Sky Rojo season 1, episode 8 recap – the ending explained a plan doesn't come together

March 19, 2021
Jonathon Wilson 0
Ending Explained, Netflix, TV Recaps
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Summary

“Bear Trap” works as an enjoyable bonkers finale, even if the dread Netflix cliffhanger rears its head at the last minute. Let’s hope we see more of this one.

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Summary

“Bear Trap” works as an enjoyable bonkers finale, even if the dread Netflix cliffhanger rears its head at the last minute. Let’s hope we see more of this one.

This recap of Sky Rojo season 1, episode 8, “Bear Trap”, contains spoilers, as well as a discussion of the Sky Rojo ending.


Shows on Netflix never end, which is often a terrible thing. But in the case of Sky Rojo, a surprisingly taut cat-and-mouse thriller with a lot on its mind about female empowerment and the horrors of sexual abuse, the prospect of a follow-up season seems like a welcome thing. “Bear Trap”, the finale, is enjoyable bonkers, and while it doesn’t bring things even close to a conclusion, it sends the show out on a fitting high.

As we learned in the penultimate episode, the girls have a plan for revenge, which includes cleaving a giant hole with the stolen digger. The fourth-wall-breaking interlude isn’t integral, but it’s nice to have anyway, especially since Coral talking to the camera confidently and directly speaks to the girls’ newfound determination to become the hunters, rather than the hunted.

There’s a reminder early on in Sky Rojo episode 8, though, that it isn’t so easy. In the bar where they’re continuing to scheme, Wendy heads to the bathroom and is confronted by a client of hers who recognizes her, tries to buy a b*****b, and then forces her into a toilet cubicle when she turns him down. Thankfully, “Bear Trap” shows some restraint here, but it’s a reminder that empowerment isn’t so easy, and neither is casting off the associations of the life they’re trying to flee from. In a grim touch, this scene shifts directly into a flashback of Romeo explaining the fluidity of consent in the club.

Moises and Christian are, as instructed, interrogating Fernando, but Christian is much more focused on pressing Moi about what Romeo was referring to in regards to helping him with their father. Moi explains that he killed him and that Romeo helped to dispose of the body in the middle of the night. Christian, who has been established as almost obsessively devotional to his parents, is appalled by this. While they’re distracted, Fernando sinks into the vat of acid, having told them nothing about the location of the girls.

When Moi goes back inside, Romeo asks him outright if he slept with Coral, and he confesses to “just the one time”, saying it was a mistake. As penance, Romeo wants him to kill all three girls, and maybe then he’ll be his big brother again. As it turns out he’s still tracking the girls on his phone, somehow, so Moi sets out to confront them at the gas station while Romeo racks up lines of coke with a samurai sword, which I guess is one way of doing it.

The heist gets underway in Sky Rojo season 1, episode 8, but it doesn’t exactly go to plan. When Coral confronts Romeo at the club, they argue about Moises and then rather inexplicably have a sword fight which ends with Romeo I think succumbing to an overdose. Coral, already walking a flexible moral line, then tries to resuscitate him. In the meantime, Moi throws Christian out of the car so that he doesn’t have to be involved in what follows (I have to ask: What does he think Christian is going to be getting up to unsupervised? I don’t see him making an honest living, personally,) and then heads off Gina and Wendy at the gas station. There’s a great scene prior to the Sky Rojo ending in which Wendy relates to Gina what happened in the bar bathroom, about how she finally plucked up the courage to emphatically say “no” and… nothing happened. The magic word didn’t work. It’s a crushing moment right before they lead Moi directly into the hidden pit they dug, which Wendy begins to fill using the digger.

And then comes the cliffhanger. After filling the pit, Wendy discovers she has been shot. At the same time, Romeo snaps awake. Talk about a plan not coming together.

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