This article, “who is Ben Edwards,” contains spoilers regarding the Amazon original series The Terminal List season 1.
The Terminal List is an action-thriller series based on the best-selling book series by Jack Carr. One of the principal characters is the main character’s (James Reece) best friend, Ben Edwards. The Friday Nights‘ heartthrob, who unfairly was the fall guy for such blockbuster box office disasters as Battleship and John Carter, has clawed his way back into mainstream Hollywood productions as of late. All supporting roles in Lone Survivor, Only the Brave, True Detective, and The Normal Heart. He plays a member of the intelligence community—a CIA agent. He also has his eye on retirement on the beaches of Peru.
So, that begs the question:
Who is Ben Edwards in The Terminal List season 1?
Ben Edwards is a respected member of the intelligence community and an active CIA agent.
What does Ben Edwards do?
Well, I’ll pull the Band-Aid right away. Even though he is Reece’s best friend, Ben Edwards was the operative who falsely elevated intelligence information, which authorized the mission that was an ambush in Syria. Why did he do it? Well, he was told the entire unit developed terminal brain cancer. He thought, why not have the men die with their boots on instead of withering away while lying in a hospital bed? Before you act like he is a saint, which I can’t imagine anyone would, he also took the money. Admiral Pillar arranged for Ben to gain a share of Capstone Industries, worth 20 million dollars, once Capstone negotiated a deal of Nubellum and Plano merging.
However, Reece did not find this out until the finale’s final moments. The entire season, Ben is a soundboard for Lt. Commander James Reece. Reece thinks the ambush of his unit was a setup, even though Ben objects to the idea. He also attends the funeral of Reece’s daughter and wife. Ben shows support on the small wake on a beach with Reece, Liz, and Marco. He takes a bullet when helping infiltrate the sicario lair, allows him to enter Secretary Hartley’s estate, and offers cover fire in multiple Reece missions to cross off names off his list. Ben insists he had nothing to do with the murder of his family, and when he found out about it, he wanted to set fire to the world, just like him.
By the end of the series, Ben is shot off-screen by Reece, ending his terminal list.