Tulsa King Season 1 Ending Explained – why does Stacy arrest Dwight?

January 8, 2023 (Last updated: 6 days ago)
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Stallone ends the freshman season of this thoroughly enjoyable brass knuckles comedy in a cathartic episode of team building, leadership, and a betrayal we never saw coming. Tulsa King is easily one of the most entertaining series on streaming.

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Stallone ends the freshman season of this thoroughly enjoyable brass knuckles comedy in a cathartic episode of team building, leadership, and a betrayal we never saw coming. Tulsa King is easily one of the most entertaining series on streaming.


We recap the Paramount+ series Tulsa King Season 1 Episode 9, “Happy Trails,” which contains spoilers and explains the ending of the finale.

The finale of Tulsa King Season 1 starts with a flashback of why Dwight (Sylvester Stallone) was arrested. Chickie (Domenick Lombardozzi) and Vince (Vincent Piazza) have a guy named Ripple handcuffed to a radiator in what looks like an abandoned building. He hasn’t paid his debts, so the guys do what they do — beat him bloody and stick a piping hot cast iron brand to his face.

Armand (Max Casella) is there as well on this cold and stormy night. He calls Dwight and tells them to get over there fast. He lets them have it when he arrives. However, Chickie tosses the brand and starts a fire in the corner when it’s thrown on some papers.

They cannot put it out, and they can’t find the key to the handcuffs, so Dwight does what any humane gangster would do. He shoots Ripple in the head so he won’t burn to death. When Dwight leaves, the cops are there to arrest him. (Was this a setup?). And the police cannot enter the top floor because it is engulfed in flames.

Tulsa King Season 1 Episode 9 recap – the finale

Back in the present day, someone sends in a real estate lawyer who springs Dwight from the FBI interrogation. The General then visits Stacy, who is at the hospital. She breaks the bad news to him. Waltrip is probably gone for good. Maybe even Mexico because he has a large bank account and nefarious connections throughout North America. Dwight pledges to find him and make it right with her. Why? Because she is consorting with a known felon. However, Waltrip is still in town, and he is a real son of a bitch, if you don’t mind me saying. He gathers the troops to announce that they will not lay low. One of The Black Macadams is brave (or, in this case, stupid) enough to voice what everyone else isn’t courageous enough to say. The ATF and the FBI are… Bam! Waltrip puts a bullet in his head.

Armand lets Dwight know that Chickie, Vince, and Goodie are in town. Instead of running and hiding, they meet these guys head-on and are reading for war. They confront the trio at their hotel, and Dwight is blunt. This is his town. He answers to no one and has his own family now. Dwight even does something unexpected; he tells Goodie he needs to join his crew and has three seconds to decide. Why? Well, because who the hell wants to work for Chickie? Goodie makes the best decision for him — he joins The General, and we don’t mean he takes a job with the insurance company.

Dwight then finds his inner Braveheart by delivering a speech that unites his crew, and they go to the mattresses at Bodhi’s home. The hacker/weed dealer shows his true value. He hacks into Waltrip’s account and steals his eight million dollars. This happens simultaneously when the FBI looks over Waltrip’s computer. The money suddenly disappears. The FBI is flummoxed. Waltrip sees his account is empty and is angry. Dwight then offers Stacy her retirement package, putting $1,000,000 in her account. This is with the help of Bodhi. We assume this because she was given an encrypted flash drive and shows the dough in what appears to be a Swiss bank account.

The crew sets up at Mitch’s place, and their bikes arrive. In some true rated-R home-alone escapades, Waltrip and his boys walk into the establishment and set off a trip wire while the classic Phil Collins tune In the Air Tonight plays. Dwight and company stand up behind the bar and open fire. Waltrip takes cover using one of his men, and some other bikers show up with machine guns. Tyson takes a bullet. So does Armand. Grace is the hero killing two bikers before Tyson and Dwight can be executed. When Dwight catches Waltrip trying to flee, he throws him against the wall, then his head into some antlers. He then puts a bullet into him to end the threat.

Tulsa King Season 1 Ending Explained – why does Stacy arrest Dwight?

The season ends three months later. Dwight has his daughter over to Margaret’s horse ranch, and his grandkids are riding his horse. He also enjoys a dance with his daughter when the new casino opens. Goodie is now running the casino portion of Dwight’s new business. Mitch is playing “Ramblin Man” quite well, in fact, on the stage. Dwight enjoys a dance with his daughter.

However, Stacy is given a reprieve by the FBI and arrests Dwight. Wait, what? Why does Stacy arrest Dwight, and what is the charge? Stacy arrests Dwight to get a slap on the wrist with a six-month suspension but with one condition. We do not know what that is until she shows up that night at Dwight’s grand opening. Our favorite ATF agent arrests Dwight for bribing a federal agent. He is put in handcuffs and driven off with Phil Collins playing him off.

What did you think of  Tulsa King Season 1 Episode 9 (finale) and the ending? Comment below.

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28 thoughts on “Tulsa King Season 1 Ending Explained – why does Stacy arrest Dwight?

  • January 8, 2023 at 1:42 pm
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    While no Sopranos or Boardwalk Empire, the finale-and the whole series- are a solid “B”

    Let’s not think for a second though that we’ve seen the last of Chickie

  • January 8, 2023 at 2:17 pm
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    A very sad finish, to a roller coaster of a series. Rambo is back with a bang..
    The priceless moment, Dwight killing the biker, excellent:))
    Stacy betrayal a bit af an annoyance.

  • January 8, 2023 at 4:54 pm
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    More, more, more please. We love Tulsa King.

  • January 8, 2023 at 5:28 pm
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    Thanks for the very good review. Thought the show was a strong C+/B-.Stallone can do no wrong for me. Hope we have a season 2. He’s still brilliant and entertaining at his age!

  • January 8, 2023 at 9:11 pm
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    I really can’t wait for the second season I really do like watching us I really hope you make a season 12 at least most of your other shows it’s always about cops and stupid crap which I don’t mind but this show is different and has good actors and it’s great I really do love this movie just hope he gets out of jail this time I hope she goes down for it

  • January 8, 2023 at 9:12 pm
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    I love it I love it I love it I love it please please be out soon please

  • January 8, 2023 at 11:33 pm
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    I hate that Dwight gets arrested, after saving her life and giving her 1 million dollars that’s messed up.

  • January 8, 2023 at 11:46 pm
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    Stallone at his absolute F-ing best. Strong character with a big gun and an even bigger heart. I’m sure he’s going to win many awards for his Roll as Dwight Manfretti. He had keep us engaged as he acts out our own gangster tendencies whenever he unleashes a slap down that only Stallone can carry off.
    As for the ending. Stacey wouldn’t risk loosing her money of friendship with Dwight so there’s a catch.
    The FBI will have him inform on the Mob to keep his kingship in Tulsa. Season 2 will see a planned massacre from the Chicago mob and Manfretti protecting everything he has.

    Hang on to your bootstraps Season 2 will be bigger and better than the first

  • January 8, 2023 at 11:52 pm
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    I’m just upset that she betrayed Dwight! I mean he never said it was a bribe, it was more of a gift because she said she would be gone from the fbi for consorting with him, and she would lose her pension! The FBI didn’t know about the flash drive, all she had to do was give back and say she didn’t want it! That means she told them about it, she betrayed him, all this time she went to him, doesn’t make sense, she pushed out the way of a bullet, then is getting him put back in prison, she led him on too, not just him, I had a bad feeling about her, picking up stray men in bars, pretty sluts anyway! ????

  • January 8, 2023 at 11:52 pm
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    I’m just upset that she betrayed Dwight! I mean he never said it was a bribe, it was more of a gift because she said she would be gone from the fbi for consorting with him, and she would lose her pension! The FBI didn’t know about the flash drive, all she had to do was give back and say she didn’t want it! That means she told them about it, she betrayed him, all this time she went to him, doesn’t make sense, she pushed out the way of a bullet, then is getting him put back in prison, she led him on too, not just him, I had a bad feeling about her, picking up stray men in bars, pretty sluts anyway! ????

  • January 9, 2023 at 1:29 am
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    Stacy betrayed Dwight. There are 2 ways of looking at it. There point of view of course is that he was bribing her. His point of view. She took a bullet is a squabble with Dwight. They were there to kill him and she backed him up. He was rewarding her for that plus she said she was probably going to lose her career so he was covering her loses. Stacy is a backstabber

  • January 9, 2023 at 1:37 am
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    It was a masterpiece some of his best work. I hated the ending she took Judus to another level. You have to come back Sly and keep it going!

  • January 9, 2023 at 3:22 am
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    Can’t wait for next season! Follow faithfully each episode!

  • January 9, 2023 at 3:29 am
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    Great show! And great supporting cast!

  • January 9, 2023 at 3:57 am
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    I’ve read about four reviews of the finale and no one mentions Bhodi’s (Martin Starr’s) shoutout to his 5 seasons as Guilfoyle on Silicon Valley. When he’s hacking Waltrip’s bank account, he’s asked “how do you know so much about computers?” His response was, “I spent 5 years at an internet startup.” Would’ve loved it if the old Pied Piper jacket were hanging in his office. Maybe Dinesh will make an appearance next season. 🙂

  • January 9, 2023 at 5:45 am
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    Love the show! Can’t wait for Season 2! Hated the ending putting Dwight back in prison! Thought Stacey might turn down the job and stay loyal to Dwight! Would have showed a complex side of Dwight trying to do the right thing giving her the money! Don’t let Dwight become a snitch in Deadon 2! It will ruin his character! He “s awesome and Stallone pulls it off beautifully!!

  • January 9, 2023 at 7:50 am
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    Love the show! Great cast! Can’t wait for a Season 2!! Everything Taylor Sheriden touches turns to gold!!

  • January 9, 2023 at 4:21 pm
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    Did not see Stacy’s betrayal coming- even though hinted at in her meeting with the ATF brass.

    Bhodi uses his computer skills to make the evidence disappear in Season 2?

  • January 9, 2023 at 7:06 pm
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    There is one more ep /10 ep total people need to research

  • January 10, 2023 at 2:47 am
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    Absolutely wonderful show
    Tuned in for Sly, still the best tough guy on tv, can’t wait for season 2

  • January 10, 2023 at 12:25 pm
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    Absolutely no way could they prove where the money came from

  • January 10, 2023 at 10:02 pm
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    I absolutely love Tulsa king! Sylvester Stallone is a fantastic actor and keeps it going! His whole crew is fantastic! Great actors! Very sad ending! Now I’m wondering if Dwight’s daughter Tina will stay or be so mad that she goes away again! This is such a great show! Sylvester Stallone is one hell of an actor! All the actors are great pics! Can’t wait for season two!

  • January 11, 2023 at 11:42 am
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    Dwight is too smart to leave a paper trail of a million dollars to an atf agent! Cmon people…. Bhodi is a hacker and a cyber criminal , Once The atf uploaded that drive it gave them access to everything !!

  • January 11, 2023 at 3:55 pm
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    I have a feeling the arrest is not what it looks like on the surface…..flipping Dwight maybe/ witness protection??

  • January 12, 2023 at 12:39 am
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    Lemme get this straight: Just to keep her job she 1) gives up the million bucks, 2) rats on Dwight, who saved her life, and 3) Does she think there will be no retribution for this???? Doesn’t make sense to me.

  • January 13, 2023 at 8:20 am
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    As she is still in Season 2, I would say she has set up the feds whom she does not like, and would not, stab Dwight in the back, I feel, there will be a nice surprise and he won’t be in jail for long, if at all. Perhaps one of the feds is corrupt so she blackmails him for letting Dwight out or something similar.

  • January 18, 2023 at 5:48 am
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    Technically not a bribe. He was repaying her for saving his life. A bribe is to coerce an official to do something they wouldn’t normally do. They would have a far stretch to prove that. Unless she is stating as a ploy to uphold her end of her conditions, but she doesn’t have to make sure it sticks and he goes to jail. Like I said it can’t be proved he bribed her/ no actual link except his driver dropping it off.

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