Blair’s hand reveal isn’t the only time we encounter the theme of missing fingers. In the same episode, Peter Prior finds his son, Darwin’s, drawing of a monstrous blue female figure with severed fingers. According to Prior’s wife, Kayla, the drawing depicts a “local legend,” which Issa López has confirmed to be Sedna — a sea spirit or goddess who, according to the tale, was thrown into the sea by her own father. In some tellings, he also cut off his daughter’s fingers at the joints, after she tried to climb back into the boat.
This, alongside the numerous instances of characters hearing or saying the phrase, “She’s awake” throughout “Night Country,” hints at some sort of similarly god-like female entity potentially responsible for the ongoing troubles in Ennis. Or perhaps, as the more grounded theories posit, it’s a hint that the person responsible for the Tsalal scientists’ horrific “corpsicle” deaths is a real-world manifestation of a Sedna-like spirit, wreaking female vengeance upon the isolated land plagued by domestic violence and innumerable social issues. Which, as it happens, would tie in quite nicely with the idea that Blair has something to do with it all.
This idea is bolstered in episode two, when Liz Danvers revisits the Blue King crab processing plant to question Bee — the lady who hit Blair’s ex-boyfriend with a bucket. Danvers shows the former Tsalal cleaner the spiral symbol found on the forehead of one of the deceased scientists, but Bee denies any knowledge of it. She then asks Blair if she recognizes the symbol. Blair says “no” but looks visibly shaken and abruptly leaves. Which makes her appearance in episode five, just as the spiral symbol is being explained, seem more than a coincidence.