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Hunters season 2 ending explained – why was Ruth Heidelbaum killed?

January 13, 2023

Hunters season 2 ending explained – why was Ruth Heidelbaum killed? first appeared on Ready Steady Cut.

We recap the Prime Video Hunters Season 2 Episode 8 series, “The Trial of Adolf Hitler”, which contains spoilers and explains the ending.

Many historians and writers have attempted to imagine over the years how “The Trial of Adolf Hitler” would unfold if he had been held accountable for the war crimes he committed. The end of Hunters Season 2 explores this twisted fantasy in dark detail, framing the episode almost like a psychological horror movie, as Hitler (Udo Kier) receives a “painful” fair trial and things seem to be turning in his favor. It does, however, make more authentic the idea that even someone like Adolf Hitler could get away with his unprecedented sins simply because of our distrust of the justice system. A concept fully exploited by filmmakers.

Hunters Season 2 Episode 8 Recap

The finale opens a few months after Hitler’s arrest. News outlets inform viewers that Hitler will be tried for his crimes against humanity in what is sure to be the trial of the century, perhaps the millennium. Dental records and fingerprints have been used to verify Hitler’s identity and a full investigation into the circumstances surrounding his staged death is ongoing. FBI agent Millie Morris is the only member of the Hunters team who has been named in the entire saga, but all the others are present at the trial in one capacity or another.

If you think this will be a plain and simple trial, you are sadly mistaken, Hitler is given an established lawyer, while his supporters gather outside the courtroom to protest. There’s even a sleazy judge with Nazi ties running the proceedings, which can’t be good. The colonel and Travis (yes, looks like he survived the gunshots) also seems to be plotting something in secret. And we see Nazi infantry planting explosives just to add to that overall tension.

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The trial begins in the standard way. Individuals are interrogated and the accused, a nervous-looking man Benjamin Kramer, continually opposes the prosecution’s interrogation tactics. From the start, Judge Muller seems to side with Hitler, agreeing with Kramer’s objections and privately arguing that the prosecutor Olivier Frankel must prove Hitler’s crimes. It’s pure madness, but it seems believable, everyone has a right to a fair trial, even Adolf Hitler.

Mindy Markowitz (Carol Kane) is among many survivors testifying in the case. This allows the show to explore the horrors of war in great detail. It’s heartbreaking stuff, and then Hitler asks his lawyer to cross-examine her, calling her a liar and an exaggerator. Fortunately, Kramer refuses. There are rumors that Hitler will be interrogated and here the show dips ever so slightly into the absurd, walking a fine line between believability and farce. Frankel argues that if Hitler speaks up, he will inspire a new generation of Nazis, while Kramer believes this legitimizes the trial, offering a proper defense, which the Nazis themselves would never do.

Frankel questions Hitler on the stand. Obviously, Hitler absolutely denies everything and states that he has not been in hiding all these years, just on vacation. Hitler talks about the master race and his hatred for the Jewish community but manages to avoid incriminating himself. Frankel changes tack and pushes Hitler into a corner. The Führer denies the crimes but thinks his followers are right to idolize him. He is confused by the contradictions and is driven to confess everything, letting his anger get the better of him.

Hitler is found guilty of all his war crimes and sentenced to life in prison. As the killer is shot, he slips a cyanide pill and is taken to an ambulance. Here the Colonel’s plot kicks off and our hunters gather to fight this planned breakout. The ambulance driver shoots the other employees and leads Hitler to a hidden location. Jonah follows on a motorcycle, while the other hunters are located in a car. Explosives from earlier are used to blow up a tunnel, forcing the hunters to give up pursuit, but Jonah continues on his bike.

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In a secret place, Adolf finds his wife. She embarrasses him and orders Travis to kill her husband on the spot. Travis turns on the Colonel and shoots him instead. He asks Adolf to anoint him as the new leader of the Nazi Party, explaining how he has built himself a following in prison. Jonah follows the enemy onto a rooftop and a firefight ensues. Jonah is shot and begins coughing up blood, though Joe is on hand to save the day. Travis disappears, leaving Hitler arrested again. In prison he is talked about as just a number, which only irritates the man further, a fitting end some would say.

Hunters Season 2 Ending Explained

The finale is interspersed with a flashback, centered on by Meyer narrative. In 1977, Ruth and Meyer hunt a Nazi called Heinz Richter. In a sinister twist, Meyer phones Heinz to warn him of an impending attack. He names Ruth and gives Heinz her address, thus sealing her fate. Meyer is the one who caused Ruth’s murder. Was he afraid that she would find out and become paranoid or did he have ulterior motives?

We return to the present, and it’s a happy ending all around, or so it would seem. Millie receives a Congressional Gold Medal and Jonah gets married Clear. However, Millie still feels guilty for killing the Bishop and she confesses to the murder. They decide to ignore Millie’s confession, however, preferring that she be seen as a hero, while Jonah still fears that he is a monster. Millie comforts Jonah and he returns the favor. They both have emotional scars that need to be neat.

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Sister Harriet visits Jonas after the wedding, giving him a belated gift. Inside are phone records from Heinz Richter’s toy store. These prove that Meyer had phoned Heinz the day Ruth was murdered. Jonah realizes that Meyer had warned Heinz, he had practically given the order. Ruth had discovered that Meyer was the wolf and she died because of this discovery. It’s kind of a sad ending, with Jonah finally putting the pieces together and realizing how and why his grandmother was killed.

The very last scene takes us even further away from a happy ending. Jonah and Clara are on their honeymoon, toasting new beginnings, but Jonah becomes distracted. He spots an old German man, eyeing him suspiciously. I don’t think Jonah will really feel safe again. They may have killed the Nazis and locked Hitler up for good, but the hunters only made new enemies in the process. The show theorizes that the fight for justice is a bittersweet battle that really has no winners in the end.

What did you think of Prime Video’s Hunters Season 2 Episode 8 and ending? Comments below.

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Hunters season 2 ending explained – why was Ruth Heidelbaum killed? first appeared on Ready Steady Cut.