Oh, right, this part! Shanna now has Carol pegged pretty well. When this conversation began, she thought Carol might be totally cool with the murder, but Carol’s reaction in the last page nixed that theory. So Shanna now knows that Carol does have some moral qualms and that it’s mostly her loyalty to HR that’s been keeping her in place.

Rather than go straight to “your boss is the devil and you’re a dumbass for thinking otherwise,” which would not be out of character from her, Shanna adopts a much more effective tack, using Carol’s defining trait against her while stirring up her doubts and regrets, sort of fusing them all together into a ball of “your current existence is hell, and I am the way out of hell.”

I mean, it’s still not gonna be that easy to sway Carol from the path she’s on. But it’s starting to look possible.