Rabbit Hole Season 1 Episode 8 Recap and Ending Explained

May 7, 2023 (Last updated: 2 weeks ago)
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The season finale of Rabbit Hole is a fun, mind-blowing ride.

We recap the Paramount+ series Rabbit Hole Season 1 Episode 8, “Ace in the Hole,” which contains spoilers and explains the Ending.

In the mind-blowing season finale of Rabbit Hole, Crowley targets three DC circuit court judges using his new system of manipulating unstable citizens into killing them.

This leaves Ben (Charles Dance) questioning Crowley’s motives.

The elder Weir believes Crowley seeks to establish a caste system.

Rabbit Hole Season 1 Episode 8 Recap

Hailey and John talk about their feelings, with Hailey prying into John’s thoughts about whether he’s still in love with his wife. John cuts to the chase and tells her he couldn’t go on if something happened to Hailey, but she responds that she knows she couldn’t.

He’s about to kiss her when Hailey stops him and tells John that she went to Maddie because he was “out of his mind.” John forgives Hailey, saying she took her one shot to protect him. They then kiss.

Who does Crowley take hostage?

It appears that someone, we assume Crowley, takes Maddie’s wife hostage. At the beginning of the episode, we see an adult woman get into her car complaining to her spouse about her career. A man then puts a gun to her cheek from the backseat.

Later, a man appears to cut off her finger when tied to a chair in an abandoned building to offer her spouse proof of life. We think the spouse is Maddie, and we assume the kidnappers sent evidence of life to her FBI email.

Who is Debra Wyman-Massey?

John meets with a respected local newscaster, Debra Wyman-Massey, who has kept her integrity on The Pulse of the Nation. He informs her that someone is trying to overthrow the government, and Homm is alive.

John will present Edward Homm on her program (we later learn Hailey drives Homm to the studio). However, after Debra leaves, Maddie shows up and arrests John. She takes him back to the FBI headquarters and interrogates John, with her boss watching. The boos call someone and have them listen to the interrogation on his cell phone (could this be Crowley?).

Who takes Ben and John’s ex-wife hostage?

John asks if he can call his ex-wife to ensure she and his son are okay, and then he will tell Maddie everything she needs to know. Maddie is brilliant, says no, and means to her boss that this could be a trick to send someone a warning about his arrest or whereabouts. Of course, we know Ben is there, so Maddie has good instincts.

However, Ben has John’s ex-wife call her son because he never shows. Ben insists they go searching for him when he doesn’t pick up. As they leave, they are taken by gunpoint and delivered to Crowley.

Who sent Maddie the email?

The email to Maddie was from John, not the kidnappers. Weir sent her a picture of him and Homm, with the current date and contact information, which they use to hatch a plan. John steals Rasche’s security badge and escapes while Maddie distracts Rasche.

Hailey picks John up with Homm in the passenger seat. As Maddie tries to leave for the studio, Rasche stops her and demands to know what’s going on. A fake U.S. Marshal team serves a warrant to shut down the Homm interview, distracting to get Kyle inside. Weir punches him at the elevator, Kyle pulls a knife, but Hailey stops him with a clothesline.

Studio security arrests Crowley’s assassin but is let go when Crowley calls him on the cell phone in Kyles’s bag. It turns out that Crowley has dirt on the guard for sleeping with minors, which is his father, a district judge. The guard then releases Kyle.

Who is the woman pretending to be John’s ex-wife?

We now know John’s ex-wife is not his ex-wife but an operative he hired to play her. While Homm is prepping for his interview, Crowley calls and blackmails a producer into handing the phone to Weir. He tells John he has Ben and his ex-wife hostage. He asks Crowley to let her go, but he says no.

However, Crowley is suspicious of why he even asks because he knows the answer. John reveals this is not his ex-wife but the professional operative he hired to play his wife for months. John explains this is the same woman he hired to retrieve his ex-wife when kidnapped years prior, and she no longer talks to him.

Who is the woman taken hostage?

We then see a flashback of who we thought was Maddie’s wife crying, but we now know it was John’s wife at the time. The masked gunman is the operative John hired to save her. The assassin does the same thing to Crowley’s men, freeing herself of her handcuffs, killing all of them, saving Ben, and disarming Crowley with his weapon and oxygen tank.

Who kills Crowley?

Ben kills Crowley by shooting him in the head, and Kyle hears this over the microphone in his ear. Kyle knows he’s free of Crowley’s control and leaves, not shooting Homm. Ed is then free to testify to the corruption of the wealthy and high-ranking political officials. John and Hailey leave holding hands, and after saying goodbye to Maddie.

Hailey then reveals to Weir that she made a deal for the FBI to arrest her old boss and keep the money she stole.

Rabbit Hole Season 1 Ending Explained

Is Crowley really dead?

We think Crowley is dead, but the final scene has us questioning everything. Before leaving, Ben hears a muffled voice coming from Crowley’s ear. He takes it out, places it in his ear, and asks, “Who is this?”

Ben then makes a face as if he was given bad news, suggesting that perhaps “Crowley” isn’t finished yet.

What did you think of Rabbit Hole Season 1 Episode 8 and the Ending? Comment below.

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11 thoughts on “Rabbit Hole Season 1 Episode 8 Recap and Ending Explained

  • May 7, 2023 at 11:14 am

    Ben is played by CHARLES DANCE.

  • May 7, 2023 at 9:26 pm

    I liked it.It was great that you explained everything.Make another part two

  • May 8, 2023 at 4:18 am

    Rabbit Hole full of twists and turns. Intrigue Cat & Mouse, kept you guessing wanting more. Kyle that short little SOB I hope season 2 he gets his the first episode. That type should have something low down cut off. Because he thought he had them.

  • May 8, 2023 at 8:19 am

    Must have a second season of rabbit hole. Best streaming series out there.

  • May 8, 2023 at 4:58 pm

    Awesome breakdown and the series was terrific. It was refreshing to have something that has a lot of twists and turns throughout. We really enjoy this new series.

  • May 9, 2023 at 12:01 am

    Thank you for the recap and breakdown. I had a couple of questions and you answered one of them. Can you tell me who the woman is who was lying dead under the bridge in the sequence near the end of the episode?

  • May 9, 2023 at 4:18 am

    There needs to be another season. This was soooo good. I couldn’t stop watching.

  • May 11, 2023 at 5:08 am

    Need a Season 2, because Crowley’s not dead judging by Ben’s expression. He and Kyle must be stopped. Excellent show.

  • May 14, 2023 at 1:57 pm

    Minor corrections: Kyle doesn’t pull a knife on the elevator., He has nunchucks, a three piece weapon AKA Sans Setsu kon. At the end, Ben could have been talking to Kyle. Kyle was in constant communication with that earpiece? This isn’t an indication that Crowley is alive. Ben knows who Crowley is, because he worked with him, and was chasing him for 35 years. If Crowley is alive, they have fooled us by showing brain matter nearby. Also, he could not likely live with his oxygen pulled,.

  • May 17, 2023 at 11:15 pm

    Nah, it was a butterfly knife

  • May 27, 2023 at 6:23 am

    I loved it so I really hope there is a second season

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