Leanne is claiming her holy ground in a chilling Servant Season 3 Episode 6 that pits Pastor Nancy against the women of the house.
I wish I were taller; I wish I were a baller with endless amounts of time to obsess over Servant. Mostly I just wish I knew Julian in real life because JuJu and I would be besties. Soon everyone is going to have to pick a side. Leanne is amassing power and influence, and the Turners are unraveling even if they don’t know it yet. Servant Season 3 Episode 6 is a tipping point for the series. Trouble is brewing. Whether the Turners are in Heaven or Hell likely depends on who they choose to stand with. Let’s hope they make the right choice. I do have one nagging concern surrounding Julian, though. Why do all his girlfriends disappear without a trace? Is he a closet serial killer?
Leanne, the homeless kids, and devil worship
We know what happened to Leanne and her attackers in the park, and for those who thought the homeless kids saved her, you were right. The cult members who chased Leanne and seriously injured her were stopped from killing her by the homeless kids living in the park. As predicted, they are Team Leanne and would like her to be their next leader. They are all formal Church of the Lesser Saints members and see something special in her. They want her to lead them to some enlightenment. However, the biggest question about them is not why they helped Leanne but who they formally worshiped. They ask Leanne how she refused “him”. Who is the “him” they refer and what does he ask of everyone?
It would be easy to assume the “he” in question is God, but what if Leanne was brought back for a purpose that doesn’t include the Holy Trinity. What if, instead of being an angel or saint, she is an offspring of the devil? She just as easily could be a fallen angel as well. Another interesting theory corresponds to the stories of the Bible, which appear to be reenacted in our time. The Turners are Adam and Eve, who had everything they could ever want but sacrificed it for a taste of knowledge. That single bite cast them out of the Garden of Eden, where they were forced to live for the rest of their existence.
The Turner’s gorgeous house was Eden, but it is decayed and rotting now that it has been sullied. Leanne is the snake, Lucifer, who chose free will instead of God’s will. In bringing back Jericho, she allowed evil into the Garden. Leanne’s story is the story of Lucifer Morningstar, who started as one of God’s favorite angels but rebelled against him. The homeless kids are her acolytes, and Leanne is almost ready for something.
We don’t know what that is yet, but it can’t be good for the cult. Leanne is growing in power and confidence and has a family to support her and a group of followers to defend her. In the final moments of Servant Season 3 Episode 6, Leanne taunts Sean about who brought Jericho back. Did she bring him back through God or another force? Is it really Jericho? Is Leanne becoming more wicked the more time she spends in the house, or is it the other way around?
Sean has secretly been going to church and seeking counsel with Pastor Nancy. The seemingly well-meaning woman introduced herself to Dorothy last week and was subsequently invited to dinner as a result. Dorothy has nothing but contempt for Sean’s newfound faith and is expectedly scornful of her without being downright rude. As Julian puts it, she has a Master’s in wasp linguistics. Dinner goes horribly wrong, almost from the first moment with Leanne being extremely cold to Nancy and Sean planning an entire meal around fish when she is vegan. Either Pastor Nancy really is vegan, or she eats very specific things, as do all the cult members.
She also wears the same church t-shirt she had on during the block party. She said she was coming from service, but Leanne has often said that cult members dress how they think others should instead of what is actually “normal”. In any case, we know she has been keeping a big secret, and her path to God was circuitous. She assaulted her elderly mother, who had dementia, in 2012. Sean and the prayer group knew, but Leanne should not have known. Is Leanne omniscient, or did Sean talk in his sleep? Is it possible that Leanne did a cold reading on Nancy similar to what a mentalist does? Almost everyone has things in their past they aren’t proud of, and Nancy did admit that she came to her faith differently than most.
Maybe Leanne is not psychic just becoming very manipulative. Nancy’s behavior at dinner is somewhat reasonable considering how cruelly Leanne treats her and how condescending Julian and Dorothy are, but why does she have such a physical reaction to the meal? Does she sense something evil in Leanne? In any case, it is worrisome that Leanne detests the pastor so much. Either Nancy is a cult member trying to get to Leanne through Sean, or she is a flawed human being. If she is simply flawed, then Leanne is reacting very aggressively for no reason, and if she is a cult member, the entire family is in danger again.
Sean and the basement baptism
Taylor is still contacting Sean from Gourmet Gauntlet. He is hesitant to do the show, though, considering what happened last time he filmed something. Dorothy and Nancy want him to do it, but Julian is understandably hesitant. Everything comes at a cost, and pride cometh before the fall are both cliches Sean uses to deflect attention from the opportunity, but Leanne isn’t accepting those answers.
If everything we see in the house is from a biblical story, then Sean was baptized in the watery pit in the basement of the Turner’s house. Did Leanne purposely make him fall, knowing the water would somehow infect him? Or was it an accident, and she was horrified by his fall because she was scared for him? Another intriguing possibility is he is Judas, who will betray Jesus. In this scenario, Jericho or Leanne could be the Christ-like character. Both were resurrected, so either is possible. By the end of Servant Season 3 Episode 6, Leanne has him all but convinced to return to the show. Why she wants him gone, we don’t know. Is this family doomed to make the same mistakes?
Is it better to admit what has happened and heal or live in ignorance? Julian thinks Dorothy is too fragile to remember what happened to Jericho when Sean was filming last year. This is why he doesn’t want Sean to take the hosting job at Gourmet Gauntlet. It may be too late, though, as Dorothy has now seen footage of Sean from a year ago. She doesn’t remember any of it, but her memories have been coming back slowly. So what happens if she remembers everything? She knows the cult threat is back and saw firsthand what Leanne has been warning her about.
She was planting purple petunias in the garden and mentioned that things grow stronger when roughed up a little. Is this a simple gardening fact, or does it relate to something from her past? Purple petunias traditionally symbolize peace and grace, but petunias can also convey resentment and anger. Both would be possible in this situation. When Sean asks Dorothy to be nice at dinner, she calls herself a lamb, but he says she’s a wolf. We know she is mentally weak but is she somehow a wolf in sheep’s clothing?
The symbolism of fish
Fish are an important symbol in Christianity. It is a symbol of Christ. It represents fertility and transformation, and abundance. In the Bible, Jesus is able to feed 5000 people with just two fish and five loaves of bread. Additionally, the parable about teaching a man to fish rather than just handing them a fish explains the importance of learning self-sufficiency and skills. God helps those who help themselves.
There is still a lot to unpack at just over the halfway mark in Servant Season 3. The prominent detached camera work leads us to view what happens in the house from a voyeuristic standpoint. So much of this season has been shot through a window where our view is obstructed. The final scene shows Leanne from the vantage point of an outside window. Are we merely observers of a play or story that has already happened? Would that indicate that there are three stories? Sean and Dorothy’s are inadvertently false, leaving only Julian as the nonresident of the house to act as our truth-teller. Follow all our Servant coverage here.
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