Thud! and Wash is dead. I think I understand how this works. Wash dies at a moment you wouldn’t expect. The hard ride through the beast’s belly is over and the next phase of the journey is about to commence: the final battle. Wash utters something about keen pilotry. The flying shook the theater. Then he’s shot through the chest with what looks like a massive whale bone or giant’s darning needle. Thud. Zip! Zoe’s response is shock, as is ours. Just like that, her love is dead. Wash is stripped of TV-series-character protection. The big arc takes him.