Pose’s “Never Knew Love Like This Before” is quite possibly its heaviest episode to date. There’s been death before, even within the last few episodes, but who would have thought that this would be the last time we’d see Candy Ferocity completely eschew the rules of a Ball category, or wield a knife on Pray Tell.
The co-Mother of the House of Ferocity has always been a difficult character to fully grasp. We’ve seen her traverse insecurities with her appearance and muster a tougher than tough love approach with her own house while trying to climb to icon status in the Ball community. Any viewer would expect to see her grow even further throughout the series — maybe that’s what’s so difficult about losing her, especially to a violent hate crime. And though tragic, her storyline fits cleanly with the recurring deaths of Black and Brown trans women.