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Hunters season 2 episode 7 recap – what happened to Zev’s childhood?

January 13, 2023

Hunters season 2 episode 7 recap – what happened to Zev’s childhood? first appeared on Ready Steady Cut.

We recap the Prime Video Hunters series season 2, episode 7, “The Home”, which contains spoilers.

In the previous episode, Chava Apfelbaum (Jennifer Jason Leigh) revealed that she was madly in love with a man called Zev (Peter Dach)which was known as Plague by the Nazis. The plague became a superhero among the Jewish people and a villain in the eyes of the Nazis. He was a myth, a fairy tale character, who killed the bad guys. And in “The Home”, we are entitled to one of his great tales, a fairy tale of our own. The penultimate episode ignores almost the entire hunter narrative and focuses squarely on a single house, in 1942 Germany.

Hunters Season 2 Episode 7 Recap

The final episode opens with Jonah slide adolf hitler through the desert. Adolf threatens Jonas, stating that his men will find him and then kill him, leaving Jonas for all intents and purposes a ghost. Jonas recounts this scene, saying he didn’t believe in ghosts until he heard this particular story. This little soundbite works as a transition to a weird detour for the series, as the whole episode is devoted to a fable, but did all of this actually happen?

The story takes place in a large idyllic house. Flowers surround the building and a lawn adorns the roof. A nice elderly couple lives inside the house, the famous architect Heinrich Hansom and his wife Helga Hanson. This adorable couple is rather odd, talking to each other in the house and seemingly breaking the fourth wall on occasion. They are soon visited by three SS guards, who accuse them of harboring Jewish refugees.

Heinrich and Helga speak of ghosts living in the walls, in the attic and under the floor, but not of hidden Jews. Rumors spread through the local community and Helga was even spotted buying three ducks. Helga defends herself by saying that she likes to store and freeze the ducks she doesn’t use. They seem innocent enough, but the guards search the house anyway.

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While two guards inspect the house, a third calls Hugo sits with the elderly couple. The conversation turns to the family and they talk about how their own son, who was also called Hugo, died a long time ago. They believe his ghost still haunts this place. Meanwhile, an SS guard finds a secret door in the bathroom and another finds a secret trapdoor in the ceiling. The two guards spot the hidden Jewish fugitives and pursue them. The first is crushed by a trap and the second is hanged and disemboweled in a bloody fashion.

Hugo is unaware that his comrades have been brutally murdered and continues to investigate the house. He thinks the house looks smaller on the inside, that it just doesn’t make sense. Hugo asks what’s behind the wall. The audience is then shown what is hidden behind the wall of clocks, a child holding a baby. The baby begins to coo, but this noise is masked by the ticking of the clocks. Other Jewish refugees hide under the floor and in the attic.

The tension mounts and Hugo pulls out his gun, pointing it at Heinrich. He is very suspicious of the man now and asks outright why his hero would betray the Nazis. Heinrich is on the defensive, asking the question: why would an old man change his opinions and beliefs so late in life? Hugo can’t bring himself to shoot Heinrich and points the gun at the wall instead. He calls on his SS comrades to come to his aid, but there is no response. Heinrich and Helga plead the soldier, stating that there are only ghosts within these walls. As the suspense builds, Hugo relents and lowers the gun, but the baby cries. Hugo shoots at the walls as the refugees begin to escape. Helga attacks Hugo with a meat cleaver, severing his ear and then ending his life with one last sorry blow to the head.

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The elderly couple dispose of the bodies and clean the house. It doesn’t take long before more SS guards are dispatched. Heinrich and Helga rehearse their number, dancing and joking with the guards. The guards ask to inspect the house and again one of the guards stays behind, as before. This bald guard is called Thomas, and he falls in love with the place. The guards return having found nothing untoward, but Tomas shoots the elderly couple anyway. He explains the reasons for this unprovoked killing. If they came back without information, they could lose their jobs, and anyway, Tomas wants the house all to himself. They concoct a plan and Tomas moves into the beautiful house.

The ending explained

Unfortunately, the Jewish people didn’t have enough time to escape and they must now survive with a Nazi family living above and below them. The child, Zev, is sent out at night to fetch food for the refugees, but the child Nazi spots him. They take the boy hostage and hatch a plan so they don’t have to kill the child. Using the boy as bait, they lure the parents into the woods and kill them instead. A Jewish mother pretends to be the Nazi mother and they prepare for another inspection. This time they set traps and the mother dresses like their Nazi counterpart.

Three cars of SS soldiers arrive this time, but only one guard enters the house. The Jewish mother tells an elaborate story about her husband having an affair and leaving them alone. This, they hope, will allow them to remain in the house without further questioning. However, the Nazi boy escapes from the attic and attacks the Jewish mother with a knife. Ironically, the knife is fake and the SS guard mistakes it for a Jew. He shoots the child but hits the Jewish mother instead.

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Hearing gunshots, the whole cavalry descends on the house. The first SS guard is beheaded and the other soldiers are killed in other gruesome ways. Zev has the whole house trapped and the Nazis are quickly murdered. Zev is ordered to flee with the other children and a baby, to start a new life elsewhere. Zev watches the house from afar, seeing that it is now on fire. He calls himself and the other ghosts.

We then return to the hunters’ own narrative, and Jonah leads Adolf to a lake, framed by moonlight. A boat arrives to take them away. On this boat is the adult version of Zev. He manhandles Adolf, dragging him onto the boat. Zev says that Hitler made them ghosts and because of that they learned to become invisible. Adolf is then thrown into a compartment and locked away. Jonah thanks Zev for his service. He states that they could not have caught Adolf Hitler without Chava’s help.

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Hunters season 2 episode 7 recap – what happened to Zev’s childhood? first appeared on Ready Steady Cut.