‘Interview With The Vampire’ Season 2 Episode 3 Recap & Ending Explained: Who Is Raglan James?

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A spasmodic love triangle spanning centuries or maybe even a polyamorous tryst acknowledged in silence. How does it feel, as fans of this daringly intense show, to be the only few who’d ever understand what I’ve just said, and how something like that could exist? It’s an odd privilege for us—not for Daniel, mind you—to hear this unreliable tale from the mouths of poetic undead orators. In Interview With the Vampire episode 3, the story has reached the point where Armand’s efforts to make himself appear benign are evident. And I hope Daniel’s paying attention.

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How did Armand and Lestat meet?

So, I guess everyone everywhere, at some point in their life, has been in love with Lestat de Lioncourt? From what Armand describes of his 15th-century existence, it seems the real gift of vampirism had eluded him before Lestat walked into Paris. In charge of Paris’ decrepit coven, terrified of Satan and God’s anger alike, Armand was a slave to the medieval laws for vampires and the five commandments for the damned. It was Lestat who crushed their fear. And instead of taming him, Armand reveled in the freedom he brought with him. Lestat’s fearless defiance of the Great Laws was something Armand had been waiting for for half a century. Before he delivered the Paris coven from their self-imposed misery born from imaginary fears at Théâtre des Vampires, Lestat was the only vampire living his murderous truth on stage. Now, since this version of the story is from Armand himself, who’d obviously say things that align with Louis’ version of Lestat, there’s no telling how contaminated it is with lies. But there’s got to be some truth in the story of Lestat’s mortal lover, Nicky, who was then turned by him, of course. And there’s an odd repetition of how Lestat relishes tormenting his lovers. Because apparently, Lestat and Armand first came close in the roomy box as Nicky’s violin cried out his pain. Never tell a narcissist you’re in love with him. Wise words, Daniel. But while Lestat left Armand with a broken heart, he paid for the coven’s cover as a theater troupe in perpetuity. So, at least Armand can say that he wasn’t left high and dry. 


Why does Louis reveal the truth to Armand?

Claudia was a curious yet respectful underling. She was just as fascinated by how the dead were disposed of underground as she was by Santiago’s magnificence on stage. So, she did all of it with the utmost devotion to everything the coven stood for. These creatures of the night were, after all, her only shot at having something like a family. So, as she waited for the day of her ceremonial integration into the coven, Claudia and Louis went over their lies and filled in the gaps in them with more lies. Bruce now had a whole story to tell himself. But Santiago’s mastery of the art of deception was what made him the best on stage. And Claudia’s lies were feeble against his experience as a professional, almost spiritual liar. Lies made up the miles that were in between Louis and Armand, too. Lestat’s ghostly presence was a constant companion on their stroll on the riverbank. And while coming clean about his feelings toward Armand came easy to Louis, his thoughts got a bit shaky when he realized that Armand could get a whiff of Lestat from his thoughts. But how long could he have hidden it anyway? So after a vibrant debate over the levels of evil at a Parisian Cafe, with Jean-Paul Sartre adding his two cents, Louis broke down and spilled it all. Lestat’s murder was out in the open. If there’s anything at all I believe about Armand’s narration, it’s the fact that he’d known about Lestat and Louis all along. 


Who is Raglan James?

So there’s this sharply dressed individual who breaks the silence when Daniel is busy making peace with his food that was wiggling a second ago. Couldn’t let a Michelin fish go to waste now, could he? The man who calls himself Raglan James seems to be a secret agent type with a keen interest in the vampires Daniel is interviewing. In his cryptic attempts at getting Daniel to be a mole, Raglan communicates his fear about “The Great Conversion” becoming dangerously real. Apparently, the number of vampires “they” were following has almost doubled in 6 months. Daniel’s obviously put off by Raglan’s claims that he’s hacked into his laptop and stuffed encrypted information in there. But he’s looking in all the wrong places as he wonders which agency employs Raglan. I think it’s still going to be a while before Interview With the Vampire lets us in on the secret. So I’ll just tell you what I think is going on. In Anne Rice’s Immortal Universe, there’s this organization, Talamasca, that’s like the CIA for supernatural beings. They keep a check on the witches and vampires, and they were active players in Mayfair Witches, the other AMC show also based on Anne’s works. So how about we let Daniel wonder if Raglan is MI6 as he freaks out at the invasive pop-ups on his laptop? As of now, there doesn’t seem to be any harm in assuming that Raglan’s a psychic from Talamasca. And if that’s the case, Daniel’s interview is about to get a lot more interesting. 


Why does Armand let Louis live?

In Paris, a volatile cocktail of grief, regret, and PTSD was running through Louis’ veins. No matter how hard he tried to mask the turbulence that was brewing within, it was only a matter of time before sanity lost its grip on him. It’s rather poetic how, right after debating that evil is just a sin away and there’s nothing lesser or bigger about the levels of evil that can be achieved, Louis gives in to his most primal instincts. Even after his death, Lestat is all around him. And knowing just how much trouble he and Claudia can get into pushes him over the edge. Louis’ schizophrenic delirium makes him see Lestat as an unfortunate passerby. And a moment later, Louis cracks the poor guy’s skull open. 

If Louis hadn’t killed the man in the park and left his body out in the open, Armand perhaps would’ve found it easier to protect him from his “children.” But word travels, and a murder like that might bring unwanted attention to the coven. The thing is, allowing themselves the hedonistic gifts of death doesn’t mean the coven’s letting go of the Great Laws. As we know from Santiago’s chat with Claudia, Armand’s been rather unforgiving to those who broke it, including the vampire who turned Santiago. And as a morbid reminder of the punishment for breaking the Great Laws, the coven holds on to the corpses of the heretics. Armand’s in a bit of a pickle with the coven’s demand that he take care of Louis, the feral vampire who’s caused more than his fair share of trouble. In the ending sequence, as the ceremony welcomes an ecstatic Claudia into the coven and Santiago reads the Great Laws to the youngling, the trembling realization that she and Louis have broken them all eclipses her joy of finding her “home.” I mean, Claudia’s very existence breaks more than half of the laws the coven lives by. But her punishment will be something worse than death. It will be a play they’ve designed specifically around the character of a little girl. And guess who’ll be stuck wearing a frock and feigning adolescence on stage for 50 years to come? Claudia already struggles with the fact that she’s stuck in a teen’s body. And now that’s how she’ll always be perceived by the coven.

At the end of Interview With the Vampire episode 3, we find an all-powerful Armand weakened by love. He was supposed to kill Louis. And that would’ve taken him seconds, given that he’s an ancient vampire with telekinetic and pyrokinetic powers. And did I tell you he can also stop time? What makes Armand break the law he’s supposed to enforce is more than just his love for Louis. It’s also their grim experience with love for that one man who’s never stopped haunting them. There’s a Lestat-shaped hole in both of their hearts. And by sparing Louis’ life, Armand is giving love another chance with the vampire, who bears the same wounds as his. I don’t think Santiago and the rest of the coven would take kindly to this selfish rejection of traditions. 


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Lopamudra Mukherjee
Lopamudra Mukherjee
In cinema, Lopamudra finds answers to some fundamental questions of life. And since jotting things down always makes overthinking more fun, writing is her way to give this madness a meaning.

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