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Banshee S02E10: "Bullets and Tears"


I'll let you guys in on a bit of a trade secret: It's so much easier to write about a bad episode of television, or even one that's just disappointing. And we all spend so much time imagining what big episodes and finales are going to look like that sometimes it can be easier to nitpick about anything that doesn't live up to our expectations. But writing about this season of Banshee, as the show morphed from something that was fun and promising to something that was more assured, complex, and, by this finale's end, emotionally satisfying, I've come to appreciate what it's like to write about a series that's truly found another gear. 

"Bullets and Tears" wasn't my favorite episode of the season (that honor still belongs to the formula-breaking "The Truth About Unicorns"), but it was the proper, meaningful conclusion to the show's first 20 episodes. So I could spend time in this review talking about things here and there that bothered me—mostly the kind of plot conveniences that are bound to pop up—but what's the point? By the time Hood jumped out from behind that pillar in the church, ready to sacrifice himself for Carrie one more (and last) time, I was actually convinced he was going to take down a half-dozen dudes with automatic weapons. "Bullets and Tears" was so on-point with its character beats and resolutions that it was pretty easy to move past any lingering issues. 

Much of the episode's success was due to its structure, wherein the present-day action in New York with Hood and Carrie going after Rabbit one final time nicely folded back on their last few days together before Rabbit framed Hood and got him sent away for 15 years. The majority of the information explored in the episode's flashbacks had already been alluded to in the show's narrative (and basically out-and-out explained in bonus online content), but it wasn't the information that really mattered—it was the sentiment. Jonathan Tropper's script really hammered home how these characters had come full circle in some ways, and went back around in others. Hood and Carrie were in love, Rabbit didn't appreciate that, and he ultimately sacrificed himself for her. We knew all that, and yet as the flashbacks started to bleed into the present-day scenes, particularly as the characters returned to the same locations, the impact of all this history was palpable. 


It's perhaps easy to forget all the damage Rabbit caused 15 years ago, especially when Hood and Carrie are having their own issues, but when Banshee returned to this story and to the sense that Hood and Carrie simply could not let this go on any longer, the stakes were as high as they could get. Though that was clear by the end of last week's penultimate episode, "Bullets and Tears" did a fine job of underscoring it again as Hood and Carrie would not be stopped, no matter who they ran into while trying to secure guns, or how outmanned they were inside the church. Hood and Carrie aren't exactly lovers anymore, but they're not just friends, either. There's a depth to their relationship, defined by all this blood and drama, that was on full display here. Antony Starr and Ivana Miličević were as good as they've been all season, particularly because they were tasked with playing their characters in multiple time periods as well as through a wide range of beats. That's why the early detour to load up on weapons that introduced Fat Al was especially great; it allowed the two leads to have some fun before diving headfirst into the decade-plus drama with Rabbit.


And hey, the flashbacks also gave us a fun origin story of how Job met Carrie, complete with Job doing quite the musical routine for not the most supportive audience. There were times this season where I wished the show would give certain characters more to do, but the last few episodes have definitely made strong use of Job, and this one emphasized how integral a member of the 'team' he is. The present-day scenes also made it clear that there's some interesting history between Job and Fat Al, history I'm sure the show will explore in Season 3. I'm looking forward to that; Fat Al appeared to be the kind of broad-but-weird fella this show is always populated with. 

But I'm getting distracted because there was so much good stuff in "Bullets and Tears," and because all I want to say about the part where Hood and Carrie made it to the church is "!!!!!!!!!!!" Unsurprisingly, the big shootout sequence was wonderfully shot by Greg Yaitanes. It managed to be hectic and purposefully controlled at the same time, without an overreliance on slow motion or cheesy music. That was of course followed up by a much more low-key scene between Carrie, Hood, and Rabbit, but I think it made sense. Rabbit is a violent dude, but it's not as if he could really stand up in one-on-one battle with Hood, or even Carrie. For the three of them to have a final moment on the park bench where they all acknowledged the impact they've had on each other's lives before Carrie and Hood (barely) forced Rabbit to kill himself was close to perfect, both tonally and as a resolution to this long-simmering story. Rabbit had the chance to explain himself a bit, Carrie was able to see her father without granting him forgiveness, and Hood got to watch the man who ruined his life die right in front him. Rabbit was probably right that there is a bench out there "like this one" waiting for Hood, especially with the way he's been living since he got out of jail, but it was time for Rabbit to go, and this was as good a way as I can think of to do it.


Weirdly, though, I thought everything that happened after Rabbit's death told us more about Banshee's growth this season. Even though Hood and Carrie took care of business and made it out alive (barely), they had to return to Banshee where the rest of their messy lives were still waiting. Getting rid of the Rabbit problem was a big step forward for both characters, but it doesn't solve much for them. In fact, everything that's happened over the last 20 episodes now means that they can't use Rabbit as an excuse. Carrie has to try to put her family back together, for real, and Hood has to determine whether there's enough of a reason to stay in Banshee now that the primary one is gone. Is the relationship with Siobhan real? Can he actually play the fatherly role? Those are questions he must answer. With Rabbit alive, both Carrie and Hood had excuses—for weird and erratic behavior, to skip town, whatever. But now have to move forward. The external threat is gone, but all the internal issues and stresses these two people have experienced all season? They're probably worse now. And the fact that I feel this way about the characters and the show's future is due to the real effort Banshee put into its characters this season. Even with the primary antagonist removed from the equation, there isn't much concern about where the show goes from here—at least not from me.

Unfortunately, we have to take the good (if you can call Hood and Carrie returning to Banshee to a host of awkward situations good) with the bad... and with the creepy. Bad being that Emmett and his poor wife simply couldn't escape the evils of Banshee, and found themselves gunned down at a rest stop. As far as supporting character deaths go, Emmet's was hard to take. Bummer. And of course, creepy being Kai and Rebecca. The latter's seduction of Alex turned out to be just a ploy to get close enough to kill him, which didn't go according to plan but ultimately had the intended result. Consequently, Kai got of prison and reunited with his niece in the most uncomfortable way possible—she's watching him shower, and hugging him in the nude. There's so much blank-but-loaded staring between those two, I just can't take it. But they're going to be quite the pair to deal with come Season 3. 

And we can worry about Season 3 later; for now, we should be celebrating Season 2. Banshee took a noticeable leap in quality over its last 10 episodes, and this finale was a lovely culmination of its primary storyline, but also of all the great things the show did this season. We're getting close to that place where Banshee belongs in the discussion of the great shows on TV right now, don't you think?


NOTES

– As some of you might know, I had the opportunity to talk to Greg Yaitanes and Jonathan Tropper about the finale and the entire season. Check that out; I really enjoyed doing it.

– Julian Sands didn't have much to do this season as Rabbit's brother, but that beard was magnificent and his character got a bloody death, so party on. 

– Similarly, not a ton or work for Zeljko Ivanek's Racine, but it was nice to see that character return via the flashbacks in the finale.

– This episode alluded to a military background for Hood. I'm guessing that's something that comes into play somewhere in Season 3. 

– Speaking of Season 3, fresh off of straight-up murdering dudes in the French Quarter, Chayton's on his way back to Banshee now that Alex is dead. I'm already pumped for that fight between him and Hood.


What'd you guys think of the finale? Which death hit you the hardest?


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AIRED ON 5/20/2016

Season 4 : Episode 8

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Everyone who is excited for season 3 has good reason to be. My uncle was the Special Effects Coordinator for seasons 1-3 and my boyfriend a SFX technician for 1 and 3. I've read over the scripts for S3 and saw one episode at the wrap party.

All I can say is, Banshee fans will not be disappointed =)
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What an Fantabulos show is this! Woww! I mean I love the watching this show and the great part is its again start coming on hbo hits these days. Guys those who love it, do watch it again feel the energatic vibes with it and make it easy for schedule check at hbohits.in on their sites. Don't Miss it!!!
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I finished watching Banshee season 2 not a long time ago. I don't won't/ need to repeat all the Great Things people have written about Banshee. All its well deserved for one of the best (or The Best) TV shows on tv right now. One thing I like to comment its how good it feels that the writers didn't fall for the typical well end Love Story for Lucas and Carrie (or Ana). That its what it makes Banshee so good to watch, the unpredictable drama.
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I'm proud of this show. I LOVED the gritty, raw edge it had during the first season, but it really grew up in its second season. Other than Justified, which had ups and downs in its 5th season, there isn't another show on TV that provides episodes as purely entertaining as Banshee. Definitely need to start talking about it with some of the best shows currently on TV,
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Great season!!!! Enjoyed every episode. Only part I didn't like in finale was Emmett and his poor wife getting gunned down! Seemed a bit much for characters who had already suffered and deserved a quiet send off. The rest was fantastic!!!
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when does the next series start?
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I'm also curious if kai will "bang" Rebecca! Does anybody know when the third season is going to start?
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Its taken me a while to put that amazing season finale into perspective and join the community to share my thoughts. Another episode another 'BANSHEEEEEEEEEEEEE'! Written by Jonathan Tropper and Directed by the man the myth the legend who now knows what freedom from Network interference and restrictions tastes like- Greg Yaitanes and we fans wouldn't have it any other way. A lot of EEEEEE's to go around this week but the MVP is the person who really saved everyone's ass (once again) Hoon Lee's 'Job'. (He was so on fire on tv that weekend, he came back Monday on 'The Blacklist' only to be killed at episode close by James Spaeder. )

That episode had IT ALL and didn't need much more than the allotted time to finish a major story that has been being told since 'Hood' stepped out of prison, to finish off Alex Longshadow's troubled period of leadership as the chief of the Kinaho, to make Rebecca choose quite the dark side in pure 'Banshee' style (plan to kill Alex while he was eating her ......cookies.. is that OK to say?- ONLY ON 'Banshee'!!!!!!), to have Deva step into the Cadi to say, 'Hi dad.....', and then we get Chayton Littlestone killing some dude in a fight club in New Orleans before getting the call about Alex and announcing to his dirt bag brother that they are headed back to 'Banshee'. Every note hit with precision to let everyone know that the Season 1 finale was no mistake, not only is this the best show on television but they also know the best way to end a season on their show. This was a masterpiece and it had so much; it even had Beyoncé's choreographer, Charlotte native James Alsop, putting together quite possibly one of the most fun scenes this show has done, Carrie/Anna's meeting Job. Job in drag and full makeup owning the stage with his take on Sylvester (James) 1978 DISCO CLASSIC 'You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)'. Yeah that's right 'Banshee' used Beyoncé's choreographer and how Corey Barker missed mentioning that fact is beyond me. He was even in the scene, in drag, standing by Anna and 'Hood'. This song was an anthem at the time playing in many many clubs. That scene was too perfect. Sylvester James was someone who never got as famous as he deserved because he wore the fact that he was gay on his shirt from the moment he appeared on the music scene. Bringing Mr. James back to the public's attention needs to get people checking out the great music he made before he lost his own battle with AIDS.

The bringing of the origins comic to life in the flashbacks was a stroke of genius and made it really feel like a tip of the cap to the fans. Thanks show for making it work perfectly. They all looked younger in the flashbacks which many shows can't pull off. Ben Cross 'rabbit' and Christos Vasilopolous 'Olek' both looked so much younger (how many people missed that it was still Christos?) as did Antony and Ivana (her standing by the bed with her perfect body and the black wig) and even 'Racine'. One of the best scenes in the past may have been the one with 'Hood' and Olek in the ring, 'Hood' still so much in love having no idea that (1) Olek is on to the affair and (2) Olek is in love with Ana. The noise was all there and he just didn't want to listen to it. You know how much he still loves her the way he held her hand the entire ride back to 'Banshee'. So many beautiful scenes together in this episode, Antony and Ivana were so good every time they were next to one another. Carrie/Ana and Hood are the Stevie Nicks and Lyndsey Buckingham of 'Banshee' they know each other so well and have a love a step above most - but they are smart enough to know they have no reason or business being married.

The shoot out in the Church... I'll throw this in there 'Methodic Doubt' does one hell of a job scoring these episodes. There's Bear McCreary scoring many, many shows and then there is Methodic Doubt. McCreary is awesome but he needs some competition. That scene isn't half as good without the music. 'Hood' holding 'Ana' back, ready to die for her to survive and return to her new family - (his family) was just beautiful. I thought someone was going to die so Job to the rescue with Big Al was awesome. Big Al gets a thumbs up. Him coming to the rescue with Job seems to be showing 'Hood' that he isn't rabbit. He has done enough good things mixed in with the incredible amounts of violence, protecting others, that there are people that will stand with him. He just can't keep running so hot or he's going to burn out alone on rabbit's bench. He got back to 'Banshee' and he wanted Siobhan in his arms (poor beautiful Siobhan having no idea her best friend was gunned down, that is going to hurt her more than anyone else - almost glad we didn't have to see her reaction to the Yawners execution). He has no idea how to have a relationship where him or the other person isn't always in danger, This love affair, Siobhan and 'Hood', has a lot of road to cover and doesn't at all seem possible - is she going to be the first 'Banshee' citizen to learn his real identity? I'll take these two together as long as its possible.

Rebecca and Alex. Only on 'Banshee'. So her plan was to walk into the casino in her typical white dress. Alex just smelling sunshine from the minute she steps into the room. Her beauty is her weapon because it can put men completely at her mercy. She planned on shooting him in the head while HE was giving HER oral favors. This girl, only in 'Banshee' and only in 'Banshee' is it the girl doing that to the boy. WOMEN OF 'BANSHEE' RULE! But she hesitates for a second, because she saw how close his face actually was before pulling the trigger and he gets enraged, then she ends up killing him with his own knife - the knife Alex told stories about. So bloody. The white dress is now forever bloodied as Rebecca has embraced the dark side. She was so proud delivering the news to Uncle Kai and embracing him as he steps from the shower. The scene ending as her hand was reaching his ass. Thank you show for stopping there. (Lili must have loved this scene getting to be the clothed actor in a nude scene.) And now Chayton's coming back as well -- this is getting great.

A final word about Emmett Yawners. So instead of just letting Emmett escape into the world leaving hope that we hadn't seen the last of Demetrius Grosse - they had to show this lovely man being blown to bits, along with his poor wife who clearly hadn't suffered enough this season apparently (1st appearance - beaten up and lost baby after kick to womb, 2nd appearance gunned down). It was one of the first lessons we learned this season with the sad story of young lovers Lana Cleary and Solomon Bowman - nothing good survives in this town - and there is no way out. Was everyone as mad as I was as these two were just eviscerated on the way to Florida? Just a bit depressing. So long to the most handsome man in the cast Demetrius Grosse playing a character my brother tells me whose image resembled many black athletes that landed at Penn State that got injured during their time at State and never made it out of Pennsylvania.

This week all the extra EEEE's are for Yaitanes getting some great assistance in putting on 'Mighty Real' in such a marvelous manner. This show is friendly to EVERYONE. Who doesn't love 'Banshee' except for the prudes?

I love love love 'Banshee' and know its going to be too long a wait for Season 3. (Hearing Yaitanes in everything since the finale and he's already talking about Season 4 lets me know exactly how much these folks know what they are doing.)

Thank you cast producers, directors, camera men who are filming this show beautifully almost exclusively on hand helds, editors, casting directors, musical professionals, musical acts, etc. that make 'Banshee' something different and better than any other show on television. Thanks Cinemax for proving it isn't just about After Dark softcore.

One WTF though to the mother-ship HBO - You aren't always playing original programming every night so why put two shows against each other on the same night and time? 'Banshee' (Max) and 'Real Time' (HBO) are going to share viewers, why put both shows on at the same night and time? HBO needs to make a smarter decision about this next year and maybe move 'Banshee' to nine or to another night.

Thanks show for going out the door of Season 2 a perfect 20 -20, 20 episodes, 20 A's. I think if Corey had been there from the beginning like most of us he would stop sounding like season 1 was a mess, it really wasn't.

I love 'Banshee'. That is how you do a finale. One final 'BANSHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!'
Heading out the door after another spectacular season.
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Forgot one thing -- How upset was Sugar when 'Hood' returned to The Forge without Job? Trying to be such a man when expressing just how much he is going to miss having Job around. Job and Sugar forever!!!!!!!!! I can't wait to see the spectacular reason this show creates to bring Job back to 'Banshee' cause this ain't never ever going to be the last time we see him.
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Watched both seasons in 3 days, I'm hooked! This was quite possibly the best season finale I've ever seen. So much emotion, character building, action, everything fit together so well and kept me interested all the way to the end and even now I want to see more.
I wish Anna and Hood could be together, but their relationship seems all jacked up. She gave him up to be tortured by Rabbit! It's like one day she can't think about anyone but Hood and the next day she doesn't care about him. I'm content now thought that Hood and what's her name cop girl have a thing, because if it ended that he was alone, it would've been the most depressing ending.
This show has a ton of potential and a bunch of directions to go into. I can't wait till season 3! But really, I don't think I can wait, so please hurry it up and strongly consider adding about 5 times more episodes to each season.
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Great series. loved every moment. Can't wait for season three.
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Absolutely loved this finale. It was a long time coming, and I was glad to see it done so well. A lot of interesting things coming into play now. With the death of Alex, I'm foreseeing not just Chaeton and his posse coming back (as was made quite clear), but we should definitely see Nola coming back as well to avenge her brother, which I'm really psyched for. Can't wait for season 3.
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Weird that they got the guy who played The Albino and his umbrella boy to show back up, but not the actor who played Oleg. Just some other dude. And what about poor Emit and his wife!?
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You may want to rewatch because the actor (Christos Vasilopoulis) who played Olek last year, was clearly the same one who played him in the finale.
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Really? Weird. He looked and sounded so different. Thanks
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I will admit to some cliques and i really hope in season three we get some fricken back story on Hood, Hood/Job, glasses guy and Sugar/Proctor. All in all i didn't mind the episode i think it took us to the next stage where we stop focusing on Rabbit and also finds a way to tie Hood to Banshee with still giving him and chance to run but with there being both bad and good with that. (aka dead beat dad or protect them from the shit storm he attracts) I myself liked the flashbacks they gave us insight into Rabbit and well we all probably still dislike Carrie/Anna. Shes needed and i get her but she bothers me, I mean she just makes the worst decisions. One thing that totally broke my heart was when Yawners and his wife were shot down. I get why but also dude he didn't kill your friend and you beat up his wife so his retaliation was equivalent in eye for an eye standards. The guy that shot them is an idiot and not following a code; that puts him on my hope you die painfully list.
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He (the racist who shot Emmet and Meg) is going to die - at Siobhan's hands. My prediction. (I love Carrie/Anna because she is a wonderfully drawn complex female character on a television show which is the rarest of commodities on most shows and having a stunning beauty like Ivana Milicevec who is a very capable actress playing the role just makes it great. (She has valid reasons, valid to the character - valid to 'Carrie', for every decision made - even handcuffing 'Hood' to the bed for daddy.) The look in her eyes when Hood is telling her he's taking her to meet 'his guy' and she (and we) starts grinning 'Who's Job?' like she already met him was a nice touch.
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I understand and love the actress, but there's just something about the character that maddens me. Its not just the betrayals actually those i mostly get its her.... attitude toward her decision maybe she just always seems to be shakey and her decisions effect so much that it bothers me.
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I was disappointed in finale: too much of show spent on 'flash-backs.' Also, last season fight scenes were clear to view, unlike this season whereas they are make up of jumbled collages leaving too much to the audience to assume. And then there is Carrie, who is too arrogant for me: homely compared to the likeable deputy Soiban. I wish they could ditch Carrie's whole family, especially Gordon. I'd also like to see more of the man who owns the bar - the ex-con (I'm so sorry to forget his name), bring back the highly entertaining Job as well as Proctor's 'glass-wearing,' ruthless assistant.
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I, too, don't like Gordon. But, in some ways, it actually fits, nicely. She didn't marry for love. It was a convenient way to start a new life -- though it appears she did grow to love him.

I also never found the actress playing Carrie to be all that attractive, but again, it fits with the story -- even her arrogance.

And, generally, I also prefer fight scenes you can actually follow, vs the tightly framed and edited chaos where you can't really tell what's going on. But, I never noticed being concerned about that in Banshee -- and I'm pretty sensitive to it.
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As usual I have mixed feelings about the episode, or rather the writing. The people involved who aren't writers did a fantastic job. The writers did a good job too, but as usual some details are just too dumb. There were also some scenes that I don't know what to think about.

One of the dumb details was that Carrie and Hood choose to attack a place that they knew would be guarded by lots of people with automatic weapons who were waiting for an attack. They didn't have a plan other than to go there and shoot everyone. They couldn't even know for sure that Rabbit would still be there. The only weapons they had were pistols with silencers (plus a knife), and they didn't even bring enough ammunition.

Of course the plan failed, and then we got one of the most overused tropes on TV. The main characters were facing certain death, and at the last second, the people who were about to kill them (all of them, without any of them getting a chance to run for cover) were shot by people who we didn't know were there. So I wasn't too happy about that, but the gun dealer's comment about it was so awesome that it almost made the whole thing worthwhile.

Then we got another overused trope, and a big pet peeve of mine. One person (the priest) ran out there and shot up the place, even though there was a close to 0% chance that he would be able to get them all, and a close to 100% chance that he would die. The smart thing to do would have been to escape out the back with his brother.

After that, they had plenty of time to talk to Rabbit, seemingly not at all concerned that the police might show up, or that there might be another goon with a gun somewhere. Did the gun guy say that he would do something to keep the police away? How does one do that exactly?

The scenes that I don't know what to think about are Emmett's and Rebecca's scenes. I don't get why the show would kill off Emmett like that, especially at the end of the season. I've been thinking about Rebecca's big scene a lot, and I can only come up with one reason why she would want to kill Alex while he was going down on her: Jason's murder gave her some kind of rush that she wants to experience again. She now has an urge to see someone that she's having sex with get killed, that's so strong that she's willing to risk her life to satisfy it. She's a serial killer in the making.

I don't know what to think about that. It's not just that I don't know where they're going with it. It's also that I don't know how we got here. They haven't shown us she's been thinking after Jason's death, except that she seemed absolutely horrified by his murder. Now, this contradicts what I just said about how it gave her some kind of high that she wants to feel again, but I still think I'm interpreting both scenes correctly. So I have to view this as a continuity error.

About 20 people massacred in a church...I have a feeling that this will make the news in Banshee too. It would be absurd if Brock and Siobahn don't understand that Hood was involved, when they find out that Rabbit was one of the victims.
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Ok... to all those associated with the making of Banshee: I don't think you understand. You've created TV gold. You have a moral obligation to us to air at least 52 episodes a season. What can I do to get through to you? :-)
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'Banshee' 52 episode season.....!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! No one would be watching anything else. There would be no need to. Someone needs to tinker with the HBO product 10 episode seasons model and at least knock it up to 13 for 'Banshee'.
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Haha I completely agree! 10 episodes in a year!? That's not nearly enough. And now we have to wait about an entire year to probably get another 10 episode season...
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Thank you for posting.
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What a great end to the season I liked the way as cory said in the review they came full circle with the primary characters. I was waiting for the reveal of Lucas Hood real name nada have to wait for next season now.
But I was expecting Job to burst in the church as carrie and hood getting gunned down didn't seem right. I can now see why rabbit was so pissed at hood due the fact that he was told he was a grandad. Emmet and his wife death was expected due to the actions he took previously and I think procter right hand man had a dealt with that. This show and true detective are the best shows on tv now but I think banshee will fall in the same category as spartacus viewers will like but no emmys or golden globes which is a shame. As you have other shows that steal the lime light but are poorly written and aren't as entertaining.
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I was thoroughly impressed. Not just with the finale, but with the season as a whole. Banshee has indeed moved away from just being a very entertaining but-not-taken-very-seriously show towards something much more compelling. Sure, it still retains its charm and revels in its gore, nudity, and not always believeable storytelling, but in the meantime it has managed to elevate itself above these basic elements. And who would've thought, really. So far it's the best thing I've seen this entire TV season (True Detective yet to be viewed).

15 minutes into the episode, I was somewhat concerned. Pondering whether we would spend most of the finale watching a flashback of the events that we knew, even if we didn't know all the details. And when it finally switched to the present day storytelling, I wasn't able to tell at once (except for the different hue and Ana's hair).
But Banshee knew what it was doing by taking its time. Looking back, it managed to do everything it set out to do in a very assured way. And consequent shorter flashbacks were very nicely interwoven into the ongoing story.

With Rabbit gone, a new chapter opens. There is still a matter of Proctor of course, and things are undoubtedly going to get even more complicated. I'm going to miss Emmett the most, such a great loss.
The word needs to be spread so more people realize the awesomeness that is Banshee! Just keeps getting better and better. "Only" 10 months until season 3... oh the joy of painful anticipation.


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Agree on all accounts
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Now this is how you end a season.

I loved the first season of Banshee. It was like a TV show, fueled on blue crystal meth, a rollercoaster ride of sheer enjoyment, with enough back story to warrant the insane action sequences. Although a little depreciating, TV's guilty pleasure had arrived.

Season two takes away the guilty pleasure tag. The training wheels came off. What we got was a show that wasn't complacent on being that rollercoaster ride. What we got was a show that had found it's step. Where other shows lost it's momentum, Banshee came of age.

Credit has to go to everyone involved. From the directors and writers for creating such an enticing storyline, to the absolutely beautiful cinematography and editing, Banshee has become, in my opinion the best show of the year.

I loved the finale. But like Cory, my personal favourite episode was The truth about unicorns. The best episode of anything shown this year, and the benchmark of where Banshee should be aiming.

And OMG, I thought Hood had sacrificed himself again. You know it's good when you believe someone is going to die. Thank you Job and Fat Au...
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No other show gets me excited to watch it like Banshee does, the idea of having to wait 10 months to see a new ep is already killing me!!
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That was a sick finale!!! YES!!!

Fat Al: "Do I look like a fucking comedian?"
Hood: "You look like 2 fucking comedians!" HA!

Job: "This could be a start of a beautiful, fucked up friendship." Genius!

Can't hardly wait for season 3!!!

P.S.
Emmet and his wife going down like that was harsh as shit.

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In addition to the Native American Dwayne Johnson, Alex's death also paves the way for Nola to return. Party!
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This show is so damn awesome...but...
This was my least favourite episode this season, heck, of all 20 episodes.
The flashbacks were only entertaining because of Job.
After the brilliant season 1 finale, the showdown here was just so much less exciting really. And one knife v. 7 machine guys...c'mon man...
At least Rabbit is dead now, finally...and nice touch on the suicide.

As for the shit that went down in Banshee, frickin awesome. Except for Emmet and his wife being gunned down. I hate the writers for doing that.
Not cool at all.
Not sure about Alex Longshadow being gone, but at least it'll lead to so much more come season 3.
The final fight scene with Chayton was not needed. That kind of senseless violence is just dumb. He killed that dude just like that?

I was kinda hoping for way more to be honest. Still love this show, and can't wait for what's next!
But Job better come back though. He better!
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Hood wasn't expecting to win that attack with a knife. He was creating a distraction so Carrie could escape and have a life with her family. So, it wasn't as ridiculous as it might seem.
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Well, I LOVE this show (episode 5 of this season is a masterpiece of tv) BUT i'm really pissed that they stole the song "This Night" by BlackLab from "THE SHIELD" finale for this finale. They used the same song in the same exact context for the same exact effect.
Sorry, not cool.


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It fit pretty well, though. I don't mind such coypcating if it's well done (assuming it even was that in the first place). Just because a show that happened to come earlier used a specific song to achieve a specific effect, it doesn't mean that anything that comes afterwards should dare not to.
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Nice catch ;)
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Boys and Girls, I think we have a contender that might knock the crown off Breaking Bad's head for greatest TV series of all time... Banshee is that show.
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I love this series so much I almost cant bare the thought of waiting sooo long until it comes back.
I will miss Emmett.
Job better finds his way back to Town.
Will be interesting to see how the Hood/Deva relationship unfolds.
Chayton vs Hood confrontation will be a treat to watch if it will lead up to an epic fight. Looking forward to see how that one stacks up on the long list of already epic fights we have seen.
Siobhan... I have mixed feelings about this; in one side I ship the idea of Hood having a significant one who genuinely cares about him and provides just that little bit of normal to his life that he so much longs for, but in the other hand I'm not sure I want a healed Hood when I so much enjoy watching the broken one.

Oh maaaan... I will miss this!
BANSHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!


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All I can say is that all of those guys have aged REALLY well! 15 years and still looking the same! Also...Bansheeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!
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Yeah, true, but the man pretending to be Hood aged prematurely, because in the flashbacks he is in his mid-20's. But at least he's very consistent with his whole look over the years.
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Aaaaawesome, loved it. Solveing the Rabbit business and laying nice plots for season 3 at the same time.
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best tv series at the moment but I would like to mention Hannibal as well. Both shows are great. One more show which I want it to be as good as these two is The Boring Dead but constantly I am losing my interest.
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I agree that Hannibal should definitely be mention among the best shows on TV now. And Walking Dead has already lost me.
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Overall I liked the finale but it did feel a bit film student cut n paste in it's attempts at past reveals tied in with the now. The cool bow tie wasn't quite to Doctor Who standards.
Shame about Emmett and his missus. But knowing the Hitler youth, they probably filled the mag themselves without gloves.
Job in NY? C'mon son we need you back. He can't be a gonna. I'm guessing Det. Bonner is going to feature as at least one of the impending threats to pull Job off the stage and go through another abortion.
Chayton should be interesting, but only if it turns out that his brain matches his brawn. I can do without another mule sized guy beating Hood until he hands him a razor - the humanity!
Rebecca and Uncle dodge nearly at it again. They may as well just fuck and if Rebecca's feeling repentant later, she can always feel so whilst gazing on Christ as she gives Kai a rusty trombone.
Mister Carrie has nowhere left to go beyond, as ever, accepting her back and trying to stab Hood in the back. Will Gordon be working with Det. Bonner (the voice, the man from Oz) on the QT next season. Though they've got to work the fact that Hood is visibly known to him.
Ah Siobhan, the ever needy hose beast. What's to say.
As I assumed, Rabbit did see Hood as a son but so with that, a son that couldn't be with his daughter. At least Rabbit got his General's retreat as an ending.
So was Hood an actual soldier in a legitimate armed force or, is it a reference to him being a soldier in another gang? And did he save the man big as two fuckin' comedians in either?
As much as I like Banshee, they've got to move quite a bit about to keep it fresh. As the Rabbit arc is deceased, it's looking like Native US Indians + Kai 'with' Rebecca + The Law as the unholy triumvirate to be juggled. Oh plus a rebellious daughter, ex wife and her bitch.
Time to cue up some torch music 'till next year...
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"We're getting close to that place where Banshee belongs in the discussion of the great shows on TV right now, don't you think?"

O, hell yes. We've past that place already. It's become so much more than just a pulpy good time fist-pumper that it originally started out as. I see it now as a bar-raising standard setter for other shows to emulate.

It honestly amazes me that such high quality is still so under the radar
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Excellent finale.

Sidenote: Hood has the nickname Soldier Boy because of a "story" he has yet to tell about the "old days". This, happened before the 15 year prison stint. Seriously, how fucking old is he!?
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... and how many lives has he led?
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what a finale,wow.
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Wow ! Wow ! Wow !

This is how much I loved this episode ! I had expected the show to tie up the loose ends with Rabbit. The way it was done makes is so enjoyable.

While many shows screw up their flashbacks so much that even with subtitles to show the year, it confuse us. The flashbacks here were so well done, I know exactly what time frame they were in. Okay maybe also because I had watch origins but seriously the settings, costumes were all done right.

To see Zeljko Ivanek's Racine one last time was a nice touch too.

I was already expecting Job to come in to rescue them when the gang were pointing their guns at Hood and Carrie but he did not so I put that idea to rest. When Hood jumps out of the pillar, I was thinking how they can pulled it off without him dying and then Job and the merry-man came so I was sort of surprised.

Now most of the review was about the first part of the show - tying up loose end. I do feel the really exciting events happened in the last part when the show was setting up for season two. I totally did not expect this part.

Rebecca killing Alex - Wow !

Rebecca and Kal - Wow ! I was thinking to myself it is finally happening and then it did not.

This pair will keep Hood busy in season three. Hood will probably take revenge on the skin heads to avenge Emmett's death. So Skin heads will keep Hood busy for a while too.

But after the credits roll, we had Chayton. Wow ! I almost forgot about him and he will be the third enemy for Hood. Nicely done !

Only disappointment is I did not get to see Nola. Surely she will be back in season three. I can only hope.
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I already gave my opinion of the finale (great) of this fantastic show however I still have these questions/random thoughts~excuse me while I think out loud:

1. Obviously I adore Emmet and will miss the character, but I have some other mixed feeling/musings about Emmet's death:
  • Did he die because no good can leave Banshee? I don't think so since Juliet got away but maybe she isn't "good" enough…nah, I don't buy into this possible explanation
  • Did he die because the writers wanting to kill off a good guy so they could call it the equivalent of "The Red Wedding" but he wasn't a main character. I hope not! Nah, it wasn't for that reason…I'm going to try to be less cynical;-)
  • Did he die in order to set up villains for hood to deal with S3? I don't think it was needed because Hood already had Kai to deal with
  • Did he die to have a (or another) reason to keep Hood in banshee? That was similar to the above question. Anyway, isn't enough that his one true love (Carrie/Ana) is in Banshee, his daughter, his current relationship with Siobhan, his desire to take down Kai, his seemingly increased desire to "fix wrongs" (be a sheriff)…and more…
  • Do there need to be reasons?
  • His death almost make it seem like the skinheads "won" and I don't like that.
  • I know it is the skinhead's fault he died but what role did Burton (and by extension Kai) play by killing the main skinhead. What about Hood's role since he initiated the collision with the skinheads when trying to get info on Kai's illegal activities

2. Siobhan--I love the character but I also have mixed feelings/thoughts/questions about Siobhan.
  • What does she want out of her relationship with Hood?
  • How does she feel about Hood?
  • randomness: Hood doesn't love her. The writers/producers have said that Hood and Carrie will never have a happy ending together. Siobhan deserves a man who will love her above all other women (imo) and I don't see that happening with Hood.
  • Is Siobhan a little bit crazy or was her ex full on crazy (crazy by himself) and she played no role in it?
  • Is Siobhan just hooking up with Hood as a friends with benefit (yay) thing or does she wuv him?
  • Does she "nag" (or ask realistic questions) a bit much for just a friend with benefits? what about as girlfriend?
  • Does she deserve more or want more? Sometimes battered women doesn't think they deserve good "things"….is Hood even good for her or will he cause her more trouble.
  • so are Hood and Siobhan a couple? is he no longer a player?

3. Job is staying in NYC? No! Well if he stays there then the show will have to figure out how to keep him relevant. I want more screen time for Job

I'm not even going to tackle Rebecca but she is one of the most fascinating characters imo. She deserves her own post but let's just leave it as "it's complicated"
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"Did he die because no good can leave Banshee? I don't think so since Juliet got away but maybe she isn't "good" enough…nah, I don't buy into this possible explanation"

You have probably seen it by now, but the lead writer Jonathan Tropper said this in Cory's interview:

"Once Lucas had come in and set these things in motion, this thing in Banshee that corrupts everyone, no one is safe from it. [Emmett is] the one guy who tries to really stay out of it, but ultimately, you're not going to get out alive. Whatever the metaphysical thing is in this town that brings out the duality and corrupts them, you can't get away from it."

Looks like your first thought was spot on.
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It's very clear that Hood and Carrie are on separate roads now, but they will always have a strong friendship and loyalty to each other. Carrie has made it clear she belongs with her family. Hood will always love Carrie, but I don't think he is IN LOVE with Carrie anymore. Their relationship was pretty much put to bed in The Truth About Unicorns.
I think Hood has feelings for Siobhan. She could be his new start, and even though he doesn't say much, he seems to be a bit less hard around her. I think Siobhan and Hood could be great together. She questions him, but gives him space, and she challenges him on the way he acts. Hood seems like the kind of guy who wants a relationship and who would be better off being in one. I don't know if he loves Siobhan, but I think he might be falling in love with her.
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You analyse and think too much about the show. Are you dreaming also? Ha !

Okay being serious, I will answer some questions.

I am sad about Emmet's death but I am okay with it. I would be real angry if Job died so I will take Emmet. I just accepted his death, did not think of the reasons why.

As for Siobhan, I think she do love Hood and wants to be his girlfriend. I think the fact that Hood is mysterious and a "bad" boy makes it even more challenging. Isn't there a saying that girls love bad boys?

Hood probably love Carrie as the one true love but he also know he can never get Carrie again and He wants Carrie to return to her family. So maybe he is giving relationship with Siobhan a chance. I am glad the finale show him back with Siobhan. It seems to say Hood is a little tired and wants some peace. Initially I was almost sure there will be new woman for Hood in season three. I am still leaning towards that way though.

I think Job will be back. He is resting there off season. Ha !

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Guess who's KNIFE was used to kill Alex! (you know, aside from the gunshots). That other indian guy who tried to vote Alex out is going to be one of the initial suspects, I think. How about you?

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I also think the same and loved it! It's like George's ancestors finally did help him against his enemies. lol
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Hah! I'm actually really wondering if George still thought of Alex as an enemy. I almost got the impression he'd changed his mind.

After all, it didn't appear he DISLIKED Alex. He just thought he was weak and ineffective as chief. When he confronted him after the botched vote, he said, "perhaps I underestimated you".

Then he said he had no heir to pass the knife onto and then "gave" it to Alex. I thought maybe that was his way of showing he'd accepted Alex.

But, maybe not.
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I think you are right about George & Alex. It seemed like George begrudgingly "adopted" Alex as a "son".
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1st of all Burton is taking care of Alex Longshadows body so there shouldn't be suspects if he did the job right George's story should hold up because the holster for the knife was on Alex's belt which would confirm Georges story that he gave it to him, not to mention the fact that the cause of death was a bullet to the head. What has me curious is how unsuccessfully Burton "took care" of things considering Chayton down in New Orleans is already aware he's dead.
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I previously guessed that Rebecca would use his knife (given to him by George) to kill him but I was wrong. It took a bullet to the head to kill him. He survived (at least during that scene) and stab to the neck and two bullets to the torso…the third bullet to the head is what stopped him.
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Right. But, I'm GUESSING the knife will be left behind by creepy assistant as evidence and George will be questioned.
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I hope George has an alibi and Burton doesn't plant the knife and gun in George's possessions. I'd like the murder of Alex to go unsolved.
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The murder was a mistake, in that Alex asked how Rebecca got in and she said she had her ways. Fine. But where were all his security? Are they deaf and blind? Hood had his tag fight to get in before but now nada. She just leaves with a quart of blood over her white dress and, hey, that's unnoticed too. Oh wait, she told them she had her period and all the men went yuk! Let her by. This isn't the blood soaked dress we're looking for - oh shit, Lord Vader... And she had no visible damage post fight too.
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I love this programme with a passion BUT should not go past season 4. Kai/Rebecca is creepy but i think she after his spot
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A comment, below, about the fake diamonds, got me thinking...

There are many possibilities with that. It seems highly unlikely that Rabbit managed to plant fake diamonds in that facility. By all accounts, it was nearly a fortress.

So, the company that got robbed could have had them as fakes all along -- either as insurance against a theft like this or maybe as insurance fraud.

I suppose it's also possible Rabbit informed them a theft was coming and worked out a financial arrangement to split the profits from either the actual diamonds and/or the insurance money.

OR...

Could Carrie have had them replaced? And, she still has the real ones? Not likely, at all, given her son's medical needs.

Could Job have swapped them on his trip to New York? Again, not likely for the same reason as Carrie, AND he seems to really care about Hood.

Who else (and how) could the diamonds have been replaced.

Oh, and btw, these were apparently pretty realistic fakes. Hood, Carrie, and Job all studied them and never noticed. And, they were rubbing up against each other in the bag, so cheap glass would have scratched and chipped.

So, at minimum, you'd think they could get a BIT of money by selling the fakes as fakes.

BUT, I guess they sort of contradicted themselves, there, by showing Job shattering the diamond with his shoe. So, plot hole?

Anyway, what do you think? Are we done with the diamond story? Or, is there more to come?
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On one hand I think the diamond's story is done because it was so essentially connected with the rabbit story BUT on the other hand I have the same questions you have and am not satisfied by the idea that the whole thing was a set-up from Rabbit and he placed the fake ones. The other possibilities of a betrayal is promising, at least for the long run of the show.
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Yeah, I think there's a story, there, if the writers choose to pursue it. And, I kind of like having common themes pop up every now again across multiple episodes and even seasons.
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great points!
I think the diamond story is done.
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It's episodes like that really make me wonder about the advanced work involved with putting a show on the air. I mean, I find it almost impossible to believe that the symmetry between Hood and Anna's heist and Hood and Carrie's attack was accidental. No way the writers were sitting around and one say, "Hey, you know what we should do...". Even if the events of 20 episodes weren't scripted before the pilot was shot, I have to believe that, similar to Kurt Sutter and Sons of Anarchy, this was a moment in time that the producers had envisioned from the start.

The scene of Hood and Carrie behind the pillar was heartbreaking and personally, I didn't see "Job to the rescue" coming. In those moments I tried to figure out how this show would carry on without Hood. Interesting to see though that Carrie didn't move an inch. Like Backdraft, "You go, we go". After establishing that level of relationship, the most poignant moment was as they were driving back to Banshee and the moment they entered the city limits, they released one another's hand. Bravo!

As much fun as the idea of a Hood vs Chayton rematch is, let's face it, that just means another savage beating for Hood until he can find a weapon or gets help. He gets his ass kicked so often and Chayton is so clearly out of his league that I'm not dying to see this. What I am dying to see is Chayton's realization that it was Rebecca that killed Alex and we get an Indian vs Amish criminal battle royale.

That Kai/Rebecca story has been creepy from their very first scene when he picked her up from the bar. I want it explored and explained but sorta don't all at the same time.

While I was never real keen on Hood and Siobhan, I did have a huge smile on my face when he fell into her arms. Though perhaps that happiness will be short lived because truthfully, with Alex dead, hopefully that means the return of Nola Longshadow cause I dig her and Hood together.

While trying to temper expectations if season 3 is to season 2 what season 2 was to season 1...we're in store for some exceptionally television.
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well said!
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I expected Job to come in, but not with an army. That was cool.

Even still, SOMEONE in that line of machine guns should have managed to hit SOMEONE before they all went down. That stretched believability.
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True, but if believability is a requirement, then Banshee isn't the show for you. If we're being honest, at any given moment since the inception of this show, there's been an arc that stretches the realm of believability.

If looked upon at face value, most of what happens in Banshee is absurd. From Hood's fights to effortlessly banging every woman he meets. Hell, the basic premise of the show is a little ridiculous. A moment of objective thought over a dozen things that happened this season would cause occular damaging eye rolls. But that's sort of the point, isn't it?

Personally, I'm happy to look past the FREQUENT over the top moments, mostly because that's the reality of this show. In any other context the suspension of disbelief levels would be far too high, but here, they're right where they're supposed to be.
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Just because some of the stuff has to be unrealistic doesn't mean that everything else should be. The show would definitely be better if they changed its silliest moments to something a little less silly.
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I'd argue that if you remove the "slightly silly" you change the entire soul of the show. If you turn the crazy dial down from 11 to say 8-9, you're left with the typical small town vs big bad drama that you'd get from any Jean Claude Van Damme or Steven Segal film. I don't know about you, but I've seen more than enough of that same ol' cliche to last me a lifetime. But because Banshee is willing to go places others aren't, you get the full dramatic AND action effect.

Dial down the action but leave everything else intact and crazy relationships like Kai and Rebecca would seem wildly out of place. Dial down the relationships and leave the action and you never get Emmitt going all midevil on those skinheads.

After two seasons, I think Banshee has established that what happens in its world is different from what happens in reality...and that's what makes it awesome! I see little point in taking away the one element that separates Banshee from most other shows.
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That's just like your opinion, man.
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I think of believability as a rubber band. I'm capable of stretching it quite a bit for a show I love, but every so often, you pull it too far and it snaps.
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The first scenes by yhe brigde look like stripped from a comic (in a positive way).
Good fights, good thrill,funny( the church scene: " 7 guys with machine guns and you gonna stab them? " I almost didn't shoot them to see trying you pull that off!!)
Seeing the medical records of Rabbit 's family I 'd also shoot the priest so many times just to make sure.
Good season finale.It tied some loose ends but leave you thinking about the aftermath.
Looking forward to S3.
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awesome finale
RIP emmitt
kai and rebecca = creepy
chayton vs hood ... can't wait
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That was a near perfect season of Television. Near Perfect.

H.L. Mencken once said that "You don't know where you are going if you don't know where you've been". To those that say it was too flashback heavy I say it was heavy enough. This was a closing of the major plot line and with that you need the history of that plot line in order to end it and to know where this all may be headed. I appreciated the flashbacks. If it was just to tell what happened then meh. But this also revealed a lot and gave some hints to the future. But also provided perhaps some of the first inconsistencies.

Now there is the obvious. Like you can't conceal Uzi's in a fight and then pull them out of no where. And you shouldn't attack a place, knowing that there is going to be armed resistance with only a couple pistols. Now I believe they may have revealed a little something that explains that, but I will get to that later. And if you do plan on attacking with only pistols, bring enough ammo. They only went through maybe 2 mags worth of ammo in the lead up to the shoot out. Them running out pretty much guaranteed Job coming in. I didn't expect Fat Ow, that was just a pleasant surprise and a very welcomed character.

The bigger reveal came from Fat Ow. "Soldier Boy" is an interesting term to lay at the feat of Hood. Now the immediate definition would mean that at some point in time Hood was in the military. But when questioned by Carrie he said not exactly. Which would lead me to believe that he was in something similar to the military. Now we could speculate for hours about what. But then you have to look at some of the evidence. Hood has a skill set, combat, defeating security systems and the like. He prefers pistols to rifles even when a rifle would make much more sense like in say storming a fortified place. When you add to that knowing people like Job and Fat Ow I have to think that perhaps he was in the intelligence community. A pistol is a spy's weapon, it is concealable and you fight with what you are familiar with. You also learn to defeat security systems and the like. And your original identity is a mystery.

The only problem with that is, that he should have faired better against the Albino. He had skills before he went into prison. I would think he would have done better than he did. As someone that has been in his fair share of fights I know that you will eventually run into someone that is better than you are. But that just is a little inconsistency and I can forgive it because the story and the show is so freaking good.

The death of Alex was interesting. Well done to Rebecca she put her big girl pants on now and herald Proctor seem (creepy) solid and they are going to be a formidable force next season. However, she still hasn't played all of her cards yet, she still has an attachment to Hood and did not turn him in and she still sent away the dancer. So I still have to wonder what her plans are exactly. Also, kudos for her to using sex to get him in the position. She is new to all of this and used exactly what she was good at in order to accomplish her task. That is one of the best things about this show. The characters exist in their own worlds and skill set and don't necessarily jump out of that in order to move the plot. They could have had her walk in and shoot him in the head. But she isn't there yet, she used what she knew in order to compromise him and get him to let his guard down. Brilliant move by the writers.

With the death of Alex, my guess is that both Chayton and Nola are going to come back. Perhaps team up? I think that would be an interesting faction for the town to death with.

Hood and Siobhan. I have to say that I really really like that set up. I have to wonder if he is going to answer the question that he owes her next season. The hug between the two was pretty meaningful because it wasn't as overtly sexual as we expect from the show, meaning that it probably means more to Hood.

Emmet, that was tragic. I still put the blame of his situation on Hood. Hood dropped the ball and was too focused on Proctor and let this happen. If he was there and involved it wouldn't have gone down like this. I think he is going to take the news hard. And I can't wait to see what he does to the skin heads. It is going to be grand, and I am willing to bet that Siobhan is going to want in on it.

As for next season. We have the NYPD tracking him, which means there is only a matter of time until he sees him. Hood has been on TV way too much to hide for long. We also have the various revelations that we got from this episode. I have to wonder how they are going to write in this whole "soldier boy" thing. I also can't wait to see more Fat Ow and Job, that is just going to be fun. I also want to see the fallout of Dava and Hood and Carrie and her family. That brings up a lot that they are going to have to answer for to the rest of the characters. How Hood knew Carrie before hand. But it also could lead to some explanations others have as to why Hood is there. He can chalk it up to wanting to be close to his daughter.

So the various intertwined plots are just going to be fantastic. This really is one of the best shows on TV right now. Right now I have to go POI, Hannibal, The Americans, Banshee. Five would be Justified if it wasn't so shite right now.
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Yeah, I agree about the Albino fight. They gave the impression that Hood learned the bulk of his fighting skills in prison. But, today, we learn he was already pretty awesome prior to that. I'm guessing it was a shift in the writer's thinking, rather than planned.
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-- "an interesting faction for the town to death with"

Freuidian slip? :)
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A very good season finale and a solid ending to Rabbits plot line.
They also managed to set up a few things for the next season. Hood being a dad, Proctor out of jail and with a double threat of Hood and the Indian tribe.
Emmet's death will probably impact Brock more than Hood - will this bring them together or make him more resolute in conspiring with Gordon.
And Siobhan will be stuck in the middle.
They also need a new deputy ;-)

From a narrative stand point its a very polished season finale - tied up the big plot and set up the next season nicely.

But there were problems.
All those guns and they ran out of bullets, and as soon as that happened it was obvious Job would turn up.
What happened to the 2 bags of guns and ammo they left the hotel with?
They didn't cover how the stolen diamonds were fakes - unless Rabbit didn't set that part up.
Rebecca and The Thunder Guy - they didn't really need the 'happy meal moment' to get into that situation.
And when she pulled the gun the first time she didn't even have her finger on the trigger.
Did Deva overhear her parents in the last episode or did Gordon tell her - never covered.
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Good you mentioned the two fun bags, because obviously there wasn't much more to it.
Also: shooting up a church with 11 corpses belonging to the russian/ukrainian mob and there is no forensic evidence leading to the man who is NOT Lucas Hood? No blood, no DNA, no fingerprints? Leading to state-wide search and somebody in Banshee watching the news or getting a call or something? Yeah grumpy cop had the file in his hands but only he knows and I guess he is more relieved to be rid of rabbit than feeling obliged to bring down hell on tgwinLH.
Though I have to say that I like this whole Banshee thing so much that they can get away with murder.

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But will they....
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I wanted to start off this post with an expletive that starts with an 'F' and end with 'k' and is preceded by the word 'holy' on many a non-holy occasion, but I'll keep it civil. With but a few minor nit-picks, I thought this was an amazing episode. I'm not sure you can call this a criticism, but SO much happened in this episode, especially the latter half in terms of lead-ins to the third season, that I couldn't believe it was an hour-long show. It seemed like the show was done after the church, but not at all. For a little while I thought it started falling apart with Rebecca killing Alex -- seemed a bit out of the blue despite the problems Kai and Alex had -- and the juxtaposition between past and present was at times a little heavy handed (ex. when they were walking forward to kill Rabbit present day, and walking hand in hand to steal the diamonds in the past... the constant switching was unnecessary), but then it came right back with the (very sad) killing of Emmett and his wife.

So now we have two strong arcs to the next season -- the 'white power' morons who killed Emmett, and the more pressing issue of Chayton and the Native Americans/rogue Amish to deal with.

Meant to say earlier: some very well done shots in this episode, as has been the case in past episodes. Brilliant and artistic, be it flashbacks or otherwise. The scene when Job and Co. came in to the church with automatics blazing goes right up there with Flash Forward's episode in which they all walked forward with guns blazing, and other classics. Doesn't reach the quality of Miller's Crossing when Daddy Warbucks takes out four with the Tommy Gun, but still.
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I loved the flashbacks and especially the juxtapositions. Well, done, imo.
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I'm not saying I minded the flashbacks as on the whole, just the staccato back and forth while holding hands and walking to the church. It seemed a little gratuitous to me and it felt a bit like they were trying to hammer the similarities home with a shovel. Besides that one moment, though, I love how this show goes back and adds to the character. In particular I loved the back-story on Rabbit in this episode.
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BANSHEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Are you seriously asking "We're getting close to that place where Banshee belongs in the discussion of the great shows on TV right now, don't you think?"
I guess you didn't hear us last season or this entire season--we love this show. True Detective, Banshee and Hannibal are the best shows on tv with consistently excellent episodes. Our love of Banshee is why you get paid to write this article so yeah it is among the elite shows. That FTW article always pisses me off since you never suggest Banshee as FTW and the rare times that it has been FTW is has been due to fan suggestion. So wonderful of you to finally realize what an awesome show you have been watching…a little late but better late then never.

It was a great season finale. I think they could of cut back on some of the flashbacks but most of them worked well in the episode. I'd say may be 20% less would of been better…a few of them could of worked just as well on the origins site and we still would have had enough flashbacks to see relevant bits from the past and how they directly relate to the present.

I totally called Rebecca killing Alex! The combination of the overall season 2 preview clip (0.40 mark) combined with the season 2 finale clip (I think 0.22 or 0.23 mark) made it pretty obvious. Plus we needed Kai out of jail and that's how it is done.

I totally MISSED the mark on Siobhan. I thought she was going to die. The two heartbreaking deaths were Emmett and his wife;-( I didn't see that coming.

I don't want to wait another year for season 3….it's such a long wait.

This truly is an excellent show and I'm surprise more people aren't watching it. Most people hear about it through word of mouth. Seriously, this show is one of my all time favorites. It's not just a show with sex and violence. It has complex grey characters with intricate interwoven stories, brilliant acting, amazingly creative cinematography, intriguing plots/arcs/stories, awesome fight choreography and so much more….unique, refreshing,…I could go on and on.
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Bansheeeeeeeeee!!!
Then I remembered how long we have to wait

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Siobhan is too much of a symbol of rebirth for Hood. She is his link to a better life. Whether that better life can actually happen is a whole other season of greatness.
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Damn, a whole 'nother year until the next episode
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Really? A year? Well, that's a serious bummer.
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*tears*
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RIP Emmett, Meg, Yulish, Rabbit, Alex and countless red shirts Ukrainian gangsters. I'll miss Emmett, not so fussed about the rest. For a minute there, I thought Rebecca was on her way out too! I hope Job doesn’t stay in New York for too long.

I get the impression that now the Rabbit problem has been dealt with, next season will concentrate on Kai and maybe the battle to become Chief.
Perhaps a bare knuckle fight between Nola and Chayton Littlestone is in order?

What I got on the original heist was that Rabbit had a friend in the diamond vault place, who put the fakes in the safe? Is that what others understood?
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Job will probably stay in New York for about... a year! :) He'll come back around the time season 3 begins! LOL
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That'll do!
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Fakes in the safe it seems. Why bother?
1) Not his diamonds anyways..
2) Harder to get him arrested if they only have fakes on them.

Unless he though they may beat the arrest and get away.
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I had expectations coming into season 2 of Banshee, and, although they were actually meant, I cannot go on a standing ovation over how it all ended. "Bullets and Tears" did a fine job closing the biggest thread of the series, and opening some new ones at the same time, but was sadly missing the bat-shit craziness "A Mixture of Madness" gave us last year. The former was solid and competent; the latter was simply bananas. I guess the way Rabbit's takedown turned out is part of the overall maturity of the show... It worked OK here, but let's hope we're not losing the overall insanity Banshee is known for in the long run.

Speaking of that takedown... Hood and Anna aren't the best strategists, aren't they? So they wanted to somehow pull off a full-frontal, yet stealth, attack on Urich's church in broad daylight... OK, fine, even though Sam Fisher himself wouldn't have accepted such a suicidal mission, but whatever. That being said, knowing full well they would be tremendously outmanned and, therefore, outgunned, you would have expect one of them would have the presence of mind to bring a machine gun or, at the very least, a couple of grenades to thin out their opponents and force them to move from their position. I mean, it's basic - REAL basic! - first-shooter strategy 101... yet they went to this expected military-level shootout with a couple of guns, a couple of knifes and a fairly low count of ammo... No doubt about it anymore: Job is most definitely the brain of this outfit!

So this concluded the Rabbit arc of this story. 'Gotta say, I'm going to miss the ever menacing presence of Ben Cross going forward - no offense to Kai, but he was the true Big Bad of this series, and, unless it turns out there's a yet-to-be-revealed third brother somewhere still in Ukraine, there's not going to be another character who will be able to match his level of evil. I'm definitely sad about the lost of the Priest - Urich was most definitely underused, especially since he was played by Julian Sands. There's missed opportunities here for him and Racine to play a bigger parts in this whole mythology, but it's not going to happen now. We will never know what was that church a front for, why it needed so many armed men ... seems kinda wasteful. Ah well. I'm very happy about the introduction of Fat Al, though - however, you have to ask yourself why Hood had so much qualms last week about letting him know he was still alive. The way Job and Lucas was talking about Al in "Homecoming", I was fully expecting the 'sheriff' to have to go blow-to-blow against him to secure some weapons... I wasn't expecting a jovial ladies' man giving away his guns, no question ask, saving his buddy's ass while he "had it handle", and inviting everybody to breakfast! Seriously like this guy - more of him next season, please!

Back in Banshee, a whole lot of killings was going on... and I have huge problems with every single of one of them. I can see Rebecca's assassination of Alex being kinda necessary to advance the story forward, and I can understand how it could turn into a bloody mess, this being Becca's first hit and all... I do not understand, however, how on Earth she managed to get in and, ESPECIALLY, get out of the casino after her job was done. As it was evident in "The Thunder Man", the Proctor organization has absolutely zero pull inside the Longshadow territory, so, for Kai's niece, of all people, to be able to pull off that murder, especially without the help of her uncle... that makes zero sense. However, it is still way more logical than the Yawners gundown. This one felt completely unnecessary, and as random as it can get, and, oh yeah, quit implausible. So the racist a-hole who killed their baby is following them for revenge over Sharp I guess... what if Emmett decided to just gun it and drive all the way to Florida without stopping at any rest-stop? What was the plan then? To follow him all the way there to? Man, I loved Emmett and Meg, and really would have rather leave the show altogether than getting killed like that, but the killing itself seems to be so goddamn convenient, as if it just fall on those shitty skinheads' laps without any effort. Really hate that - if an important supporting character has to be taken out, give him/her the chance to go out swinging, not just as a plot device to drive your story (and a very small device it will be - I fully expect Lucas to take care of the retribution in half an episode, top.)

Anyway... there's a whole lot of actual good things in the horizon. Alex's death will definitely put a permanent fire in the silent war between the Kinaho tribe and the Amish (if I were Rebecca, I would be REALLY worry about the safety of my little brother as soon as Nola is back in town); more directly, though, Proctor will not only still have to deal with Hood and the Banshee PD, but also with Chayton and the Redbones gang - I know a lot of people wish the big guy will just go confront Lucas as soon as he's back in Banshee, but revenge against the sheriff is obviously a very small concern for him right now. I'm even wondering is Hood will do anything to actually stop the impeding chaos that will fall on the town he is paid to protect or if he's just going to let the whole thing plays itself out, since he doesn't particularly like the two groups about to square off... That could very well happen! And than there's the whole Hopewell drama - how the whole Hood-is-my-dad revelation affect Deva? How will it affect Hood? Will this force him to reveal more of his origins than expected? This storyline as the potential to end up even more messy than the Proctor vs Longshadow showdown!

This was a satisfying season, but it wasn't, in my opinion, as good as the first one. What Banshee gained in maturity and reliability, it lost in lunacy and unpredictability. Hopefully, the showrunners will find a way to get those two back for season 3. Until then... thanks for the ultra-violence!
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