Speaking of Hell, back in the Attic, Clyde, who by the way I last saw on TV selling Don Draper a Cadillac, is stunned by his newfound associates' awareness of their situation, and then Laurence asks why he calls himself "Arcane." Clyde shrugs and says it sounded "badass," which: No, and Echo's about ready to get rid of him and his stupid nickname, but he begs her not to, saying that if he dies, there will be no one left to take down Rossum. Echo: "That's my line." Heh. As he watches for trouble, Victor asks why, then, he was trying to kill them, unleashing the full force of a mighty wave of exposition: The people in the Attic are Rossum's mainframe -- the reason they keep being made to solve the problems of their worst nightmares is that their brains are being used as human processors, which are far more powerful than any computer. The man might revise his assessment were he aware of the political goings-on of the last decade, but let's ignore that to get on with the story: There are hundreds of people in all the different Attics, which are connected by a central hub, and with their brains continually soaked with adrenaline from the fear, they're maximally productive, to Rossum's benefit. He goes on that he was killing people partially to free them from an eternal Hell, but more to take out Rossum's CPUs in order to prevent the apocalypse they see represented around them. Echo asks how he knows all this is true, and gets this answer: "Because it was my idea." Shades of Dr. Dyson and SkyNet, no? The group is then accosted by some Dumbshows or whatever and forced to fight their way through before holing themselves up somewhere, and I should mention that while they're certainly not hesitating to dump the exposition in our laps, it's kind of necessary, and they're doing well to surround it with an episode long on action and twisty turns. Anyway, after Tony and Priya compare notes on their nightmares, Clyde tells them the rest -- he was one of two original founders of Rossum, the other being his "best mate at university." He, Clyde, discovered "Encephalitic Communication and Coding," but his friend was the one who came up with the plan to use it, and the idea was to imprint someone with Clyde's personality but not all of his knowledge and ambition -- "Clyde 2.0" would have no aspirations and would simply follow orders.
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