Starting Monday, The Nevers will come up once again in the rotation on Tubi’s WB TV Watchlist Channel. That means you can watch the entire first/only season of the former HBO drama — including Episodes 7 through 12, which never aired on the premium cable network — through Thursday… or the next time it rolls around.
But should you? The answer to that question is more complicated than the inner workings of Penance Adair’s most advanced prototype. Viewers who followed the first half of the series, which aired in 2021 before being cancelled in late 2022 and sold to Tubi in January, certainly were left hanging by a midseason finale that completely upended the narrative.
What had seemed like a steampunk fantasy series about an orphanage for youth with otherworldly powers in Victorian London was revealed to be a sci-fi story about a soldier from the future whose consciousness had somehow been thrown back in time/engulfed in a simulation/who the heck even knows? (And if you think that sentence was a lot, try watching Episode 6.) Also of note: A giant, glowing alien known as the galanthi, which was lodged under the city, was either going to save or destroy humanity.
So, back to the original question: Is The Nevers’ back half worth your time? From a plot perspective, probably not. The narrative meanders. New characters are introduced into an already overstuffed cast. Far too much screen time is taken up with Maladie’s nonsensical ravings. And if you’re looking for firm answers about the galanthi and its purpose, we… would advise you to temper those expectations.
However: The relationship between Amalia True (played by Laura Donnelly) and Penance Adair (played by Ann Skelly) has always been the quirky show’s beating heart, and it remains so in Episodes 7 through the finale. If you at all enjoy seeing Donnelly and Skelly move from plucky banter to touching earnestness and back again — sometimes while landing punches or deploying doohickies — there’s plenty to love in the show’s second half.
If, y’know, you can make it through all the galanthi stuff. (And there’s a LOT of galanthi stuff.)
Below, find quick recaps of the final six episodes. Spoiler Alert: If you don’t want to know specifics, you should leave this post now. But if you’re ready to delve into The Nevers Season 1, Part 2, scroll down — and make sure to leave your thoughts in the comments!
EPISODE 7, 'IT'S A GOOD DAY'
A flashback establishes that, right before the galanthi’s ship passed over London, Dr. Hague was kicked out of the Royal Medical Society for his theory that the dead could be contacted via telephone. He was going to kill himself but was stopped by a call from his deceased mother. In the present-day (aka 1899), frequent earthquakes shake the city; True recognizes them as the start of the galanthi’s emergence. Adair tricks True into telling everyone at the orphanage about her true identity. Anti-touched sentiment brews in the streets. Det. Mundi’s new supervisor threatens to out him as a gay man if he doesn’t let the Maladie case go. Myrtle, who feels like True is not doing enough to help the touched who need to be protected, goes out into the city to fill that void… and winds up getting into a fight that ends in an anti-touch girl’s accidental death. Lucy pops up and saves Myrtle, telling her to flee and then taking responsibility for the girl’s murder; she’s arrested. True’s mental ripples get more intense and lead her to Dr. Hague’s house, where she and Adair learn that he’s behind the robocized corpses (which they’re calling “shocktroops”). Just before his undead robo-dog attacks them, True answers the phone to hear a woman’s voice ask: “My dear, did you think you were the only one who hitched a ride?” Later, Maladie shows up at Dr. Hague’s house.
EPISODE 8, 'I DON'T KNOW ENOUGH ABOUT YOU'
When Horatio’s house is set ablaze, he brings his wife and son to shelter in safety at the orphanage. True is not happy about this development. Eventually they have an argument where he tells her he loves her, but she doesn’t return the sentiment. Lavinia Bidlow wants the galanthi destroyed before True can free it, but its shell is, so far, unbreakable. So she visits Lucy in jail with a proposition. Lucy later walks out of the cell with Mundi’s tacit blessing after letting him know that Lord Massen was involved in Mary’s death. Augie and Adair openly talk about their attraction. Adair builds a switchboard to try to communicate with who- or whatever contacted True; it attracts an orange energy that only Adair can see. Maladie tortures Dr. Hague. Lucy uses her powers to crack the galanthi’s shell, causing a massive explosion that cracks the city into pieces. The creature that falls out is a small, glowing, catfish-looking thing. Lavinia screams for Lucy to kill it, but before anything can happen, the alien screams and the cave collapses around them.
EPISODE 9, 'FEVER'
Augie, who followed Lavinia via bird, frees her from the rubble caused by the galanthi’s shell breaking. He admits that he knows about the galanthi. She admits that she knows he’s touched. We learn that her paralysis is a result of his pushing her when they were children after she burned his collection of dead birds. Augie leaves his sister underground to escape by herself. True and Adair, who’d rushed to be with the alien when its trauma began, both survive the collapse, and True follows the trail of glowing slime. She finds Lucy, who dies soon after, then eventually runs into Maladie. Their fight eventually takes them to Hugo’s underground club, where the galanthi has found respite in a swimming pool. But when the pool collapses, True, Maladie and the alien get swept into the river below. The galanthi sings, and its music goes into both women.
EPISODE 10, 'ALRIGHT, OKAY, YOU WIN'
Horatio realizes that his son is touched, as well, and can see people’s dreams; the kid warns of a “puppet man” who’s coming for them. Augie kisses Adair in her workshop. The orange energy uses Adair’s drone camera to locate the galanthi. Maladie emerges from the river as Sarah and returns to her old home, where her husband seems happy to see her… until he physically abuses her several times in her first days back. Lavinia crawls out of the tunnel using only her arms and makes it home in time for a charity luncheon to which Augie has invited Adair. Augie is about to announce that he’s assuming ownership of the house, and that he’s touched, when Dr. Hague crashes the party and soon has Adair hanging on his every word. She leaves with him. Lavinia later has Augie forcibly taken away. Myrtle leaves the orphanage and takes up with the many Maladie cosplayers running wild in the streets. Horatio goes looking for the puppet man and winds up killing someone who takes issue with his hanging around a purist (aka anti-touched) bar. Sarah kills her husband. Mundi and Hugo infiltrate Massen’s house, where Hugo opens Lillie’s door in the basement to find that the girl has spikes growing out of her head, among other strange adornments. True pulls herself out of the water and walks into a bar, where someone slides her a drink: It’s her future self, Zephyr Navine. “You’re gonna need it,” Zephyr says, while Molly looks on from a table.
EPISODE 11, 'AIN'T WE GOT FUN'
Hague brings Adair to a power station that he’s wired to optimally conduct the orange energy, which he thinks is his mother. He forces her to work with him by revealing that he has an unconscious True and the galanthi, both of which he’s fished out of the river, chained up in the corner of the room. His goal: transfer all of the orange energy into the galanthi. Oh, and he knows who True really is. Mundi stops by Sarah’s and realizes she’s killed her husband but that she’s not fully Maladie again; he lets her go free, and she winds up with her cosplayers. Meanwhile, every time True’s consciousness tries to leave the bar, the scene resets. First she thinks it’s a simulation, then she tries to display empathy, thinking that’s what the galanthi wants. Nothing works. Eventually Molly and Zephyr yell at True, “What did you do with this life that you were given?!” and she replies, “I told someone our name.” Then Mary appears, saying that everything that happened was “for you.” True has a vision of Adair bleeding. “We never really know what we’re living for until we know what we’d die for,” Mary says. Then True runs to the door and wakes up in the power station, laid out next to the galanthi. She’s in time to see the orange energy take the hazy form of Hague’s mother. She says she’s from Zephyr’s time — and fought on Zephyr’s side — but that she’s had time to think about it, and now is convinced that the galanthi’s arrival was the downfall of civilization. Adair realizes her friend is awake and hits Hague over the head, allowing her the chance to run and free True. He sends the shocktroops after True, and it looks as though there’s no shutting down the energy. But Adair pulls Lucy’s elephant brooch from her pocket and sticks it into the circuitry, shorting the entire system. Hague’s “mother” screams as she’s shutting down, and when Hague gets tossed into the vortex, it seems to kill him. The event causes a blackout in the entire city. As True and Adair hug, Lavinia shows up with men with guns: She’s there to kill the galanthi.
EPISODE 12, 'I'LL BE SEEING YOU'
While Frank, Hugo and a lot of the orphanage’s residents celebrate the death of a bill that essentially would have outlawed being touched, True and Adair manage to get free at the power station and stop Lavinia from killing the galanthi. After she escapes, Augie finds his sister and strangles her. True keeps having flashes of carnage at the orphanage, including what seems like a mortal wound for Adair. So she, Penance and Myrtle head home. Before they can get there, the anti-touched purists attack, and the touched fight for their lives in an epic battle. Dr. Hague, who is not dead but who is still pulsing with that evil orange energy, gets his hands on the galanthi. That seems to cause the touched to lose their powers in the middle of the skirmish; by the time True & Co. return, a lot of the touched are dead. As purists continue to ransack the place: Primrose is killed, Mundi kills Massen who fatally shoots Hugo on his way down, and True gets stabbed in the belly. It seems like she’s going to die, and Adair tells her friend, “I’ll hold you in my heart as long as it’s beating, and until my last breath.” Then Amalia is suddenly back in the bar with Molly, who tells her, “You gave your life for your friends because we needed you to understand why we would do the same.” At that moment, the galanthi dies, causing energy to flow from each touched person (and a lot more Londoners) to meet up with the galanthi’s energy over the city. When the two power streams meet up, they combine and gently rain little glowing sparks down over everyone and everything. Those still fighting get their powers back, and True comes back to life. With his powers restored, Horatio heals her. She tells Adair that the galanthi “was always here, inside us” and that “That was its plan: sacrifice, to share itself.” That’s not enough of an explanation for Penance, who gets mad and accuses True of being the galanthi’s puppet. She walks away, angry, and finds Augie in her workshop. He hugs her, but he has the strangest look on his face. Meanwhile, over at the power station, Sarah/Maladie kills Dr. Hague once and for all by putting a scalpel into his temple. But later, the orange energy crackles through the place again. And when the phone rings, Myrtles moves to answer it. In a post-credits scene, Myrtle walks down a dark street, singing “I’ll Be Seeing You” in French and then English. As she touches a lamppost, the light turns on and we hear that static-y sound the orange energy made; pretty soon, the static lines up with what Myrtle is singing. She continues her way down the street, and the lights come back on as she goes.
THE NEVERS TUBI SCHEDULE (March 20-23)