Originally Posted by mldardy
What about being set on fire, burned with a tire around you?
To be clear, that was the South African way of doing things, not the Soviets. Phil & Liz were horrified by the "necklacing". Their preferred method of killing someone in the line of duty is to do it as quickly, efficiently, and painlessly as possible, as she explained to the young S.A. student whom she later spared. Turns out he died a pretty horrifying death later on anyway, but that wasn't Elizabeth's doing.
In the entire run of the show, that's the first time we've seen Elizabeth's armor crack and tears flow after dispatching someone. Clearly she still believes in her mission, in "making the world a better place". And she and Philip haven't lost their souls yet, as Philip's angry conversation with Gabriel showed. They are not
monsters, just dedicated soldiers doing a difficult job that they believe to be necessary. But they're now questioning their superiors as never before.
I did enjoy the "strange bedfellows" alliance between Stan and Oleg, as both of them try to save the woman they both love. Big risk by Stan, especially with the investigation going on back at FBI HQ. Good stuff.
And Martha's quick turn-around may be as equally or more motivated by fear as love. She may have done the calculation that her chance of survival is greater if she continues to play house with this person, whom she undoubtedly now realizes is a spy. She may be gullible, but she's not stupid. Philip says he "trusts her" -- famous last words?