This isn't the first time birds have played a peculiar role in the show: In last season's standout, "International Assassin," when Kevin drank poison and woke up in a dream-like afterlife, there was a bird loose in the lobby of the limbo-like hotel he stayed at. When he pushed Patti down the well, he heard a bird call out to him. And let's not forget Erika Murphy's bird in a box from last season, which took flight after it was dug up from the ground, or the pigeons that guided Matt (Christopher Eccleston) to the casino way back in Season 1's "Two Boats and a Helicopter."
Anyway, the sect from last night's opening doesn't ascend to heaven. Instead, the camera pans over its members' sleeping bodies and jumps over 100 years to the present, where the equally sleepy and clad-in-white Guilty Remnant, now led by Liv Tyler's Meg, has holed up in the the destroyed town center it took over in Season 2's finale. After a quick argument with Meg, Evie (Jasmin Savoy Brown) rushes outside, spots a drone flying in the sky, and, barring divine intervention, gets blown up. Then another title card appears: "three years later."