In the latest Banshee recap, Hood is struggling to deal with the loss of Siobhan and he imagines a life where he didn’t assume the identity of the deceased Sheriff; a life where she would still be alive.
By Michael Stets — Staff Writer
Guilt is the driving force of this week’s episode of Banshee. Hood is reeling from witnessing Chayton Littlestone snap Siobhan’s neck like a twig, killing his girlfriend and subsequently any chance at him living a semi-normal life. The thief-turned-Sheriff has always lived how he wanted to live and he always does what he wants to do, but he is aware that people close to him are often put into danger and most of what he touches turns to blood.
The episode opens at Siobhan’s funeral, where Hood can’t bring himself to step out of his police cruiser. His emotions lay heavy on his face and his thoughts are pointed toward the first day he ever step foot inside the town of Banshee. In a unique black and white scene, we see Hood in the first episode of Season One, where the incumbent Sheriff (the actual Lucas Hood) gets killed in the Forge by the crooks robbing it. But, instead of seeing it how it originally went down, we see it if differently this time. Hood only takes action with his words and brokers a deal for cash and bourbon with no one losing their life, namely the Sheriff to be.
This, of course, is showing that Hood is second-guessing every choice he has made since that day. It was ultimately the real Lucas Hood’s choice to take on the robbers that day, which wound up getting him killed. But every choice then after and the consequences that have rained down on the town are all
Hoods. As Hood processes Siobhan’s death, he is wondering what would’ve been had he not assumed the identity of the dead Sheriff.
“This town needs a Sheriff. What I need is for the two of us to go find that fucker and make him go pay for what he did to her.”—Brock tells Hood
Continuing with the somber tone, the funeral procession for Proctor’s mother is taking place. Rebecca is approached by her parents, who cast her out of the Amish inner circle, which forced her to move in with her Uncle. They tell her they forgive her. She looks at them incredulously and tells them she hasn’t forgiven them and never will.
Emily, who was caring for Proctor’s ailing mother, talks him how his mother spoke about him a great deal before she passed. Proctor admits his guilt for not being there when she died. The two share a moment during their conversation and wind up sleeping together. Afterward, Proctor opens up to her about his youth and strained relationship with his father.
Gordon visits Brock at the target range and informs him he will have to testify in court in regards to what happened at the Savoy between Hood and Proctor. Brock tells him he will do whatever it takes to make sure Proctor gets put behind bars. Gordon asks to take a few shots and buries them all in the head of the target, much to the surprise of Brock.
“I haven’t talked you out of doing something since nineteen ninety never, so I’m going to ask you again: what do you need?”—Job asks Hood.
Job visits Hood at The Forge and he has cause for concern. He along with Hood, Sugar and Carrie have been planning the heist of Camp Genoa for weeks, but now with Hood’s head messed up, he is filled with worry and trepidation that his friend won’t be able to pull off the extremely difficult job that lies ahead. Deputy Kurt Bunker stops by (Job delivers the line of the week and calls him “tall, dark and Nazi.”) and informs Hood that the FBI are setting up shop at the Cadi and planning to head to the Kinaho Reservation to get Chayton. When Hood gets to the Cadi, he is informed by Gordon—much to his chagrin— that the Feds have operational control.
“Chayton Littlestone is the DOJ’s problem now. Feds have operational command. Don’t make this harder than it is”.—Gordon tells Hood
With Proctor at home dealing with the death of his mother, Rebecca has taken on a larger role with business operations. She is also on a power trip and getting a bit too big for her britches. Without her Uncle’s consent, she handled a business deal that didn’t result in his best interests. Later on in the episode, Proctor has a second meeting with the client and has Rebecca come in and apologize, basically putting her in her place and embarrassing her. Rebecca is lost with her identity. She is now a part of her Uncles criminal enterprise, but she wants to be feared and respected before paying her dues. She remains a wildcard.
Deva isn’t heading down a great path either. Struggling with her parent’s divorce, the realization that Hood is her biological father and he and her mother were not only a couple but master thieves is a lot to digest for a teenager. She is already picking up bad traits from her parents and broke into a store to steal a game for her brother earlier this season. This episode, she bumps into a stranger on the street purposely, and pick pockets his wallet. A passerby takes notice and strikes up a conversation, which leads her and a friend to booze and drug-filled party he is hosting.
Carrie is working at the Miles Diner again (they must’ve taken her back after she walked out a couple of weeks ago) and she gets a visit from Colonel Stowe again. Carrie broke it off with him because the crew has been planning the heist at Camp Genoa. She again tells him they are through, but not before she records their conversation and gets a hand print off of him. Both the print and his voice are needed to breach the security system at Genoa.
“We are all someone else yesterday. We will be someone else tomorrow.”—Emily tells Proctor
Meanwhile, in the woods near the Redbones camp on the Kinaho Reservation, the FBI is getting ready to make their raid and capture Chayton Littlestone. Hood has other plans and with the help of Job, he gets into the tent where Chayton is sleeping. He could kill him, since he is wielding a gun with a silencer, but he grabs a knife and wakes up the gigantic leader of the Redbones and buries the blade into his thigh. Hood wants to make him suffer for what he has done and continues to twist the weapon in his leg. Job is obviously concerned by his friend’s sadistic behavior. Another Redbone makes his way into the tent and attacks Job. Chayton and Hood have a brief scuffle and the Redbone’s leader takes off out of the tent. Hood gives chase but can’t get a clean shot on him. Deputy Aimee King of the Kinaho Police Department meets him head on. But she can’t pull the trigger, nor reason with him, and nearly gets choked to death, before Hood shoots him in the shoulder, forcing Chayton to jump off a cliff into a body of water below.
Proctor stops by The Forge to have a drink and to thank Sugar for coming to his mother’s funeral. The history between these two characters is shown extensively in the Banshee Origins series on the Cinemax website. Sugar went to jail after beating a man to death who was attacking Proctor, so the two share a lifetime bond. Sugar tells him he is sorry for the loss of his mother. Proctor returns home to find Rebecca asleep on the couch. He affectionately kisses her forehead and puts a blanket over here. He is interrupted by Emily and goes to join her in the bedroom. Rebecca wakes up and stares at them in anger as they walk out of the room. This will likely lead to a battle for power as head female in the house and it’s probably not going to end well between the two females.
Back at Siobhan’s trailer, the episode ends how it began, with a black and white imagined scenario between Hood and the actual Hood as the Sheriff of Banshee. Hood is waiting for a ride out of town at a gas station and the Sheriff asks him if he is “chasing something or being chased.” Hood says “a little bit of both.” Siobhan pulls up in her police car to get gas and Hood says hi to her. She says hi back and they smile at one another. Job pulls up shortly after and he hops in and they head out of town.
This is obviously derived from Hood’s overwhelming conscience that had he not come to Banshee in the first place the town would be fine, the real Hood would be Sheriff, and more importantly, Siobhan would still be alive. He can’t help but feel responsible for her death and he continues to think everyone’s life would be better off if he wasn’t involved in it.
The episode was heavy on continued character development and added several layers of depth to Hood, Proctor and Rebecca. Hood searching for Chayton to exact his revenge will drive the four remaining episodes, but it looks like the crew are going through with the heist soon, so that should add to the craziness that lies ahead.
The post-credits scene features Chayton rising out of the water and walking toward land.
The song in the credits is called “Hurricane” by Mattanja Joy Bradley