Ben gives Aaron the silver flash drive/necklace thingy he downloaded a bunch of stuff to fifteen years ago, before the power went out, and tells him to keep it safe. Then he tells Giancarlo that the town has already paid their taxes. Giancarlo says this isn't about that, and asks for Ben Matheson. "You're looking at him," Ben replies. Giancarlo asks about Ben's brother, Miles. His task is to bring Ben and Miles to someone named General Sebastian Monroe, who is apparently fancy enough to have a republic named after him. Giancarlo has a creepy symbol (an M?) burned into his wrist, and the same symbol is stamped on the side of his wagon. He tells Ben to get in the wagon and come with him "or so help me I will conscript all of your children and I will reeducate them until they no longer remember your names." This fits so perfectly with the book about the Khmer Rouge I'm reading! I suppose next Giancarlo will smash everyone's spectacles. Watch out, Beardo.
Ben asks for a moment and turns to say goodbye to Maggie. He asks her to look after the kids and she's all, "You're not going to come back, WTF." And then Danny pops up with a crossbow pointed at Giancarlo, which seems like a bad idea when everyone else also has crossbows and muskets. One of Giancarlo's men pulls a gun on Danny, and then other villagers pull their guns and things escalate and everything goes all Bunker Hill crossed with Stirling Bridge. Except the bad guys totally win.
Charlie hears her father get shot and comes running back from her little playground of hopes and dreams. Giancarlo's men drag Danny off while Ben lies dying in the street. Ben tells Charlie that his brother, Miles, is in Chicago, and that only Miles can get Danny back. Charlie's dimples do a whole bunch of "aw shucks, Pa" overacting, and possibly to escape her plaintive-trout face, Ben dies.
In the house, Charlie throws things in a bag. Given how sensibly she's acted so far, she's probably packing a yo-yo and her lunchbox and six shoelaces but no food or clean underwear. Maggie -- pretty calmly, really, for a lady whose boyfriend was just murdered in front of her -- asks her to wait to leave until after she's rested. Charlie bustles around urgently and generally acts like a spiky teenager while Maggie insists on coming with her to find Danny. Maggie's accent is somewhere halfway between Julia Ormond in Legends of the Fall and Miranda Otto in Lord of the Rings. I hope this means she gets to ride a horse and wave a sword, and then get naked with Brad Pitt circa 1995. They march out of town. Aaron goes with them.