WARNING: The following contains spoilers for the Harley Quinn Season 2, Episode 4, “Thawing Hearts,” now streaming on DC Universe.
Season 2 of Harley Quinn hasn’t been the best for the villains who opposed Joker’s ex and left her out the big plans for the new New Gotham and its criminal empire. Undeterred, however, Harley struck back at the Injustice League by killing Penguin, and also, taking Riddler down at his university.
Now, courtesy of “Thawing Hearts,” another villain bites the dust, and its the coldest one in the series: Mr. Freeze. However, while Penguin met a violent end, Freeze exits on much more tragic and heartbreaking note which actually leaves viewers feeling sympathy.
Harley, after stealing Firefly’s flame thrower from Doctor Trap’s museum, infiltrates Freeze’s ice-lair only to be outsmarted with her dimwitted crew. Freeze takes her, Dr. Psycho, Clayface and King Shark as prisoners, revealing he only entered into crime to raise money to cure Nora’s rare blood disease. Now, though, he’s ready to move on from the lab mice phase with human test subjects. This is where Harley comes into play, as she’ll be the perfect person to experiment on.
However, rather than be a guinea pig, Harley beckons Freeze to work with Poison Ivy, whose knowledge of biology could be what Freeze has been missing. Harley was honestly just throwing out a Hail Mary, but it turns out to be a life-saving move as Ivy can actually cure Nora’s rare blood disease. Freeze is ecstatic as Kite Man brings over the special flower Ivy needs for the job, but there’s a big catch when she concocts the cure in the lab.
Ivy has to inject it into someone’s bloodstream, making them a viable donor. The problem is when this transfusion has occurred, the donor will die. Harley and Co. freak out as they think Freeze will now force one of them to be the sacrificial lamb, but he actually has honor. Without hesitation, he offers himself up as Nora is his true love, his one and only, and to him, he was destined to save her life after placing her in cryogenic stasis.
It’s bittersweet watching the process take place, and as Nora awakens and tries to reach out to hold the love of her life’s hand one last time, Freeze passes away. It’s a very heartbreaking wrap to this story because we do emotionally connect to and understand Freeze’s purpose. He may have been a criminal but his cause was selfless, which makes Team Harley tear up at the endearment and death they witness.
However, there’s a chance Freeze could return at some point, because we don’t know if his suit and genetics could somehow lead to him being revived down the line. As Nora orders everyone out to stay with the dead body, it’s worth noting she’s a scientist, too, and could experiment on Freeze to resurrect him, especially as he laid so much groundwork and research down over the years. Nora as a fresh mind would be a cool twist to the Freeze saga, and who knows, maybe they could return as a power couple. As it stands, though, Freeze perishes in a sequence fit for soap operas and dramas, leaving the newly-engaged Ivy and Kite Man eager to seal their vows after seeing such pure romance in person.
DC Universe’s Harley Quinn stars Kaley Cuoco, Lake Bell, Diedrich Bader, Alan Tudyk, Rahul Kohli, Christopher Meloni, Tony Hale, Ron Funches, Wanda Sykes, Natalie Morales, Giancarlo Esposito, Jason Alexander and J.B. Smoove. New episodes air on Fridays.
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