Mayor of Kingstown Season 2 Episode 1 Recap – what happened after the prison riot?

January 15, 2023 (Last updated: 2 weeks ago)
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Paramount+, Streaming Service, Weekly TV


Mayor of Kingstown is a grim and brutal affair, heightened by gritty authenticity and some expert filmmaking. Series opener, “Never Missed a Pigeon” is all about establishing the tension, so it doesn’t deliver on any real payoffs just yet, but the stage has well and truly been set.

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Mayor of Kingstown is a grim and brutal affair, heightened by gritty authenticity and some expert filmmaking. Series opener, “Never Missed a Pigeon” is all about establishing the tension, so it doesn’t deliver on any real payoffs just yet, but the stage has well and truly been set.

We recap the Paramount+ series Mayor of Kingstown Season 2 Episode 1, “Never Missed a Pigeon,” which contains spoilers.

Taylor Sheridan is a force of nature. The actor, writer, and director has dominated both TV and film since his break-out script Sicario made waves back in 2015. In a short period of time, the filmmaker has written and directed numerous movie scripts, while simultaneously launching many highly-successful TV shows. One of these creations, Mayor of Kingstown, returns for a second season, with A-list actor and Avenger Jeremy Renner leading this gritty crime series once again. Season 2’s premiere episode, “Never Missed a Pigeon,” looks at the fallout after last season’s chaotic prison riot.

Mayor of Kingstown Season 2 Episode 1 Recap

The prison riot in question ended with many deaths and countless criminal investigations, but we start by focusing on one particular prison guard’s mental well-being. Captain Kareem Moore (Michael Beach) is found shivering and whimpering in his basement, still traumatized after the events that he witnessed and the assault he endured during the riots. Next, Kareem is interviewed in the hopes of returning to work. He denies accusations of being raped at the riots and is cleared for duty. Obviously, Kareem wants retribution and he is allowed back into the chaos to seek that revenge.

The prison itself is in absolute anarchy. The inmates are left living in a makeshift camp, out in the elements. More fights and stabbings take place as the gangs vie for overall control once again. Many gang leaders have been killed during the riots and the criminal world is in a state of flux. To make matters worse, crime is on the rise on the outside as well. A drug dealer’s cook house is raided by Robert Sawyer (Hamish Allan-Headley) and his SWAT team, angering Crip boss Bunny (Tobi Bamtefa). Elsewhere, drive-by shootings are becoming a common occurrence.

We are soon reacquainted with Mike McLusky (Jeremy Renner) and his array of fine suits. The ‘Mayor’ gifts Iris (Emma Laird) with her own private boat for the week, while he tries to deal with the carnage that has been unleashed upon his town. He is summoned to a crime scene and witnesses the results of yet another gang shooting. Mike understands that this mayhem will not end until a new leader is chosen.

Mike meets with Crips leader Bunny, who is hiding out on the rooftop of one of his businesses. He’s paranoid about being assassinated in a drive-by shooting and prefers the safety of his rooftop instead, quipping that they’d need a helicopter to kill him. Bunny is angry that one of his cook houses has been raided. Mike explains that the police were tipped off and had to respond. Bunny is also enraged by all the inmates that died during the riot. Mike counters that, 33 guards were killed and countless others were raped and beaten. It was a bloody affair with casualties on both sides, which goes some way to highlight the brutality of this war. Mike advises Bunny to stop cooking or moving drugs for the time being, but Bunny doesn’t look like he’s standing down any time soon.

It’s a busy day for Mike, next he meets with the detectives. He’s informed that the inmates are detoxing hard in their little tent community. They don’t have any phones, drugs or yard to blow off steam in. Bunny elaborated earlier, explaining how the guards were stopping any messages get in or out of the prison, which was also the same for the drugs and the money too. Moreover, the prisoners can’t anoint a new leader, because all of the best candidates are now dead. It’s a real nightmare situation that the guards are only exacerbating. Mike pleads with the detectives to ease off on Bunny, they need the Crips in control and on side.

Ending Explained

On top of all this madness, Mike is told that Milo may have escaped. There are 300 bodies to identify and yet no-one has seen or heard from the Russian mobster yet. Mike heads to the coroners to meet with Evelyn Foley. He needs an alert putting out if Milo has escaped. It’s absolute chaos there too. Evelyn is dealing with 197 deaths and 724 individual crime investigations. She doesn’t want to intensify this disaster with talk of Milo’s escape, but Mike needs her to act fast, a deadly criminal may be out in the open.

While Mike has a hectic day, Kareem re-enters the prison and beats his perpetrators to death. Mike’s mother Miriam (Dianne West) is mugged in broad daylight, but refuses to press charges. And Mike’s brother Kyle (Taylor Handley) starts a new job out on the open waters, up state.

Worried about Milo’s prison break, Mike has Iris placed in a safe house. He wants her to start a new life, with a new identity, but she is saddened to be losing Mike in the process. Whilst under a voluntary house arrest, Iris overhears the others talking about Milo’s escape. She demands to be let outside for some fresh air and of course, she heads straight to Mike’s offices. The episode ends with the two being reunited. Iris asks Mike if Milo has definitely escaped. He is unsure, but in his heart, he believes that it is true. They are all in serious danger now.

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