“We Are Gone,” The Terror, Episode 10

All good things must come to an end, and so The Terror wrapped up its tenth and final season episode (“We Are Gone”) with more than a bit of Grand Guignol, complete with cannibalism and the Tuunbaq ripping into Hickey and his rebellious men, literally tearing the sadistic psychopath in two before succumbing to its poisonous diet. You are what you eat, after all…

We were given more of a close-up of the Inuit monster in this conclusive episode, his countenance a disturbing mixture of human and bestial elements, almost resembling someone’s crazy old uncle; maybe Uncle Fester of The Addams Family. A “spirit who dresses itself as an animal,” the mythological creature was said to consume not only the flesh but also the soul of its victims. 

Where human flesh eating was concerned, there are suggestions in the historical evidence that some cannibalism occurred in the actual Franklin Expedition, although it was ramped up for horrific effect in the Dan Simmons novel as well as the series adaptation of it. In this television adaptation, surgeon Goodsir poisoned himself unknown to his captors and slit his wrists, his body then becoming a fatal feast for them. Other subtle differences between the book and the screen adaptation occurred as well, and without issuing spoilers I did find the novel’s ending more satisfying. If you were captivated by the televised series, check out the book as well as a really well done and worthwhile horror tale…

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2 Comments on ““We Are Gone,” The Terror, Episode 10”

  1. carycomic Says:

    I remember reading from this multi-volume set called “Mythology of All Races.” And I remember being mildly fascinated in reading about the Greenland version of the Tuunbaq called the “tupilaq.” Sometimes also spelled “tupilek.” And that version was said to be sometimes crafted in the form of a seal!

    Given that the tupilaq was used as a magical weapon of vengeance, one could call it the ultimate seal of disapproval.

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