Black Summer season 2, episode 5 recap – what happened in “White Horse”?

June 17, 2021
Daniel Hart 7
Netflix, TV Recaps


Episode 5 is mostly an empty chapter with plenty of small talk and mind games that extinguishes the efforts of the previous two episodes.

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Episode 5 is mostly an empty chapter with plenty of small talk and mind games that extinguishes the efforts of the previous two episodes.

This recap of Netflix’s Black Summer season 2, episode 5, “White Horse,” contains major spoilers.

Read the recap of the previous chapter.

Let’s be honest, apart from the ending, what is the point of this episode?

The title screen ‘Meet” pops up. We return to Spears, who is hungry and desperate. He finds an empty packet of crisps and tries to eat the crumbs, but there’s nothing there. A truck then drives by on the road and pulls up, so Spears hides behind a tree. When Spears reaches the road, a man (Braithwaite) finds him and gives him water — he claims to recognize him, but Spears is not sure and tests him, asking what his name is. Braithwaite says he is good with faces, but not names — he calls him Kevin, but that makes Spears even more paranoid.

Braithwaite tells Spears that they need to get off the road quickly and double up like two brothers. After plenty of small talk with each other, Spears finally relaxes and gives his name. He follows Braithwaite.

A new partnership 

The title screen “Pale Horse” pops up — the two men make their way through the woods. Suddenly they see a man on a horse, so they get to the ground, and Braithwaite aims with his gun. The horserider keeps riding, and no trouble is caused. Spears tells Braithwaite to stop messing around by giving him different names. Braithwaite tells him that it’s a free country, and he can walk wherever he wants. They come across a struggling zombie, so Braithwaite tells Spears to kill it with a rock. He then provides Spears with alcohol and a gun.

Drinking goes wrong

Braithwaite decides to make a fire, and episode 5 becomes survival 101. Now enjoying the fire, Braithwaite tells Spears that he is Big James’ little brother, and Spears swigs his alcohol. The pair reminisce now they understand where they are both from — they drunkenly enjoy their conversation with each other.  Braithwaite then talks about “bygones,” and the conversation dampens slightly. Spears suddenly wheezes, so Braithwaite wants to check out his wound — the men end up fighting each other like dumb, drunken, brawling men.

An infected wound

The title screen, “Exchange Rates,” pops up. Braithwaite wakes Spears up — it’s raining badly, and they can hear a horse galloping nearby. They can hear screaming and growling in the distance, and both men are unsure what to do. Spears is still struggling, and Braithwaite asks again how bad is his wound is. When he looks at it, he tells him it is infected. The men keep moving through the rain, chit-chatting. Braithwaite tells Spears that he’s never ridden a horse before, and he likes how pretty they are when they run.

The strange house

Suddenly, they hear the zombies, so they keep fleeing and shooting them down. The two men finally find a house, head inside, and shut the doors. When they look around the place, there’s writing all over the wall — it’s about an ascension. They noticed blood on the floors. When they go upstairs, there are loads of dead bodies, all in yellow clothing. A man sits in the middle of the dead bodies, and he tells them, “you made it,” and says he has been waiting for them — he passes Spears a pistol. The man thanks him, and Spears shoots him square in the head. Behind him, Braithwaite retches.

The ending of Black Summer season 2, episode 5

The title screen “Little James” pops up. Spears tells Braithwaite that he remembers him and says he killed his sorry a*s — he thought what he did was enough. Braithwaite calls it a miracle and tells Spears that he wasn’t expecting him to shoot him twice in the back, but he explains he isn’t a vengeful person. Spears raises that he lost his gun, so it takes the choice out of the situation. Suddenly, the pale horse walks down the river banks, and Braithwaite is mesmerized by it. A single tear leaves his eye, and then Spears points the gun at the back of his head. He doesn’t shoot, and Braithwaite walks off.

Episode 5 is mostly an empty chapter with plenty of small talk and mind games that extinguishes the efforts of the previous two episodes.

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7 thoughts on “Black Summer season 2, episode 5 recap – what happened in “White Horse”?

  • June 21, 2021 at 1:26 am

    This episode was a rush of feelings! Tense at the beginning, especially with spears weakened and without a gun. Being seemingly hunted by men in a truck was all too reminscent of recent events in the US.
    Then meeting Braithewait who offered him water and forgiveness was so deep when you realize he was the man on the hill from the prior episode.

    The brotherly friendship under stress was heart warming and hilarious. Great dialogue! So real.

    Then the ending, was heart wrenching. Seeing that Spears might kill this man, knowing the soul searching that he was doing to decide whether to pull the trigger.

    This was a refreshing pause to the run and gun we’ve been seeing and developed Spears into a more well rounded character.

  • June 22, 2021 at 11:01 pm

    Yikes, I thought it was overwrought & 20 mins too long even when I fast forwarded…BUT…I loved and respected the show even more for “going there” This show is nothing but awesome

    • June 23, 2021 at 6:10 pm

      Yeah I enjoyed season 2, but I just didn’t like this chapter.

  • June 24, 2021 at 2:50 am

    You people realize Braithwaite is a ghost, right? Doesn’t seem like anyone here has a clue. Especially the recap writer. This was a superb episode.

  • June 28, 2021 at 7:30 pm

    pretty much agree with you pervos.

    Man i hate that people missed the logic and brilliance of this episode. They need togo back and rewatch it. THere are never two men in this episode. There is only 1. Plus this episode is so deep in backstory for Spears. Did anyone forget how much of a mystery he was and still is . This episode gave us so much context to him. Clearly some type of hit man, gang related? is this going to come back on him some day?

    He shot a man twice in the back. That man didnt get up.

  • July 3, 2021 at 4:45 am

    Hmm… nicely reviewed but I think you’ve missed the point. Braithwaite wasn’t there, he was hallucinating.The infection of his fatal wound was catching up with him. I think its clear the next time we see Spears what that episode was about.

  • August 20, 2021 at 5:12 pm

    This was excellent, and only Spears was present. The reason for this episode and the term “Bygones” is realized in Episode 7 (The Lodge) .

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