Does Sarah Cameron die in Outer Banks season 2? Investigation
Spoilers for External banks season 2 below.
Since its pandemic era peak in 2020, Netflix’s mega-hit for teens External banks happily eschewed realism for anything that raises eyebrows: car chases, stolen treasure, secret dates and fleeting escapades. But the drama’s second season, released on July 30, raised the bar to a shocking degree. One particular plot point made the questionable miraculous healings on Grey’s Anatomy look like kid stuff: we are of course talking about the death of Sarah Cameron.
In the early hours of OBX season 2, Sarah (Madelyn Cline) receives a gunshot wound from her older brother, Rafe, who accidentally shoots her to the side as she and John B (Chase Stokes) attempt to escape in a truck full of 400 million dollars in gold. Stranded in Nassau and unable to go to the hospital – they are fugitives, remember? – John B drives Sarah to Captain Terrance’s favorite doctor.
We don’t know anything about this doctor, other than that he has a lovely little office on the coast, that he discovered a cure for arthritis while he was in medical school, and that he “didn’t no head “. (It’s a good thing Sarah didn’t get shot in the face!) He’s not, uh, “not a doctor” either. He is “more like a service provider” in his own words. Naturally, that’s exactly what you want to hear when your girlfriend is hemorrhaging on the table in front of you.
Either way, this non-doctor makes John B refuse to hold him responsible if Sarah dies, and he charges the poor kid $ 4,000 for an operation in which he a) operates in the kitchen, b) not wearing a mask, and c) sipping a “salty dog” moments after stitching up his wound. They wait for hours for Sarah to regain consciousness long enough to tell John B “hey”, then just as quickly goes into cardiac arrest. Let’s break down the details of what happens next.
Is Sarah Cameron Dying?
Well, technically yes. His heart stops and John B performs desperate CPR while Mr. Arthritis Cure plays the human equivalent of the shrug emoji. “She just lost too much blood, kid,” he tells John B as the monitor flattens out behind them. For several minutes, Sarah remains technically dead as her boyfriend yells at her to wake up. It’s only after he tells her that he loves her that Sleeping Beauty’s kiss of life works its magic, and her fingers twitch.
Non-Doc comes back into the room, realizes she’s alive, and nods at John B in approval, as if to say, “Good job on this confession of love!” It really did the trick!
Is there all part of that that was realistic?
Not really. But if we delve into the literature, there is a difference between “clinical death” (the heart stops beating) and biological death (real and irreversible death). A delayed return to life after resuscitation is known as the Lazarus phenomenon, named after a biblical character who comes back to life four days after his death. Technically, it is possible for a heart to stop and then restart a few minutes later. But, according to Healthline, this is an incredibly rare phenomenon: A 2015 study found only 32 cases of effect between 1982 and 2008. The likelihood that Sarah experienced it moments after the “I t John B’s ‘likes’ is remarkably low. The likelihood that she will be up and about hours later without noticeable difficulty in walking or neurological damage is even lower.
But hey, it is External banks. Anything goes if it increases the drama.
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