“The Wolves Are Always Out For Blood” picks up right where the previous episode left off, revealing Rick’s fate and promising that the case is far from over yet.
This recap of Big Sky season 1, episode 6, “The Wolves Are Always Out For Blood”, contains spoilers.
Back after a hiatus, Big Sky picks up in “The Wolves Are Always out for Blood” right where the midseason finale left off, with Cassie having just discovered that Montana state trooper Rick Legarski was holding the missing girls in the basement of the All In Bar, waiting to traffic them to Canada. You’ll recall that she put a bullet in his head, too, seemingly killing off the show’s primary antagonist – one of them, anyway – with as little ceremony as it killed off Ryan Phillippe in the premiere.
But no such luck. Despite the bullet, and the bleeding out, and flat-lining in the hospital, Rick survives, though he’s left comatose. In the meanwhile, Cassie has to grapple with having shot a man, perhaps unlawfully; she and Jenny both also have to cope with the fact that Cody’s headshot remains are dug up along with his truck, thus confirming his death.
Ronald is also dealing with Rick’s loss, but for different reasons. Rick was fastidious enough as a criminal that he probably kept records – likely in the secret room at his house – that would reveal his co-conspirator’s identity, not to mention the fact that Grace, Danielle, and Jerrie can identify him and know that he’s a long-haul trucker with particular customizations to his vehicle. With the net tightening, Ronald has nobody to turn to but his mother, although it’s seeming increasingly like he’s the one who abuses her, and not the other way around. I mean, she’s obviously super weird, but there’s no way his fondness for cereal requires that much aggression, you know?
Cody at least gets a good send-off in Big Sky season 1, episode 6, with a proper cowboy funeral, and I’m sure he would have been happy to see his widow and his mistress getting along so swimmingly – it even amounts to a karaoke duet that Jerrie gets involved in, for some reason, and the moment’s so ridiculous that you can’t help but just enjoy it as a rare moment of warmth in a show that usually only traffics in the coldest desires of men like Rick and Ronald.
It also sets up the remainder of the season and some potential follow-ups, since Cassie and Jenny unite as private detectives to close this case, which seems far from over by the episode’s end, especially since Jerrie is pursued by someone named Jimmy, who seems like a harmless old flame but might be much more, and finds a note in her home warning her that she doesn’t learn. Is she still in danger? If so, is it from Ronald, or from Rick, who in the final moments of “The Wolves Are Always Out for Blood” opens his eyes?