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Gangs of London season 2, episode 8 recap – ending explained

October 20, 2022

This Gangs of London Season 2 Episode 8 recap contains spoilers, including a full discussion of the Gangs of London Season 2 ending.

The end of London Gangs season 2 begins with a lot of bad news and decisions. Following the shenanigans of London Gangs season 2, episode 7, Sean gets his brother’s parts mailed to him, figures out his mom stabbed him in the back, and still has no heroin. Saba is accused of facilitating Elliot’s assassination attempt and is forced, along with Faz, to kill Hakim. Oh, and Shannon has the heroine, much to Ed’s dismay.

Things aren’t going well, are they?

Gangs of London season 2, episode 8 recap

In the previous episode, Elliot said something – to Billy, but really to us – about wanting the powerful to feel weak and afraid, and that’s the situation he creates for Sean, who is forced to do Elliot’s bidding to try to get Billy back. But the episode also begins to reframe Billy, the quintessential “weakest” member of the family, as possessing real strength. We’re reminded, in a conversation between Sean and Koba, of that whole snitch and bucket thing from season 1. In his story, Sean lies and says he shot, but we know it was Billy. As Sean acquiesces to Elliot’s demands, showing weakness, Billy attempts to stage his own escape. He has always been discreetly the stronger of the two brothers.

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One of the things Elliot wants Sean to do is kill Koba, and he achieves that, at least, but by poisoning his burger and fries. Is there a worse place to die than a gas station? I imagine not. That would seem like a disappointing conclusion for Koba, but he fights poison until the very end – even after becoming paralyzed, he almost manages to draw his gun. But eventually, he bleeds from his nose, eyes, and mouth and drops dead, only to be piled unceremoniously into the trunk of the car.

Elsewhere, Luan’s men arrive to retrieve Shannon’s heroin, and she and Ed slaughter everyone through a motel wall while Lowering – a nice nod to Gareth Evans’ involvement here – plays on TV. Poor Danny must be scarred for life. Either way, Ed, having made Luan a solid earlier in the season, still has some bargaining power left and forces him to wait until morning – to see what happens between Elliot and Sean, in other words – before making a decision. After all, would he really want Marian to accumulate all that power?

Eventually, Sean meets Elliot at the right place and, predictably, the two fight. Billy helps by stabbing Elliot a few times with a screwdriver he secured earlier, and that certainly helps, as does Sean throwing oil in Elliot’s eyes. But at this point, Elliot is virtually indestructible – he’s too full of rage at the violence and regularity with which he’s been wronged, betrayed and manipulated. After getting the better of the scrap metal, Elliot hangs Sean by the neck from a crane, and he’s totally ready to watch him die until he decides that’s not quite enough. Instead, he lets Sean live but decides to take everything he’s ever built – to sit at the table. The final scene of London Gangs Season 2 makes this idea literal, as Elliot takes his place among Ed, Shannon, Luan, Marian, and the other high-ranking criminals in London. Elsewhere, Billy is seen visiting Sean in prison, and Asif, in exile, offering Lale a cigarette. They have now teamed up, it seems.

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Season 3, anyone?

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Further reading:

  • London Gangs season 2 review.

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