“Asil” predictably doesn’t provide much of a conclusion, but it certainly works as an argument that Into the Night should continue.
This recap of Into the Night season 2, episode 6, “Asil”, contains spoilers. It also contains a discussion of the Into the Night Season 2 ending. You can check out our spoiler-free season review by clicking these words.
Another day, another Netflix original series that doesn’t end. But it’s hard to complain about that lack of finality in “Asil” since the episode works pretty perfectly as an argument for the long-term value of Into the Night, a show that might have eased off the gas in the early portions of its second season but picked up more than enough steam for its climactic installment.
Into the Night season 2, episode 6 recap
As much of the season has been, “Asil” is largely divided into two distinct plot strands — what’s going on in the bunker, and what’s happening aboard the plane on the Seed Vault runway. Of course, both of these strands are connected in more ways than one, with brief glimpses of a submarine making for something of a ticking-clock device. Who’s aboard? What do they want? I can’t say this finale necessarily answers those questions, but the fact that it asks them keeps it moving along nicely, even though there’s plenty else to be getting on with in the meantime.
Anyway, it’s Horst who gets the flashback at the top of the episode, and he proves himself useful throughout. After the Russians storm the bunker in retaliation for their planes being destroyed, the gang, after an escape attempt, are captured and locked up with a badly injured Rik, who gave their Norway plan away out of the terror he has been burdened with his entire life. But it’s Horst who is able to MacGyver a blowtorch to help them cut through into the ductwork and make an escape, which involves cutting the power and sneaking past a couple of guards in the darkness, complete with first-person handheld camerawork to sell the tension, and stealing the Russian helicopter to make their escape.
Meanwhile, at the Seed Vault, Gia is still locked in the destroyed cockpit, and things are not looking good for anyone. There are no tools nearby to fix the damage, the extent of which is still unknown, and there wouldn’t be enough time to look for any anyway. The runway has been blocked off, so rescue from the mysterious third party who bombed both bunkers is impossible, and if they clear the bunker and nobody comes, they’ll just starve or freeze to death anyway.
Into the Night season 2 ending explained
In a flurry of scenes, “Asil” doesn’t bring everything to a conclusion, but makes a solid case for a continuation. The bunker group is barely able to escape in time in a chopper loaded with fuel, but they can only make it with a heroic self-sacrifice from Rik, who can finally declare that he isn’t afraid as he takes the Russian fuel tanker and drives it straight into the group’s pursuers, eradicating most of the bunker’s military leadership in the meantime. Back at the Seed Vault, meanwhile, Ayaz, faced with everyone’s imminent demise, decides that someone must be held accountable for what has happened, and takes matters into his own hands, but he’s interrupted by the arrival of one of the submarine’s occupants, who claims to be a Turkish researcher just as Ayaz seems to open fire on him.
In the final scene of the season, one of the rats is revealed to be alive, with the words “Horst did it” calling back to his usefulness once again.