Links to every Metawitches post about Snowpiercer, in chronological order. New posts added as future seasons air.
Snowpiercer Season 1 Episode 1: First, the Weather Changed Recap – Loosely based on the graphic novels and 2013 film of the same name, this is the story of Snowpiercer, 1,001 cars long, which was meant to circle the Earth every 3 months as a luxury rail cruise for the 1%. When Mr Wilford, one of the richest oligarchs in the world, realized climate change was inevitable, he retrofitted the train as an ark. Now this perpetual motion machine holds the last of humanity, divided into a cruel class system, as it plows through the endless winter that has engulfed the entire planet. Mr Wilford’s representative, Melanie Cavill (Jennifer Connelly), brings former police detective Andre Layton (Daveed Diggs) forward from the last train cars where untouchables known as Tailies are kept, so that he can help solve a murder.
Snowpiercer Season 1 Episode 2: Prepare to Brace Recap – Andre makes progress on the murder case and children are chosen for the apprenticeship program. Melanie refuses the engineers’ advice to slow down, leading to an avalanche and a broken window, both disasters in the -100° C weather. The Tail pays for episode 1’s rebellion with several men in drawers and the removal of a significant arm, as promised.
Snowpiercer Season 1 Episode 3: Access Is Power Recap – Snowpiercer takes us deeper into the logistics, relationships and class system of the train, plus we attend a big prize fight in the Night Car. Andre conducts a series of interviews, first with Roche as his partner, then switching back to Till. Not all of the interviewees realize they’re being interviewed. By the end of the episode, he may have solved the case.
Snowpiercer Season 1 Episode 4: Without Their Maker Recap – Sean’s murder is solved, Josie visits 3rd Class, Andre visits 1st Class and Melanie pulls out her bottle of poisoned sake.
Snowpiercer Season 1 Episode 5: Justice Never Boarded Recap – The murder trial begins. Josie goes uptrain to search for Andre. Miss Audrey takes action to ensure that Melanie will get Nikki the justice she deserves. The Folgers ask for special treatment. Bess moves in with Jinju and gets a 2nd class chip implant to go with her bourgeois 2nd class privileges.
Snowpiercer Season 1 Episode 6: Trouble Comes Sideways Recap – Melanie saves the train from derailment and a workers’ strike, Andre tries and fails to assassinate Melanie, and the train has a party. It’s another busy day in the life of Mr Wilford and the Train Detective, odd couple of the apocalypse.
Snowpiercer Season 1 Episode 7: The Universe Is Indifferent Recap – Melanie chooses a replacement engineer. Andre and Miss Audrey conspire to bring down Melanie. Dr Pelton allows Josie to visit with Miles. Nolan and the Folgers ask Ruth to join their conspiracy.
Snowpiercer Season 1 Episode 8: These Are His Revolutions Recap – The Revolution begins and the truth about Mr Wilford’s fate is revealed.
Snowpiercer Season 1 Episode 9: The Train Demanded Blood Recap – Layton and the engineers pull off a daring feat to win the day.
Snowpiercer Season 1 Episode 10: 994 Cars Long – As the train establishes new rules following the change in leadership, signs of life outside Snowpiercer are detected for the first time in years.
Snowpiercer Season 2 Episode 1: The Time of Two Engines Recap – With the two trains joined, Snowpiercer attempts to develop a stable, democratic system while Wilford runs Big Alice as his personal kingdom. As always, Melanie puts her own spin on the negotiations.
Snowpiercer Season 2 Episode 2: Smolder to Life Recap – This episode brings a hostage exchange, a promotion, a summit meeting, a death, a resurrection and a maiming. Ruth finally comes face to face with Wilford and LJ learns the value of work as a commodity.
Snowpiercer Season 2 Episode 3: A Great Odyssey Recap – Till continues to investigate Lights’ case. The characters prepare for Melanie’s solo trip to the research station to confirm whether the Earth is warming and there’s a chance to recolonize the planet. Wilford does everything he can to jeopardize her mission, short of outright sabotage, with the goal of seizing control of both trains and keeping everyone onboard.
Snowpiercer Season 2 Episode 4: A Single Trade Recap – Snowpiercer throws a party and invites the gang from Big Alice over to wait with them while they send up another weather balloon to collect data. Once the balloon has done its work, Melanie is meant to collect the data from the research station, proving she’s still alive and has reached her destination. As the party approaches, emotions run high and tempers flare. Miss Audrey spirals back into Wilford’s toxic orbit.
Snowpiercer Season 2 Episode 5: Keep Hope Alive Recap – We visit Big Alice with Miss Audrey for a date with Wilford and to check on Josie’s progress. The turf wars continue on Snowpiercer, creating a situation where Layton feels he has to act decisively. By the end of the episode, loyalties are in question once again and Snowpiercer’s power structure is in jeopardy.
Snowpiercer Season 2 Episode 6: Many Miles from Snowpiercer Recap – We catch up with Melanie, who’s been on her own since she left for the Breslauer Research Station. Her inner monologues are supplemented by flashbacks and present day conversations with the Wilford, Layton and Alex in her head.
Snowpiercer Season 2 Episode 7: Our Answer for Everything Recap – Till continues her investigation into the murder of the breachmen. 3rd class boils over and takes their dissatisfaction with Layton’s government out on any Tailies they can find. Pike is still in the midst of his breakdown over Terence’s death. Ruth, Roche and Miss Audrey realize they’ll soon need to choose sides in the Wilford-Layton war that’s brewing.
Snowpiercer Season 2 Episode 8: The Eternal Engineer Recap – Snowpiercer experiences catastrophic failures which her leaders soon realize were caused by Wilford. Unfortunately, only Wilford can repair the damage. They have no choice but to invite the devil himself onto the train and into the engine room.
Snowpiercer Season 2 Episode 9: The Show Must Go On Recap – It’s all fun and games until Wilford gets everything he’s ever wanted. Wilford attempts to remake Snowpiercer’s social order in his own image while toying with targets culled from the list of Layton and Melanie’s closest friends and family.
Snowpiercer Season 2 Episode 10: Into the White Recap and Analysis – Wilford’s victory is hollow without the loyalty he perceives Melanie and Layton had when they were in charge. He keeps Till and Zarah near him hoping some of Layton’s glow will rub off. Layton, Ruth and Alex form a prison alliance and devise a plan to overthrow Wilford. Or maybe they’ll go with Plan B.
Snowpiercer Season 3 Trailers and Preseason Promotional Media Roundup – Press releases, videos, photos, articles and analysis, all in one place, to help you get up to speed before watching Snowpiercer season 3.