Warning: This story contains spoilers for the Sunday episode of Tales of the Walking Dead “Blair/Gina”. Deja vu, time loop, or psychotic disorder? One explains how Blair (Parker Posey) and Gina (Gillian Bell) repeat an endless loop at the Circle of Trust Insurance Company. Tales of the walking dead. When bully Blair and Gina try to survive the start of the apocalypse in 2010, they are stuck reliving a day that ends the same way every time: with Blair and Gina dying over and over again. The episode resumes every time the hijacked oil tanker explodes, the ongoing result of Blair and Gina meeting at their bonding point – a gas station on their way out of Atlanta, Georgia. (Read the full episode synopsis here.)
Foley à deux
The episode begins with Gina a receptionist documenting Prime Minister Blair’s suspected personality disorders, including narcissism, sociopathy, bipolar I disorder, bipolar II disorder, and schizophrenia. Jenna’s Research Foley à deuxwhich is a psychotic disorder in which two closely related individuals share a similar delusional system.
Translating directly to “two foolishness” or “a common madness between two”, Foley à deux It is referred to as a rare common psychotic disorder in which delusional thoughts and abnormal behavior are transmitted from one person to another. A portion of Jenna’s research reads: “Usually one person is referred to as the primary partner, the principal, or the controlling partner. The secondary partner is usually more submissive. The disturbance stems from the primary partner gradually imposing its own astray on the secondary partner.”
Research notes that the primary partner typically suffers from some form of major schizophrenia or a major mood disorder such as bipolar disorder, while the secondary partner is diagnosed with Foley à deux.
the dying brain
While waiting for an oil tanker to refuel a gas station on its way out of town, Blair reads an article called “The Dying Brain” by orator Brian (Matt Medrano). “On the edge of life and death, a dark wave spreads through the brain,” reads an excerpt from an article on traumatic brain injury and the resulting neurological and psychological damage. Chronic smoker Blair tries to light a cigarette, but Brian stops her with a reminder: No smoking or open flames at gas stations.
The episode begins when the oil tanker explodes and burns everyone at the gas station. Blair and Gina are reassigned to the Circle of Trust, only to return to the gas station where the situation develops differently each time: In one, Homeland Security Undersecretary Leo Rogers (Prince Baraka) accidentally fires a gun, causing it to crash into the tanker and causing an accident. that. Explodes. In another, Gina steals the truck from an oil tanker driver (Keith Adams), only to die in a fire accident. In another replay, Agent Rogers’ young son, Wendell (William J. Simmons), was in the truck when a 33-ton bomb got on wheels.
Every time Blair or Gina steal the tanker, it explodes. And each time they die, only Blair and Gina realize they are trapped in a loop, repeating the event with memories of each death. (As the saying goes: “Madness does the same thing over and over again and expects different results.”)
“Are we dead? Maybe this is a dream,” says Blair, suggesting another possible explanation: rock resonance.
According to British biologist Robert Sheldrake, morphological resonance theory It assumes that there is a unique ‘morphological domain’ that contains collective or aggregate memory. So organisms not only share genetic material with others of their own kind, but are also formed by a “domain” specific to that species.
in his books new science of life And the past presenceSheldrake explains:
Rock resonance is a process by which self-organizing systems inherit memory from previous similar systems. In its most general form, morphological resonance means that the so-called laws of nature are more like habits.
The rock-resonance hypothesis also leads to a radically new interpretation of memory storage in the brain and biological inheritance. Memory need not be stored in traces of material inside the brains, which are more like TV receptors than video recorders, turning into traces from the past. Not all biological inheritance has to be encoded in genes or in genetic modifications of genes; Much of it is based on rock resonances from earlier members of the species.
Thus each individual inherits a collective memory from the previous members of the species, and also contributes to the collective memory, influencing other members of the species in the future.
break the cycle
Only after Blair and Jenna start working together, the co-workers break the ring, using their knowledge of the ring to rob the tanker without it exploding. For the first time, they survived the tanker explosion for the last time.
When Blair asked if they were dead, Jenna replied, “We’re not dead. I think you have a personality disorder and you passed it on to me.” Because people spend more time with their co-workers than with their families, Gina explains, it causes them to mix up turmoil.
According to Jenna, the ‘time-loop’ was Foley à deux: “None of this is real. We ended up at the same gas station, having the most traumatic, life-altering experiences together. Now we share an illusion. None of this is real, but the turmoil is real.”
Blair asks what it was like in that period when Jenna died, resurrected and ate her, but “it didn’t happen,” Jenna explains. “This is not real.”
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