The third episode of the hit new HBO fantasy horror series Lovecraft Country had no shortage of jaw-dropping surprises and horrific scares resulting in another enthralling chapter from start to finish.
“Holy Ghost” proves that Letitia and Tic are magnets for the supernatural as a new set of horrors haunt there every waking moment. Just when they thought it couldn’t get any weirder, they end up in yet another creepy house with an incredibly haunting history.
Letitia ends up buying a boarding house to rent out rooms with a mysterious inheritance she received from her dead mother, who everyone thought was broke. But it turns out something very bad happened here involving a mad scientist doing horrendous experiments on African American people. Throughout the tale, disturbing glimpses of ghosts looking like mangled corpses haunt the house leading up to an epic showdown of good and evil as well as a shocking return of a certain special relative.
This well-crafted Lovecraft Country iteration has its fair share of memorable moments, but here are the five that stand out above the rest.
5 big moments from Lovecraft Country episode 3, “Holy Ghost”
1. Swing Away, Letty!
Letitia has been through a lot since her journey to Lovecraft Country, and it’s safe to assume she has some pent up aggression she needs to get out of her system. So when she finally finds a place she wants to make into a home, she isn’t going to let any racists ruin her efforts. So the first time the welcome wagon leaves their horns honking for an unnecessary amount of time, she lets it slide, but when they return during a party adding a flaming cross on the lawn to the mix, Leti Lewis is ready to swing into action.
Armed with a bat in hand, she smashes those cars up good just like Jackie Robinsons did to Chthulu’s head in the series’ opening moments, causing viewers at home from around the globe to jump up and cheer as window glass and rearview mirrors went flying.
This badass ordeal is capped off by a rough ride of revelations when Letitia is in the back of a police van. They drive like maniacs causing Leti to bounce around the back of the vehicle, taking serious hits along the way. The bigot copper also reveals that eight African Americans were found dead in that house, warning her she’ll never make it out alive.
2. Is Uncle George back?
When Diana and her friends are playing with a Ouija board in the basement of the haunted boarding house, the unsuspecting kids get a message from beyond the grave. It’s from none other than Diana’s recently deceased father, George, who is trying to communicate with his daughter.
Hippolyta, Diana’s mother and George’s wife, who is having a very tough time with the loss of her husband, may also be receiving messages from her departed significant other in the form of a moving solar system replica seen as she enters the locked room.
Earlier in the episode, she told Montrose that something about his death didn’t feel right, and he may have unfinished business, which is why he is trying to make contact. It will be interesting to see how this ordeal plays out in further installments, and if Uncle George is really gone for good.
3. Ghosts don’t like uninvited guests
It turns out on the same night Tic and Leti decide to enlist the help of a professional spiritual person to help them cleanse the house of supernatural beings, three racists neighbors decide to break in with the intention of causing the tenants harm. Armed with bats and clubs, they traverse through the residence, expecting to find victims to pound on, but no one is around.
As they continue to search for the violence, they enter the locked room upstairs only to get attacked by a ghost with a large basketball player’s body with the head of a baby. This leads them to get burned by the steam that comes from the heater in the room. The other unsuspecting bigot meets his demise courtesy of the elevator which, as he looks down, rises up so quickly it obliterates his skull as he is unable to get out of the way in time, leaving behind a gory headless corpse.
Later, we find out they are presumed missing and viewers see their bodies below the basement in a tunnel protected by glowing runes in the dirt that were similar to the markings seen back at the mansion in Lovecraft Country.
4. Strength in numbers
The spiritual lady sacrifices a goat on the front porch of the house and marks Tic and Leti’s foreheads with its blood to protect them from the evil spirits. In the basement, they begin the process to remove the evil, but the sinister spirit blows holes in the pipes causing water to spray everywhere removing the protection of goat’s blood on their heads.
The spirit kills and possesses the spiritual expert before it jumps into Tic’s body, telling Leti to get out of his house. Then as Letitia stands up to the ghost, his victims, looking like they did before the mad doctor got a hold of them, join her, and together, they get rid of the evil ghost.
5. The Braithwaite’s are still in play
When Letitia mentions the name Winthrop in regards to the house, Tic figures out what’s really going on. He goes to the real estate agency that sold Leti the house, and he finds Christina’s Braithwhite’s expensive car parked outside. Tic enters the building and points a gun at her, but he is unable to pull the trigger. Christina then reveals that spells are very hard to master, and some are lucky to get one right in their lifetime. Her father’s claim to fame was invulnerability, an ability he had to turn off for the ceremony, which is why he died, but his daughter still possesses the useful skill.
The spells have all come from one page deciphered from the Book of Names, and Titus Braithwhite’s notes are in a boobie trapped vault. She then mentions the possibilities that could be attained if the rest of the pages were found and leaves a card for him to use to call her when he wants to know more about their family legacy. It seems Christina still has plans for Tic and company, and there will undoubtedly be more of this haunting ordeal to explore in the rest of the Lovecraft Country’s intriguing first season.