Jack Ryan season 3, episode 2 recap – who ordered Popov’s murder?

December 21, 2022 (Last updated: December 27, 2022)
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Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan keeps unveiling satisfying revelations with a stunner on the assassin’s true identities.

We recap the Prime Video series Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan season 3, episode 2, “Old Haunts,” which contains spoilers.

The show opens again with The General’s second in command, Luka (James Cosmo), looking over the dozens of dead bodies inside Matoksa. We now know that Luka is the same older man we saw in the first episode. (Was he the influencer behind Popov’s assassination?). A soldier questions the validity of these killings. Luka tells him they were traitors, but why did The General call them heroes? The young soldier tells him he will not forget about it after Luka tells him he will be able to. Luka slowly walks up to him and tells him he will.

Later, Luka travels around the room, collecting one personal item from each person and placing them in a wooden box. When he delivers them to the families, he tells them there was a terrible accident. Each family member cries, another accuses him of the murder, and one woman does not react after losing her husband. (Luka hands her the man’s wedding photo). This is curious, so he demands to come in and finds the scientist hiding in the bedroom with their two children.

Luka smiles.

Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan season 3, episode 2 recap

James is in Italy. He stops at a local bakery and hands a woman five thousand dollars in an envelope, in which she gives him coffee and a pastry. I think he overpaid, but apparently, she is a courier who can deliver money to Jack in need. He leaves, throws the pastry out, and meets his boss at the airfield, who busts his balls for not being there sooner. James makes it clear he does not like her. She tried to burn him years ago, and now she burns Jack. The difference between agents like them and this desk agent is her decisions not made in the field and not under a microscope.

Jack Ryan is loose in Greece and tracking the blonde hitman who killed Yuri. He follows him, takes a picture of him, and catches our guy from the corner of his eye. At first, I thought this was a setup by Ryan to capture the man somehow since it was such an awkward setup, and he wasn’t necessarily running for his life. However, he gets a couple of bullets to zing by his head, manages to escape, and sends the picture off. He later finds the broker and retrieves the money from Greer. Ryan sends off a message, which I am sure is a car dealership front for the CIA. There is also a note to go to the address where Jack meets a new friend — Tony (Numan Acar)! The last time we saw him was in the first season.

This is a con game, as Greer sent Jack there. When Greer and Elizabeth approach, Greer plays the bad cop, and Tony plays the cocky criminal. They spot the blonde hitman in the distance. They sit at Tony’s place when they leave and watch the police raid Tony’s shop. Luckily, Tony hides him in a secret compartment under a car. (I’m not sure how the police didn’t think to check there since you see a clear button if activated with lift something). Jack takes Tony’s truck a few hours later and meets an old friend at an airfield — Mike November (Michael Kelley)! He flies Jack out to a location unknown.

Now, the Russian president, Surikov, visits with their intelligence, and Luka tells the new defense minister, Alexi Petrov (Alexej Manvelov), something is going on and thinks it wasn’t the Americans. We later see Kovac’s head of security, Radek (Adam Vacula), who shot the patsy in the first episode, look guilty, and she notices. Kovic tells him it wasn’t his fault, but little does she know he is about to meet the assassin in a junkyard. The man looking for payment is completed with two bullets in the chest. He then calls his contact and tells them it’s done.

How do we find out who ordered Popov’s murder? The man pulling the strings? For that, we must find out who was on the other end of the phone call. Any guesses about who is on the other end of the line? It was Petrov, the new defense minister of Russia! But hold on, what about the woman who hand-delivered the patsy? Keep that in your back pocket for now.

Of course, Luka is now a fool, and he knows that they are behind it. However, when Petrov brings him in, he says he has no problem with Popov being eliminated, but it was handled poorly. Petrov respects his opinion but wants his help. With what? After catching the American, Jack Ryan has a red notice on his head.

Ending Explained

The episode ends with Popov rubbing out a cigarette while deep in thought. Jack tells November that he doesn’t know who the source is feeding him information, but he will drag him into the light with him. (It has to be Luka, right?). And one shocking revelation.

Kovac has dinner with Radek for a good old-fashioned home-cooked meal. Radek’s daughter adorably takes the head of the table, with Kovac insisting. He sits next to his boss and tells her he is confident she is not also Tibor’s target. That’s when Radek’s wife sits down at the table.

It’s the blonde woman who delivered the patsy.

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5 thoughts on “Jack Ryan season 3, episode 2 recap – who ordered Popov’s murder?

  • December 21, 2022 at 5:25 am

    It would have been much better if the people talking – the voices were behind – you couldn’t tell who was talking!!! Very disappointed with that! I hope episode 3 speaking will be on que.

  • December 22, 2022 at 8:05 pm

    Barbie B, I like to use the closed captions feature so I don’t lose any dialog. That might help.

    Thanks for the recap!

  • December 26, 2022 at 11:11 pm

    Thanks for this synopsis, but poorly written indeed.

  • December 27, 2022 at 10:33 am

    You have a major error in your “Ending Explained” section.
    He sits next to his boss and tells her he is confident she is also Clancy’s target.

    What he actually said was “I’m convinced you’re not now and never were a target.”

  • March 5, 2023 at 5:07 am

    “Ryan sends off a message, which I am sure is a car dealership front for the CIA”. This is Mike November’s new Private Enterprise – its how he gets in touch with Mike to get his help.

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