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‘Gangs of London’ episode 6 review: Slower paced with some big answers

Marian Wallace is out for blood.

On the previous episode of Gangs of London, we took a break from the chaos in the city to catch up with the Welsh traveler father son duo, Kinney and Darren Edwards. After the explosive and tragic tale, we return back to London and pick up after the failed assassination attempt on Sean.

The Wallaces are in hiding at a safe house and the isolation is starting to affect Billy. He tries managing his withdrawal through baking. We learn the waitress survived and Marian tortures her to extract information. This shows her overall mental state after the attacks and learning about her unfaithful husband. She knows full well the hardened mercenary won’t talk but uses her sadistic methods as a means to deal with her anger. Michelle Fairley finally receives an opportunity to something on the show and she unleashes some of her motherly Catelyn Stark spite.

Sean continues to forge his own path as a leader and do things his own way. There are several references to his desire to not endanger children. He’s haunted by the photo of the young boy that died as a result of Finn. In addition, he chooses not to kidnap the waitress’ son and daughter and use them for leverage when he has the chance. That could be because of Elliot taking the lead, but when he returns, he mentions it to his captive and tries to reason with her instead of using violence.

The partnership between the two main families in Gangs of London looks to be on shaky ground. Ed immediately determines that Jevan and the investors have been responsible for all the unrest. Some of the season’s biggest questions are answered as we learn why Finn was killed and why Sean is targeted. When it comes down to it, Ed is more loyal to his own and sides with the investors.

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 Alex is more conflicted because he doesn’t distinguish between the Dumanis and Wallaces; they’re the same to him. He only changes his mind and sides with his father after witnessing Sean torturing the waitress he thought was already dead. Despite the wedge being driven between the families, they’re tied together more now following a big accounting error. The stakes and danger are raised to another level now that Mosi and the Nigerian mafia along with Luan have become another threat to manage. If they’re not too careful, they mind end up inside Mosi’s next skyscraper.

At least Elliot accomplishes his main task by entrenching himself within the Wallaces’ inner circle. He was the exception to the no visitors policy at the safehouse. However, his relationship with Shannon and Danny could complicate things now that there’s tension between the families. Furthermore, he’s starting to blur the line between undercover work and reality with all his entanglements.

The thief that randomly helped out in episode four is back and he’s part of Shannon and Danny’s protective detail. Elliot can’t help but give him dubious looks but now he can understand what others were thinking during his rise up the ranks. At least he was low level henchman in the organization while this guy’s initial in was by robbing the Wallaces.

Episode six of Gangs of London allows viewers to take a breather following the past two action packed episodes. Despite the slower pace, the bigger picture begins to further develop with the significant reveals.

Gangs of London airs Sunday nights on AMC.

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Gangs of London E 6 Review
Episode six of Gangs of London allows viewers to take a breather following the past two action packed episodes. Despite the slower pace, the bigger picture begins to further develop with the significant reveals.
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Michelle Fairley finally has a significant role in an episode.
Starting to give viewers answers to the season's bigger questions.
For a show known for its great action, kind of miss not having any this episode.
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