would probably have been broken, considering how disruptive she was in the office.
We’ve had hints of who she is from the start of the series. In Episode 2, Milchick (Tramell Tillman) comments on taking her into the separation operating room, that it’s amazing she’s working there and even calls it a “miracle”. Later in the series, when the group visits the Eagen Museum aka the Perpetual Wing, Helly looks at Lumon’s first female CEO (presumably her great-grandmother) and wishes she remembered her childhood. We learn later, at the wellness center, that some subconscious knowledge of a person’s outer life is retained in an innie. When Mark (Adam Scott) begins to create a clay model of the tree where the car accident occurred that caused him to lose his wife, he is triggered by the presence of his wife in the room, even though he does not recognize her not like Miss Casey (Den Lachman). So it stands to reason that seeing a pattern of his family members was enough to trigger a part of Helly that connected those in that room to his own childhood and family.
There’s also the fact that Milchick almost always took the camera out whenever she entered the party, a fact that seems benign at first glance but becomes extremely important when you realize that the only reason Helena Eagen parted ways was for such promotional material. be extracted from the life of his innie.
We don’t know much about the exits of the other characters on the show, but both Petey and Mark suffered personal losses that caused them to go through the termination process. Mark lost his wife in a car accident (or so he thinks) and Petey (Yul Vazquez) lost his in a divorce. There is reason to believe that Dylan (Zach Cherry) and Irving (John Turtorro) had their own pain that caused them to split up and work for Lumon. In the season finale, Helly’s father briefly meets with her to thank her for having the procedure and even makes a comment about how difficult things were for her, which ties into the fact that all of the employees separated are there to escape the difficult life they live. .
What little we knew about Helly’s exit before the Season 1 finale came from Helly herself. When Helly threatens to cut off her hand, in order to be let go of her role in the company, she comes face to face with a recorded version of her outing, a cold and ruthless woman who tells Helly to get to work. and stop complaining. because she’s not a real person. This cements the idea that Helly isn’t a real person for her. Even her own father seems dismissive when he mentions Helly’s exit, presumably because he shares Helena’s belief in not seeing them as real humans. While we know a big part of Helena’s quest was working for legislation, her dad also mentions that she joined him in his “turning point,” which might be sort of a title for Eagens when they take command of the leadership. So it’s possible that Innie Helly told the world about the horrors of the separation process, not only that the bill didn’t pass, but also that she lost faith in the council.
While the show has been one hell of a ride since it started, the twist of Helena being masterfully woven into the show really raises the stakes for all the characters, especially since now one of the biggest enemies of the series is a character we all know and love. .
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