Spoilers for ‘NOS4A2’ Season 2 Episode 3 ‘The Night Road’
Episode 3 was the first we saw of Millie Manx (Mattea Conforti) walk past the gates of Christmasland and walk up what she called Candy Mountain. Adding herself to what her father, Charlie Manx (Zachary Quinto) would call the “naughty list”, Millie decided to not curb her curiosity and understand a bit more of her father’s twister Inscape. The start of ‘Night Road’ saw Millie noticeable upset that he father had yet again left her in Christmasland as he went on to tend to his business. This time, his business was to kill Vic McQueen (Ashleigh Cummings) and capture her son Wayne McQueen (Jason David) in Christmasland. While we know that Millie is fiercely loyal towards her father, we wonder if she will stray away from him after what she sees on the mountain?
Running after her father’s Wraith screaming “no” as it left Christmasland, Millie sees a light on top on Candy Mountain. Walking through the woods, she ends up in a home that eerily mirrors her childhood home which was showcased in the second episode titled ‘Good Father’. Walking into a room, she sees old clothes that she joyously tries on, only to hear someone walk behind her. When she looks at the mirror, she sees the corpse of her mother who forces her to look back in the mirror. The mirror now shows a reflection of Millie before she became a child of Christmasland, and when she was a normal kid at home with her family. Weirdly enough, her mother’s corpse seems concerned when Millie runs away in fear.
Millie does tell Manx that she saw a light atop Candy Mountain and asks him, “who’s up there?” But with Manx threatening her to be a good girl and not end up on the naughty list, Millie doesn’t disclose any more of what she encountered on the mountain. The end of the episode though, sees Millie blatantly disobeying her father and taking the head of a deer back home. Once there, she bangs the door and runs away waiting to see who comes out. Out walks the corpse of her mother while calling her name.
This brings up many questions, the main one being why is Millie’s mother on the mountain? Why is she in Christmasland at all? ‘The Good Father’ had shown us how Millie was brought to Christmasland after having killed her mother in the Wraith, but she had no idea her mother was living where she was. With Millie now very intrigued about the corpse on Candy Mountain and the fact that Manx always leaves her alone in Christalsand gives Millie plenty of time to figure out secrets her father has kept hidden in his Inscape. We think if anything, Millie has already begun to explore Christmasland outside of the front gates, which can prove dangerous for her. Her father’s strict instructions to keep the children of Christmasland safe doesn’t seem to be Millie’s top priority now, and we’re expecting her to either a) ask more questions about her mother or b) find the answers out on her own. The second choice seems highly plausible since Manx is focused on getting Wayne while Vic puts up a long and hard fight.
Millie’s relationship with her father is strange and it brings to the storyline an exciting oddity, which will eventually unfold Millie’s personality and also Manx’s Inscape. Her curiosity can prove to be a crazy way for her to uncover who her father really is and we’re hoping that while she’s daddy’s girl now, she might become Manx’s foe soon enough.
‘NOS4A2’ Season 2 episodes air on Sundays at 10 pm ET on AMC.