Warrior Nun 2×02 “Colossians 3:9-10” sees the Sisters hit with the devastating news that they have lost Mary, further cementing that Toya Turner might not be returning for this season. It also went on to bring Lilith and Jillian together while giving more context on what Adriel is truly up to. Because ohhhhh he is using tricks as old as time to get more people to join his flock. And honestly, it’s savage and I kind of love it. Also, we can’t forget Ava and Beatrice, who are growing as individuals but also as a team on the brink of becoming something more.
Avatrice Fam Keeps Winning
Ava and Beatrice are having some of the best character and relationship development I’ve ever seen. Truly, Warrior Nun 2×02 “Colossians 3:9-10” is chefs kiss when it comes to helping these two characters grow as individuals but also as a team heading in the direction of something romantic. Yes, there are things that seemingly get thrown in their way, as any relationship is to be tested. But they keep thriving and showing that they are laying down the foundation of a bond that will survive everything that comes their way. And my queer heart is here for it.
But the most important thing about Ava and Beatrice is that they’re both right in their own way.
Ava is right in that they can’t keep hiding. And that is further solidified when a possessed follower of Adriel finds her and Beatrice. But she’s also wrong because she’s not ready. But that’s ok. These things take time and she has Beatrice there to help her through it. Which, can we talk about how Ava let pure emotion guide her to out herself as the Halo Bearer when Beatrice was in trouble? That was a powerful moment. Another powerful moment too was the conversation between Ava and Beatrice later on when she said she was doing the best she could. These conversations and moments matter and show that what Ava feels for Beatrice runs deep enough for her to be vulnerable around this powerful warrior.
Then there’s the Beatrice of it all. She’s right too. Ava is being a little reckless and putting their cover at risk. But she’s also wrong in that they can’t keep hiding. The fight is at their door and they cannot fully prepare for Adriel. They have to do their best. And they’ll only be able to do that at each other’s side. Which, I loved how Beatrice expressed her feelings to Ava, Ava shot back, and then Beatrice sat down and talked to her. She even called Ava her best friend and it’s just beautiful to see this reserved woman open up and allow herself to feel a range of emotions that she wasn’t allowed to express before. And that is going to lead her down a road of discovery that I can’t wait to see.
What is Happening to Lilith?
I’ve never wanted to jump through a screen as much as I wanted to in Warrior Nun 2×02 “Colossians 3:9-10.” Lilith is looking for a home, for understanding, and for someone to tell her that she is more than enough. Instead, she gets a man who betrayed her and told her that her sister in arms is dead and then an actual mother who thinks that she’s a failure. And it tears at Lilith’s spirit at every turn. Because even the strongest of us deal with anxiety and moments when we doubt what we are doing and where we are going in life.
There’s also the fact that Lilith is transforming into something more. Being dragged into hell is transforming her into a Tarask. And with it comes this unbridled anger that Lilith is having trouble controlling. We saw it at the table when her mother was telling her that she wasn’t enough. And when she was tearing into Adriel’s supporters. And instead of letting that anger destroy her, she sought out help from Jillian, who is going through her own shit after the loss of her son.
This unlikely alliance is continued proof that Warrior Nun knows how to tell complex stories about women and for women without toxic masculinity or romantic relationships being the driving force. Lilith is going through a soul-shattering transformation that will test her humanity and upbringing. And Jillian is grappling with the mistakes she’s made in the past and a problem she can’t solve. By focusing on Lilith’s transformation I think they can find answers to what Adriel is doing. And in turn, we’ll see two completely different women find balance or destruction. The jury is still out on that one.
Adriel is a Predator. Period.
Adriel is a little shit. A dramatic little shit who preys on the desperation of those seeking salvation for his own needs. It’s predatory. It’s cruel. And it’s honestly what many today do to bring followers to their flock to this day. That’s not me saying that Christianity, Catholics, or the Bible are a scam. You do you. Believe what you want to believe. But there are some assholes who use the teachings of God to spread hate and turn people to their side for their own needs, wants, and objectives. At that point, these “leaders” are con artists who don’t care about their people or salvation. They care about the end and if they have the power.
Basically, everything Adriel is doing is a callout to very real shit that has happened with every religion. And I kind of love it. We need complex storytelling like this that isn’t afraid to push into territories that some find sacred and that shouldn’t be touched. Religion brings people together and it’s lovely how it gives people belonging and a sense of purpose or like there is a heaven or goal they are working towards as a collective for the better of the human race. But we need to call out men (or creatures) like Adriel who fashion themselves as the “only ones with the knowledge” that you have to listen to find salvation.
Fuck that shit. And fuck people like Adriel.
On the actor front, I really do appreciate how William Miller throws himself completely into these scenes in Warrior Nun 2×02 “Colossians 3:9-10.” He’s believable as a predator who openly mocks the teachings of the Bible for his own means. And kudos to Joaquim de Almeida who meets Miller’s Adriel with his own dedicated and fiercely driven Pope Duretti. They both play complex, and kind of terrible characters, who use others to shove their message down others’ throats and rein supreme. But there can’t be two of them. And with Adriel’s show of power and mocking in this episode, one will fall. That’s for sure.
Warrior Nun season 2 is now available on Netflix.