Warrior Nun 2×07 “Psalms 116:15” is the penultimate episode to a season that has been delightful in its twists and turns while flipping the bird to stereotypes. This episode in particular is a story about found family and the paths we choose in life. Sometimes these paths have to be walked alone. And other times we have to carry the burden of our loved ones until they find the strength in themselves. Because love is a powerful thing that conquers all. It will conquer Adriel. And it will hopefully bring back Lilith from the dark. Because if we can bring back Father Vincent, well, anything is possible.
Ava & Beatrice Not Running Away Together
Despite the pain that Warrior Nun 2×07 “Psalms 116:15” put me through when it comes to Ava and Beatrice, I’m here for their journey and exploring places like this. I’m heartbroken. Let’s make that unequivocally clear. But as members of the LGBTQ community, we don’t get moments like this. We don’t get the intimacy, tension, love, hope, and a scene that looks beautifully shot at the same time. And that’s exactly why Warrior Nun needs a third season. Because moments and conversations like this, where two women are discussing leaving everything behind to be happy in the Alps together, need to be normalized. And if the team behind this show can do this with two seasons under their belts, they can do so much more with multiple seasons.
I do think that it’s important to look at both Ava and Beatrice in this moment to further understand the importance of what happened.
Beatrice has had a crisis of faith. As someone who is an atheist, I get it. I had my own crisis of faith after trauma and I never recovered. But I don’t have what Beatrice has, a long standing history with the Church and sisters who will shoulder the weight she’s carrying while she figures out what she wants. She also has Ava. But Beatrice knows that having Ava and being with Ava means fighting evil till their dying day and she doesn’t know if she’s ready. That’s why she tells Ava “no.” She’s scared. If this is what she feels for Ava now, what will she feel if she admits her deep love for Ava and watches her die? That heartbreak is always hard to work through. Put that all together and you’ve got a young woman who feels stuck, making Beatrice the most relatable she’s ever been.
Then there’s Ava. She has been pushed into a corner with her found family. And unlike season one Ava, this version is adamant that she’s going to figure this out. She’s going to save the day and she’s going to support her family like they’ve supported her. But for a moment, a tiny flickering moment, she almost said fuck it and went off with Beatrice. And I gotta say, I’m super proud of her. It takes a lot for someone to put themselves out there. It’s even harder for love. And she did that with Beatrice, she asked, because she sees a future with this woman. Beatrice saying no was unexpected and so was Ava’s response. Other shows take moments like this and turn to anger or end up making one of them sleep with someone else. Thank god this is Warrior Nun and they don’t go for those stereotypes.
A Show About Family and Loss
While there was so much going on Warrior Nun 2×07 “Psalms 116:15,” I couldn’t stop thinking about how everything screamed “family” in this episode. And it made me realize that, as much as this show is about supernatural shenanigans and commentary on the Church, it’s a show about family. Particularly loss and found family. You see that in the way that Ava has found a home and sisterhood with the OCS. And maybe, just maybe, she might’ve found even love with Beatrice. And you see it in the way that Michael has found his way in life before coming back to his mother, leading to the teary and beautiful moment in the photo above.
For Jillian and Michael, it’s about the years that they have lost and what they gave up to be here. And this exchange in 2×07 felt like the most intimate moment of the series. One filled with regret. But also one filled with so much love between a mother and a son. In this moment Jillian gets to express her regret and the pain she feels at losing her son for so many years. And he, in return, shuts that down and admits that he missed her so much and that she did nothing wrong. They are but pawns in a longer and more ancient game. He doesn’t blame her. He loves her. And she loves him back. Ultimately, they get a moment before the shit hits the fan to heal together.
Then there’s Ava and Mother Superion. I…was a little shocked at Ava’s reaction. Mother Superion resented Ava for getting the Halo and Ava reacted like anyone would by being a smartass. But, when you really think about it, Ava has never really had a mother figure. Sure, she had her mom. But she lost her at a young age and grew up with an abusive monster. Mother Superion was the only one who challenged her and guided her. Do I wish we would’ve seen this bond grow more in the months of hiding? Yes. But I understand why Ava mourned the passing of Mother Superion. It was a child losing their found family and she wanted her back. Thankfully, Mother Superions connection with the Halo jumpstarted her back to life, further cementeing this shows understanding of the power of love and found family.
How the Hell Did We Get Here
If you told me that we would be here when season two of Warrior Nun started, I wouldn’t have believed you. Not one bit. But here we are at the penultimate episode of one of the best shows on Netflix. And I’m so proud. I’m definitely worried because people are going to die. That’s a given. But I’m so proud of Ava, Beatrice, and the rest of the gang for the ways that they have grown as individuals but as a team as well. Because everything that is coming is going to be painful and some more will get separated. But until then, I can be proud of what this show has accomplished when it comes to telling complex stories that push you as a viewer.
This dynamic storytelling has also led us to unexpected places as things start to wrap up. The most unexpected being what happened to Father Vincent and Lilith. For Father Vincent, he betrayed his family and got the previous Warrior Nun killed. He became the enemy of the OCS. And it was all due to belief, the most dangerous thing that someone can have in something. And once Father Vincent realized that Adriel was not what he signed up for, he admitted his mistake and helped Ava. In comparison, Lilith went the completely different route. To her, Adriel isn’t lying to her or using her like the OCS did. So she can forgive some of the terror he spreads. And it’s going to come as a surprise when she learns the truth.
Adriel is using Lilith because this isn’t about Lilith. It’s about Adriel and the control that he wants to fight against Reya. Because it’s like what Michael said. This isn’t about any of them. It’s about Adriel’s push for power and need to one up his previous master. They are all pawns used by being in an ancient battle. And even I am at a loss at what you do when faced with that. But I do trust that whatever Warrior Nun next, it’s going to blow my mind because this show has been exceeding my expectations and pushing past tropes in a way I haven’t experienced since my Wynonna Earp days. And it goes to show you that there are writers rooms out there who understand what fans want. And what we want is more of this.
Notes for Warrior Nun 2×07 “Psalms 116:15”:
- There were some scenes in this episode that were art.
- There were also others that left me wanting for fanfiction.
- Oh, there’s gotta be some juicy ones where Beatrice says yes to Ava.
- And coffee shop AU’s.
- Wow, this section is just about fanfiction.
- Recommend your favorites?
Warrior Nun season 2 is now available on Netflix.