The following contains spoilers from Episode 3 of Silo, now streaming on Apple TV+.
There’s a new sheriff in town on Apple TV+’s Silo, and though her generator may now be purring like a kitten, the subterranean structure will be rumbling louder than ever amid this improbable power shift.
The first stretch of Episode 3 chronicled Mayor Jahns’ long trek to Mechanics, with Deputy Marnes at her side, and her laying witness to Juliette’s fearless demeanor. When Jahns relayed the late Holston’s wish that Juliette succeed him as sheriff, the engineer politely-ish declined. But when Juliette saw what had been scratched onto the back of the sheriff’s star that Holston left for her — “TRUTH” — she realized it was the message he had promised, signaling that something rotten indeed befell her secret beau George.
Juliette had one condition, though: Before she can leave the generator behind, she needs to fix it once and for all. And that means shutting it down — and blanketing the silo in darkness — for hours. Jahns said yes and proceeded to alert the population of the overnight blackout. The actual fixing of the generator was a white-knuckle ordeal, given that Juliette had barely 30 minutes to get it done (else the closed steam valve go kablooey). And after turning the last leg of the repair over to her shadow, Cooper, Juliette bought them a bit more time by clambering down into the steam reservoir and hosing down the overheated valve. But in doing so, Juliette nearly drowned in the accumulating water, unfamiliar as anyone inside the silo is with the notion of swimming.
So… did Juliette learn to at least doggie paddle on the fly? Because such an ability could pave the way for her to brave the massive, daunting body of water at the bottom of the cavern that George had discovered.
“I mean, that could really come in handy in the future…,” Rebecca Ferguson, who plays Juliette, acknowledged to TVLine with a smile. “Who knows!”
Ferguson went on to note that Juliette’s near-drowning “was one of the trickier scenes to do, because if you know how to swim, your body automatically goes into a motion of knowing how to kick.” Silo residents such as Juliette, however, “have no perception of mass and don’t know what a room filled with water is, so it was interesting to play that.”
Fact is, though Juliette came out the ordeal a bit waterlogged, the job got done — and that clears the path for her to serve as sheriff. But in one last, frightful twist, Marnes and Jahns were readying to resume the canoodling they began during the blackout when the mayor collapsed in her bathroom, bleeding out of the mouth.
If Juliette’s stint as sheriff wasn’t already set to be tested by opposition from the likes of Judicial and even Deputy Marnes, having her No. 1 backer out of commission threatens to worsen matters. And the withdrawn engineer wasn’t any kind of people person to begin with.
“What I really like about [Juliette], and love, is that when we meet her in the beginning she is this introvert, a really hard person who has so much trauma in her life,” Ferguson says. “And when she’s taken out of her comfort zone and is put, or accepts to be put, in another room where she’s ‘Bambi on ice,’ we see her gradual acceptance of the characters around her, which she has never dealt with before.”
In the episodes ahead, “There are moments where she’s being met with harshness and she doesn’t know how to meet it, so she just meets harsh with harsh and gradually she has to realize that that’s not going to get her anywhere,” Ferguson previews. “She has to win people’s love, but she doesn’t know how to do that.”
Given how Bernard, for one, audibly scoffed when Mayor Jahns first floated the idea of Juliette as sheriff (“She’s a thief,” he snarled), you might expect the powerful IT department chief to prove to be a roadblock.
But as portrayer Tim Robbins hinted to TVLine, “Bernard is cool with her being the sheriff — but I can’t tell you the reason why. It has to do with something that is revealed much later… let’s just say that yes, he is cool with her being sheriff.”
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im obsessed with Silo (i kinda think living in a dystopian/post-apocalyptic World is interesting) and as i didnt read the stories/books, i went in without knowing anything and the series has been able to hold my attention and episode 3 had me at moments holding my breath because i wasnt sure what the hell was gonna happen.
loving the show so far. never read the books but will 100% be reading them soon.
When the generator went offline and the cameras were shutting down in the cafeteria did the screen briefly show the outside as green and alive?
Yes it did!
Yes!!! I saw it too
Same here, it roughly the same image as the helmet. Except when the sheriff went out to clean he also had a line of gray at the bottom of the helmet. I Still don’t know which image is true.
I just binge all 3 episodes today, I have to say I’m loving it so far. Had my heart rate go up quite a few times.
I’m liking the series but they need to focus less on the technologies in the silo like the generator. How did “the founders” design a generator that could not be shutdown for routine maintenance for more than 30 minutes.
I agree, there is no way a mechanical device spinning like that can function for 1 year, let along 130, without constant maintenance! That being said I love the show, and the biggest thing in the episode was the 1 second view of the REAL outside when the power was going out!
I would bet that there is a way to do it safely but remember they learn by shadowing. And Because they never had to shut down in the past no one past there no knowledge on how to do it in the present. The rebels destroyed all of there history, including any documentation on how to operate machinery in the silo. They also don’t know where the steam comes from either.
When the power is shutdown you can see a flicker of the outside viewing room and the normal environment change from the baren rocks to the grass and life outside
The entire sequence of Juliette in the, uh, steam room made absolutely no physical sense. There are only two things that would happen if she was in an enclosed space with a superheated door, and neither of those things were depicted on screen.
Thing 1: No idea what that door was made of, but if the ductile-to-brittle transition temperature wasn’t low enough, the door would have exploded when the cold water hit it – killing Juliette.
Thing 2: If the door didn’t explode, the water would instantly super-heat, and Juliette would have been scalded like fish left in a frying pan…and if she did survive third degree burns over her entire body, she would have boiled to death in the water she was standing in. In either scenario, dead Juliette.