Netflix‘s Resident Evil adaptation, sticking closely to the games and weaving an eight-episode tale that cuts between the outbreak of a world-ending virus and a zombie-strewn near-future, is packed full of shocking moments and twists aplenty.
But we’ve been left with so many questions.
Reaching the end of the series (and with Netflix yet to renew the series for a second season), various characters’ fates are left hanging in the balance, some motives are still unclear, and gaps remain between the two different timelines. We’ve broken down some of the bigger questions we were left with at the end of Resident Evil with the hope that all will become clear if Season 2 gets the go-ahead…
1. What happened to poor old Bert?
When adult Jade Wesker (Ella Balinska) reunites with her sister Billie (Adeline Rudolph), she tells her of their father Albert’s (Lance Reddick) death. “Died asking for you,” are her exact words. But then in the final episode of the series, we actually see Albert die in the earlier timeline when they’re both still teenagers, with Albert’s clone Bert (also Reddick) being the one who helps the girls escape Umbrella’s HQ. So presumably the Jade and Billie grew up calling Bert their dad, but what happened to the poor guy? Did he at least manage to enjoy some freedom for a while? And what was it that finally killed him? We’re going to need those details.
2. What was the deal with the original Albert Wesker?
We don’t get much insight into the original Albert Wesker, apart from the fact that he a) wasn’t all that nice, and b) appeared to dress like an extra in The Matrix. What exactly was his deal, though? What other experiments was he working on? How exactly did he die? He’s an intriguing villain, and I’d love to see any future Resident Evil series delve into his history a little.
3. How did child Billie turn into adult Billie?
The season finale makes it clear that adult Billie isn’t all that nice. But in the earlier timeline when we last see young Billie (Siena Agudong) and young Jade (Tamara Smart), this transformation has yet to take place. Sure, we get a hint of the future friction between the sisters in Jade’s slightly frosty reaction to Billie as they’re waiting for Bert to pull up (Billie has just bitten her boyfriend, in fairness), but at this point they’re still very much on the same side.
So what happened in the past to turn kind, determined Billie into the near-sociopath she appears to be as an adult? Part of it appears to be the virus inside her (“It stripped away all my fucking bullshit,” she tells Jade), and part of it is likely a response to Jade’s selfishness, but surely there must have been some other events that nudged her over the edge, too?
4. And what exactly does adult Billie want?
In the closing scenes of Season 1, Billie and her Umbrella soldiers leave a badly injured Jade and fly off in a helicopter, taking Jade’s daughter Bea (Ella Zieglmeier) with them. So has this been Billie’s end game all along? And why does she want to kidnap Bea so badly?
Well, although we don’t know for sure, we can take a pretty good guess at this one. When Jade’s partner Arjun (Ahad Raza Mir) tells Jade about Bea’s progress, not to mention when Bea busts out that impressive piano solo on the boat, it’s pretty clear that she’s gifted. It seems likely Billie wants to see exactly how gifted she is, and possibly monitor her in the same way that Albert monitored her and Jade when they were children.
But still: What’s her end goal in all this? If she’s simply trying to find something that can help fight the T-Virus, why not work with Jade and the academics, rather than against them?
5. Will Jade Wesker change her ways?
She may be the hero of the series, but Jade Wesker is also a hopeless liability, especially when it comes to bringing bloodthirsty zombies onboard boats full of peaceful academics. She’s confronted with this pretty head-on in the series finale by her sister — but where does her character arc go from here? Will she finally put her family first, and focus on getting her daughter back? Or will she keep getting sidetracked by her own research, and continue making dangerous decisions in an attempt to unravel the T-Virus’ mysteries?
We’re hoping it’s the first one, but somehow we think it might end up being the second.
Resident Evil(opens in a new tab) Season 1 is streaming now on Netflix(opens in a new tab). There’s no word on Season 2 yet, but if you’re dying for answers then some may be found in the video game series that’s at the franchise’s core.