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The Bridge S02E05: "Eye of the Deep"


Throughout the second season of FX's The Bridge, Marco Ruiz has been motivated by one thing: avenging his son's death. He finally got the chance to do so in Wednesday's episode, "Eye of the Deep"—so did he take it?

Thanks to some string-pulling by Fausto Galvan, who also knows what it's like to lose a son, Marco came face-to-face with Gus's killer, David Tate. The scenario Marco's been fantasizing about since the end of Season 1 became a reality when, with the help of a corrupt prison guard, Marco found himself standing over Tate, who was lying immobile in a hospital bed with a bandage over one eye (which was forcefully removed by another inmate earlier in the episode. Ick factor: 10).

However, when push came to shove, Marco couldn't bring himself to murder Tate—"not yet, anyway," he said. Instead, he opted to disgustingly shove his thumb into Tate's eye socket, in what was easily the most gruesome incident of televised hand-to-eye violence since the Game of Thrones fight between the Mountain and the Viper.

But is Marco incapable of killing a helpless man, or is he simply biding his time? What else does he have in store for Tate?

"[The scene] tells you everything about his nature," Demian Bichir said during a recent conference call with reporters. "Marco's a good person. He’s a good human being. And although he has this commitment to honor the life of his son, the death of his son, he knows that if he crosses that line he will become exactly the same person as the other guy. He will be another type of angry David Tate."

In the meantime, it's not clear how Fausto Galvan will react to Marco's inaction after he essentially delivered Tate's (one-eyed) head on a silver platter. Bichir is a standout minimalist actor in the role of Marco, and the scene between Fausto and Marco at the beginning of the episode conveyed how conflicted Marco feels over his relationship with the cartel leader. How much longer will he allow his personal vendetta to compromise the case he's working on?

"That's pretty much the interesting part of this journey that Marco’s going through," Bichir says. "I think he realizes that he shouldn’t expend more energy on small enemies, even though it was a big deal that this guy killed his son. But there’s a bigger task, there’s a greater good waiting for him to take some action on, and that’s what makes him reconsider all this. He’s been trying to get Fausto one way or another, and he can’t waste any more time. So, he believes that probably it’s not in his hands to make wrongs right in his own personal life, but there’s a greater task that he’s needed for."

Of course, that might be easier said than done, as Marco is now caught between a rock and a hard place. With both Marco and Mexican businessman Sebastian Cerisola (Bruno Bichir, Demian's real-life brother) aware of the other's ties to Fausto, it's probably only a matter of time before Marco's partner Sonya discovers the connection as well.

"Marco is constantly struggling between those two worlds," Bichir says. "He’s all the time in between heaven and hell in order to try to do the right thing, try to make things work. … He is literally transiting from one place to another, crossing this border pretty much every day and seeing the best and the worst of both worlds. I guess he never really knew how much of a human he could be until he was face-to-face with David Tate." 


What do you think Marco's next move will be? And were you surprised by his encounter with Tate? 


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"Were You Surprised by Marco's Decision?" No. It was a classic "hero has the chance to get revenge but backs out" situation. The only thing I was surprised by was his reasoning for it. I expected him to break down and realize that killing Tate would make him as bad as Tate, and then just walk away. But now he apparently has other plans for making Tate suffer.
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This was a good episode and finally we saw Tate getting some punishment beside prison. I liked the two main leads. I am surprised that his Demian's real-life brother. Do not really see the resemblance.

I still do not really get Sonya's obsession with "stuff" related to her sister's killer. It is one thing to hate the killer but another to bed the killer's brother, go to his funeral and collect his ashes. I understand Sonya is different from others but the show never really explained her motivations.
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I love this show. I'm not surprised that he didn't kill him either, this way Tate will be suffering more and Marco knew that already, I don't think he actually changed his mind.
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"he knows that if he crosses that line he will become exactly the same person as the other guy. He will be another type of angry David Tate"

No. No he wouldn't. That is silly. If anything he would become more like Fausto. There was a reason why we saw Fausto's son's grave and the man that Fausto exacted his revenge on. Marco as he said to the Chief, has always straddled that line. Once you go over that line it is difficult to come back and once he were to over that line then Fausto would truly own him and no longer just be a friend.

Now as for his decision. There are a few thoughts on revenge, is it better to even the score and kill the person or is it better to let the person live and torment him for the rest of their lives. Personally I would likely choose the latter. Killing someone is easy, Tate is still having issues with his wife and son dying and he will still carry that. Now he has a bite on his cheek and one eye. His prison time, which is going to be the rest of his life, is not going to be pleasant. That for some people is plenty, for others it is the death of the person that wronged him.

The thing I am concerned about in leaving Tate alive could mean a possible return, which for me would be horrible. I hated the reveal of the killer last season. It could have been so much better than merely a revenge killer. So very much better. They took a complex and well woven killer and turned him into something that has happened thousands of times in TV and Movies.
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"...he knows that if he crosses that line he will become exactly the same person as the other guy. He will be another type of angry David Tate."

This is an overused and stupid TV trope. It's not the crossing that changes you. It's what made you want to cross that line in the first place. If you want to cross it, you have already changed. And he's not going to be "the same" until he's willing to kill a bunch of innocent people just to get back at a person who did nothing worse than to have an affair with a married woman.

No, I wasn't surprised that he chose not to, because "good guy" characters on TV shows always choose not to. (OK, with Jack Bauer maybe it's 50/50). I was disappointed, because I felt like I've seen this scene far too many times. But I enjoyed watching how they got him into the prison. I've seen people get into prison to do bad things on other shows, and it always made me want to know how they got in there.
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There is no other current show I look so much forward to as the Bridge US.
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Do you watch Longmire?
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No. Why? Is it good? Is it like the bridge US?
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They're different shows but both near the top of the list, especially this time of year. I wish Bridge would improve to Longmire's ratings zone - as it is, renewal looks hopeless...
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Yeah, me too. There are a lot of shows "nobody" is watching.
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I guess Galvan cannot fully own Marco if he doesn't kill Tate. Since he cannot threaten him with making it public or something. But still, he's going to consider that favours are due anyways, right?
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Marco appeared to have made his mind up not to kill Tate when talking with Galvan and seeing his continuing misery in the re/avenge crypt. And as he said, leaving Tate to suffer so much more in the prison was a greater fate due to Tate's actions. Marco has had his eyes re opened to the darker side and I believe it will push him firmly toward doing the right thing - regardless of whether ducking a bullet works, or not!
I'm intrigued as to what all the pictures really mean for Sonja's poorly chosen boyfriend - even if he does go down town well! -, as he clearly has a different agenda. My first thought was perhaps he's either behind and/or the real rapist killer and I'm still leaning in that direction.
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I also think that guy could have been the real killer, but maybe it is something else. I thought he was gathering all the drawings that could point in his direction as a killer, but then, the last few drawings didn't really seem to be about people. So then I thought maybe the brother new something else of importance that he is trying to figure out. He's rather cold regarding his brother, too.
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Yeah. It makes more sense that his brother was always mentally disadvantaged and used drawings to communicate deeper thoughts that he couldn't verbalise. There's got to be more than him trying to simply erase him, afterall his brother was already in an asylum in the back of beyond. And his biggest fear is Sonja's interest, her being a cop and one with her own mental quirks that lead her to making conclusive jumps.
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I totally expected this and it reinforces my thinking about Marco and also Sonya. Both are fine persons to whom happened cruel stuff. I like this series more and more... only the eye-scene was redundant, why do they need to show something like this?
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I think to show the depth of Marco's anger.
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Can someone help me out with a question? What were Cerisola and Nacht talking about? I could not make out what he came to ask her... something about "Richfield"?? Could not understand the name he said, even tho I replayed it a few times. And then she said she tried to explain something to Galvan, but he wasn't interested and that "someone's" death left them exposed? Whose death... the DEA agent? Could not understand what she said either. Just trying to figure out that conversation.... tia.
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The guy from the bank that killed himself left them exposed. There were phones that he used to communicate with them, for example. I understood she was talking about this.
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I really thought Marco would change his mind once he was face to face with Tate... for exactly the reason Bichir says... if he had killed him, he would have become just like him. And that is not Ruiz' nature. High five Marco! It is much better for Tate to spend many long years in that hell hole.
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Thanks, I love this show as i do for the European one, both of them are amazing, same idea different way to show it according to the nature of the countries, it dose show a true problem not just between USA and Mexico for example, it happens almost every where.
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