Kevin’s disturbing death on Snowpiercer was swept under the rug by Mr. Wilford, but the truth coming out could curtail his plans to take the train.
Mr. Wilford (Sean Bean) killing Kevin McMahon (Tom Lipinski) could have been the fatal mistake that will lead to his downfall when he tries to take the train in Snowpiercer. As TNT’s post-apocalyptic series speeds into the midpoint of Snowpiercer season 2, things are looking up for Wilford; his hated rival, Melanie Cavill (Jennifer Connelly), is off the train, and Wilford’s position against Andre Layton (Daveed Diggs) is looking stronger. But what Wilford did to Kevin – or rather, what he coaxed Kevin to do to himself – may come back to haunt him.
Kevin appears to be a victim of his unwavering (and perhaps irrational) devotion to his Messiah, Mr. Wilford, but his death could have serious consequences. As Ruth Wardell (Alison Wright), told Layton, who was dismissive of McMahon’s importance in the grand scheme of things, Kevin “is a bigger chip” than he realizes. Ruth isn’t just advocating for a fellow Head of Hospitality on a Wilford train because she has a good point: Hospitality performs numerous crucial functions and one of the most important is acquiring and keeping information on every passenger. To Layton, who doesn’t have a healthy respect for Hospitality’s vital role on Snowpiercer, Kevin was a minor cog. But he was Ruth’s (and before her, Melanie’s) equivalent on Big Alice, and he was as closer to Mr. Wilford for the last seven years than anyone except Melanie’s daughter, Alexandra Cavill (Rowan Blanchard).
Ruth has certainly noticed that Kevin is no longer performing Big Alice’s Hospitality functions since she expects her counterpart at the border to perform the trains’ diplomatic duties, and instead, Wilford’s security chief, Sykes (Chelsea Harris) has been doing Kevin’s job. When Ruth asked about Kevin’s whereabouts, she was told that he “fell ill”. Ruth is certainly no fool, and she suspects something is amiss, but she doesn’t have the resources or contacts within Big Alice to learn the truth about what happened to Kevin.