After last week’s Gangs of London, the overall big picture is beginning to become clearer. Ed Dumani pieces together who is behind the murder attempts on the Wallace family and the motives behind it. Also, we learn some of how Finn’s mistress plays a role. All the secrets are beginning to tear apart the close relationship between the two families but when a routine money transfer goes awry, both find themselves in the crosshairs.
You can’t help but feel a little sorry for Sean because no one ever thought he was the heir apparent. We already know the investors don’t want him in power but even his own father didn’t think he was a worthy successor. Via a flashback, the day Finn tells Ed he’s leaving the business, he gives Alex his blessing to run their organization. To minimize Sean even further, Marian heads out on her own to secure more muscle since many of their men keep on dying.
Throughout this season of Gangs of London, except for some rare instances, Sean has been portrayed to be out of his league. Though he might be a good low to mid-level crime boss, he is certainly lacking to be the top dog. If it weren’t for people such as Elliot, his mom, and Billy, would he even be alive or know what he does now?
It’s also interesting that he feels privileged enough that he doesn’t need to answer to anybody, but when the Dumanis keep secrets from him, he pulls a full-on hissy fit ending their families’ relationship when finally told Finn’s plans for the organization. You don’t know whether it’s the truth or the fact that his father had no faith in him that pains him more. Whether he can survive with all these different factions after him should keep viewers invested.
Another character in Gangs of London in a precarious spot is Elliot. Despite his bulletin board scene with all the key criminal players and their allegiances, you can begin questioning whether he’s becoming compromised. He’s already in a close relationship with Ed’s daughter. Then, he gives his handler intel on the Danish mercenaries but the raids don’t turn up any evidence so even the police are ready to pull him out from his undercover work.
Maybe the detective chief inspector feels a little more comfortable knowing he has Anthony, the jewel thief, as another undercover within the Wallace organization. Elliot is reluctant to leave and already has issues with Anthony so how will they get along knowing of each other’s real identity. For his part, Anthony sees great potential in working with Elliot and taking down all the gangs.
More violence erupts in Gangs of London. Asif makes his move against Lale completely decimating her operation. Meanwhile, Mosi doesn’t take too kindly to his missing money and leads a menacing machete wielding crew to the investment bank looking for answers. Both action sequences are fine and contribute to the narrative but don’t match the high quality of others this season. In particular, the latter, although different, can draw comparisons to Gareth Evans’ The Raid so it’s not necessarily novel.
Actions have consequences and all this aggression has repercussions. Nasir receives new scrutiny over his father’s business practices and cuts all ties hoping he can salvage his mayoral run. That’s not all Asif has to worry about because he didn’t finish the job on Lale. With her lurking in the shadows, he shouldn’t feel entirely safe.
At the same time, Luan has Mosi breathing down his neck and will his problems spread to Sean and the Dumanis since they carried out the money transfer? Then the violence in general is bad for business and the investors are applying more pressure on Ed and Alex to wrestle control away from Sean. These are all intriguing developments and it’s curious to see how and if any of these storylines are settled by the end of the season.
Despite the action sequences not living up to the high standard the series has set, this episode prepares various storylines as we near the end of the season.
Gangs of London airs Sunday nights on AMC.
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