Dissecting Alcatraz's Mysteries: Why Were the '63s Being Brainwashed?
Sarah Jones and Jorge Garcia
Since this week's episode of Alcatraz was supposed to air before the two-hour special, "Clarence Montgomery" was light on new reveals. We did, however, learn that Warden James (Jonny Coyne) charged Dr. Beauregard (Leon Rippy) with using Lucille's mind-tampering techniques in reverse, causing an actually innocent prisoner to commit murder using the same techniques he was falsely convicted of.
Dissecting Alcatraz's Mysteries: Is the Warden a '63? Or is he pulling the strings?
Since we already learned about the colloidal silver in the prisoners' blood last week, it came as no surprise when Doc (Jorge Garcia) and Rebecca (Sarah Jones) deduced that there were experiments going on at Alcatraz. Thus, a shortened Dissection this week. Check out two of our big questions, along with a few fan theories worth mentioning:
Why was Dr. Beauregard brainwashing prisoners?
Were the powers that be hoping to create super killers just to have them return to present day to be unleashed upon San Francisco? That would be a good distraction for whatever their real plans are. Crazy theory or plausible?
Are the '63s returning at the same time?
Have the 300+ prisoners and guards all already returned to present day or are the powers that be only sending a few back at a time? Tommy Madsen (David Hoflin) killed Rebecca's partner before she even joined the task force, and the Ames brothers (Graham Shiels and Travis Aaron Wade) mentioned seeing Officer Donovan (Frank Whaley) a month prior on the Alcatraz tour. If they had all already returned, why has the public figured it out yet?
Dissecting Alcatraz's Mysteries: Show bosses answer burning questions!
Fan theory #1: "Just a guess, but I think the Warden has been around since the Civil War. Somehow he came across the colloidal silver and has used it to preserve his life for over 150 years. I think he brought the silver to the island during the Civil War and has kept it hidden in the dungeon. There is some way to test the blood and that is why Madsen was continually being drained." —kecward78
Fan Theory #2: "I think it all comes back to Tommy. The decanted blood came from him, which is why he was always in the infirmary. It's probable that Rebecca's blood has similar healing properties. Tommy could've killed her partner to bring about the chain of events that would lead her to working with Hauser, to help catch the'63s. That could've been his 'off mission' moment." —bobby-j
What burning questions do you have about Alcatraz? And will you be tuning in to find out the answers? In case you missed our previous Dissections:
Week 1: Who are the '63s?
Week 2: How many '63s are working with Hauser?
Week 3: Who is Lucy, really?
Week 4: Why is Tommy Madsen so important?
Week 5: Hauser and Lucy's past revealed
Week 6: Will the '63s ever age?
Week 7: Is the Warden a '63? Or is he pulling the strings?
Alcatraz airs Mondays at 9/8c on Fox.