Halo Season 1 Finale: 7 "Transcendence" Easter Eggs And References You Missed
That end has come. The first season of Halo on Paramount+ is over and the show certainly didn't go out quietly. In fact, Halo delivered quite possibly its best episode yet, which is reassuring given last week's episode included a Master Chief sex scene for some reason. The ninth and final episode of the season, "Transcendence," included a major death, some of the most explosive action the series has had yet, and a fairly big cliffhanger to pick up when the show returns.
Warning: The following contains major spoilers for Halo Season 1, Episode 9--"Transcendence." If you've yet to watch the episode, you should stop reading now.
We have to start with the episode's most heartbreaking moment. Makee (Charlie Murphy) is dead…probably. We learn early in the episode that while she thinks she's valued by the Covenant, they actually just see her as yet another human that needs to be eradicated. And when it looked like she was ready to turn from them to save Master Chief--as she activated the artifact--they followed through with killing her.
Chief, too, paid the price and set up the primary cliffhanger for Season 1. It looks as though John died and Cortana took control of his body--something he requested she do so they could save his fellow Spartans while also escaping with the artifact. Is Chief still alive in there somewhere? Unless this show is taking a major step away from literally everything we know about Halo, it's seriously doubtful. However, knowing that's not him in the armor was a sobering moment.
Then, of course, there's Halsey. This season was interesting as we watched Halsey become a true supervillain. She has no allegiance to anyone but herself and what she sees as the betterment of the future. And, at first, it looked like she had been apprehended by the UNSC--who was going to put her to death. However, it's then revealed that she actually left a flash clone of herself to take the fall, while escaping with her team. However, at this point she doesn't have a team of Spartans to do her bidding or the artifact. So chances are she's going to be pretty desperate when Season 2 rolls around.
As with every other episode, there was also a good selection of Easter eggs and references to Halo lore embedded throughout the episode. We've gathered the seven best for you to dig through. Then, please feel free to sound off in the comments with your own.
Take a look below at the seven things we found in this episode and let us know what you expect to see in Season 2.
Previous Halo Easter egg guides:
1. Keyes was there
At around 4 minutes into the episode, Captain Keyes admits to the Spartans that he was there when they were kidnapped. This is pulled directly from the Fall of Reach animated movie, in which we see him with Halsey when she takes John. In the games, though, the Spartans are never informed of this.
2. The Elites
At 17:40, we see a troop of Covenant Elites standing guard over the Prophets. This is true to the games, however later in the franchise they are replaced by the Brutes, leading to a civil war.
3. That's not how Spartans work
At 22:20, we see the Spartans racing to save the ship they're on from being torn apart, which would leave them fully exposed to the elements of space (and its total lack of oxygen.) Normally, that wouldn't be a problem as Spartans can survive in this situation while wearing their helmets. However, they aren't and didn't even think to put them on, for some reason.
4. Locking in for Orbital Drop
This line is said by Cortana at 27:30 and should be a familiar one for fans of the games. The ODST in Halo: ODST are Orbital Drop Shock Troopers.
We get some much-needed grunt action at 28:30, as the Spartans land among a large group of them. First, we get a classic grunt squeal, which is an unmistakable sound. More interestingly, we see one gasping for air after its mask is kicked off. These particular aliens can't breathe normal air, as it's poisonous to them.
6. We will soon join the ancients as gods
The ancients the Covenant prophets are talking about at 30:40 are the Forerunners in Halo lore. They had incredibly advanced technology, far beyond what humans have in the universe at this point in the story, and are seen as gods by the Covenant.
7. Brutes and gravity hammers
Chief is reintroduced to his friend, the Covenant Brute, who carries a big bad gravity hammer. Still, while the Brutes seem incredibly strong, the hammer doesn't seem to pack as much of a punch as they do in the games.