Saint Gladys? A Theory About the G.R. Member’s Three Very Different, Very Saintly Deaths

Saint Gladys? A Theory About the G.R. Member’s Three Very Different, Very Saintly Deaths

A handful of deaths are mentioned in “Gladys.” Amy casually references crucifixion to Kevin and Jill. And to Laurie, Patti tells her: “Doubt is fire. And fire is going to burn you up until you are but ash.”

But neither of these mentions holds a candle to the actual death that Gladys experiences. Gladys’ death seems brutal enough, but a little more examination reveals that the G.R. member actually died in three different, distinct ways – all of which were iconic ways that saints died throughout history. Looking for further evidence of Gladys’ potentially saintly status? See: the moment when Kevin and Rev. Matt go to visit her “tomb” at the morgue…and it’s empty. There’s a famous Biblical story about this, too.

Is someone trying to tell us that Gladys is a saint? Here are the three deaths Gladys experiences and an accompanying saint who suffered the same fate.

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A Meditation on the Guilty Remnant as a Metaphor of the Dispossessed

A Meditation on the Guilty Remnant as a Metaphor of the Dispossessed

The Guilty Remnant embodies the nihilistic spirit in myriad ways – from replacing the air they breathe with the smoke of one of modernity’s most insidiously manipulated products to wearing a uniform of all white. The G.R. are the most puzzling religious upstarts in a world mired in disillusionment, the breakdown of the symbolic order, and the lurking horrors of a society trying to maintain homeostasis in the wake of the Rapture and the rise of tyranny. The federal government, represented here by the AFTEC, has begun to make the turn toward the murderous. Rev. Matt, in my opinion an anti-Job who resists the will of God instead of absorbing it, grows increasingly menacing and potentially despotic. Chief Garvey, the everyman and arch-hero for a jaded, confused, cynical and existential age, desperately clings to a normative home in which to raise his daughter and one he might be able to offer to his wayward son (clearly pulled into the orbit of a megalomaniacal cult-leader). 

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Whodunit? A Round-Up of 5 'Gladys' Suspects

Whodunit? A Round-Up of 5 'Gladys' Suspects

1. THE GUILTY REMNANT DID IT! In the middle of a town hall meeting, Dean suggests that perhaps the G.R. was responsible for Gladys’s death. It seems a little self-serving...until we begin to consider other factors. The opening of the episode shows Gladys sitting in the office of the G.R. Tears are in her eyes. Since we are unsure of the timeline of some events in the episode, this could be a scene that is later referenced – when Gladys found out her son had been killed. However, it’s also possible that Gladys had just been told of her fate by G.R. leadership. Could she have been martyred for their cause?

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