Into the Badlands was a very Sunny-driven show in its first season, but much less so in Season 2. That’s generally been to the show’s benefit. If anything, “Black Heart, White Mountain” proved that it’s possible to focus too much attention on Sunny and the gang, to the detriment of the show’s other major players.
Sunny may have defeated Cyan in mortal combat last week, but Cyan nearly had the last laugh as he left his opponent to die a slow, painful death while tormented by visions of the life he might have had. A solid premise, to be sure. There was certainly an emotional weight to seeing Sunny “reunited” with Veil and meeting his son for the first time. Sunny this season has been a man truly haunted by the ghosts of his past and the hundreds of lives he took as a Clipper. This hallucination/fever dream brought all of that psychological drama to the forefront.