NBC’s The Enemy Within: Can Erica Shepherd earn back her freedom?

THE ENEMY WITHIN -- "The Ambassador's Wife" Episode 103 -- Pictured: Jennifer Carpenter as Erica Shepherd -- (Photo by: Virginia Sherwood/NBC)
THE ENEMY WITHIN -- "The Ambassador's Wife" Episode 103 -- Pictured: Jennifer Carpenter as Erica Shepherd -- (Photo by: Virginia Sherwood/NBC) /

The latest episode of NBC’s The Enemy Within proved that Erica Shepherd won’t be behind forever but the question remains: can she earn her freedom back?

Despite being labeled a traitor to the entire country and imprisoned for several consecutive life sentences, Erica Shepherd’s situation appears to be improving on The Enemy Within.

On the latest episode, Shepherd (Jennifer Carpenter) got the opportunity to attend her daughter’s piano recital even though she’s a prisoner of the state. The privilege was bestowed upon her as a token of Agent Keaton’s (Morris Chestnut) appreciation after Shepherd assisted in preventing a catastrophic terrorist attack.

A bomb was set to go off in a skyscraper filled with occupants but Shepherd’s quick thinking led Keaton’s team to the people responsible. They were then able to disarm the bomb, saving hundreds of people from horrific deaths.

As a result of her actions, Shepherd was given a one-time free pass outside of her cell. This doesn’t mean she’s been pardoned or anything like that but Shepherd does appear to be one step closer to the outside.

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While the situation still isn’t good, the disgraced former FBI Agent has a chance at earning her freedom back. She’s slowly worked her way back into Agent Keaton’s good graces and the FBI will have to recognize her efforts at some point. They’re obviously not going to free Shepherd after a few helpful hints but perhaps capturing Tal will change that.

The FBI has a ways to go before they catch Mikael Tal but if Erica Shepherd is instrumental in capturing the terrorist leader, certain concessions could be made on her behalf. Immediate release probably won’t be on the table—unless she can convince Tal to tell the entire truth.

Now, that would require Tal admit to blackmailing and coercing Shepherd into betraying her country which admittedly is a complicated task. He’s proven quite adept at thwarting government agencies so interrogating him for crucial information won’t be so easy. However, Erica Shepherd has also proven that she can obtain information from even the most hardened targets, meaning the tide could turn in her favor.

For the sake of argument, let’s just say Shepherd is able to extract the information she needs to clear her name. The FBI could be convinced to let her go. The public might take issue with a traitor being released, but if the terrorist invasion is fully uncovered, Shepherd might not seem like such a bad person in the end.

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In any case, Shepherd is working her way towards a pardon. As long as she can maintain her complex relationship with Agent Keaton long enough to capture Tal alive, there’s a good chance Erica Shepherd will be reunited with her daughter very soon—that is assuming Shepherd isn’t actually one of Tal’s operatives.

Do you think Shepherd will earn her freedom back? Let us know in the comments section below.

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