It's that bittersweet time of the year again: the end of another "Strike Back" season. But it's not going away without a fight, a car chase and a crash or two.
The finale, which I'm going to call "Hiding in Plane Sight" since the production fails to title the episodes, debuts at 9 p.m. CT Oct. 18 on Cinemax with multiple reairings throughout the week before the Oct. 24 premiere of "Strike Back: Origins," which is the original 6-episode British season of the series and stars Andrew Lincoln and Richard Armitage.
The current series stars, Philip Winchester and Sullivan Stapleton, get to show off their stunt work again in "Hiding in Plane Sight." As you can see in the episode previes and behind-the-scenes clip below, Winchester rides atop a moving vehicle and the two of them flip their car. Obviously this episode was directed by Michael J. Bassett, who loves putting the guys in precarious positions.
So why are they stealing a car only to wreck it? Well, I probably shouldn't say, but ... In their efforts to foil Al-Zuhari's plan for a major biological attack, Scott and Stonebridge let a key player in his organization slip through their fingers. But as you all know, they don't give up so easily.
Meanwhile, Col. Philip Locke (Robson Green) confronts the Russain mobster Arkady Ulyanov (Marcel Iures). If you remember, his son is the man Scott and Stonebridge killed in Colombia. Um, one of the men they killed in Colombia.
Ulyanov wants them dead, and says as much to Locke, who explains that he understands the loss of a child. The scene once again illustrates one of the big themes of this season, which is how much these operatives sacrifice to make the world safe. Later in the episode, another theme is revisited: How these operatives are often treated like chess pieces by their superiors.
Watch tense Locke-Ulyanov meeting in the exclusive clip at the top of this post.
Scott, who stands by his pledge to protect Kamali's daughter, Ester (Amy-Leigh Hickman), is reunited with her in the episode. This summer at San Diego Comic-Con Stapleton talked about working with Hickman. Watch that video below. You'll find Hickman in the episode photo gallery by clicking this link or the one in the Related Field to the left.
"Hiding in Plane Sight" was written by Richard Zajdlic and directed by Bassett.
Enjoy the finale and see you next year. (That is, if "Strike Back" returns for another season.)
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