The Passage's Henry Ian Cusick Hints at Dark Dreams to Come for Dr. Lear | 1/21/2019 | Liam Mathews
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Episode 2 of The Passage, "You Owe Me a Unicorn," filled in some of the backstory of how the shady Project Noah program came into existence. The Department of Defense-overseen program, where scientists study a virus that gives its carriers regenerative powers but also turns them into vampire-like creatures called "virals," was the brainchild of Dr. Jonas Lear (Henry Ian Cusick) and Dr. Tim Fanning (Jamie McShane), the latter of whom became the first test subject after he was bitten by a viral in the Bolivian highlands.

Lear is morally uncomfortable with the human experimentation he does at Project Noah, but he does it anyway because he's still trying to do what inspired him to study the virus in the first place: find a cure for his wife's Alzheimer's. In flashbacks, we saw Lear promise his wife Elizabeth (Jennifer Ferrin) that he would do whatever it took to heal her, even though this is not what she wanted. She just wanted him to stay with her. But instead he reached out to Fanning, an old college friend with whom Elizabeth had a falling out, because Fanning could help secure the funding Lear needed. Fanning was at first skeptical, but he committed when he found out that Elizabeth had early onset Alzheimer's. He secured funding from the Department of Defense, which Lear didn't like because that meant less control and a greater likelihood the virus will be used for nefarious rather than healing purposes. But in the first of his compromises, he went along with with it.


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Now, Lear is working under Dr. Nichole Sykes (Caroline Chikezie) from the DoD and convinced that what they're doing is wrong while hoping that...
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