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Jessica Hyde is one of the main characters in the British television series Utopia, as well as its American remake.

On the run from The Network for as long as she can remember, Jessica is a recluse. Socially awkward with a directness that is disarming yet capable of manipulation and deception, she is a survivor and a fighter with grey morals who prioritizes self-preservation.

Her musical leitmotif is "Jessica Gets Off" and its Season 2 counterpart, "Fascinating Child."

Jessica's father is the creator of Janus and The Utopia Experiments, Philip Carvel. She was raised from the ages 4-10 by a man named Christos who taught her how to fight and survive. "Hyde" is not her birth name, but a name given to her by Christos.

In Prime Video's remake of Utopia, Jessica Hyde is the main character of the comic Dystopia and its conclusion, Utopia. It is said their her father was kidnapped and forced to create terrible viruses in order to ensure her survival. After learning that Utopia has been discovered, she seeks the comic in order to save her father, but discovers some horrible truths about her past.

Utopia (UK)[]

Season 1[]

Throughout the first series of Utopia (original British version), the question on everyone's lips is, "Where is Jessica Hyde?" Arby and Lee are searching for her (and the Utopia Part 2 manuscript) and killing everyone who gets in their way. They torture Wilson Wilson for information on her whereabouts before he has even met her and remove his eye in the process.

After Wilson, Becky, and Ian Johnson have congregated at Becky's house, Jessica arrives on their doorstep, telling them to come with her or else they will die. They are hesitant to follow her at first, but she convinces them that she is their best shot at survival.

She proceeds to break into homes, hijack vehicles, and commit armed robbery, acts that shock Ian and especially Becky. Becky and Jessica have a tense relationship from the very beginning; Becky is morally scandalized by the lengths Jessica will go to get the things they need as well as jealous that Jessica's favourite within the group is Ian, in whom Becky is romantically/sexually interested. Jessica takes Ian on reconnaissance missions separate from Becky and Wilson and teaches him how to steal cars, use guns, and conduct interrogations.

Jessica's primary motivation is her search for the Utopia manuscript, which she believes will help her get to know her father and learn about her history before she was taken away by Christos. After Grant Leetham is brought into the group, Jessica takes a special interest in him, because he was last in possession of the manuscript (having left it hidden in Alice Ward's bedroom.) Jessica is able to bond with Grant over his traumatic personal background, telling him, "some of us don't get to have childhoods." She takes him to a motel and gives him a goth makeover to avoid people recognizing him from the press, and then gets him drunk on vodka shots in order to extract the whereabouts of the manuscript.

He takes her to Alice's house and they retrieve the manuscript from under her bed. Before they can leave, Arby arrives with Alice, Alice's mother, and a woman from the police department. Jessica and Grant hide in the bathroom. Arby shoots the police department woman and Alice's mother and demands that Alice take him to the manuscript. She looks for it but can't find it. Grant, worried about Alice's safety, yells out that he has it. Jessica makes the decision to trade the manuscript for the children's lives, and Alice and Grant escape to safety. Jessica hands it over to Arby, who she is meeting for the first time, though unbeknownst to him she had already removed the pages that include the name of Mr. Rabbit and given them to Grant. Arby lets her go, appearing dazed at having finally met her in person. Before he leaves, he asks her what Philip Carvel was like. Jessica tells him that she doesn't know, and it's why she wanted the manuscript.

Jessica returns to the dilapidated mansion where the other fugitives are hiding out, but doesn't make her presence known. She corners Grant and tells him not to tell anyone that he has the selection of manuscript pages. She sees Ian and Becky having their "crisps and fanta" date through a window. Not long after, she corners Ian and puts a gun to his head, demanding that he calls Milner and leave a message saying that he is with Jessica Hyde. Before she lets him go, she kisses him on the mouth.

At some point after that, Jessica meets up with Arby and stays the night with him at an unknown location. She has a traumatic flashback dream to the night she saw Christos killed, and Arby asks her if she gets those dreams a lot. She comforts herself by clutching a specific stone. She then accompanies Arby to a roadside cafe. She wants him to take her to the manuscript, but he is reluctant and stalls. He tells her that it's good to meet her in person and describes himself as "a fan," introducing himself as Pietre. Pietre buys her food at the diner that she refuses to eat, calling it "slop" and saying that "only a dog would eat this shit." Following this, he takes her to a field with a tree in the centre. Upon seeing the tree, Jessica becomes distraught; it's the tree Christos was tied to while he was tortured and then killed. Pietre tells her that he was the one to kill Christos, when he was only 15 years old, and that despite torturing him Christos refused to give up any information about where Jessica was hidden. Pietre says, "I wanted you to know that you were loved. Because I wasn't," and urges her not to go looking for the manuscript, but says he will take her to it anyway, just not at the point of a gun. Jessica, emotionally raw, tells him that she doesn't need a gun to kill him.

Pietre takes her to an abandoned industrial building that used to be a Network laboratory and tells her that it's where he grew up. His bedroom is a one-room cell with cement walls and a cot. He shows her a stone that is the same kind as hers, and he tells her that Carvel gave it to him. He says that Carvel said that this rock is so old that it "gives you permission to do anything, because ultimately we're all just the blink of an eye." Jessica realizes the implications of this just before he admits that he is Carvel's son (and her brother) and that Carvel experimented on him as a child. She takes the manuscript even as he warns her not to find out what he did about their father, and leaves him in the burning building.

Jessica returns to the mansion with the manuscript in hand. She is frantic, demanding the pages that Grant hid; however, Grant was picked up by the police, and no one knows where the pages are. Jessica eventually finds them (with the help of Alice), and finds out that the name of Mr. Rabbit is "Letan." She enlists Wilson to use his hacking abilities to search the UK Government servers for mentions of the name Letan. They eventually find it mentioned in a footnote of a Defense Department meeting of the Committee of Genetic Discovery. She plans to find out who each of the men at the meeting were, so she can go and kill each of them to ensure that Mr. Rabbit is removed. Becky tells her to calm down and that she's not acting like herself, causing Jessica to lash out even more. Before she leaves for her killing rampage, Michael Dugdale identifies the Assistant in a group photograph of the men at the meeting, and so Jessica (with Wilson in tow) proceeds to the Corvadt building in order to kill him.

After they break in, Wilson turns on her, making his pro-Network allegiance clear. He pulls a gun on her but is distracted by the sudden arrival of Grant, and Jessica is able to knock him down. She reunites with Grant, who indicates that he has killed the Assistant, and she gives him a hug.

The two of them leave Wilson in the Corvadt building and return to the mansion, where Dugdale, Ian, and Becky have returned from burning down the warehouse containing the Russian flu vaccine. Believing that the dust is finally settling, Ian tells Jessica that in order for the Network to be truly finished, she must take the manuscript to Milner. She reluctantly acquiesces and brings the manuscript to Milner's office at MI5 headquarters. When Milner steps out for a few moments, Jessica notices that on her desk is the same stone that Carvel gave to both Jessica and Pietre. This is the final piece of the puzzle needed for Jessica to realize that Milner, rather than the Assistant, is the true Mr. Rabbit.

Jessica attempts to escape the building but is cornered on the roof. She burns the manuscript, an act that brings her to tears, but Milner reveals that they were never really after the manuscript, but instead Jessica herself. Milner shoots her in the leg before she can escape over the side of the building, and tells her, "[Carvel] called you his greatest achievement, and that's where he hid Janus." The Janus serum was injected into Jessica's bloodstream before Carvel was separated from her, making her its living host.

Season 2[]

Jessica is held captive by the Network in a cell inside a large glass pyramid structure in the middle of nowhere. They have been attempting (via torture and persuasion) to extract information from her on the nature of Carvel's last-minute adjustment to Janus, but she hasn't talked. She is under extreme high security, having brutally killed all of her previous interrogators. She is introduced to a new interrogator named Ross, who takes a gentler approach, engaging her in dialogues about her feelings towards her father and the fact that she can never have children, being presumably sterile. Over time, Jessica appears to thaw towards him. She also begins reading the Bible.

Eventually Jessica reveals her true plan: to get Ross to trust her enough that she can lure him into a death trap she has rigged up from the automatic mechanism built into her cage and a noose she crafted out of Bible pages. Though Jessica ends up being put back into her cage under even higher security, she keeps the spring she stole from the inside of Ross' pen, and keeps it on her body.

Utopia (US)[]

A young Jessica Hyde, as seen in the Utopia comic

"I need Utopia to find my dad. Save him."

- Jessica Hyde, explaining why the Utopia comic is important to her, "Just a Fanboy"

In the American remake, Jessica Hyde is portrayed by actress Sasha Lane. Her character is said be on a "spectrum" and cannot be described firmly as either a "hero" or a "villain." She has a very tough background, having faced challenges every day of her life, with every moment of her life being "fight or flight." She is now struggling to deal with being part of a group of people after having been isolated for most of her life. She begins to see something of herself in the character of Grant.[1] For her, there is a fundamental disconnect between her and the other members of the group at first, as she spent a good portion of her life living the events of the comic Dystopia, whereas the rest only sat at home in safety reading about them.

Seeking Utopia[]

Jessica Hyde pulls a gun on Ian

Jessica Hyde's life is turned upside-down when she learns that the manuscript for Utopia, the sequel to Dystopia, has been discovered and posted for sale at a comics convention called Fringecon. She travels to the convention and enters the room where the comic was being sold, which is plastered with various banners featuring her as she appears in the comic. She discovers that everyone in the room is either passed out or dead, but hears a rasping voice asking for her help. The voice is coming from Olivia, the fiancee of the man who discovered the comic, Ethan Lander. Hyde asks Olivia where Utopia is and Olivia asks her why she wants to know. Indicating the banner, she replies "Because I'm Jessica Hyde" and Olivia slumps, falling unconscious before dying of the poison she has been injected with.

Hyde takes Olivia's phone and on it receives a message from Becky Todd, saying that she has the money needed to buy Utopia. Based on a fake ID that she found, she sends a text back asking if Grant is there. Becky texts back, lying and saying that he is. They send her their address. When Hyde arrives at Wilson Wilson's house, where they're staying, she jumps down into an underground bunker, where she puts an axe into the head of Rod, an interrogator and assassin of the Harvest sent to seek out Utopia and kill anyone who may seen it. She then begins her own interrogation of Wilson, asking him where Utopia and Grant are. When he asks her why she wants to know, she tells him that she's Jessica Hyde. He chuckles insanely upon hearing this, but she chokes him and he gets serious, telling her that there's another assassin above who's looking for her.

The two of them beat a hasty retreat, driving away in Wilson's father's car. They encounter the rest of the group (also including Ian Ackerman and Samantha J.), who are returning from a donut run, and Wilson shouts at them to get in, that Utopia is real and it's Jessica Hyde driving. She takes them to safe house, one of many that she knows, and has them get rid of all their personal possessions and change their clothes to disguise themselves. She tells them that she grew up as depicted in the Dystopia comic that they're all fans of, that her father who was forced to create terrible viruses by Mr. Rabbit in exchange for her safety. She needs Utopia in order to find her father. Hearing this, the group sends another message to Grant, trying to get him to meet up with them. Ian calls it all insane, saying that there is no Jessica Hyde and that the comic is only a story. To counter this, Jessica Hyde reveals a starburst mark like the one seen on her the comic, but he argues that she could have given herself the mark. He says that he's going to the police, but she tells him to sit down and pulls out a gun, saying that she'd rather not waste a bullet. He shouts again that she isn't Jessica Hyde and starts to leave again, but Samantha pleads with him to listen to her and just do as Jessica says. Samantha keeps talking, promising that it will all be okay, and Hyde tells Ian that he needs to listen to her, not to Samantha. Ian finally sits down and Hyde turns the gun and shoots Samantha in the head. Ian shouts that she murdered her and she replies that one group can't have two leaders and she did the math. As Samantha bleeds out, she tells them that they're in a new world: hers.


Jessica Hyde and Artemis

Hyde tells the group that they have a funeral to go to: that of Olivia, the girl whose grandfather's house contained Utopia. She brings in Becky with her, but leaves behind Ian and Wilson, telling them that she'll kill Becky if they try to escape. Inside, the two chat up someone they think is a likely gossip and manage to get what they were looking for. The woman is a font of information, telling them that Olivia's grandfather got the comic while he was working at an asylum, a gift from a patient who was doing "art therapy." Becky even manages to con the address of the house out of the woman by claiming to be a follower of an old Dutch custom of leaving flowers at the home of the deceased. The two head back outside, where they discover that two more assassins from the Harvest are attacking Ian and Wilson. Hyde manages to swiftly dispatch them both and Hyde takes the wheel, pounding rubber away from the scene. They head straight to the house, where they discover an envelope labeled "River Park Asylum Art Therapy" and artwork inside which was clearly drawn by the same artist as that of Dystopia and Utopia and a photo of the artist, Jessica's father. The group gets on the road, and Wilson discovers a news report that the asylum burned down, a never-before-seen accelerant used in its destruction. "He got torched," Wilson realizes, and when they arrive back at the safe house, Hyde crawls into a cabinet and whimpers, shocked by the news of her father's apparent death.

Hyde finally emerges from the cabinet, telling the group that her father can't be dead. She tells them that she's going to find Artemis, that she's the only person in the world that she trusts. She orders Becky to come with her, but Ian volunteers to come instead and she agrees, warning Becky and Wilson that she'll kill him if they try to escape. Using a clue known to Hyde based on an old children's poem, the two of them make their way to an abandoned lot. There, Ian tells Hyde that he has to pee and she tells him to do it where she can see it. Annoyed, he shouts at her, saying that she murdered his friend and he's tired of it. He walks off to do is business, only for the lump he was about to pee to rise up, revealing a bedraggled woman who punches him to the ground. She draws back for another punch, but Hyde shouts "Artemis, stop!" The two of them hug and Hyde tells her that he Harvest faked his death, but she tells Hyde that this isn't so. She says that there's nowhere to go and her father is, in fact, dead. He created many viruses and one day one of his own viral creations ravaged his brain. He snapped and she put him in an insane asylum for safety. When Dystopia was released, she knew it could only have been made by her father and that Mr. Rabbit knew it too and she allowed him to burn down the asylum because she wanted his brain gone.

Shocked by Artemis's words, Hyde points a gun at Artemis's head and demands to know where Mr. Rabbit is. Artemis replies that he's at Home and that Hyde can find it in the pages of Utopia. She pulls out a bottle for a drink and Hyde comments that she broke easily. She replies that she's tired and can't keep running. Soon, the Harvest will find her and break her. She tells Hyde that she's ready and that she might struggle at first. So the two fight and Hyde strangles the life out of her. Artemis tells her with her last breath to burn down Home when she finds it. Hyde then cuts away Artemis's fingernails, revealing a string of number tattoos, a code.


The two dig a grave for Artemis and return to the house, where Ian tells Hyde that he doesn't think that her father's life was worth more than anyone else's and he considers Artemis a hero for stopping him before he could make even more viruses. She replies that Artemis still had to be killed, lest the Harvest find her. They then see Grant and Becky explains that the two of them found Artemis, while they found Grant. Hyde and Grant end up in a standoff over Utopia, one that results in her getting physical with him. She eventually talks him into letting her see Utopia and the group begins studying the comic. They discover a clue in a picture of a clock - the same numbers that Hyde discovered as tattoos underneath Artemis's fingernails. Wilson realizes that the numbers are a phone number with a Chicago area code. They dial the number and speak with a woman who identifies herself as Agent Katherine Milner of the Department of Homeland Security. Milner claims not to know either Hyde's name or Artemis's name, but says her cosplay name is "Enyo" and hangs up. As soon as she does, a recording beings with directions to an address and a warning for Hyde to leave immediately, the way Artemis taught her.

Hyde burns away the traces of the group's presence at the house and they then make their way to the address. Not trusting Milner, Hyde sends in Ian and Becky into the location, an abandoned Toys R Us store, instead. They manage to get some information out of Milner about Mr. Rabbit and Home, but fail to enlist her cooperation, as they do not offer her concrete proof that they either have Utopia or know Jessica Hyde. They return to Hyde, telling her what they know, and Wilson asks her what she remembers about Home. She says that she was only about 6 or 7 when she moved there and that people were always bringing presents in and out, but it was important she not open any of them. She remembers a man bringing her cookies and they recall that Dystopia ends with Mr. Rabbit bringing her cookies. They then see an image sketched by Samantha of something seen in a page from Utopia, something they haven't seen, and realize that they don't have all of the comic.


A photo could provide a clue to Mr. Rabbit's identity

Grant explains that he left the rest of Utopia with a friend named Alice. Hyde demands that he tell her where Alice lives, but he replies that he can't. He explains that he doesn't know street names, that he would have to show them the way relying on his memory. A news report comes on and in it, Grant is reported as being wanted for supposedly being the youngest mass shooter in American history. Hyde realizes that this a ploy by the Harvest to flush him out and that things are getting dangerous. She then has to damage control when the others log into a computer and realize that their families have all suffered terrible fates, with the exception of Becky, who has no family for them to use against her. She tells Grant that there's no way he can come with her now that he's a "mass-murderer," but he insists that it doesn't work that way and he has to see stuff to remember it. She threatens him with torture, asking if it will spark his memory, but ultimately is left with no choice but let him come with. She tells him to just keep his head down and look entitled. Using this tactic, they successfully arrive at Alice's house, where the assassin has already arrived. He has killed Alice's mother, Kim, and claimed the pages of Utopia. Hyde enters the house and they fight. He overwhelms her and points two guns at her, telling her he'll always win, but that he doesn't want to take either her or Utopia to the Harvest anymore. He's seen Utopia and he thinks it's a very bad idea for her to look at it. She replies that she doesn't care and he leaves the pages on the home's kitchen table, warning her that she's going to want to eat afterwards. He leaves, telling her that if she ever needs him, she can find him back Home.

Back at the latest safe house, Jessica Hyde reads over the pages of Utopia and is seriously disturbed by them. She returns to the group, telling them that it's more puzzles and she doesn't like it because she herself is a puzzle. Wilson tells her that they're good puzzle-solvers and begins working out clues, only for Hyde, Grant and Alice to all fall asleep. They continue their work and transport to another safe house, Jessica Hyde telling them that Artemis said it was best to always keep moving. Alice cries about the loss of her mother and tries to escape the house, only for Hyde to handcuff her to a bed. The group connects what they find in the comic to reports of a deadly flu that's been rampaging the country, distinguished by its T-shaped rash on the forehead. They realize that there's a man on television who's been pushing for the release of a vaccine, Michael Stearns, and that Stearns is depicted in the photo of Hyde's father at the insane asylum. They decide that Stearns must be Mr. Rabbit. Hyde looks online, finding Stearns's address, so they decide to pay him a visit.

The Stearns revelations[]

The group arrives at Stearns's place and Hyde points a gun at Stearns's head and demands he talk to her. The group pats him down and finds nothing suspicious and no tattoos that would indicate he's Mr. Rabbit. She asks him why he was in an asylum and he directs Hyde's attention to his wife, telling her that she just revealed to him that she's a secret agent who said that her marriage to him was her "purpose." Hyde turns her interrogation to Colleen, asking if it's all true. She cuts Colleen and when Colleen doesn't scream, she realizes that Collen is, in fact, with the Harvest, as someone who was "just a housewife" would scream. The two of them then begin an intense fight, which seemingly ends when Colleen pins Hyde to the ground behind a counter. Then, to everyone's shock and surprise, Alice shoots and kills Colleen. Colleen collapses, dead, and Hyde rises. She then resumes the interrogation and torture of Stearns, still not convinced that he isn't with the Harvest as well. She finally stops when he reveals an important nugget of information: that he's cracked a part of conspiracy by figuring out that the flu is being spread via a traveling petting zoo.

Based on this information, the group travels to the zoo. They torch the place and claim a single rabbit for Stearns to test. On the way to his lab, Hyde is bitten by the rabbit. While the group waits for Stearns to run his test, Becky Todd steps out to try to get some food from a vending machine. Hyde takes the moment to ask her why she wouldn't just want to die, given the Diels syndrome condition that she suffers. Becky replies that if you're alive, you have a chance to make things better, but it's over if you're dead. She tells Hyde that something could good could come, but Hyde replies that nothing good has come for her so far. She tells Becky that it's hard for her to be alive and she sometimes wonders if it's worth the trouble. Becky tells her that sometimes life is just nice and small, and those are the best times. The two share a quiet, happy moment together eating candy. Back in the lab, Stearns announces that whatever the virus in the rabbits is that's killing children, it's not his flu. Hearing this, Jessica Hyde shoots the rabbit, saying that Kevin Christie is Mr. Rabbit. Wilson says that Mr. Rabbit's point can't be simply money, that there has to be something in the vaccine that is killing children. As they don't have any leads, Becky suggests that they turn to the Blue Fairy of the Utopia comics, Katherine Milner.

They visit Milner and Hyde points a gun at her neck, asking how it is that she knew her father. Milner explains that she and Hyde's father were partners in Homeland's biological crime unit. He had no idea how to take care of Hyde and by the time Homeland first tumbled onto Mr. Rabbit, he had already gotten a hold of Hyde's father. She says he left behind only Jessica Hyde's old blanket and she's been searching for her ever since. They plead with her to help them, but she refuses, telling them they're offering only a paranoid hunch. Annoyed, they tell her they'll do it themselves. Back at Stearn's place, Hyde covers up Colleen's body and announces they need to get going. Just then, there is a ring at the doorbell. "Do we answer? asks Wilson. Hyde goes to the door, looks through the peephole and opens it, revealing a heavily duct-taped Kevin Christie and Arby, now going by "John," standing around the corner.

Stay Alive, Jessica Hyde[]

A pattern of scars on Jessica Hyde's back

"Thanks to you, humans will be immune from acting with vanity, pettiness, greed, cruelty. You're such a shitty little thing, Jessica. But you carry the future on your back. Just waiting to be harvested."
—Katherine Milner to Jessica Hyde, "Stay Alive, Jessica Hyde"

Jessica Hyde removes the duct-tape from Christie's head and mouth. "Jessica Hyde. Finally," he declares. He asks her if she remembers him, saying that he used to give her cookies. He tells the group he wants to thank for coming and Hyde asks Stearns if he minds Christie bleeding on his floor. "Go ahead," replies Stearns and Wilson lays out salt, bleach and a spoon, the same torture tools that were used on him. Christie keeps talking and Hyde exposes a tattoo of a Chinese symbol, revealing that he is indeed, Mr. Rabbit. He talks and talks, revealing that is plan is not one of mass-murder, but rather something else: the supposed vaccine instead contains a compound which will sterilize people. His plan, the Undoing, intends to stop human reproduction for three generations, in order to solve the other problems of the world which are the result of overpopulation: climate change, food and water shortages, etc. Hearing this, they all vow to stop him. Hyde asks him how they get inside his facility and he replies that there's no point, that they'll all just die. Finally, he tells them they'll need his thumb and, to his surprise, Becky chops it off immediately.

Hyde remains behind, telling the group that they're ready, that they can do it without her. Wilson Wilson remains behind too, hoping to extract a confession from Christie to be aired to the public. After they leave, Hyde meets with John, who has been busy killing other agents that the Harvest has sent to try to retrieve Christie. She pulls out a gun, but he tells her not to be afraid, that he was born to help her. He pulls out a page of Utopia and tells her that he's her brother. She asks him to take her Home. He asks if she's sure and she replies that she is. He agrees, but says that she's not well. "Stay alive, Jessica Hyde," he tells her. As they travel, they hear a radio bulletin saying that "terrorists" attacked Christie Labs and got everything. Hyde realizes that this means that her friends succeeded and tells John that they did good.

The two arrive Home and Hyde observes all of the children that are playing there. John comments that children can be useful, that they can go places that grown-ups can't. He tells Hyde that he wishes he wasn't the way he is and she tell him it doesn't have to be that way. They arrive at her old childhood house, which he explains they kept as it was, just in case. Two white rabbits graze outside and she enters the house, which is still fully furnished and contains her old childhood toys. She wanders upstairs, tosses the pages of Utopia onto the bed and then collapses onto it. Behind her, somebody approaches a phonograph and puts on a record, which begins playing "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star." The woman tells her blood is slowly saving her and to be grateful when the next part begins. "Is Homeland here?" asks Hyde, recognizing the voice of Katherine Milner. "I'm not Homeland, I'm Home," replies Milner, revealing a tattoo of a Chinese symbol like Christie's.

Hyde jolts upright and reaches for her gun, but finds it gone. She asks about Christie and Milner tells her that they parted ways, that they have different ideas of what Utopia is. Hyde then grabs the pages of Utopia and tosses them out the window, but Milner tells her that she never wanted Utopia, that it was only bait to bring Jessica Home. "Come Home," she tells her, saying that they're not just going to save the world, but rebirth it. She tells Hyde that she and Hyde's father had a vision, that they would create a Utopia in which people would behave and act correctly, freed from their biological shortcomings and impulses. She rips open Hyde's clothing to reveal a pattern of bright red scars in various shapes on her back, saying that the future is on her back, waiting to be harvested. Hyde passes out and Milner settles her back into the bed, draping her in her old childhood blanket with a pattern of stars that matches the scars on her back. As the lights in the house go out, John, watching from outside, again comments "Stay alive, Jessica Hyde." Milner then walks down the stairs and into the house's basement, where a man sits drawing a page of a comic in the style of Dystopia and Utopia. Upstairs, Hyde lies in the bed, the T-shaped rash of the virus on her forehead. "I have your daughter," Milner tells the man, and upstairs, Hyde's eyes snap open with a start.


Jessica Hyde and Tallman

In a deleted scene from "Talking Hurts," Becky meets with a man named Tallman who offers her a supply of pills to treat her Diels syndrome in exchange for the Utopia comic. She rejects the offer, but he pursues her in a car chase, which is ended abruptly when Hyde crashes into his car, causing him to spin out. She then removes him, badly injured, from the car, demanding to know what he was meeting Becky about. He tells her that he had offered her a deal for Utopia. She asks him if he accepted it and he replies that she didn't, even though it was a fair deal. She asks him if it was Mr. Rabbit who sent him and he chuckles, realizing just who she is. She then shoots him in the head and tells Becky to get back in the car.


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