Peacemaker season 1, episode 7 recap – “Stop Dragon My Heart Around”

February 10, 2022
Jonathon Wilson 0
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Summary

“Stop Dragon My Heart Around” is a solid penultimate episode, bringing one of the season’s major conflicts to a close while teeing up a big finale.

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Summary

“Stop Dragon My Heart Around” is a solid penultimate episode, bringing one of the season’s major conflicts to a close while teeing up a big finale.

This recap of Peacemaker season 1, episode 7, “Stop Dragon My Heart Around”, contains spoilers.


“Stop Dragon My Heart Around” is the penultimate episode of Peacemaker, but you could really look at it as the first of two finales. All throughout, the show has developed two parallel threats – the broader, existential conflict of the Butterfly invasion, and the smaller, more personal rivalry between Chris and Auggie. While the former gets some development here, it’s the latter that is of the most concern, and that ultimately arrives at a welcome conclusion.

Peacemaker season 1, episode 7 recap

In snipping off the loose end of Auggie’s psychotic hatred of his son, we also pay off the flashbacks to Chris’s childhood, better understand his various neuroses, and get to see him finally find acceptance both among the team and within his own head. There are jokes and action scenes aplenty, most of them great, but the real value of the episode is in this characterization, James Gunn’s writing once again exposing itself as sneakily clever and efficient, and able to summon a surprising amount of emotional heft even in the most ridiculous context.

After a flashback that confirms Chris did indeed accidentally kill his brother Keith in a pit fight encouraged by their father, we pick up where we left off last week, with the discovery of Chris’s “journal” having pushed him to his lowest point yet. Now a national fugitive, he’s determined to kill the Butterflies’ so-called “cow” before the cops catch up with him, so he insists on taking Vigilante and Economos with him. That splits up the team literally, but they’re already divided thanks to Harcourt having figured out that Leota planted the diary on Waller’s orders. Murn had also figured this out and already knew that Leota was Waller’s daughter, which Harcourt didn’t – the mother-daughter dynamic, and the circumstances in which Leota was manipulated into doing Waller’s bidding, soften Harcourt a little.

But there’s no time for bonding since, thanks to having access to Locke’s memories, Song and the rest of the Butterflies are able to locate Murn and kill him – including the turncoat Butterfly in his head. It’s a sad, sudden departure for the character, and shows that Peacemaker isn’t pulling its punches as it approaches the finale. It also isn’t the only major death of the episode.

The other one is White Dragon, who tracks Peacemaker using his helmet, and ambushes him with his fellow Klansmen. It gives Vigilante and even Economos the chance to fight for Peacemaker, but it eventually devolves into a one-on-one conflict, as well it should. Chris shooting his father in the head is one of the big cathartic moments of the season thus far. Robert Patrick has been excellent throughout at making Auggie truly detestable, and Cena summons a surprising amount of emotion in the conflict.

Eagly, though, ends up injured, so Chris takes him to the vet, where the team all reconcile, and we get another nice moment that absolutely shouldn’t work but somehow still does when Eagly hugs Chris once again. Leota takes this as a sign and decides to remain with the team, which is now under Harcourt’s leadership, as they take on their final mission – to destroy the cow, which we get a quick glimpse of at the very end of the episode. It’s pretty much exactly the kind of thing you’d imagine James Gunn coming up with for this purpose.

You can stream Peacemaker season 1, episode 7, “Stop Dragon My Heart Around”, exclusively on HBO Max.

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