‘Reacher’ Finale Recap – Prime Video Series Episode 8 Explained

At the end of the first To reach episode, the titular one-man mountain said he would find everyone responsible for murdering his brother Joe “and kill every single one of them.”

So… did he?

Heading into the eighth and final episode of the Prime Video adaptation, titled “Pie,” KJ, Mayor Teale, and dirty FBI agent Picard got the better of Reacher and Finlay. (As Picard would explain, he do warn Finlay not to take Margrave’s job, and he assumed the investigation would fall apart before the cop and drifter got too close to the truth.) When Reacher recaps what happened to the bad guys – closed shipping lanes did their Venezuelan customers get nervous – KJ corrects him on one point. It was K J who killed Kliner Sr. (as well as truck driver Joplin, and Joe’s Secret Service contact, and Joe himself). And yes, Reacher, Finlay and Roscoe will all die too, at which point the mayor will spin the sordid affair as a case of the twisted Reacher brothers’ plan something gone wrong.

But first, Reacher is tasked with locating Hubble, so KJ can sort out that last loose end. Once Reacher does this and Picard relays the good word (before 6am), Charlie Hubble and his daughters (who are currently being held in the Kliner Industries money laundering facility) will be released.

With Picard as the gun-wielding babysitter, Reacher insists they stop so he can spend some time with a map and think. While doing so at the restaurant (and using a non-lethal pencil), Reacher draws a series of perimeters – around Margrave, around Atlanta, and around Augusta. He explains that at first Hubble didn’t want to be too far away and chose Atlanta, but then worried that there were too many people to spot it. Then after considering Athens (where he and Charlie attended UGA), he settled in Augusta – close but not too much nearby, plus, you know, golf! When a waitress brings Reacher his coffee and pie, he “accidentally” spills the former, using the commotion to pocket a fork, which he then casually rams into the car’s rear tire, causing a possible flat tire. Stopping to put on a spare, Reacher opts for one of the many guns in his trunk, but finds himself in a “draw” with Picard. He then guides them through a mutual disarmament/truce, only to trick Picard into putting a bullet in him.

Reacher finds Hubble at a 1) cheap motel that was 2) within walking distance of the bus station, 3) wouldn’t question his lack of ID, and 4) where he registered as the one of the Beatles, and they reverted to Margrave. Along the way, Reacher explains that Paul’s “treasury contact” was actually his brother Joe. Paul in turn recaps how, once the Venezuelans started to worry (and after Joplin was executed in front of him for skimming), he phoned the federal whistleblower line and was put in touch with Joe. Once back in Margrave, they stop at Hubble’s home so Reacher can grab Dawson’s (dead) truck, which he later uses to drive into the police shop (after texting Finlay to “DUCK AND COVER”). Neagley then wanders off to meet the gang and join the fight.

After staking out the Kliner Industries loading dock area, Neagley quietly takes out two guards with killer long-range shots, and Reacher sneaks up on/tripes a third. Reacher throws a jug of gasoline at the foot of a loading dock door, instructs Paul to single-mindedly focus on finding his daughters and getting them to safety, then lets “detweeded” Finlay have the honor of visiting” Flavour”. Pays one last time” by lighting a cigarette and using it to start a small inferno. In the ensuing commotion, Reacher, Finlay and Neagley slip through a doorway, while Paul uses a higher one. Paul quickly sees and calls his wife, who tells him where their children are being held; he then heads to the office and frees the girls, sending a goon along the way.

Neagley finds high ground on a catwalk and goes after goon after goon, while Reacher and Finlay mow down several more. Reacher also frees Roscoe and Charlie, the latter joining her husband and children outside. Ultimately, the skirmish comes down to Roscoe vs. Mayor Teale (the man who killed his father figure)…Finlay vs. Picard (the Fed who betrayed him and survived Reacher’s gunshot)…and Reacher vs. K J. Finlay scores the first W, digging his finger into Picard’s bullet wound, then smashing the G-man inside a hydraulic press. Roscoe is next, battling Teale until she puts him on a rail and, just because he did, blows his brains out with the Desert Eagle. She, Finlay, and Neagley then exit the increasingly smoky area, only to realize that Reacher is still inside.

Reacher (and we) suffer from KJ spinning some sort of symbolic thread around the time he walked up to and killed a rhino on safari, until Reacher distracted his enemy and then attacked him. Reacher dips KJ into a vat of chemicals to wash the silver, before throwing him into flames, which instantly consume the smarmy boy. Moments later, we and the others outside see the place explode, but Reacher casually emerges from the smoky haze to receive a big kiss from a relieved Roscoe and declare, “It’s over.”

The next morning, Neagley texts Reacher (at Roscoe’s bedside) that she’s back in Chicago, after which he smashes this engraving phone in his hand. Regarding the French war medal he is carrying, Reacher reflects on the time when he (in military uniform) and Joe visited their dying mother, first remembering that “no matter what, we let’s not cry”. Seeing her visiting sons, Josephine reminds Joe that he doesn’t need to “solve all the problems in the world”, that “some” is enough, whereas Reacher should use his great strength to “do the right thing”. . (She then reveals that she knew all along that it was Reacher who beat up the Okinawa bully, and that Joe was “saving” him by taking the rap. Knowing that their sons were defending a “special boy from torment “, she and their father never dared to take them away from such pure natures, she explains.) Then, privately with Reacher, she presented him with her grandfather’s French War Medal, awarded for ” bravery in the face of danger”. Because, she tells Reacher, “It takes courage to do the right thing.” Then, back in a taxi, Joe said to his brother, “Now you can cry. And he does.

In the epilogue, Roscoe warns Reacher that the Feds are going to want to ask him questions, and she knows he hates questions — as much as he hates staying. “It’s just who I am,” he explains, likening himself to the age-old kind who wanders around while others stay by the fire. “But if anyone could make me stay close to the flame, it would be you,” he told her. Roscoe hands over a Clark Bar wrapper with his numbers on it, insisting on a call if Reacher is back in those parts. As for what’s next for Roscoe? Reacher suggests she run for mayor, and after dealing with him for a while, she says, “wow, it’s not half a bad idea. Later at the restaurant, Reacher finds Finlay, who says he already told the Feds he had no idea where Reacher was. Finlay thanks Reacher for helping him see what’s going on in his own town, then reports that he’ll be coming back to Boston soon — and hopefully to live a life after “touring” too long. Reacher learns that Finlay named the dog they rescued “Jack” (since Reacher didn’t use the name!), then finally gets to taste the world’s best peach pie, and it’s…? “I’ve had better,” he winks at Finlay.

Finally, after burying their grandfather’s medal at the spot where Joe was murdered, Reacher proceeds to hitchhike on the freeway, as “Travellin’ Man” plays….

What’s your verdict on Prime Video To reach? Did you find this as incredibly bingeable as I do? And who is complaining for a season 2?

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