Two weeks ago, “The Bridge” wrapped up Season 1’s main storyline, bringing the hunt for The Beast with an episode that felt a lot like a season finale. Only the show had two episodes to go.
For the last two weeks, the rookie FX drama dealt with the aftermath of Gus’ death at the hand of David Tate, while pulling back to spread focus on the whole world the show had introduced throughout the season. At the close of Wednesday’s (Oct. 2) season finale, the lion’s share of the characters were left in rather precarious positions.
Picking up with the most pressing, Marco (the remarkable Demian Bichir) and Sonya (Diane Kruger) found the evidence they were looking for that Eva had been at the police station in Juarez after disappearing. They track down the cop who had her and, after Marco beat him within an each of his life (signaling a real moral decline for the good cop in the wake of The Beast’s devastation), learn that Eva’a still among the living. They get her across the border, and the cop who had her gets shot dead. (It’s unclear who arranged this hit.)
Worried about partner, she goes to visit him, remarking, “Something’s changed, Marco.” “A lot of things have changed,” he replies, looking like the shell of the man he once was. After Sonya tells him she’s afraid he’s going to try to kill Tate, she goes to leave. “Don’t worry, I won’t do anything stupid,” he promises. Though his stab-off with that tequila bottle the second she leaves quickly undercuts his promise
Sonya was right. Something has changed. Subverting the premiere of the show, when Fausto Galvan went to Marco to offer conditional help, Marco arrives as Galvan’s house, looking for something from the man he’s tried to keep clean from throughout his career. He asks Galvan if he has people in the El Paso jail. Not just to have Tate killed, though. Marco wants to slay The Beast himself.
Elsewhere, Charlotte Millright continues down the path of ascending Graciela Rivera’s throne, left empty after Charlotte shoved a pitchfork through her midsection. She takes on the woman’s lawyer, Monte, and turns Ray into her employee, not her partner. Galvan wants to partner with her. She’s on her way to become Season 2’s big bad, if you ask me.
Or was. Her supermarket encounter with Arliss Frome is something to ponder during the hiatus. Who is this man from Tampa who knows all? And what does he want with Charlotte?
The other cliffhangers rose in Daniel and Emily’s part of the world. One: Who is Millie Quintana and why did she have all the money? Two: Where is Daniela? Daniel and Emily’s story tended to be my favorite bits throughout the season and this promise that they’ll factor heavily into Season 2 that these cliffhangers seem to make is a delight, in spite of how dark the actual story might become.
In its first season, “The Bridge” proved to be an odd beast. Luring viewers in with the hook of a serial killer story, the show gradually revealed itself to be more interested in exploring the sociopolitical world set on this tenuous borderline in the Southwest. By not hinging its identity on a “crime-a-season” formula, and rather digging deeper into a richly developed world, “The Bridge” showed that, while it may not have been the show viewers wanted, it just might have become the show they need. Is Season 2 here yet?
What did you think of the Season 1 finale of “The Bridge”? Will you be back for Season 2?