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* The Cat invites a lot of this; in season one, she flip-flops between an antagonist or an ally to Tulip depending on the situation, and in season two she's briefly worried when mistaking MT for Tulip that "kitten" didn't get off the train. Is she a ChaoticNeutral, or merely exists to serve the train's purpose? Did Tulip melt her heart a little because Tulip gave up her chance to go home to save Atticus, and also saved her life without wanting anything in return? Or is it that Tulip passed her test, and the Cat despite herself is proud of her.


* [[spoiler: Was Amelia's attempt at making One understand human emotions because she was genuinely concerned about his methods, especially the fact that he has no problem letting passengers die in their quest for redemption, or was it her way of persuading One to create a car with Aldrick in it for her under the pretense that's what she really needed instead of moving past her grief? It doesn't help that the last interaction we see of her is her taking over the Steward, but still somewhat concerned for the safety of other passengers, while by the time Tulip showed up she basically couldn't care less about what happened to the other passengers.

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* [[spoiler: Was Amelia's attempt at making One understand human emotions because she was genuinely concerned about his methods, especially the fact that he has no problem letting passengers die in their quest for redemption, or was it her way of persuading One to create a car with Aldrick in it for her under the pretense that's what she really needed instead of moving past her grief? It doesn't help that the last interaction we see of her is her taking over the Steward, but still somewhat concerned for the safety of other passengers, while by the time Tulip showed up she basically couldn't care less about what happened to the other passengers.]]


* [[spoiler: Why did Ryan's exit disappear again? Was it really, as Ryan himself believes, because the train viewed him even considering leaving Min behind as him relapsing and decided he wasn't ready after all? Did the decision itself cause such emotional turmoil within Ryan that his number went up, automatically causing his exit to be taken away again? Or is it just a side-effect of how his and Min-Giís numbers keep resetting to 202 whenever their emotional growth doesnít happen at the same time?]]

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* [[spoiler: Why did Ryan's exit disappear again? Was it really, as Ryan himself believes, because the train viewed him even considering leaving Min behind as him relapsing and decided he wasn't ready after all? Did the decision itself cause such emotional turmoil within Ryan that his number went up, automatically causing his exit to be taken away again? Or is it just a side-effect of how his and Min-Giís numbers keep resetting to 202 whenever their emotional growth doesnít happen at the same time?]]time?]]
* [[spoiler: Was Amelia's attempt at making One understand human emotions because she was genuinely concerned about his methods, especially the fact that he has no problem letting passengers die in their quest for redemption, or was it her way of persuading One to create a car with Aldrick in it for her under the pretense that's what she really needed instead of moving past her grief? It doesn't help that the last interaction we see of her is her taking over the Steward, but still somewhat concerned for the safety of other passengers, while by the time Tulip showed up she basically couldn't care less about what happened to the other passengers.


* Is MT a sympathetic figure driven by the desire to be recognised as a person, pushed beyond her limits by her insane situation and the vastly disproportionate response to her supposed "crime"? Or is she a self-obsessed sociopath who is willing to sacrifice anything, or anyone, to get what she wants?

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* Is MT a sympathetic figure driven by the desire to be recognised as a person, pushed beyond her limits by her insane situation and the vastly disproportionate response to her supposed "crime"? Or is she a self-obsessed sociopath who is willing to sacrifice anything, or anyone, to get what she wants?wants? How much of her CharacterDevelopment is driven by the fact that she is Tulip's polar opposite, something that the mirror world teaches Tulip?


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* Why did Alan Dracula choose to save MT? He's shown that he has a deer mind, but is implied to be SmarterThanYouLook on more than one occasion. Did he realize she was in danger?
* We find out Alan Dracula was never in danger when he fell through the tree canopy. As soon as MT and Jesse find him, he easily climbs up and lets them bum a ride. Was it a StealthMentor moment to help Jesse get his number down, and MT some help?
* Are the members of the family tree former passengers that never left the train? MT and Jesse nearly become trees due to their arguing and realize they have to fake being polite to stay alive. If so, the ones at the very bottom who started the feud seem happy together given their kiss, implying YouAreWorthHell.


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* Amelia claims that [[spoiler:she's only taking in Hazel because the latter said she can take care of herself, and wants to be with the woman who created her. Look at her face, however; she's surprised that Hazel said that she ''likes'' Amelia and considers her a good person. Maybe it was the realization that Hazel may not be Alrick, but is the closest thing to Alrick that she has seen, and that Amelia has been alone for 33 years. Perhaps it's realizing that Hazel is basically her daughter, and she needs someone who won't murder her]].


* Given the videotape is meant to show distorted memories as you perceive them, it's possible Alrick wasn't as virtuous as Amelia remembered him. Amelia chose to only remember the good times, rather than the bad, as Tulip was remembering spending time with her parents. [[spoiler:We at least know that, according to Amelia when she suffers her HeelRealization, that Alrick wouldn't have liked the person she had become in her quest to restore him]].



* Jesse agreeing to [[spoiler:follow Grace to her hideout at the end of "The Lucky Cat Car"]]. Was he being ''that'' naive to trust such a person after seeing what they had just done? Or, considering MT's {{Jerkass}} behavior when they first met, was it a reasonable gamble based on believing this new person similar?

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* Jesse agreeing to [[spoiler:follow Grace to her hideout at the end of "The Lucky Cat Car"]]. Was he being ''that'' naive to trust such a person after seeing what they had just done? Or, considering MT's {{Jerkass}} behavior when they first met, was it a reasonable gamble based on believing this new person similar?similar? Could it have also been pure pragmatism? He points out that they don't really have a choice, unless they want to stay in the Lucky Cat Car for another month.



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** Speaking of which, would Grace's redemption be more different if she ''didn't'' bond with Hazel? What made Hazel so different than the other denizens/children of the Apex that made her bond?


* [[spoiler: Why did Ryan's exit disappear again? Was it really, as Ryan himself believes, because the train viewed him even considering leaving Min behind as him relapsing and decided he wasn't ready after all? Or did the decision itself cause such emotional turmoil within Ryan that his number went up, automatically causing his exit to be taken away again?]]

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* [[spoiler: Why did Ryan's exit disappear again? Was it really, as Ryan himself believes, because the train viewed him even considering leaving Min behind as him relapsing and decided he wasn't ready after all? Or did Did the decision itself cause such emotional turmoil within Ryan that his number went up, automatically causing his exit to be taken away again?]]again? Or is it just a side-effect of how his and Min-Giís numbers keep resetting to 202 whenever their emotional growth doesnít happen at the same time?]]


* The writers ''themselves'' [[https://art19.com/shows/writers-panel/episodes/322c8ca0-291e-429c-bef6-d55845cbe3cf admit to engaging in this]], not always being able to agree on the reasons why some characters do certain things. One of them points at [[spoiler:One-One's decision to let MT leave the train at the end of Book 2]] as a major example of this in the writer's room; was [[spoiler:One-One actually sympathetic to MT's plight and looking for any good excuse to help her out]] or [[spoiler:was he purely cold and calculating, only desiring a quick way to fix the train's problem and not caring at all about her situation?]]

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* The writers ''themselves'' [[https://art19.com/shows/writers-panel/episodes/322c8ca0-291e-429c-bef6-d55845cbe3cf admit to engaging in this]], not always being able to agree on the reasons why some characters do certain things. One of them points at [[spoiler:One-One's decision to let MT leave the train at the end of Book 2]] as a major example of this in the writer's room; was [[spoiler:One-One actually sympathetic to MT's plight and looking for any good excuse to help her out]] or [[spoiler:was he purely cold and calculating, only desiring a quick way to fix the train's problem and not caring at all about her situation?]]
situation?]] [[DeathOfTheAuthor For what it's worth]], the writer of the episode is firmly in the latter camp.



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* Grace as a character invokes this. [[spoiler:She has some messed-up ideas of the world and has the mistaken belief that causing trouble is the best way to get attention to be noticed. This contributes to her forming the Apex and encouraging everyone to get their numbers up, refusing to believe otherwise until Amelia bluntly tells her, Simon, and Hazel the truth. A hallucination of Hazel claims that Grace is actually scared of everything and covers it up by being a bullying KnowNothingKnowItAll. Grace also cries and agrees with this statement. It's unclear where she lies before her proper HeelFaceTurn]].



!!!Book 1
* Was Alrick trying to make Amelia laugh when showing off the robot distorted or was it foreplay for some sex? After all, he was asking about a robot learning about human emotions, and Amelia interrupts by proposing to him.
* [[spoiler:Amelia's vendetta against Tulip is irrational, namely about how Tulip escaped her own videotape of memories. Was she venting her frustration about how Tulip was doing better at dealing with her problems, or fearing that Tulip would restore One-One? The hints toward the former was her shock that Tulip gave up her door and chance of going home in favor of saving Atticus]].
* There are the implications that rather than One-One being Tulip's MoralityChain, she was ''their'' MoralityPet. [[spoiler:Given they were the Real Conductor, and shown to be a little callous in Book 4, Tulip inspired them to become more compassionate and understand the problems that a train passenger has]].




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* At the end of the season, [[spoiler:Simon is CryLaughing when he tosses Grace off the train to be wheeled and the numbers cover his whole body]]. Was it guilt over the fact that [[spoiler:he seemingly killed his best friend]]? Him LaughingMad over the fact that his cruelty won over Grace's change of heart? Noticeably, [[spoiler:he barely puts up a fight when the Ghom gets him, implying that he was DrivenToSuicide and had long-crossed the DespairEventHorizon]].


->''We like pedaling in a bit of the ambiguity. We like having that there. We don't want everything explained all the time. We generally have a rough idea of what it is in our heads. But I like it when it's like "No, '''you''' think about it. We had to think about it, now it's your turn."''

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->''We ->''"We like pedaling in a bit of the ambiguity. We like having that there. We don't want everything explained all the time. We generally have a rough idea of what it is in our heads. But I like it when it's like "No, 'No, '''you''' think about it. We had to think about it, now it's your turn."'''"''


-->-'''Owen Dennis'''

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-->-'''Owen -->--'''Owen Dennis'''



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* Toon Ruins did [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Iat3KvbMcA a video]] arguing that at least a large part of Amelia's grief and suicidal tendencies after Alrich's death was due to her living in a time when women could only have the sort of life Amelia wanted with the aid of a supportive husband and with his death she feared it was the end of her freedom and happiness, not just the loss of a spouse. Owen Dennis retweeted it with a note saying that this was in fact what they were going for.


* Why ''was'' the Docent unable to affect Kez the same way it affected Ryan and Min-Gi in "The Art Gallery Car"? Is it because she's not a passenger? As the Docent's powers are heavily implied to literally turn a person colder by making them act on their worst thoughts, is Kez simply too good a person to be influenced? Or does her NeverMyFault-attitude reach so far into her subconscious she's ''unable'' to be brought down by her doubts like Min-Gi and Ryan? Or, and this a way less charitable interpretation, was the Docent not able to turn Kez into her worst self because she is ''already'' her worst self?

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* Why ''was'' the Docent unable to affect Kez the same way it affected Ryan and Min-Gi in "The Art Gallery Car"? Is it because she's not a passenger? As the Docent's powers are heavily implied to literally turn a person colder by making them act on their worst thoughts, is Kez simply too good a person to be influenced? Or does her NeverMyFault-attitude reach so far into her subconscious she's ''unable'' to be brought down by her doubts like Min-Gi and Ryan? Or, and this is a way less charitable interpretation, was the Docent not able to turn Kez into her worst self because she is ''already'' her worst self?


* Why ''was'' the Docent unable to affect Kez the same way it affected Ryan and Min-Gi in "The Art Gallery Car"? Is it because she's not a passenger? As the Docent's powers are heavily implied to literally turn a person colder by making them act on their worst inner thoughts, is Kez simply too good a person to be influenced? Or does her NeverMyFault-attitude reach so far into her subconscious she's ''unable'' to be brought down by her doubts like Min-Gi and Ryan? Or, and this a way less charitable interpretation, was the Docent not able to turn Kez into her worst self because she is ''already'' her worst self?
* Why did Ryan's exit disappear again? Was it really, as Ryan himself believes, because the train viewed him even considering leaving Min behind as a relapse to his old habits and decided he wasn't ready after all? Or did the decision itself cause such doubt within Ryan that his number went up, automatically causing his exit to be taken away again?

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* Why ''was'' the Docent unable to affect Kez the same way it affected Ryan and Min-Gi in "The Art Gallery Car"? Is it because she's not a passenger? As the Docent's powers are heavily implied to literally turn a person colder by making them act on their worst inner thoughts, is Kez simply too good a person to be influenced? Or does her NeverMyFault-attitude reach so far into her subconscious she's ''unable'' to be brought down by her doubts like Min-Gi and Ryan? Or, and this a way less charitable interpretation, was the Docent not able to turn Kez into her worst self because she is ''already'' her worst self?
* [[spoiler: Why did Ryan's exit disappear again? Was it really, as Ryan himself believes, because the train viewed him even considering leaving Min behind as a relapse to his old habits him relapsing and decided he wasn't ready after all? Or did the decision itself cause such doubt emotional turmoil within Ryan that his number went up, automatically causing his exit to be taken away again?again?]]


* Who is most at fault with Simon? Was it Grace for how she told him that she was an expert on the Train and contributed to the idea of wheeling denizens? Was it The Cat for abandoning Simon to the Ghom and thus having him meet up with Grace? Or was it mostly on Simon himself for being unable to change his viewpoint no matter how many chances he had?

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* Who is most at fault with Simon? Was it Grace for how she told him that she was an expert on the Train and contributed to the idea of wheeling denizens? Was it The Cat for abandoning Simon to the Ghom and thus having him meet up with Grace? Or was it mostly on Simon himself for being unable to change his viewpoint no matter how many chances he had?had?

!!!Book 4
* Why ''was'' the Docent unable to affect Kez the same way it affected Ryan and Min-Gi in "The Art Gallery Car"? Is it because she's not a passenger? As the Docent's powers are heavily implied to literally turn a person colder by making them act on their worst inner thoughts, is Kez simply too good a person to be influenced? Or does her NeverMyFault-attitude reach so far into her subconscious she's ''unable'' to be brought down by her doubts like Min-Gi and Ryan? Or, and this a way less charitable interpretation, was the Docent not able to turn Kez into her worst self because she is ''already'' her worst self?
* Why did Ryan's exit disappear again? Was it really, as Ryan himself believes, because the train viewed him even considering leaving Min behind as a relapse to his old habits and decided he wasn't ready after all? Or did the decision itself cause such doubt within Ryan that his number went up, automatically causing his exit to be taken away again?

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