Sep. 14, 2003
60 min.
HBO TV Network

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Into each generation is born a creature of light and a creature of darkness... Carnivàl is set in the United States during the Great Depression. In tracing the lives of two disparate groups of people, its overarching story depicts the battle between good and evil and the struggle between free will and destiny; the storyline mixes Christian theology with gnosticism and Masonic lore.

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Clea DuVall (born September 25, 1977) in Los Angeles. DuVall's teenage years presented her with many ...

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Occupation: Fortune teller, housemaid

Personality type: blunt, reckless

Signature style: brown hair cut in a bob, freckles

Seen by others as: smart, troublesome

Weaknesses: anxious, rebellious

Strengths: stubborn, clairvoyant

Sofie backstory: Sofie's mother, Apollonia, ended up in a catatonic state not long after she was born. She's acted as her caretaker in the years since.

Apollonia and Sofie Agnesh Bojakshiya are fortunetellers in a mother-daughter act at the carnival. Although Apollonia is catatonic, she and Sofie can communicate telepathically. Their original biographies declare Apollonia a "once renowned seer who read cards for the rich and famous" and "the only psychic Houdini was unable to debunk." A series of seizures during Sofie's birth in 1913 was given as reason for Apollonia's state. Apollonia's sister cared for her until Sofie was old enough to take over, and they began working the traveling circuits shortly afterwards.[38] It remains unknown until late in season 2 Sofie is the Omega, although the character's importance for the show's mythology is suggested much earlier. When the series starts with Ben joining the carnival, Apollonia can no longer shield Sofie from her own true self. Sofie begins to evade and rebel against her mother's mental control, but Apollonia counters by first trying to drive Sofie to suicide, then by attempting to kill her in a trailer fire at the end of the first season. Jonesy rescues Sofie, but Apollonia dies. Nevertheless, season 2 shows Apollonia repeatedly appearing to Sofie and snake charmer Ruthie. Sofie tries to leave her fortuneteller life behind by becoming a roustabout. After a short-lived relationship with Ben, Sofie leaves the carnival altogether and becomes the Crowes' maid in California. Brother Justin introduces her to the world of religion, but several signs suggest the preacher is not the good man Sofie thought. After berating Brother Justin in the final episode, Sofie is locked in a barn where visions insinuate her as the Omega and Brother Justin as her father. She later shoots Jonesy, and her eyes have taken on the coal black appearance of Brother Justin's eyes. The final minutes of the series show Sofie finding Brother Justin dead in a cornfield. She lays her hands on his chest, and the corn around them dies.

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01x05 - Babylon
Season 1, Episode 05
02x06 - The Road to Damascus
Season 2, Episode 06
01x06 - Pick a Number
Season 1, Episode 06
01x08 - Lonnigan, Texas
Season 1, Episode 08
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