Star Trek: Discovery may have just confirmed a huge fan theory in its latest episode.
The series wrapped its first chapter on Sunday (November 12) with midseason finale ‘Into the Forest We Go’, and the episode only added more fuel to the fire that is the very popular fan theory currently doing the rounds on social media.
And if you’re still in the dark about this and don’t want to know either, then we’d suggest clicking away now, because we’re about to get into some pretty spoiler-y details.
In a nutshell, the theory suggests that Lt Ash Tyler (Shazad Latif), who joined the crew of the USS Discovery after crossing paths with Captain Lorca (Jason Isaacs) in episode five, is actually a Klingon named Voq in disguise.
Voq hasn’t been seen on the show since episode four, when Klingon conspirator L’Rell (Mary Chieffo) meets the exiled Voq and tells him that to save himself he needs to go to the House of the Mo’Kai and be prepared to “sacrifice everything”.
The timing of the two characters’ departures and arrivals seem pretty suspicious, and there’s plenty of other evidence too which we’ve laid out for you in a previous article here.
But the midseason finale appeared to give the biggest hint yet that the theory is true as Tyler came face to face with L’Rell again and Tyler flashes back to being tortured while imprisoned by the Klingons.
The scenes were pretty tough to watch – both through their content and the speed at which the the scenes changed – but fans are arguing that, rather than showcasing the torture Tyler received at the hands of the Klingons, these scenes are actually showing Voq being transformed into the human in the first place.
According to Heavy, the key to this puzzle is the Klingon’s super plausible Mind Scanner interrogation machine, which functions by reaching into a person’s mind and recording every thought and piece of knowledge they have.
This would explain why Tyler is generally so convincing in his role as a prisoner of war survivor in his scenes; if the theory is true, Tyler’s memories could have been implanted into Voq with the machine, prompting Voq to believe he actually really is Tyler.
Of course, right now all this is just a theory and the series has only told us that Tyler is suffering from an extreme case of PTSD, which would also explain his flashbacks and his nightmares.
But then there’s also the exchange in one of the final scenes of the episode, which showed Tyler visiting L’Rell where she’s being held in Starfleet custody and asking her: “What did you do to me?”
“Do not worry,” L’Rell replies. “I will never let them hurt you.”
Now are those the words of a capturer who’s taken a liking to her human prisoner, or a conspirator vowing to keep her man on the inside safe?
We’re still not sure yet, but you can bet we’ll be spending Discovery‘s mid-season hiatus scouring the internet for more clues to find out.
Star Trek: Discovery will return on CBS in the US and Netflix in the UK in January.
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