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Is there any way Mama Pope can be as bad as she seems?
Given that we got a complete reversal on Eli's character this year (he's the Big Bad! Oh, wait, he's not), I have to think Marie/Maya/whoever she is has a sympathetic underpinning and a twisty backstory, too. She's clearly devoted to Olivia (if the chewing through her wrists thing didn't convince you, just remember those sweet flashbacks between Mom and a grumpy, adolescent Olivia). So, she can't be all bad, right? Right? Okay, she did have a plane with 329 innocent people inside of it shot down for no apparent reason, but she has a mushy marshmallow center? Sigh. Look, it's fine if she's all bad -- just as long as there's a reason to keep giving scenes to Khandi Alexander.