Hunters Season 2 Episode 5 Recap – why is Joe Mizushima now a Nazi?

January 13, 2023 (Last updated: 3 weeks ago)
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3.5

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A slower episode is saved by an explosive finale that piles on the suspense. These action sequences are masterfully crafted, providing ample tension whilst constantly raising the stakes.

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3.5

Summary

A slower episode is saved by an explosive finale that piles on the suspense. These action sequences are masterfully crafted, providing ample tension whilst constantly raising the stakes.


We recap the Prime Video series Hunters Season 2 Episode 5, “Blutsbande,” which contains spoilers.

Episode five of Season 2 is called “Blutsbande,” which is German for blood ties. As the title suggests, this installment is all about family. Jonah (Logan Lerman) must choose between his blood relative Chava (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and his fiancee Clara (Emily Rudd), while flashbacks explore Roxy’s (Tiffany Boone) own battle between being a caring mother or a dependable sibling, as she contemplates rescuing her sister from prison. This is a slower episode, but one with an explosive finale nonetheless.

Hunters Season 2 Episode 5 Recap

Still in shock from what transpired in the previous chapter, Jonah wakes from his daze to find Roxy bleeding in Lonny’s arms. They commandeer a vehicle and Lonny drives his lover to the nearest hospital. Jonah’s focus is elsewhere though, he returns to base to update the others on what has just happened. Georges is dead, Roxy’s been shot by Joe and Clara has been taken prisoner by Travis. The gang can’t quite believe this news, but nevertheless, Chava doesn’t want to submit to the enemy’s obvious baiting. Chava and Jonah subsequently argue. Here is their first conundrum, go after Hitler or rescue Clara. Chava has spent thirty years hunting the Fuhrer, yet the others side with Jonah, they don’t want any more bloodshed today.

Clara is bound in an unknown location. Travis taunts her, mentioning what a cold-blooded killer Jonah truly is. Left alone with just Joe, Clara tries to win her captor over by talking to them on a human level. Joe continues to have visions of his sessions with Adolf, where he was experimented upon and brainwashed. Meanwhile, Adolf practices his aim with some clay pigeon shooting. He gets into an argument with the Colonel though. Adolf wants to go nuclear and drop some (literal) bombs, whilst the Colonel thinks this is a foolish plan, they should bide their time instead. To end the debate, Adolf knocks her out with the butt of his gun.

The gang head to a scenic village, following up on a clue that Jonah discovered, one that will hopefully lead them to Clara. The Hunters split up into two parties, Chava and Jonah investigate one side of the village together, Millie and Sister Harriet the other. Millie confesses to killing the Nazi Bishop and fears she’ll go to hell for what she has done. Sister Harriet tries to comfort her, saying that she has done a great deed, don’t worry, they’ll stick together. Then they kiss.

Meanwhile, Chava tries to convince Jonah to ditch Clara for good. If he truly loved her then he would let her go. The two pairs meet up after their search, without finding anything of interest. Jonah remembers seeing flowers inside the van that took Clara away, they decide to check out the florists before leaving. The florist explains that purple flowers seen in the van came from a farm at Los Olmos, their next port of call.

In two separate flashback sequences, the theme of family is explored in greater depth. Roxy struggles to look after her own daughter whilst planning a prison break to free her innocent sister. Her father tells her to be a mother, not a hero. In the other flashback, Meyer visits his old family in Berlin. He is on an assignment to recruit Nazi-hunter Tomasz, but gets side-tracked instead. Meyer goes to his family butchers and talks with his sister Gertrude. She almost seems to recognize her brother, who has had plastic surgery since the last time they interacted. Meyer then visits his mother’s grave, where Tomasz ambushes him. Meyer is forced to kill the comrade to avoid his secret identity being revealed.

Back in the show’s present timeline, Clara tries to escape her captors. She manages to get into the fields surrounding the farm, but Travis easily catches her. The Nazis must quickly hide back in the cellar though, as Jonah and the gang are hot on their tail. The Hunters arrive at the farm, and investigate the empty farmhouse. It’s a tense sequence as both sides brace for battle, the heroes above ground and Clara below the floorboards with the other Nazis.

Ending Explained

A shootout follows, the Nazis shooting up into the cellar’s ceiling, while the Hunters aim downwards through the floorboards. It’s quite a frantic scene as both sides manically shoot at one another. Clara screams as the bodies pile up. Joe decides to fight them on the same level, and then Travis takes Clara hostage. Your typical Mexican standoff follows. The Hunters pointing their weapons at Travis and Joe, then vice versa, with a gun jammed in Clara’s neck to add to the suspense. Chava has an aim, but Jonah forbids her from shooting. Joe has his visions again and relives Hitler’s experiments in brutal fashion. This triggers a response in Joe, who decides to shoot at Travis instead, killing the Nazi and freeing Clara in the process.

Jonah runs over to Clara, but she doesn’t want anything to do with the traitor. Joe surrenders and falls to his knees, unarmed. Sister Harriet asks why he shot Roxy and Joe admits that he doesn’t know what happened. The brainwashing runs deep. Joe has one saving grace though, he knows where Hitler is and will take the Hunters straight to him.

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