Hanna season 3, episode 1 recap – “Résistance”

By Jonathon Wilson
Published: November 24, 2021
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Amazon series Hanna, season 3 episode 1


With hopefully more to come, Hanna only hints at the possible drama. The introduction of The Chairman should gain the interest of Hanna fans whilst they brace themselves for the end of the sci-fi thriller.

This recap of Amazon’s Hanna, season 3 episode 1, “résistance,” contains spoilers.

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Hanna season 3, episode 1 recap

The first episode of Hanna Season 3 kicks off with a flash-forward of Hanna (Esme Creed-Miles) and Abbas (Adam Bessa) as they hide down a crack within the path as they are chased by armed men. Cutting back to the present day and John Carmichael (Dermot Mulroney) drives Hanna to The Meadows. As she enters, under the alias of Mia Wolfe, Sandy (Áine Rose Daly) and Jules (Gianna Kiehl) watch. Later on, Carmichaels promotes the three girls as somewhat heroes.

In Vienna, Austria, Ethan Williams (Sam Swainsbury), who works for the CIA, goes for lunch where Marissa Wiegler (Mireille Enos) pays his bill. Lucky for him! In clothing that keeps her out of sight, Marissa hands Ethan a list of assassination targets. Unluckily for him, his name is on the list. Wanting to know why he is on the list, Marissa hands Ethan a phone that she will contact him on. Whilst undercover as Mia Wolfe, Hanna receives a text, “Midnight Tonight, M”. How secretive! It’s easy to guess that the text is from Marissa, but what exactly is happening at Midnight?

Carmichael meets with Hanna, and he drives them to an unknown location where she asks, “Do they suspect us”; “I don’t think so”, he responds. After meeting with Marissa, they video call Ethan on a secure network. Whilst Ethan remarks that the CIA database has Marissa reported as dead, it’s clear Marissa doesn’t want to change anytime soon. Moving on swiftly, Ethan says that Brianna Stapleton (Chloe Pirrie) flew to Vienna under the pretense she worked with Covert Ops in Langley and recruited him and another computer programmer, Max Kaplan (Gabriel Akuwudike). Their sole purpose was to create a database of people aged under 30 who may become a problem in the future.

Ethan, however, became troubled with the idea of spying on people as young as 13. Upon further investigation, Ethan learned that Brianna wasn’t with Covert Ops; she is from a group called Pioneer. Pioneer is in control of one person; The Chairman. The call ends with Marissa telling Ethan that if she ever pays for his food again, it means that his life is in danger. Carmichael claims to have no idea as to the ID of the chairman whilst Marissa tells Carmichael to get Hanna to Paris. Back at The Meadows, Hanna spies on Brianna whilst Brianna voices her approval of Mia (aka Hanna), who is top of all of the stats. Whilst Carmichael tells Brianna it’s her choice if she puts Mia forward, he suggests she sends her to Paris if she does so.

The ending

Whilst the trainees at The Meadows receive their missions, Sandy spies on Carmichael and Hanna. Later that night, she questions why Mia/Hanna shot three bullets at her skull if she was undercover in the Spanish Hotel Room. She also wants to know who Mia met the night before by the offices. Unbeknownst to them, Brianna is listening. With Sandy becoming irate, she speculates whether Mia/Hanna is about to betray them, but Hanna is able to cover her tracks with a lie that satisfies Brianna, for now.

For her next mission, Hanna pretends to be a politics student where she can therefore befriend Abbas. After they attend a party together, Hanna hangs Abbas over the edge of the railing. But then she throws her necklace/audio off. Marissa appears and throws a body several feet to the ground, just in time for Benson (Dempsey Bovell) to witness. The body gets set on fire, and Brianna instructs both Hanna and Benson to get out.

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