Jack Ryan Season 2 Episode 5 Recap – “Blue Gold”

By Daniel Hart
Published: October 31, 2019 (Last updated: June 16, 2023)
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Jack Ryan Season 2, Episode 5 - Blue Gold - Recap


Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan Season 2, Episode 5, “Blue Gold”, sees Jack continuing to go rogue, in a chapter that exposes vulnerabilities.

We recap Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan Season 2 Episode 5, “Blue Gold”, which contains significant spoilers.

Episode 5, “Blue Gold” deals with the shooting in the restaurant where Rupert was assassinated by Max. Harriet (Noomi Rapace) is escorted away, and Jack (John Krasinski) is told to stand down by MI5.

Jack can’t help himself; on the way out he steals Rupert’s office keys. He is not letting this go easy.

Jack Ryan Season 2 Episode 5 Recap

Blue Gold”, gives us a brief update on Marcus, who is still traipsing through the jungle. Luckily, Mike has found him with satellite imagery and realizes he is heading into an indigenous village.

Who does Max meet?

Episode 5 then sidetracks to King Edward University; Max meets a student named Annabelle, provides her with a gift and asks about her studies. I believe Jack Ryan has introduced us to one of Max’s vulnerabilities.

Meanwhile, Jack is in Rupert’s office, scoping out bank transfers to Max.

What theory does Jim explain to Mike?

Episode 5 sees Jim presenting a theory to Mike — Tantalum. It’s a chemical element that has been found in Venezuela, and is nicknamed “blue gold”. It’s worth trillions, and something that is rare and mined in China.

Jim asks what would happen in a company that broke up that monopoly and questions if it is linked to Gloria’s husband’s disappearance and subsequently the death of a US Senator.

Max reaches Harriet before she can reach him. He kills her escort swiftly in the elevator and it soon becomes obvious the pair have an odd relationship. Max threatens Harriet about ruining his plans and quickly runs off.

What does Harriet tell Jack?

Following on from Max’s threat, Harriet and Jack meet up. Harriet makes Jack aware that Max has a daughter called Annabelle at King Edward University. She explains that he truly cares for them both. Jack has leverage now. He wants to know who hired Max to kill Moreno.

While Jack goes to find Annabelle, Max chases after Harriet. He shoots Harriet but doesn’t kill her. Max finds out that Jack has gone after Annabelle.

Jack has an odd meeting with Annabelle where he tries to warn her about Max and get information. She stabs Jack’s hand and runs off but he manages to catch her again. Max rings Jack, and they agree to meet at the University.

Jack Ryan Season 2 Episode 5 Ending Explained

While it’s heating up between Jack and Max, Mike meets General Ubirra and tries to strike a deal — family protection for cooperation. Mike wants to know about President Reyes’ mining operation and how it connects to the death of the US Senator. I might be wrong, but there’s something not quite right with Mike…

Jack Ryan Season 2 Episode 5 closes in a Wild West face-off. Jack and Max meet up — Jack allows Annabelle to walk off as they speak. Jack wants to know who hired Max, and he responds with vague, cryptic answers. As Max is about to draw his gun on Jack, Harriet sneaks up behind Max and kills him with her gun. Harriets asks Jack to leave — Annabelle returns to the scene, thinking Jack killed Max.

With Max dead, how will Jack get his answers?

Intel Reports

  • Jim sends protection to Gloria’s house and training up her men.
  • Gloria makes a grand speech about poverty and how Venezuela has rich resources that they have stolen from us.
  • The Venezuelan army has started using the new satellite technology to track the American soldiers.

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