Fridge / The Path

The TV Series:

  • Fridge Brilliance: In the pilot, the Meyerists seem like a fairly benign group of hippie do-gooders. In Real Life, Cults typically seem kind and attractive to new recruits, and only gradually do members learn the full truth. Similarly, viewers learn the truth about Meyerism over the course of the series: it has its good and bad qualities.

  • Another bit of Fridge Brilliance: One of the first things we see Cal do is deliver a terrific beating to a lowlife shitbag who's been sexually abusing his daughter Mary, including hiring her out, since she was a child. His action is profoundly satisfying — the man's guilty as hell — but seems oddly personal. It is. In the latter episodes of season 2, we learn that Cal was himself molested by founder Steve Meyer.

  • At Richard's memorial service, in the background a young black woman marches resolutely off with her knapsack and rolling suitcase. She's had it. Before his suicide, Richard walked all through the community shouting denunciations of Cal and confirmations of Eddie as the proper leader. Three guesses where she's off to.

The Video Game:

  • Fridge Brilliance: The Girl in White is the Woodsman's daughter. This could be as glib as saying "they're both black," but watch how the Girl in White interacts with the Woodsman's camp. She goes in and out of the tent as if it's hers. As the Woodsman is also the hero of the traditional Red Riding Hood story, this might also imply that the Girl in White was the real Red Riding Hood, rescued from the wolf by her father, which could explain why she now attempts lead the Red girls back to the path—she knows how dangerous the woods really are.
    • Or, in a darker interpretation, the Girl in White is Little Dead Riding Hood, from one of the older endings where she did not survive, and the Woodsman ignores her presence because she's a ghost.
  • Fridge Horror: Three of the "wolves" are (or are in the form of) adult men, and combined with the imagery of broken or impaled beds at Grandmother's house, and the girl in the dog tent at the Woodsman's camp, the goal of the game has been interpreted as having each girl be raped. The game files refer to it more as murder. Although it's most likely not happening literally, and they come back at the end.