She enters Lain’s house, now a deserted nightmare world of darkness and disarray where wires burst from the top floor’s walls and Lain’s broken sister aimlessly wanders the halls.
Alice makes her way through until she eventually reaches Lain’s room, now covered in nothing but computer cables and stuffed animals, visible among them none other than a white rabbit.
The Internet in a bedroom, pure nonsensical nihilism could conform; Wonderland at last.
It is here that Alice reaches out to Lain, however, despite the terror of what she sees all around her.
You’re here, you’re real, your heart is beating and you can find love, she says.
There’s a reason you have a body, why you aren’t just abstract, lawless, structureless data.
She preaches that material reality exists to give people the structure we need to be happy in life.
And it works. This connection established, one that could only have been made in the physical world.
And, from it, Lain emerges a changed person, and uses this belief to call out the contradiction in the views held by the self-proclaimed God of the Wired, who has spent the last several episodes trying to convince Lain, and by extension all of humanity, to abandon the physical world in favor of the limitless possibilities of the Wired.
And so, he completely breakdown, collapses into a nightmarish monster that desperately tries to kill Alice and Lain, but this further affirming the fact that physical bodies are needed for some things this causes him to collapse and die.