Matthew Cole: [voice-over, narrating] "There once was a serpent, who only traveled one direction. Always forward, never backward. Until one day, the serpent came upon a demon."
Olivia: There's an expression I'm fond of - one I teach those who follow me. We honor time...
Mallick: [in flashback] ... with patience.
Deacon: That's what this was? Just a long con.
James Cole: My dad used to say a thing: "The only failure is giving up."
Olivia: I've always wondered... Why the mask?
Athan: If you're gonna promise death, best look the part. Now, I suppose... that's your job. Surely you've realized by now. Took me so long to see it. The thing I believed I was meant to become. A sad, lonely demon at the end of time... was never me. Ensuring my own creation meant ensuring yours. The promise of a timeless realm. The deceiver. It was always you, Olivia.
[flashbacks of the masked "Witness"]
Olivia: But I haven't done those things.
Athan: Not yet. But you will.
Olivia: No. I haven't given orders through time, I... I prayed to you. I worshipped... *you*!
Olivia: You are the Witness.
Athan: No, that's where you're wrong. But I witnessed. It just took her for me to see. Life isn't measured by clocks. And though you have an army at your back... you are alone. And *that* is why you will lose.
Athan: How does one stop what never began? I think you're the answer, Jennifer.
Jennifer Goines: I'm not like you. I can't see the whole puzzle. I don't know what all this means.
Athan: You are not like me. You are better. Whatever these are, these symbols - this is your mission now.
Olivia: Athan Cole is dead. His cycle begets our own, and together, we will begin another. We will have our forest. Our peace. Our eternal Now. I will make for you what he could not. But first, we shall destroy our enemies where they live. You wanted the Witness to return. She has!