As Marcus continues to embrace his Mithraic devotion, Sue worries he may no longer have her and Paul’s (Felix Jamieson) best interests at heart. Meanwhile, Mother experiences what she believes to be malfunctions, and Hunter works on a secret project with Father.
Episode 8 of Raised by Wolves begins with Marcus awakening from a visceral dream about cutting his face off. Paul arrives and sits before him. As they talk, Marcus admits that he cannot go easy on Paul as Sol would not allow that either. He is going to teach his son how to be a survivor.
Mother starts walking purposefully up to the wreckage of the ship, hooking herself up to a robot inside that helps patch her up. Using this robot’s guidance (called Karl) she starts trying to remove a foreign object inside. Only, her care-giving programming stops her from doing so. Instead, she must use fuel-blood to feed this self-proclaimed tumour.
This fuel blood comes from the other robotic doctors as Mother and Karl discussing her feelings of discomfort. They are very human-like and, more interestingly, she discusses raising the kids to be pacifists but confused over them playing games depicting war as kids.
Campion continues to see Tally’s ghost and starts telling jokes to himself as a way of dealing with the issues. As we cut across to Father, it turns out his finger twitching is morse code. This morse code spells out “Sol is the light.”
Outside, Paul speaks to Sue about Marcus and going away on a trip. Not long after, he helps Campion by giving him fungus to keep him strong. On the back of this, Marcus warns Paul against seeing “the atheist child” (Campion) from now on.
As we cut back in time, we see a bomber causing chaos just before the flight to Keppler-22B. Marcus and Sue promise to have each other’s back as they rush away from the scene. This feels like an exceptionally long time ago for Sue as she watches Marcus cautiously. This is well-warranted too as Marcus and Sue come to blows over what Paul has been doing.
Eventually, Marcus locks her in the barn outside and asks for everyone to pray with him. While he does, Paul seizes his opportunity and speaks to Campion, promising to break him free.
Using one of the skeletal hands, Campion manages to dig his way out of his cage. From afar he watches as Marcus burns the church to the ground. While Campion turns and runs, Paul grabs Sue and takes off with Tempest. All of them charge through the woods to where the lander happens to be. Father happens to be there too but armed with an axe and not himself.
Desperate for more donors, Mother heads off in search of fallen robots. Only, she instead finds one of the creatures native to the planet which charges at her. Unable to wield her necromancer powers, Mother manages to kill it before it kills her.
Interestingly, the blood seems to be just the fuel needed for what is inside her. From this, Mother deduces that the thing growing inside her could be a carbon-based lifeform… is she pregnant? How is that even possible?
Anyway, Mother awakens and starts looking around. There, she finds Tempest who happens to be bleeding. However, she doubles over and tells her to stay away. This brings Mother into the familiar pod from before where she starts a simulation. Only, this simulation is with her creator Campion who admits that her “reward” is this living creature inside her.
That has always been the mission and everything she has been doing has just been preparation for giving birth to this thing.