4 Unanswered Questions From the 'Snowpiercer' Season 3 Premiere

Snowpiercer Season 3 premiered on Monday, January 24 on TNT, and on Netflix the next day, and it left a number of unanswered questions in its wake.

The sci-fi show featured several dramatic turns over the course of its first episode, including Andre Layton (Daveed Diggs) finding a mysterious survivor and Mr Wilford (Sean Bean) continuing his quest to catch up with Layton and his crew's pirate train.

Here are all the questions raised in the first episode, and what they could mean for the future of the show.

1. What Does Layton's Vision Mean?

In the premiere episode, titled "The Tortoise and the Hare", Layton and Josie (Katie McGuinness) head out into the frozen wasteland to save Bennett (Iddo Goldberg) when he gets trapped in an underground nuclear facility in North Korea.

Layton manages to get Bennett out, and while he waits for Josie to return to also retrieve him from the bunker he notices an ominous red light.

When he investigates he is attacked by Asha (Archie Panjabi) and fights her off, but although he does so his suit loses power and he loses consciousness, and in his confused state he has a vision of a tree in a desert landscape.

If the Season 3 title sequence is to be believed, the tree is based in Africa so it could represent a New Eden where Layton will lead survivors.

The vision appears to be a sign that a habitable location is somewhere on Earth, despite the pirate train crew being unable to find one using Melanie's (Jennifer Connelly) data in the six months between the events of Season 2 and 3.

Layton has the vision once again when he returns to the pirate train with Asha, which suggests that it is more than just a hallucination and could be a premonition of what's to come in Season 3.

2. How Did Asha Survive on Earth?

Asha is supposedly the last survivor on Earth who managed to remain alive despite the freezing temperatures and harsh environment.

In his brief visit to the nuclear facility where Asha was living Layton saw her small living quarters, suggesting she managed to survive by remaining underground where the temperatures would not have been as low as they are on the surface

When she attacked Layton she was also wearing a hazmat suit, which appeared to have also been protecting her.

So far, Asha has only made a brief appearance in Season 3 so it is likely she will reveal later on how, exactly, she survived for seven years on her own.

3. What is Mr Wilford Doing to Zara's Unborn Baby?

On the Snowpiercer and Big Alice train, Mr Wilford is seen watching as one of the Headwoods examines Zarah Ferami's (Sheila Vand) unborn baby.

It quickly becomes clear this isn't a normal ultrasound check-up, though, because not only has Zarah been rendered unconscious but the Headwood is also seen injecting her unborn baby with a large syringe.

It is currently unclear what Zarah's baby has been injected with without her knowledge, but it can't be good if she's completely unaware of it.

4. Is Melanie Actually Alive?

In the Season 2 finale Layton and Melanie's daughter Alex (Rowan Blanchard) discovered the research station that Melanie was using after leaving Snowpiercer.

At the station, Melanie left data showing areas where the Earth was warming up which could be potential recolonization points for the planet's last survivors.

In a final message Melanie revealed she sacrificed herself by walking into the Freeze to preserve the power left in the research station, ensuring they could find her data and use it to save humanity.

Melanie is, supposedly, dead after making this sacrifice. However, Connelly remains on the show's promotional material and also appeared briefly in the trailer.

Whether this means Melanie somehow survived being out in the Freeze is yet to be seen.

Snowpiercer Season 3 airs weekly every Monday on TNT in the U.S., and it is available globally the next day on Netflix.

Snowpiercer Season 3
Sean Bean as Mr Wilford in "Snowpiercer" Season 3 Episode 1, in which he watches as Zarah Ferami's (Sheila Vand) unborn baby is injected with something mysterious. David Bukach/TNT