Who is Asha and How Did She Survive a Life Beyond the Train in Snowpiercer Season 3?

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Warning! This article contains spoilers for Snowpiercer! Read at your own risk!

A new addition to the team of Layton arrives as a surprise after they rescued Ben from falling at a nuclear reactor in North Korea as Asha finally enters the scene and makes everyone think of how did she survive a life beyond the train for eight years. Who is she and what new twists could she bring in on Snowpiercer Season 3?

Who is Asha in Snowpiercer Season 3?

Who is Asha in Snowpiercer Season 3?
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Who is Asha in Snowpiercer Season 3?

Introduced as the mysterious new character in the trailer of Season 3, it is finally revealed who Asha is and what her roots are. In Snowpiercer Season 3 Episode 1, The Tortoise and The Hare, Ben suddenly fell out of nowhere while collecting ice samples at North Korea while looking for a possible “New Eden” or a place where people could start over again a life beyond the train.

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Layton and Josie went out to look for him and they found him at an underground nuclear reactor. Layton went down and retrieved Ben from the fall, even giving his suit some power for him to survive. Out of curiosity, Layton explored the place while Josie took Ben to the train. As he looked into the place, he was attacked by a woman in a red suit. Good thing is that there was a charger there where he was able to power his suit back up.

Layton emerged from the place of accident and to everyone’s surprise, he was carrying someone on his shoulders. They tended immediate care on her as she was severely dehydrated. When she woke up, she was vicious but when she came to her senses, she introduced herself as Asha. She was in shock to find out that Snowpiercer made it, even asking where the great engineer was. Surprised with everything, Josie even gave her a nice place to stay, a makeshift bedroom.

Related: Is Melanie Still Alive in Snowpiercer Season 3?

How Did Asha Survive a Life Beyond The Train in Snowpiercer Season 3?

How Did Asha Survive a Life Beyond the Train in Snowpiercer Season 3?
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How Did Asha Survive a Life Beyond the Train in Snowpiercer Season 3?

In Snowpiercer Season 3 Episode 2, The Last To Go, Asha finally opened up how she survived for eight years without the benefit of the Eternal Engine. She told Layton her story and even apologized for not speaking up so soon because she had to make sure they were real and not just hallucinations considering her condition.

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It turns out they were 34 in the beginning when Earth cooled and became an arctic tundra. First, her co-workers were killed by marauders, other people who survived raided the nuclear reactor. Second, those who remained were taken by the radiation of the place and died because of complications from exposure. The last to go was her nephew who died of thyroid cancer some four years back.

That means she survived for eight years with half of it only by herself. The fact that she remained alive was already a surprise, much less a miracle, and Layton was there in time to save her before she could have died from dehydration.

Should the people of Snowpiercer discover that someone from the outside survived eight years, it would be a surprise for everyone, especially those who look up to Wilford so much as their savior because even without the Eternal Engine, someone, somehow, managed to survive. It could sway those who were loyal to Wilford into the side of the resistance.

Asha’s mere presence shows a beacon of hope for everyone. While the team on the pirate train is slowly losing hope on the research of Melanie, they didn’t come out empty-handed because one, they found a survivor, and two, there is still one last chance to find a place where life could start over beyond the train, somewhere in the South Arabian Peninsula.

See more of Asha on Snowpiercer Season 3, with the first two episodes up and streaming on TNT app and website. All ten episodes would be on Netflix after the final run airs on television.