Nemrah Ahmed struck again, this time, with feeling.
I really want to find something to complain about here. About the fact that they went home nice and easy. Except that they didn’t go home nice and easy. It took four months. They planned, they schemed, they rose above and now they’re back. HOLY COW.
We should have seen this coming, it was all there. Saying this was clever would be the understatement of the year since everything about this book is clever and sneaky. I just didn’t expect it to hit me like it did. It was sad, man, made all the more strong and astonishing by the fact that for the first time in a long time, I felt myself warming up to Faateh. That poor soul.
My absolute favorite moments were the Taliyah Faateh moments: the scene in the prison cell, in the jungle right before they went through the Gate and at night in Sun Bao’s courtyard. It is indeed very lonely at the top.
The email he wrote to Adam was so full of emotion. I felt his desperation as he wrote those words, especially concerning Taliya. It was like a drowning man grasping for straws. He never would have admitted this otherwise but just on the verge of his impending loss, he let himself feel and admit. Strained and stilted personal relationships, lack of support from someone he needs the most, knowledge of Aryana’s gruesome death, keeping that secret from his wife, the burden of leadership, the struggle of achieving his goals, it all caught up as he confessed that yes, he does need someone with him, by his side and he wants it to be Taliya. The paper marriage wasn’t as easily breakable as he thought. Predictable, yeah, but not without meaning.
And I also felt his guilt towards Adam. He knew Adam had begun to have feelings for Taliya and so he kept himself a little distant from Adam. He tried to make it up to him by sending him the email and asking him to keep the two of them safe, just like he asked Taliya to do the same. This entire situation touched my heart and finally melted the ice around it when it came to Faateh. How long it will last, I don’t know.
It was a noble thing he did but it eventually served him too, like he said, he needs to forget all this if he’s to become KL’s present Bandhara.
This is my favorite quote in the whole episode because I feel strongly the truth of this, always have.
This was an episode full of emotion. It was heart-warming in a way it has never managed to be before. Taliya and Adam’s repartee, her personal moments with Faateh, all three together again, I loved it all. I obviously didn’t know that they were gonna go back but as it became imminent I realized the atmosphere was perfect and foreboding from the beginning.
No way do I believe that this is it. I’ve said it time and again, Nemrah Ahmed’s protagonists are inhumanly cunning. If there is a way to restore Faateh’s memories, Taliya will find it. They are going to back at some point for sure. Besides that, a man as tactical as Faateh will have thought of something. If he wrote an email to Adam, he had the whole night to himself, perhaps he wrote some to himself and timed them too? Also, and this just came back to me all of a sudden, Adam’s mother at one point said something about his Uncle having the gift of vision like Taliya? That will come up too.
It’s a testament to the glorious development in this episode or should I say, this story that despite hating everybody’s guts two episodes ago, I feel protective and fond of them all. I disliked Adam for the fool he was being, I ship him and Taliya now. I loathed Faateh and his attitude, I ship him and Taliya now AND I’ve begun to like him. It’s a 50/50. DAMN IT.
This episode made me connect with Faateh more than before. The extent to which high ambitions and dreams cost a person became painfully apparent. He had no one else to lean to for strength and support so he thought he had become impervious to it, Faateh needs no one else, he repeated it again and again and almost started believing it. Then he finally found someone strong and smart and willingly giving that support, only to lose them again.
Buddy, I’m here. I see you.
My Rating: 5/5