After his destructive exploits last week, Sean Wallace is the most wanted man In Gangs of London. Everyone is looking for him from allies like Elliot to more hostile entities including the authorities, his investors, and the Dumanis. With the odds stacked against him, can Sean survive through the season one finale?
Both Elliot and Sean are the main focus with the former interrogated by a government agency on his involvement with the investors. The majority of the episode is told in flashback showing how the undercover cop fell into his current situation building to a big reveal in the conclusion. There’s the added wrinkle of Sean learning Elliot’s real identity further complicating things at their eventual reunion.
Rather than kill his colleague for the deception, Sean sees an opportunity to team up with law enforcement to take down the investors. The bombing was to bring attention to their activity and he hands Elliot key evidence that can be used to take them down. The pair’s conversation is interrupted by Alex who has come to kill his former business partner.
Sean gives one last emotional plea to his “brother” to help take down the investors and it seems to work. However, their foe has deep reach and previously convinced Elliot to take down Sean and help Alex escape when the police arrive.
The talk of family is prevalent throughout the season one finale of Gangs of London. There are all the fraternal references between Sean and Alex, and similar conversation between Marian and Ed in the graveyard. We see the definitive end of the Wallace/Dumani relationship with both Wallace members shot. It’s interesting from a generational standpoint that it is the younger members that had the potential to reconcile because their bonds are stronger having grown up their entire lives together in addition to seeing the mistakes their parents have made.
Alas, Elliot made sure there would be no reconciliation. As mentioned last week, he has been the character to lose the most credibility over the course of the season and he’s fallen further after teaming with the investors. It doesn’t matter if his intentions are to take down the bigger fish and he did hold on to the evidence but he’s proven he has no real loyalties. Despite trying to please everybody, he ends up alienating them.
The threat on Shannon and Danny influences his decision, but his former girlfriend shows in this finale that she can more than take care of herself. There needs to be one big redemptive arc next season for Elliot to even approach viewers’ good graces.
There is quite the high body count in this episode of Gangs of London. Shannon demonstrates her shotgun skills when Elliot’s handler approaches her to be an informant. Now that she knows he’s an undercover cop, will she even care for him anymore? Elsewhere, Lale strikes back at Asif taking what is most dear to him while adding to the chaos of the city.
Then we dive deeper into the mysterious investors. Apparently, there are people above Jevan since they dispatch him for his inability to rectify the Sean Wallace problem. Then they have nearly unlimited influence helping Elliot escape his interrogation. They don’t seem to have any fears of anyone and blatantly rub it in the government agents’ faces. But maybe they should because the agents have one hulking beast that handles Elliot like a rag doll.
Portraying the investors as a secret organization manipulating events in the shadows adds to the intrigue for season two of Gangs of London. With this sort of conspiracy feel, it can add another dimension to the modern crime drama. In addition, the credits scene reveals that a key piece isn’t entirely off the board. What kind of trouble will they cause moving forward should add to the conflict and they have an unexpected collaborator. Add in Billy’s threat to Elliot after giving up Sean’s location and Elliot is going to have his hands full.
The finale looks at loyalty and the bonds of family while providing some startling twists that conclude the season one arc and lay the groundwork for future storylines.
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