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A year later, Killian has attained the rank of Major in the anti-terrorist bureau Section 9, working alongside operatives Batou (Pilou Asbæk) and Togusa (Chin Han) under Chief Daisuke Aramaki (Takeshi Kitano). The team successfully thwarts a terrorist attack on a Hanka business conference, and Killian destroys a rogue mechanical geisha (Rila Fukushima) after it murders a hostage. Killian, who has been experiencing hallucinations that Ouélet dismisses as glitches, becomes increasingly bothered by how little she remembers about her past. After learning that the geisha was hacked by an unknown entity, Killian breaks protocol and "dives" into its AI for answers. The entity attempts a counter-hack, and Batou is forced to disconnect her. Using the information she was able to gather, the two trace the hacker to a Yakuza nightclub, where they are lured into a trap. The resulting explosion destroys Batous eyes, and leaves Killians body severely damaged.
Killian confronts Ouélet, who admits that Killian was, in fact, the 98th test subject, and the only one to survive the process. Cutter decides that Killian is too much of a liability, and orders Ouélet to euthanize her. Instead, Ouélet gives Killian an address to find and helps her escape. Cutter shoots her and informs Aramaki that Killian has gone rogue and will be terminated by any means necessary.p>
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Setting the stage for critical vote that could derail abortion rights, Supreme Court agrees to review deceptive Texas abortion restrictions…. Continue reading PBC News & Comment: Supreme Court Will Review Pretextual Texas Abortion Law