Death's Cleansing Embrace
We find Ty as we left him, with Eva's lifeless body, though he's soon aware that he's not alone in the house. Agnetha is there, and she freely admits that she killed Eva because "someone had to." What is Ty going to do about this situation? Will he call the police on her ... or help her with the cover-up?
And so Ty gets drawn into Agnetha's perfect murder plan. He and his mother plant evidence that paints a picture of Eva as a disturbed young woman who got drunk and stoned and then hopped in her car and sped off into the night. Her body is put in the trunk of Eva's car, which Agnetha drives to secluded spot in the Waitakeres. Ty follows in Agnetha's car and together they complete the scenario: Under the influence of drugs and alcohol, Eva drove out here to kill herself ... then walked into the bush, fell, hit her head and succumbed to hypothermia. RIP Eva.
Agnetha and Ty return to the city, where they part company with Agnetha telling Ty they should not contact each other for a while. With that he goes about his business for the day, making sure those around him know that he is worried about Eva, who seems to have taken off. Eventually the police come calling to Ty's place to tell him they have found a body ... though the unfortunate thing for Ty is that Colin is with him at this very moment.
And Colin is not fooled, not for a second. He doesn't buy the stories of Eva's death and swears that Ty will pay for what he has done with a much more graphic death of his own.
As news of Eva's death does the rounds, there are others who also have cause for doubt. Dawn can't help but feel this is a little bit too much like her own near-death hypothermic experiences with Ty, while Mike knows his brother well and gets the feeling he's not being told the truth.
However, as predicted by Agnetha, the police declare that Eva's death was either suicide or a case of death by misadventure. The Johnson boys dutifully turn out for the funeral, but when Ty returns home there is yet another surprise waiting for him in the ice-carving room: Eva's body, laid out on the table. Colin has brought it there in preparation for a proper funeral with a funeral pyre, as befits a Norse Goddess - and he suggests that Ty might want to think about joining his wife in "death's cleaning embrace."
Meanwhile, Mike goes to Agnetha to tell her that he knows what she did and to stay away from Ty. Agnetha is unrepentant – Mike was too cowardly to act on his brother's behalf, so she did the dirty deed to do them all a favor. Mike does not buy this for a moment – she abandoned them, so his family is his responsibility and she needs to get lost.
And so to Eva's funeral ceremony, where Olaf worries about Ty after Ty has asked him about the separation of the God spirit from mortal body. Stacey is worried, too, upon hearing a rumor that handmaidens are often cast onto the pyre ... so when Colin asks for a volunteer to accompany Hel on her journey to the heavens, Stacey takes off. But Ty does not move as he watches Eva burn, prompting Colin to let him know that, in no uncertain terms, he will be coming after him.