Special Ops: Lioness Season 1 Episode 8 Recap And Ending Explained

By Ricky Valero
Published: September 3, 2023 (Last updated: September 6, 2023)
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Special Ops: Lioness Season 1 Episode 8 Recap And Ending Explained


“Gone Is the Illusion of Order” finally delivers what this show promised from the beginning, but it’s too bad it took many bad episodes to get here.

This recap of the Paramount+ series Special Ops: Lioness Season 1Eepisode 8, “Gone Is the Illusion of Order,” contains spoilers, including an open discussion of the ending of Special Ops: Lioness Season 1.

We’ve reached the season finale of Special Ops: Lioness. Although we witnessed firsthand what happens in the first episode, how everything came about with Cruz and Aaliyah leading up to the bombing should answer plenty of unanswered questions. Plus, how will the White House handle the aftermath of Joe and her team keeping the mission a secret?

Special Ops: Lioness Season 1 Episode 8 Recap

Joe prepares Cruz with some technology to prepare her for the mission and extraction. Byron heads to the White House, where he gets an ass chewing by Edwin for playing the game the way he wanted instead of giving them control. They tell Byron they want to pull Cruz out, but Kaitlyn tells him that isn’t an option because of the inability to contact her.

What happens between Ehsan and Cruz?

Ehsan begins questioning Cruz about what happened in New York and why she repeatedly left the room crying. Cruz tells him a story, but he doesn’t believe her and slaps her. He tells her that Aaliyah is his wife tomorrow, and she (Cruz) will be gone. He mentions that if she mentions this chat with Aaliyah, he will throw her into the sea, but Cruz fires, saying she wishes he would. Although Ehsan’s bodyguard suggests taking her to the airport, Ehsan knows that Aaliyah won’t be happy if she leaves.

Finally, Cruz and Aaliyah meet up to talk about the upcoming nuptials. Aaliyah tells her that Ehsan knows and it will probably be the last time she is allowed to go to New York. She breaks down what her future looks like and isn’t happy about it, but knows it’s part of the plan.

As Kaitlyn watches on via satellite, so does the White House, and it is confirmed that Amrohi is on site. Byron calls Kaitlyn again to find out if they can pull the asset, and the answer remains no.

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Aaliyah comes to Cruz’s room to inform her that she doesn’t want to get married. Cruz says for her to tell Ehsan, and she said she did, and he didn’t care. Although Aaliyah begins to kiss Cruz, she pulls away, saying she can’t do this. Cruz storms out of the room to find some water.

What does Ehsan discover about Cruz?

Ehsan runs a background check on Cruz’s face and pulls nothing in the system. However, after searching and searching, he finally got a match. It reveals her full name, and a couple of clicks later, a picture of Cruz in her full Marine uniform appears, and he storms out to find her.

Special Ops: Lioness Season 1 Ending Explained

Who dies in “Gone Is the Illusion of Order”?

While on the hunt for water, Cruz runs into Amrohi. The two begin conversing about gelato when Ehsan storms into the room, saying she’s a Marine. Cruz fends off Ehsan by stabbing him and ends up killing him and, shortly after, makes quick work of Amrohi, stabbing him multiple times and slicing his throat before igniting the extraction necklace.

We see gunfire ensue, with everyone trying to shoot at Cruz as she tries to get to the water. Joe and her team start to head to the mainland to rescue Cruz. After a big shootout, Joe is able to grab Cruz, and she and her team get out of Dodge. Cruz tells Kaitlyn she completed the mission and tells Byron the news. Byron tells the White House, who aren’t happy about what happened.

Cruz and Joe have words over the monster that she created within her. She tells her she quits and wants no part of her or this program anymore. The season ends with Joe’s husband comforting her as she cries in his arms about how hard the mission was.

What did you think of Special Ops: Lioness Season 1 Episode 8? Do you have any thoughts on the ending of Special Ops: Lioness? Comment below.

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