Our list of the best quotes from Apple TV+ dystopian sci-fi television show created and written by Graham Yost, based on the Silo book series by Hugh Howey. Set in a ruined and toxic future, thousands live in a giant silo deep underground, in a society full of regulations they believe are meant to protect them. After its sheriff breaks a cardinal rule and residents die mysteriously, engineer Juliette (Rebecca Ferguson) starts to uncover shocking secrets and the truth about the silo.
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1. Freedom Day
Sherriff Holston: We do not know why we are here. We do not know who built the Silo. We do not know why everything outside the Silo is as it is. We do not know when it will be safe to go outside. We only know that day is not this day.
Deputy Marnes: Please, Sheriff. Don’t say it.
Sherriff Holston: Deputy Marnes.
Deputy Marnes: Please, Sheriff.
Sherriff Holston: I want to go out.
'Talking is not listening.' - Allison (Silo) Click To Tweet
Gloria: Sheriff, Mrs. Becker. I don’t mean to intrude.
Sherriff Holston: So don’t.
Gloria: There’s your famous tell-it-like-it-is manner. Why everyone likes you.
Sherriff Holston: If everyone likes me, I’m not doing my job.
Allison: Impregnate me. Now.
Sherriff Holston: Yes, ma’am.
'What's the value of swearing an oath if you only stick to it when it's easy?' - Sherriff Holston (Silo) Click To Tweet
Allison: At some point, this is going to start feeling like work.
Sherriff Holston: Best work ever.
Sherriff Holston: Did you know you were breaking the rules?
Allison: No. Maybe. Kind of. There’s too many rules.
Allison: We blame the rebels for erasing our history, right?
Sherriff Holston: Yes.
Allison: So why can’t we ask questions about that stuff? And if losing our history is so bad, why can some goons from Judicial send you down to the mines if you happen to have a relic from the before times?
Sherriff Holston: [to Allison] The Pact is the only history we have. What if a bunch of rule-breakers decide they want to see for themselves what it’s like above ground? They somehow manage to open that door, we are done. Part of my job is making sure that doesn’t happen.
Gloria: [to Allison] Have you ever wondered what was on the servers they erased? In the books they burned? If it was even the rebels that did it?
Gloria: Why do we live underground? What actually happened out there?
Allison: I’m going now.
Gloria: One last thing. Do you really think you’re the kind of person they want having children?
Allison: [to Holston] If I don’t get pregnant from that, I never will.
Allison: You think this drive is over a hundred and forty years-old? That’s impossible. All the drives were destroyed in the rebellion.
George Wilkins: Could just be an entry error. Or not.
Mayor Ruth Jahns: Six minutes and six seconds past six o’clock on this day one hundred and forty years ago. That is the moment we regained our freedom. We are gathered on the anniversary to remember the terror of the rebellion. If they had succeeded, if they had opened the door to the outside world, none of us would be here right now. They didn’t succeed, thank the Founders. But they did manage to take away our history.
Allison: [after they access the hard drive] This is a relic. It’s against the law to even have it.
George Wilkins: But this could be the key to everything we don’t know.
Sherriff Holston: Are you seventy levels tired, or are you tired? We still have some time.
Allison: This can’t be fun for you anymore.
Sherriff Holston: It’s not about fun. I want to have a baby.
Allison: So did I.
Allison: [to Gloria] Why wouldn’t they want us to have children?
Allison: You don’t always listen, honey.
Sherriff Holston: What are you talking about? I always listen.
Allison: Talking is not listening.
Allison: I can’t tell you how I know this, but they were never going to let us have children.
Sherriff Holston: What?
Allison: I’m not the type of person they want having kids.
Sherriff Holston: Who’s “they”?
Allison: The enforcers of the Pact. They want docile, obedient people.
Allison: None of this is real. Do you see? They want to keep you in here, so they’re lying to you. It’s green out there. There’s green trees. There’s blue skies. There’s things flying in the air. Is no one listening to me? They’re keeping us here.
Allison: I’m not crazy. Why are you treating me like I’m crazy?
Allison: I want to go out!
Mayor Ruth Jahns: We could say she was distressed, or that she misspoke, or people misheard.
Deputy Marnes: There were people there. They heard what they heard.
Mayor Ruth Jahns: Well, maybe we could…
Deputy Marnes: We can bribe them. Kill them.
Mayor Ruth Jahns: No, goddmmit. The Pact says you can request a hearing if you feel you have been misheard.
Sherriff Holston: Allison does not feel she was misheard.
Sherriff Holston: Don’t you think I’ve gone over it again and again? There is nothing I can do! If you boil the Pact down to one rule, it’s do not say you want to go outside, or you will f***ing go outside.
Sherriff Holston: Allison feels things strongly. But not being able to have a baby, I think it was just too much.
Allison: First of all, I love you. That is the most important thing.
Sherriff Holston: Is it?
Allison: I know you’re angry. I would be too. If I could wind back the clock and not know what I know, I would. In a heartbeat. But what I found out, what they told us isn’t true. Why we’re here, what happened one hundred and forty years ago, why and who gets to have children. And that’s not even the big thing.
Sherriff Holston: You let everyone in the Silo know. What you don’t do is say the words that get you sent out there to die.
Allison: But that’s the big thing I found out. I won’t die out there.
Sherriff Holston: What we see is not what’s out there. It’s what they want us to think is out there.
Sherriff Holston: If it’s so wonderful outside, why would they not want us to go out?
Allison: I don’t know. I don’t know. Okay. But I’m going to find out.
Allison: I think people clean because they hope somehow that they can show people the truth that that is a lie. When I get out there, if that’s what it’s really like, I won’t clean. I’ll wave goodbye, because I would have made the biggest mistake of my life. But if I’m right, and it’s green, and lush, and beautiful, I’ll pull out my wool, and I’ll start to clean. And you’ll know. And then I’ll walk over the hill, and I’ll find out what’s going on. And then I’ll come back for you.
Mayor Ruth Jahns: Allison Becker. You have been charged with and convicted of violating the cardinal law of our society. Any spoken request to leave the Silo is granted, but it is irrevocable. Once uttered, it is determinative. You have been asked to clean and have been provided with materials to do so. But you cannot be forced into cleaning. Once outside the air lock, you are outside the law.
Sherriff Holston: Allison Becker. On behalf of the people of the Silo, I hope that you will clean so that we will better see the world outside our sanctuary as it is and thereby be reminded that here is safe and there is not. Have you any last words?
Allison: I love you.
Sherriff Holston: I love you.
[after Allison walks outside, she cleans the window, starts walking away, collapses and dies]
Deputy Marnes: What happened between you and her? For two years, you were dead inside. Then you met Juliette Nichols.
Sherriff Holston: I finally started listening is all.
Deputy Marnes: To what?
Sherriff Holston: To Allison. To what she was trying to tell me. I’m not going to tell you what that was. All you need to know is, I’m going to go find her.
Sherriff Holston: As much as I love you, you old b****rd, I love Allison more. If that really is her out there, or not, either way, I’m done. I’ve got to know the truth.
2. Holston’s Pick
Knox: I can’t believe they’re sending the sheriff out to clean.
Hank: You know, once he said it, they didn’t have any choice.
Knox: But why would the sheriff want to go out?
Sherriff Holston: [after he’s oustide seeing the beautiful scenery] Dammit, Allison. You were right. They have to see.
'The not knowing, it's going to haunt you forever.' - Sherriff Holston (Silo) Click To Tweet
Teddy: [after Holston collapses and takes his helmt off] Where’s he going?
Juliette Nichols: To be with his wife.
Sandy: [to Marnes, referring to Holston] He really loved her. If you’re wondering why.
Martha Walker: What are you doing?
Juliette Nichols: What does it look like?
Martha Walker: It looks like you showed up in a bad mood. Now, you’re taking it out on that toaster.
Juliette Nichols: No. I’m fixing it.
Martha Walker: You’ve been coming in here since you were thirteen.
Juliette Nichols: Oh, here we go.
Martha Walker: To fix s**t, so you don’t have to deal with s**t.
Martha Walker: [to Juliette] You didn’t come here to mend a toaster. You came here to talk. I know that’s hard for you.
Juliette Nichols: It’s about George.
Martha Walker: It’s been three months since he died. You’re saying he lied?
Juliette Nichols: No. Holston lied.
Martha Walker: You still think George was murdered?
Juliette Nichols: Yeah. Yeah, because he didn’t kill himself, so.
Hank: [referring to George] But murder? And by who? And why?
Juliette Nichols: I don’t know! I just know he didn’t kill himself, Hank.
Sherriff Holston: Someone says murder, you look into them. Find out what reason they might have for saying that.
Juliette Nichols: The reason is because he was murdered. That’s why.
Sherriff Holston: But you might not want to believe it’s suicide, given your history. That’s something I can understand.
Sherriff Holston: How long were you and George in a relationship? I won’t tell anybody.
Juliette Nichols: I don’t know what you’re talking about.
Sherriff Holston: Why didn’t you get sanctioned? Why not? Look, if we’re going to figure out what happened, you’re going to have to tell me the truth.
Juliette Nichols: [to Holston] I hope you’re not afraid of the dark. Or tight spaces. Or heights.
Juliette Nichols: First time I saw this place, it made me realize how little we know about the Silo.
Juliette Nichols: [referring to George] He was obsessed with the before time. You know, he’d come down here on his own, and he’d be looking for something.
Sherriff Holston: Looking for what?
Juliette Nichols: I don’t know. He never told me. He just said that he’d know it if he saw it.
Juliette Nichols: I don’t care about the order in the Silo. I want you to do your job!
Sherriff Holston: Maintaining order in the Silo is my job.
Juliette Nichols: What about finding out the truth?!
Juliette Nichols: [to Holston] Maybe if you’d listened to your wife, she’d still be alive right now!
Sherriff Holston: To get to my office, I have to walk through the cafeteria. So, now I go to work before dawn, and I come home after dark just so I don’t have to see her body on that hill. Allison asked questions too. She was never afraid.
Juliette Nichols: Then please, just help me.
Sherriff Holston: [to Juliette] You have to stay quiet. And you have to keep your head down.
Sherriff Holston: When I find something, I’ll send word. A signal. I promise.
Juliette Nichols: What kind of signal?
Sherriff Holston: You’ll know it when you see it.
Juliette Nichols: George told me that whatever he was looking for was more dangerous than any relic. He was afraid me even knowing about it could get me sent out.
Martha Walker: What was he looking for? Jules, this is getting dangerous.
Juliette Nichols: Yeah.
Mayor Ruth Jahns: [referring to Holston] I wish he’d said who should take the job.
Deputy Marnes: He did. He left a note.
Mayor Ruth Jahns: Why did you wait until now to tell me?
Deputy Marnes: Because it’s ridiculous, and if anything, it’s a sign he wasn’t quite there at the end.
Deputy Marnes: [from the note] “In my final act as sheriff, I, Holston Becker, nominate Juliette Nichols of Mechanical as my successor.”
Mayor Ruth Jahns: Juliette Nichols?
Deputy Marnes: She’s an engineer.
Deputy Marnes: “Even if she refuses, I ask that this badge, my personal property, be given to her. Holston Becker.”
Mayor Ruth Jahns: [referring to Juliette] I want to meet her.
Deputy Marnes: Are you sure?
Mayor Ruth Jahns: I said meet her, not give her the job.
Juliette Nichols: [flashback] You’ve got a lot of rope.
George Wilkins: Yeah.
Juliette Nichols: What do you need it for?
George Wilkins: To get where I’m going.
Juliette Nichols: Okay. Where’s that?
George Wilkins: The past.
Juliette Nichols: Why would anyone put a door at the bottom?
George Wilkins: I know that the water scares you.
Juliette Nichols: Yeah, it scares me, George. Because you sink in water and you can’t breathe.
Juliette Nichols: Okay, make me a deal. If you’re going to go down there, I don’t want to know about it until after. Okay?
George Wilkins: Deal.
Shirley: You’re not a drinker, Jules.
Juliette Nichols: Not a good one, no.
Knox: Even an hour in darkness will be utter chaos.
'We've always been one catastrophic failure away from the end of it all, and this just makes everyone conscious of it. Maybe that's not a bad thing. Makes you appreciate the day you have.' - Deputy Marnes (Silo) Click To Tweet
Knox: You punched Cooper in the face. You either got to do a day on the trash line, or work off some tickets with Walker.
Juliette Nichols: Can’t I just let him punch me back?
Mayor Ruth Jahns: What did your numbers say about Holston?
Bernard: They said he’d be a great sheriff, which he was until he wasn’t.
Mayor Ruth Jahns: I wonder what your numbers say about me.
Bernard: F*** the numbers. You brought brandy.
Bernard: Here are some other numbers you should consider. Every hour the Silo is without a sheriff, the probability of catastrophe increases by one point. While we’re sitting here chitchatting, frightened citizens are arming themselves, because they don’t know who’s going to protect them.
Mayor Ruth Jahns: I came to look you all in the eye and remind you how important you are. We’re all scared. We lost a great man and a fine sheriff. But it’s this community, it’s the way you love each other that truly holds the Silo together. Even when times are tough, like now.
Juliette Nichols: It wasn’t the darkness I was worried about. I just felt…
Martha Walker: Scared.
Juliette Nichols: No. I didn’t feel scared. If I was scared, I’d tell you.
Martha Walker: Okay.
Juliette Nichols: Okay, f***. Yeah, I felt scared.
Juliette Nichols: You know, George, he left me all these clues, and I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t go down there. That’s what I feel. I feel pi**ed off.
Martha Walker: So pi**ed off you took it out on Cooper.
Martha Walker: What do you want?
Juliette Nichols: I don’t know. I don’t know. I just want to…
Martha Walker: Run away. It’s okay. I get that. I get it. You know, we scream. We fight. We get mad. But every now and then, we should tell ourselves, “We did what we could. We did our best.”
Juliette Nichols: “We”. Really? “We”?
Juliette Nichols: [to Martha] I don’t even know why I’m getting advice from someone who sits at her bench every day listening to the radio. You haven’t left the workshop in twenty years. Twenty f***ing years!
Deputy Marnes: I was thinking that maybe I might open up a stall in the market, try to sell my drawings to anybody blind enough to want them.
Mayor Ruth Jahns: I was sad your marriage broke up.
Martha Walker: It was twenty-five years ago.
Mayor Ruth Jahns: I was still sad. You and Carla were a good couple. What happened?
Martha Walker: She chewed with her mouth open.
Mayor Ruth Jahns: Juliette Nichols.
Martha Walker: What about her?
Mayor Ruth Jahns: I need your honest opinion of her. Who is she, Martha?
Juliette Nichols: Am I under arrest or something?
Deputy Marnes: Should you be?
Mayor Ruth Jahns: One of the Silo traditions is that the outgoing sheriff leaves a suggestion as to who should be next to wear the star. Holston Becker chose you.
Juliette Nichols: I’m sorry, what?
Mayor Ruth Jahns: I must tell you, no one wants you for this job. Except for one deceased former sheriff and me.
Juliette Nichols: I don’t want it.
Deputy Marnes: Hallelujah.
Mayor Ruth Jahns: May I ask why?
Juliette Nichols: Everyone thinks their job in the Silo is the most important. Mine actually is.
Knox: You? Sheriff?
Juliette Nichols: Yeah.
Juliette Nichols: I don’t know.
Shirley: Because you get s**t done.
Juliette Nichols: What do I know about law enforcement?
Shirley: What did you know about being an engineer?
Knox: Not a whole lot.
Juliette Nichols: I changed my mind. I’ll take the job.
Mayor Ruth Jahns: Well, that’s wonderful.
Juliette Nichols: On one condition.
Deputy Marnes: There’s a condition?
Juliette Nichols: I need to fix the generator.
Deputy Marnes: You need to shut down the generator? Put us all in the dark?
Mayor Ruth Jahns: What you’re asking for, that has never been done.
Juliette Nichols: No. I know.
Mayor Ruth Jahns: People would be terrified.
Juliette Nichols: People are going to be terrified when the rotor shatters, and we’re living off the backup in darkness. Forever. I can do it.
Deputy Marnes: We don’t know what we’re dealing with here, so we’ve all got to be ready. Expect the worst.
Deputy Marnes: As far as we know, the Silo’s never been on backup power, and you think it’ll be quiet?
Mayor Ruth Jahns: Tonight they’ll just be afraid.
Deputy Marnes: And tomorrow, if the lights don’t come back on?
Mayor Ruth Jahns: Hope you have the combination to the gun safe.
Juliette Nichols: You know how I say doing things right is better than doing them fast? Right now, I need both.
Mayor Ruth Jahns: I can’t sleep.
Deputy Marnes: Then don’t.
Deputy Marnes: Ten thousand people aren’t sleeping right now, terrified the power won’t come back. Afraid maybe the groundwater will rise, and they’ll drown. Or maybe a bunch of nutjobs will bust out through the top and let the poison in.
Mayor Ruth Jahns: I know you think appointing Nichols is a mistake, but something about her makes me hopeful. Hopeful enough, I might be able to hand the reins over to someone else.
Deputy Marnes: You’d consider retiring? To do what? Sit around and knit?
Mayor Ruth Jahns: Why not? Maybe open a shop right next to some guy who does drawings.
Mayor Ruth Jahns: You know I didn’t come all this way just to meet Nichols. I wanted to spend time with you.
Deputy Marnes: I know it’s why I came.
Martha Walker: Hope you’re not expecting me to praise you for doing your job.
Juliette Nichols: I came to say I’m sorry for what I said.
Martha Walker: You weren’t wrong. I haven’t left this place in a long time.
Juliette Nichols: Yeah, but I failed. And I took it out on you.
Martha Walker: How did you fail?
Juliette Nichols: I tried to do what George wanted me to, and I couldn’t.
Juliette Nichols: [referring to George] I’m sorry you didn’t get to meet him.
Martha Walker: Oh. He didn’t tell you? No, it’s alright. I told him not to. I sent for him. I said I had a problem with my computer, which I didn’t because I built it. When he got here, I told him if he did anything to hurt you, he would vanish without a trace.
Juliette Nichols: Before I go…
Martha Walker: To take up a job you’re clearly unqualified to do.
Juliette Nichols: Wow. I’ve always enjoyed your words of encouragement.
Martha Walker: You brought a relic into my workshop?
Juliette Nichols: You love finding out how things work.
Martha Walker: I also like not dying.
Juliette Nichols: They wouldn’t send you out to clean. The only way you’ll get out of this place is feet first.
Martha Walker: [to Juliette] One more thing. Don’t end up like George.
Bernard: You made a deal with Juliette Nichols, our soon-to-be sheriff?
Mayor Ruth Jahns: How did you hear that, Bernard?
Bernard: She’s a thief from Mechanical.
Mayor Ruth Jahns: She’ll be great.
Juliette Nichols: It’s strange. I haven’t left Mechanical since I got here.
Shirley: It is time. There’s some stuff you got to face up there.
Juliette Nichols: Yeah.
Shirley: And when you get sick of the up-toppers, get your a** back down here. We’ll be waiting for a visit from our sheriff.
Juliette Nichols: [flashback] What about finding out the truth?
Sherriff Holston: When I find something, I will, I’ll send word. A signal. I promise.
[Juliette turns Holston’s sheriff badge to see the word “truth” etched on the back]
Sims: [referring to Jahns] Bernard’s not wrong here. It’ll be bad enough when word gets out she’s dead. Add murder to that and the situation might become unmanageable.
Bernard: People of the Silo need comfort.
Deputy Marnes: Don’t say “she”! You don’t say “she” about her! That’s Mayor Ruth Jahns! She carried every level every election for the past forty years! There wasn’t a soul from top to bottom didn’t love her.
'Not everything can be fixed.' - Dr. Pete Nichols (Silo) Click To Tweet
Sandy: I was told to stock the fridge in the apartment, but I have no idea what you people eat down deep.
Juliette Nichols: Children mostly. Sometimes each other.
Sandy: I don’t know who you are, or why you’re here.
Juliette Nichols: You haven’t asked.
Sandy: I don’t give a damn!
'There are some things a shotgun isn't the best solution for.' - Juliette Nichols (Silo) Click To Tweet
Juliette Nichols: [to Sandy] I’m Holston’s replacement, which I’m guessing makes me your boss? Yeah, I’m from the Down Deep. I eat the same s**t you eat. Maybe with a little bit more salt.
Young Juliette: I was fixing the chair.
Dr. Pete Nichols: That chair can’t be fixed.
Young Juliette: It can, and I did.
Dr. Pete Nichols: This is the way things are now.
Young Juliette: Because of you!
Dr. Pete Nichols: No, Jules.
Young Juliette: I shouldn’t have to do this!
Dr. Pete Nichols: Neither should I. What choice do we have?
Dr. Pete Nichols: [to young Juliette, referring to Hanna and Jacob] They’re gone, and I can’t fix it. Not everything can be fixed.
Bernard: What’s funny?
Juliette Nichols: Just that you’d be the one swearing me in when you were the one who accused me of stealing heat tape, just…
Bernard: Miss Nichols, did you steal that tape?
Juliette Nichols: No, I appropriated it because we needed it.
Juliette Nichols: I think there’s another way for you to try and find out what happened to Jahns?
Deputy Marnes: You know, I’ve worn a badge for over thirty years. You’ve been sheriff half a day. There’s not a thing you can tell me about how to do this job.
Juliette Nichols: You know I didn’t ask for the badge, right?
Deputy Marnes: Why did you change your mind?
Juliette Nichols: I didn’t know Holston as well as you did, but…
Deputy Marnes: That’s the understatement of the century.
Juliette Nichols: I figured if he wanted me to have it, I should take it.
Deputy Marnes: That’s bulls**t.
Deputy Marnes: Am I the only one in the Silo who gives a f*** about finding out the truth?
Juliette Nichols: No, you’re not.
Juliette Nichols: You want to know what I said to Holston?
Deputy Marnes: Yeah, I do.
Juliette Nichols: I said he should’ve listened to his wife because if he had, maybe she’d be alive right now.
Deputy Marnes: You did what?
Juliette Nichols: He was going to send a sign if he found anything, so I waited. Next time I see Sheriff Holston is with the rest of the Silo, when he goes out to clean. Then the mayor gives me this.
Deputy Marnes: “Truth.” You think that’s the sign?
Juliette Nichols: I don’t know.
Deputy Marnes: What do you want from me?
Juliette Nichols: I want you to help me to find out who killed George.
Deputy Marnes: Why should I do that?
Juliette Nichols: I’ll help you figure out what happened to the mayor.
Juliette Nichols: Hey, Patrick Kennedy. We are here to talk to your wife. Right?
Deputy Marnes: Is that funny to you?
Patrick Kennedy: Yeah. Go ahead, knock. Should be interesting.
Deputy Marnes: Why is that?
Patrick Kennedy: Couple of reasons, Marnes. One of which being that she’s been dead for a year.
Deputy Marnes: [to Juliette] Truth and trying mattered to Allison too, and it mattered to Holston. And you might want to think about that.
Juliette Nichols: Hey, with Jahns, how do you know you were the target? Forty years as mayor, and what? She didn’t pi** off one person?
Deputy Marnes: Not as many as me.
Juliette Nichols: Listen, down in Mechanical, someone’s always got a theory about why a machine breaks. I deal with facts. Jahns, she was poisoned which means…
Deputy Marnes: Jahns was not a machine. She was a person, like no other person.
Juliette Nichols: [to Marnes] How about that deal? You help me, I’ll help you. And then I can head back to Mechanical. You can get someone else to do this job, while you live the rest of your life in peace. Want to think about it? In the meantime, try not kicking down any more doors.
Martha Walker: Well, listen to me, little fixer. This isn’t the place for you. Down here, mistakes cost lives. While you learn on the job, you put lives in danger.
Young Juliette: So, how did they learn?
Martha Walker: Family. They were born into it.
Young Juliette: So was I.
Martha Walker: Mechanical doesn’t need anyone looking for an escape. Mechanical needs workers, people committed to ensuring the lives of others. Everyone in the Silo relies on us. So, if you can’t commit to that, I don’t care where you go, because you’re not needed here.
Young Juliette: But I am.
Martha Walker: You are what?
Young Juliette: Needed here. I’m good at this.
Sims: You know what they say, Sam? You want to lose something forever, give it to Data Management. I forget how much people don’t like you. Who’s watching your back?
Deputy Marnes: Are you volunteering?
Sims: I have good news. Judge Meadows is ready to make the new sheriff a former one.
Deputy Marnes: Nichols was Holston’s choice. I figure she’s got a right to fail on her own. She knows she’s not wanted. She’s not going to last long.
5. The Janitor’s Boy
Paul Billings: I’m guessing he had his skull crushed in with the butt of his own shotgun.
Sims: It couldn’t have been easy. Marnes was made of iron, anger, and spite.
Sims: This is Paul Billings. He’s your…
Juliette Nichols: Oh. That’s the guy you wanted to be sheriff.
Sims: He’s your new Chief Deputy.
Juliette Nichols: The old one’s not even cold.
Bernard: Well, Marnes was right. Someone really wanted him dead.
Sims: This could’ve all been avoided if our new sheriff had posted someone to watch Marnes tonight.
Juliette Nichols: Well, your new sheriff offered, and he said no.
Juliette Nichols: [referring to Jahns and Marnes] We bury them together.
Sims: Sorry, what?
Juliette Nichols: One funeral. One grave. Conservation of resources.
Bernard: Times like this, people don’t give a s**t about conservation. But we could say they were in love.
Sims: Were they?
Bernard: The way they nagged at each other, I always wondered.
Bernard: So it becomes the story, Rob. A couple of old servants of the Silo, enjoying a late bloom of love, looking to spend their golden years together, only to have their lives cut tragically short.
Paul Billings: If they were in a relationship, it was unsanctioned.
Bernard: At their age, who gives a f***? And if people do care, it’s even better. Gets people talking about forbidden love. Anything but murder. We need a distraction.
Sims: [to Juilette] You know, you’re the reason I stopped by to see Marnes last night. I said we should make Paul sheriff now. Marnes said to wait. Not because he thought you’d succeed. He figured you’d realize you were in over your head and slink back down to Greasetown on your own.
Bernard: Thankfully, I am but an interim mayor until someone can be elected to fill Ruth Jahns’s very large shoes. And not her literal shoes, because she, actually, her feet were rather small.
Bernard: Hear us, oh, Founders. Ruth Jahns and Samuel Marnes served your Silo with their spirit, and now will serve with their flesh. Death into life. Circle without end.
Hank: Look, you can’t send a guy up a hundred and forty-four levels with a tin of hush puppies and not expect him to eat a couple.
Juliette Nichols: There’s one left.
Hank: I’m a big guy.
Hank: [to Juliette] I know you can do anything you put your mind to. But I also know that none of us can do any of this alone. Now, look, I’ve never won Deputy of the Year or nothing, but if you need anything, I’m just a tin of hush puppies away.
Sandy: I don’t like you.
Juliette Nichols: I got that.
Sandy: You’re not qualified to be sheriff.
Juliette Nichols: Can’t disagree. Anything else?
Sandy: Holston Becker was the best sheriff this Silo’s ever seen.
Juliette Nichols: Why would Judicial serve up a patsy?
Sandy: Because Judge Meadows doesn’t give a s**t about the truth. No, the only thing she cares about is maintaining order. And when a mayor and a deputy get murdered, things could get disorderly fast.
Sandy: [to Juliette] Honestly, I may want you to find out who killed Marnes. But Marnes, he wouldn’t give a s**t. He just wouldn’t want Judicial sending some poor b****rd out to clean that doesn’t deserve it.
Charles Martin: Don’t tell me he died naturally. If Marnes just had a heart attack, then life really sucks.
Patrick Kennedy: I was sad to hear about Deputy Marnes. I’m kidding. I was f***ing giddy.
Juliette Nichols: They want me to waste my time arresting Melby while they get their patsy.
Sandy: Patrick Kennedy.
Juliette Nichols: Yeah. That’s going to make me look incompetent, they’ll send me back to Mechanical, and Billings gets the badge.
Juliette Nichols: [to Trumbull] I guess everyone makes mistakes, right? Yours was planting evidence in the wrong apartment.
Paul Billings: I wish you waited for me to come with you.
Juliette Nichols: Well, I was just going to check out Kennedy’s apartment. I didn’t think someone was going to try and throw me over the rail.
Sims: He said if I wanted to shadow him, I would have to make a decision that would change my life forever. If I went through that door, I could never tell anyone what was on the other side. Not my friends, not my family, not my wife. They might think that I was nothing more than a bookkeeper, or a clerk, or a janitor. But I would know the truth. That the people behind that door do the most important work of the Silo. Work that keeps ten thousand people alive.
Sims: I’ve made my decision. Douglas Trumbull, do you, of clear mind and conscience, pledge to be my shadow?
Douglas Trumbull: Yes.
Sims: Are you willing to do anything to serve and protect the people of the Silo?
Douglas Trumbull: Yes.
Sims: Are you willing to give everything you have to serve and protect the people of the Silo?
Douglas Trumbull: Yes.
[suddenly Sims pushes him over the railing]
Judge Meadows: [referring to Trumbull] We have the killer of Mayor Jahns and Deputy Marnes, and he’s dead. This should quell the rumors and conspiracy theories.
Sandy: I’ve had enough of the Up Top. You know, there are a few things I’ll miss, but I won’t miss the feeling I’m being watched.
Juliette Nichols: By who?
Sandy: I don’t know by who. Or how.
Juliette Nichols: You know, when I got here, you said you didn’t know what Down Deepers ate. You got family on 105?
Sandy: That’s lower Mids, not Down Deep. Our kind don’t eat babies.
Sandy: You did a good thing. I mean, Patrick Kennedy’s an awful human being, but he didn’t deserve to die. Not for something he didn’t do.
Juliette Nichols: I’m just happy that I didn’t…
Sandy: Don’t make a big deal out of it. I still don’t like you. Sheriff.
Lukas Kyle: [referring to the lights in the night sky] I’ve been watching them long enough to see these patterns. They repeat, like they’re traveling in this big circle. Here. Here. You see it?
Juliette Nichols: I see a “W”. Never noticed that before.
Lukas Kyle: Yeah, well, now you have. I’ll just add it to the list of things we don’t know anything about.
Martha Walker: This isn’t supposed to be the deal. We’re supposed to go about our business, keeping the Silo humming, and they’re not supposed to do things like murder people. Bodies start falling, people start asking questions. Pretty soon, asking questions turns into demanding answers.
Martha Walker: [to Juliette] And from what you’re not telling me, seems to me there’s a long list of people who’ve died recently under questionable circumstances. What’s to stop you being the next one on the list?
Juliette Nichols: Two days ago, Bernard wanted nothing more than to send me out to clean for snagging two boxes of s**tty heat tape. I solve two murders, and he can’t wait to work with me. They trust me, Walk. I need to open up an investigation that allows me to look into what happened to George.
Martha Walker: And how are you going to do that without tipping them off?
Juliette Nichols: I got to use the right bait.
6. The Relic'People leave traces. History is just traces of a whole lot of people over a whole lot of time. Everything from the shirt on my back, to the shoes on our feet.' - George Wilkins (Silo) Click To Tweet
Paul Billings: [as he finds the George’s hard drive in Trumbull’s place] What the heck is this?
Juliette Nichols: What you got?
Paul Billings: Honestly, I don’t know. But we’re going to need a relics bag.
Juliette Nichols: Am I your only friend? Like, I know I’m your only friend down here. But am I your only friend in the entire Silo? Because that’s pretty sad.
George Wilkins: No. No. It’s pretty great. I mean, if I got to have one.
'You shouldn't give up on the day, even at the end of it, because a whole day could be saved with just a smile.' - Lukas Kyle (Silo) Click To Tweet
Juliette Nichols: George, that tape saves lives, okay? Maybe not IT’s s**tty tape, but Mechanical’s does, and that’s why I did it. I didn’t take a risk for myself. I did it for everyone. And these strange things you have here, they’re just not worth risking a life for. Especially when you don’t know what they are.
George Wilkins: If these things aren’t worth risking our lives for, why do they make it a risk to our lives to have them?
Juliette Nichols: I don’t know.
George Wilkins: Neither do I.
'You got no concept of time. You think you do, but you don't. It's because you got a whole lot more ahead of you than behind. Time to you is just an idea.' - Martha Walker (Silo) Click To Tweet
George Wilkins: This may not appear as valuable as a refurbished socket wrench, or as romantic as flowers from the Mids. But to me, this watch is everything. And I want to give it to you.
Juliette Nichols: George, it’s broken. No, I’m serious. It’s like a paperweight, cheaper than the paper it would hold up.
George Wilkins: It’s a gift. And in a world filled with a million unknowns, it is possible that this watch, and crazy relics like these, are the key to answering the Silo’s biggest questions.
Patrick Kennedy: [to Juliette] That watch is a very peculiar relic to be using to investigate all relics. And it’s on your arm, not in an evidence bag, which makes me believe that it’s personal to you. And in my experience, people with badges doing things for personal reasons tend to get other people hurt.
George Wilkins: [to Juliette] Don’t you ever think about the world beyond the Silo?
Juliette Nichols: You know, while you’re down here dreaming of your world beyond worlds.
George Wilkins: Hell, you’re the one that showed me this place.
Juliette Nichols: Yeah. But I’m the one in Mechanical, keeping you dreamers alive.
George Wilkins: Is that so?
Juliette Nichols: Yeah. Because I’m the one that keeps things running.
Juliette Nichols: [to George] What I’m trying to say is, I fixed your watch for selfish reasons, because I really like the way that I feel when I make you feel the way that you do.
Regina Jackson: Never thought I’d see that again.
Juliette Nichols: I’m sorry, what?
Regina Jackson: That watch.
Juliette Nichols: Huh. You know it?
Regina Jackson: Of course I do. It belonged to my boyfriend.
Regina Jackson: So, how is George?
Juliette Nichols: He’s dead.
Regina Jackson: [referring to George going to Mechanical] Last time I saw him, that’s where he was headed. Moving on to the next thing. The next person.
Juliette Nichols: Was your relationship sanctioned?
Regina Jackson: George didn’t do sanctioned relationships. And any fool would see he’s not the type of guy you spend forever with.
Regina Jackson: Look, Sheriff, George went down to Mechanical to explore what he called “the big questions”. Illegal questions. He got what he wanted from me. He didn’t need me anymore, so he left. Probably in pursuit of someone new, down deep, who could give him a hand.
Regina Jackson: George and those relics cost me a lot. He lost his family, but he didn’t mind isolating me from mine. He was good with words.
Regina Jackson: [to Juliette] When he told you he loved you, did you believe him?
Bernard: I know not everyone believes this, but I’ve found that some mysteries are best left unsolved.
Juliette Nichols: Thank you for not telling them about me and George.
Paul Billings: Did you plant that relic so I’d find it? Your decision could’ve gotten me jailed, or even sent to clean.
Juliette Nichols: I wouldn’t have let that happen.
Paul Billings: You have to be honest with me. Honest, as if not only your life, but mine depended on it.
Juliette Nichols: I’ll try.
Paul Billings: You’ll try?
Juliette Nichols: Yeah. That’s what I can do.
Paul Billings: Juliette, you’re the sheriff of the Silo, and you can’t commit to being honest with me? Shoot, maybe you and this George guy were perfect for each other.
Juliette Nichols: You want honesty?
Paul Billings: I do.
Juliette Nichols: Your hands shake. You have flashes of pain. Under pressure, you clench your hand so tight, I’m surprised your fingers don’t fall off. You have the Syndrome. And you’re hiding it.
Paul Billings: I only asked you to be honest, and if you weren’t going to be, to let me know rather than set me up to take the fall. You know, everybody here in the office says the reason why Holston and Marnes were a great team was because they looked out for each other.
Juliette Nichols: Yeah, and look what that got them.
Lukas Kyle: You know, my mother used to tell me when I was a child that you shouldn’t give up on the day, even at the end of it, because, well, she said that a whole day could be saved with just a smile.
Juliette Nichols: Lukas, you’ve never had a girlfriend, have you?
Lukas Kyle: Oh, tons.
Juliette Nichols: Not one.
Lukas Kyle: So many. Like, every other level, there is another lady friend. Oh, and there. See?
Juliette Nichols: There see what?
Lukas Kyle: Smile. Like my mom said.
Juliette Nichols: This was not with you. This was at you.
Lukas Kyle: I’ll still take it.
Juliette Nichols: What’s the big question?
George Wilkins: There’s a lot of them. What’s outside? What’s beyond what the sensor can see? Why are we here? How long have we been here? How much time do we have left?
Juliette Nichols: But what’s the biggest one?
George Wilkins: What if everything you know to be true, everything you’ve been told by the people you love, was in fact just one big lie?
Juliette Nichols: In the morning, I’m going to do what you said. I’m going to turn in the badge and resign.
Martha Walker: So did you figure out what happened?
Juliette Nichols: No. Couldn’t give a f***. Turns out the person I was doing it for wasn’t worth the trip, so.
Juliette Nichols: It’s just, it’s a waste of time.
Martha Walker: Time? You got no concept of time. You think you do, but you don’t. It’s because you got a whole lot more ahead of you than behind. Time to you is just an idea. To me, it’s years spent trapped behind a closed door with memories. All your friends and loved ones somewhere out there, the other side of it. You can talk to me about time when you can’t bring yourself to step out the door. When seconds have become years.
Juliette Nichols: He’s not the person I thought he was.
Martha Walker: What kind of a person are you? The man you loved was murdered, and now you’re saying it’s a waste of time to find out why? See, I don’t know what happened, but when you left here, love had you trying to do the right thing. And now anger is making you give up? Fear did the same thing to me. And that is a waste of time. You’re welcome to come here and join me. Or you can stay where you are, let go of whatever it is you’re wrestling with, and finish the job. It’s your call.
Juliette Nichols: It’s because of you George is dead. Regina! Just give me a second.
Regina Jackson: Give you a second? You come to my door, and you accuse me of betrayal.
Regina Jackson: Judicial come during the day. They ask the easy questions. But the man who knows everything, he comes at night.
Juliette Nichols: Who is “he”? Regina, who are you talking about?
Regina Jackson: They know how to get to you. They know what you fear.
Juliette Nichols: Hey, George is dead because you gave up his name.
Regina Jackson: He is dead because he didn’t give up the hard drive.
Juliette Nichols: Oh, the f***ing hard drive.
Regina Jackson: [to Juliette, referring to George] He never really cared about me. He used me to get it for him. Probably did the same to you, pretending to love you to get what he wanted.
Regina Jackson: This is a gift from George’s mother, given to him by his aunt, Gloria. This was passed down and hidden for generations.
Juliette Nichols: Is this before the rebellion?
Regina Jackson: It was before the Silo. Before there was a reason to lie. When you see what you’ll see, don’t speak it out loud. Don’t let them hear. This will get you killed.
[later as Juliette looks through the travel magazine, we see she and the rest of the silo is being watched]