The Outpost season 3, episode 13 recap - "Violence is Futile" ending explained (2023)



“Violence is Futile” proved an action-packed and surprisingly moving finale, teeing up another season in the process.

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It’s kind of amazing how farThe Outposthas come, at least for me. For all of the first season and most of the second, I hated it and took great pleasure in ridiculing it, much to the annoyance of several dedicated fans. But they were obviously onto something. “Violence is Futile”, the third season finale, was a very solid episode of television by virtually any metric, and the show has long-since stopped being a guilty pleasure and started being a pleasure, period.

There are still flaws, obviously, but the strong characterization, interesting worldbuilding, and solid plotting have kept everything ticking along while the production values and choreography have gradually caught up. The CGI is still a bit wonky, but it isn’t as overused as it once was. Suddenly, the prospect of a fourth season, which is virtually guaranteed at this point, seems like a very enticing prospect.

But anyway, here’s what happened. “Violence is Futile” opens with a four-months-earlier flashback to give a little context for the predicament we found Talon’s father Saivek in last week. In attempting to wrest the box from his control, almost all of Yavalla’s soldiers were killed by Saivek until they were eventually able to impale him with tridents. A surviving Corven was bitten by a snake while retrieving the box and left behind, and Yavalla, despite Saivek’s warnings of a curse and death being the only possible outcome, took the white kinj for herself.

Since then, the black kinj has been keeping Saivek alive, which he explains to Talon as she and Zed pull out the tridents securing him to the ground. He has no idea that Talon is his daughter until she reveals the fact, and credit to a guest-starring Richard Lintern, his face almost obscured behind a giant beard, for really selling the moment. He’s great all throughout the episode, as he and Talon gradually bond, telling each other how their lives have been since their parting — his story is rather short, obviously — and figuring out what to do about Yavalla. As Saivek explains, anything he touches dies, as does anything inside them — including kinjes. But he’s too weak to move currently, and he refuses to pass the kinj on to someone else since when the white and black kinjes meet, both hosts will die. Quite a pickle. Eventually, after sending Zed and Wren to get him water from a spring — mostly to give him some alone time with Talon — he recovers enough to do the deed himself, and ventures with them through a portal that Talon opens. We’ll catch back up with this in a minute.

In the meantime, the situation in the Outpost itself is looking dire. Falista is still devastated about Tobin’s death, especially since his dying words seem to suggest he really did love Gwynn and not her, but Gwynn helps to put her mind at ease. Through Munt, who seems to have had a haircut, Yavalla implores those hiding behind the barricade to submit to the United and spare any further violence, which obviously nobody is down with. Gwynn, having been United and knowing that Yavalla requires strength in numbers and won’t be keen to lose too many of her troops, calls her bluff. She riles her troops up, but behind closed doors, she tells Garret that they can’t win this fight. She lied for their own sake.

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With a keen sense of timing, Yavalla orders the first wave of her attack. Garret coordinates the defensive efforts and even Gwynn and Janzo get involved, proving the stakes are higher than usual. As the barricade breaks down, Falista’s kinj kicks in to help them stem the tide, and there’s a big momentous moment as she figures out how to control it… and is then shot in the stomach with an arrow. Oops. With her bleeding out and her kinj being integral to the counter-attack, Janzo has to book it to the brewery in order to retrieve some life-saving curatives, where he finds Munt dopily talking to a portrait of their mother. As Janzo sneaks into the cellar, we see Munt’s head snap towards him.

That little detail pays off in the next scene when Janzo returns with the supplies. Honestly, for a second I thought that The Outpostseason 3, episode 13 simply wasn’t going to pay this off and was going to imply that Janzo had snuck back out without being seen, but when he bends down to minister to Falista and Gwynn and Garret turn away to conspire, he gleefully smashes her head in with a rock. Anand Desai-Barochia’s bizarre performance as Janzo, which I’ve never much cared for, suddenly makes sense when he’s cast for a second in the villain role here. His demented expression is actually kind of terrifying. Anyway, once Yavalla realizes that the red kinj is out of action, she orders the next wave of the attack.

This is the point when the Talon, Zed, Wren, and Saivek arrive through the portal, and everyone gets involved in the fight, at which point things go a bit bonkers. Garret gets infected and starts a rather well-choreographed fight with Zed; Yavalla, spotting Saivek, summons her Lu-Qiri, which impales Saivek in the throne room and starts a fight with Talon (and eventually Xaba), and Janzo is able to infect Wren just as she’s rejecting Yavalla’s efforts and threatening to commit suicide.

With Xaba having fought off Yavalla’s Lu-Qiri, Talon and Gwynn work together to try and free Saivek, but they’re unable to. He needs to pass the black kinj on, but since Talon can’t accept it because of her own, Gwynn makes an executive decision and grabs his hand, accepting the kinj and with it the responsibility of noble suicide in order to take down Yavalla. It’s a tearful moment, this, as Gwynn and Talon have a friendly goodbye, both realizing what needs to be done. Outside, while Yavalla is prematurely claiming victory, the girls hack their way through the United until Gwynn is able to get her Arya Stark moment, leaping through the air and landing astride Yavalla, with the parting words, “You lose, Yavalla. Die, you witch.” And just like that, both of them disintegrate.

In the aftermath of this, the United are all cured. Falista is revealed to be alive, which is disappointing since I’d have liked to see Janzo grappling with the guilt of killing her going forwards. Everyone, including Garret, Zed, and Wren, bends the knee to Talon as their new queen. And as Two and Three look on from a nearby hillside, the black and white kinjes, now united, zoom through the realm to some secret sarcophagi, where they “release the gods”, making for quite the cliffhanger.

I guess I’ll see you for Season 4.

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What happened to Queen Gwen in The Outpost? ›

Gwynn destroyed Yavalla in that moment, but also sacrificed herself in the process, putting an emotional capper on an episode with probably more emotional moments than any episode we've seen of The Outpost thus far.

What happens at the end of The Outpost? ›

Eventually, with a little help from Luna, Talon is able to open the portal Aster showed her to another world and send all of the seven gods through, effectively ending their lives forever and releasing Garret and Zed as well as the Kahvi.

Who does Gwynn marry in The Outpost? ›

If Gwynn wins she gets his army without the condition of marriage. If Tobin wins she'll agree to marry him.

Who does Talon end up with? ›

After the death of Falista, and the final defeat of the The Seven, Talon married Garret Spears and became Queen of the Realm.

Is Gwen the real queen in The Outpost? ›

She was adopted by Cornelius Calkussar and kept safe in a remote Outpost in the corner of the realm Rosmund assumed the identity of Calkussar's daughter, Gwynn, and hid her true identity as Queen of the realms. Upon revealing her true ranking, she ascended to Queen over those who knelt before her.

Does Gwen become queen? ›

Gwen and Arthur marry, despite Uther's and Morgana's attempts to keep them apart. Following Arthur's death, Gwen becomes the queen regnant of Camelot.

Who does Garret end up with on the Outpost? ›

As Talon and Garret grew closer, their relationship became romantic. They got married in Gallwood Outpost in front of their friends, chosen family, and people. They were then crowned Queen and King of the realm.

Did anyone survive the Outpost? ›

Of the 53 U.S. soldiers who fought in the Battle of Kamdesh at Outpost Keating, 45 survived, 8 lost their lives, and 27 were wounded. An additional 4 Afghan allied fighters also died.

What is the prophecy in the Outpost? ›

The Prophecy

When the moon is aflame a Blackblood will summon the slayers of men to conquer and purge the oppressors of old. The prophecy is one of the Blackbloods highest regards. The prophecy is what prompted Toru Magmoor and several others to want the Blackbloods killed.

How did outpost season 3 end? ›

In the end, it comes down to Talon and Gwynn against all of Yavalla's horde. Yavalla sends her Lu-Qiri after them and he throws a metal spear straight into Talon's father, rendering him unable to move and therefore unable to defeat Yavalla.

Does Wren have a baby in The Outpost? ›

Janzo tries to defend Wren only for 313 to cast him aside. Wren then reveals that she is with child. 313 then states that he doesn't want to hurt the child. Janzo hurries to Wren side saying that 313 doesn't have to as he isn't a slave anymore and he has a choice.

Who is Talon's dad on Outpost? ›

Sai-vek Redwan was the father of Talon and Eremus. He lived peacefully amongst his people and was loved by his wife and children. He later traveled to the Plane of Ashes with a Meld Box after he had acquired the Terakinj in order to protect his family.

What gender is Talon? ›

Historical Use of Talon as a Name

In the 1970s and 80s, Talon was predominantly used as a male name, but it has since become more gender-neutral. One possible reason for the rise in popularity of Talon as a given name is its association with strength and power.

Is Talon In Love With Penny? ›

Talon is Dr. Claw's nephew, he's often for comedic relief which is being hurt, but, he's also Penny's love interest that occurs throughout the 4 seasons.

Who wins Talon or Zed? ›

Zed wins against Talon 52.17% of the time which is 3.45% higher against Talon than the average opponent. After normalising both champions win rates Zed wins against Talon 2.31% more often than would be expected. Below is a detailed breakdown of the Zed build & runes against Talon.

What happened to Janzo in the outpost? ›

After the Outpost was reclaimed, they were attacked by Everit Dred. Talon almost defeated Dred but stopped because Janzo was severely injured. She had to use the hot iron to cauterize his wounds and save his life.

Who is the blind girl in the outpost? ›

Ilyin was a pretty young girl with long, wavy light-blonde hair and tanned skin. Her hair was usually pulled away from her face. Her eyes initially had a milky film over them that dulled her blue eyes, showing that she might be blind or visually impaired. This later disappeared when she arrived at Gallwood Outpost.

What happened to the soldiers from the outpost? ›

Outnumbered, about 50 soldiers from Bravo Troop, 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, fought for 12 hours as the enemy breached the walls of the outpost until reinforcements arrived. In the end, eight soldiers died and 27 were injured. There were feats of heroism as well.

Who got blown up on the bridge in the outpost? ›

Patrolling a bridge with Yunger, Yllescas is killed by a bomb; the traumatized Yunger is talked out of suicide by Romesha and extracted out of the Outpost with Yllescas' body.

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