The last episode ended on a cliffhanger when Zubi finds out what had happened while she had been in the hospital. Suffice to say, her reaction was something we had not seen coming! Angered, she goes to Umair and Sadia and blames them for all that had happened, and for ruining her life.

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This time, Sadia lashes back as well. The two sisters have now created a huge divide between them that is going to take a while to heal, and Umair continues to languish after Zubi despite her rejecting him. The character dynamics have finally been revealed and some interesting things about each of them come to light.

Zubi’s character change is by far the best thing that happened this episode. The audience finally see how self-centered and selfish she is as she does not even care about her mother or sister. Zubi’s manipulative tendencies also come to light. When her mother tries to leave, Zubi manages to stop her by pretending that she is hurt over the choice her mother is making.

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The clever ways in which Zubi gets her father on her side and makes Umair feel so guilty about his actions that he lashes out at Sadia is an aspect of Zubi’s character that makes her interesting. However, the reasoning Zubi has for acting this way was weakly written. Except the fact that she is enraged at losing Umair, the way she acts with him doesn’t show that she loves him unconditionally. Plus, her choice in remaining silent and keeping her affair with Umair a secret when telling the truth could potentially make things right again once more shows some discrepancies in her character.

I think these things might be explained in later episodes as they really form a huge hole in the story. Ayeza Khan was the highlight this episode as most of it revolved around her character and the talented actress really lived up to the expectations we had of her! The way she rapidly shifted from emotionally breaking down to planning her revenge was a really enjoyable aspect of her acting; we’re glad Ayeza Khan is finally getting the spotlight she deserves!

The story is definitely getting enjoyable to watch, but one thing that really confused me this episode was the way some shots were timed. There were random scene added in that really didn’t make any sense or add anything to the plot, and seemed out of place. The episode could have definitely done without some of these banal scenes. Instead, I felt more time should have been given to the way Zubi’s mother is dealing with the family issue, or how Ahmer is handling the pain of the divorce. In one scene, Umair slaps Sadia in anger but that event is not revisited despite being a huge thing. Overall, Yaariyan really is the whole package but these smaller details have started to hold it back from its true potential.

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The last two episodes had truly been a treat to watch, and so was this one for the sake of Zubi’s character. Hopefully this episode was the only one different and the future episodes are more like the starting episodes. Zubi’s character also deserves some depth and dimension instead of being a stock villain, and we hope she gets more development in the future.

What did you think of this week’s episodes! Do let me know your thoughts in the comments.

Umaima Munir is a film and theatre nerd who is extremely passionate about well-written scripts. Her love for television stems from days of watching old PTV dramas such as Andhera Ujala.

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