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Who is Phillip Sinclair? Think of him this way — he’s both the person tasked with tracking down the mysterious organization behind the events of the winter finale, and also a person involved in orchestrating them through Apollyon. He is the villain that was hiding in plain sight and for most of the episode tonight, we saw Dwayne Pride doing what he could in order to track down the responsible parties. It was not a particularly easy thing for him to, especially since it led to him having to go to prison and talk with Walker — someone he didn’t have all that much of a fondness for.
As a matter of fact, the search for information on the man who turned out to be Sinclair led to Hannah Khoury having to ask her estranged husband for a favor. He didn’t even know she’d been in New Orleans for the past several months, but she had to confront her past in order to ensure that the team’s future was in one piece.
Here’s where things get strange
Only a short period of time after tracking Sinclair down and confronting him, he took his own life — he took the easy way out rather than having Pride take him on over some of the monsters that he helped to create.
Yet, is Sinclair really Apollyon? We’ve got a hard time thinking that, largely because it feels almost too easy that this story would go away so soon after the confrontation. (Also, isn’t it a little bit strange that Sinclair explicitly mentioned the Angel of Death directly in front of Pride, given the course of events that we’ve seen him be on this season?)
While this episode ended with a wake for Cassius and a brief opportunity for some of these characters to relax, we do have a hard time imagining that this is the end. It can’t be the end … can it?
In the closing minutes, Hannah told Pride that she needed a few weeks in order to spend time with her daughter. After that, we learned that Walker wasn’t killed in a prison incident earlier in the episode, and then, for just a split second, we saw the Angel of Death again! She wasn’t entirely gone … and we’re absolutely left with questions about her this time. Is she, crazy as it is to think, the real Apollyon? Is it Walker, given that he is alive?
In terms of crafting great action and excellent drama, plus a little bit of New Orleans culture, this episode brought it. Yet, at the same time we do leave it with more questions than answers for what could be an exciting second half of the season.
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