‘Foundation’ follows the epic struggle for the fate of the galaxy between the followers of philosopher mathematician Hari Seldon and the Galactic Empire. The saga continues in Episode 6, titled “Death and the Maiden,” which sees the vengeful Anacreons set in motion after a shocking move against the Galactic Emperor in the previous episode. This episode also (finally!) Gives us some insight into Hari’s death but unlocks another deep mystery that promises to have far-reaching repercussions going forward. Let’s dive into episode 6 of ‘Foundation’ and familiarize ourselves with its many delicious sci-fi secrets. SPOILERS TO COME.
Foundation episode 6 recap
The episode opens with Emperor Day en route to a distant planet that threatens religious upheaval against the Galactic Empire. He is preparing for his diplomatic meeting aboard his ship, and we learn that the religion whose leaders he will meet has three thousand billion followers and is more than fifteen thousand years old, predating the Empire. Upon arriving on the planet, Emperor Day is not greeted with a welcome party, as is customary, but by the religious leader who opposes him. The more time the Emperor spends on the planet, the more he realizes that his position as leader in the eyes of the people is threatened.
Back on Trantor, Brother Dawn opens up to one of his gardeners and begins to reveal his thoughts and secrets. He is then summoned by Brother Dusk, who takes him hunting and is impressed by the skill of the young clone. Unbeknownst to Brother Dawn, however, the older clone later uses a concubine to spy on her. However, she is unable to learn anything from Brother Dawn as he stays distant with her and sends her away.
Meanwhile, the battle on Terminus is largely over, with the Anacreons in control. The Foundation team appears to have suffered some casualties, and the attackers also manage to capture the commander of the Galactic ship sent by Brother Dusk. Salvor eventually escapes and attacks Anacreon’s camp. Although she succeeds in destroying their ships, her father is killed in the process and the terminal manager blames himself for his death. Her friend Hugo convinces her that she is in fact the Foundation’s last hope.
End of episode 6 of the Foundation: what is the Anacreon plan?
Eventually, Salvor and Hugo are captured and the Anacreons plan to use the latter’s ship to escape the planet. Before leaving, they select specific engineers from the Foundation team to take with them and, along with the commander of the Galactic ship, board Hugo’s ship. The episode ends with Salvor, under the command of the Anacreons, taking off from Terminus and leaving the helpless Foundation team stranded on the planet.
So the Anacreon plan seems well and truly on the way, and they have the upper hand for the moment. From what we can tell from their leader Phara’s orders, they have several ships waiting to meet with them. The Anacreons then plan to requisition a still unknown space technology called “Invictus”, which is why they had to kidnap the engineers of the Foundation.
While not detailed, Invictus is most likely a form of powerful weapon or spaceship that the Anacreons want to control. Considering that their overall plan is to ultimately destroy the Galactic Empire, this decision seems to be in line with their motives. As reinforcement and to ensure the obedience of their prisoners, the Anacreons also left part of their army on Terminus, holding the rest of the Foundation team hostage.
Are Gaal and Salvor connected?
It’s hard to imagine things getting even more complicated than they already are, but the masterful, layered tale of “Foundation” throws another intriguing gem when it is hinted that Gaal and Salvor are sort of. related. During his attempt to flank the Anacreons and destroy their ships, the director of Terminus stumbles too close to the safe and loses consciousness.
She then has vivid hallucinations where she apparently plays Gaal, and we see Salvor inside the mysterious spaceship Gaal is in. Salvor is also seen on the Foundation’s spacecraft thirty years ago, when Hari Seldon was assassinated. So far, no explanation has been provided as to why Salvor is seen in Gaal’s memories, but it is likely related to Salvor’s connection to the Terminus Vault.
It should be noted that Gaal was one of the first rulers of the Foundation, and now Salvor, as director of Terminus, is one of the current rulers of the Foundation (albeit in a different capacity). Seeing Gaal’s memories could also finally convince Salvor of Hari’s genius and make him believe in the mathematician’s plan.
Why was Hari Seldon killed?
In the flashback where Salvor plays Gaal aboard the Foundation ship, we see what happened in the moments before Hari’s death. Contrary to the widely held belief that Raych killed him out of anger, it is revealed that the mathematician forced his understudy to commit the murder.
According to Hari, the Foundation’s fate rested on Raych and Gaal, and the plan wouldn’t succeed if the two fell in love and stayed together. Therefore, it seems Hari realized that the best way to keep them apart was to make it look like Raych had committed a heinous crime and force him to run away. However, as we see in Episode 5, Raych was ultimately executed for Hari’s murder, and it’s still unclear if that was also part of Hari’s plan. However, the late mathematician, by his death, managed to separate Gaal and Raych.
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