Slow Horses, based on the first of Mick Herron’s Slough House novels, follows a group of Security Service exiles as they strive to unravel a continuous act of domestic terrorism, led by Gary Oldman’s grotesquely sleazy, unsupportive commander Jackson Lamb. Appletv enjoyed it so immensely that it aired two seasons in a row. There’s a lot to pick through, with involvement from the highest levels of the UK security system and all the double-crosses and secrets you’d expect from the genre, so let’s dump that bin all over the office floor and dig through it.
[Season Finale] Slow Horses Season 2 Episode 6 Recap: Ending Explained! Who died?
Hassan was kidnapped for what reason in Slow Horses Season 1 Finale?
Hassan Ahmed, a student at Leeds University and aspiring stand-up comedian, was abducted by the far-right organization Sons of Albion, who threatened to decapitate him live on the internet. They each had their own neo-Nazi motivations, but it turned out that the plot was set in motion by MI5 Second Desk “Lady” Di Taverner (Kristin Scott-Thomas) as a covert operation to win Brownie points while her boss was away.
She instructed MI5 undercover agent Alan Black to enter the gang and plan the kidnapping, with the goal of miraculously locating and apprehending the gang and rescuing Hassan, who happened to be the nephew of Pakistan’s Defense Minister, whom it would be advantageous to impress. Curly (Brian Vernel), one of the racist loons, rumbled Black and resolved to carry out the decapitation plan for real, starting with the undercover agent himself.
Hassan was rescued by the Slow Horses in what way?
Actually, as Jackson Lamb was quick to point out, they didn’t. True, Ho and Standish were able to track Alan Black’s alias’s travels in the past and find the van he had leased for the kidnapping. True, Min and Louisa were able to track down that van… Until they ran out of gas because Min was hungry and preoccupied with sex rather than filling the tank. True, River hunted down the last thug to a distant hideaway and engaged him in a real-life James Bond gunfight.
Hassan, on the other hand, was the one who turned the thugs against one other, decreasing their numbers to one, and Hassan was the one who ultimately knocked out his captor with a well-thrown rock. Di Taverner’s effort to clean up her mess by executing the last kidnapper was foiled by the Slow Horses. They blocked chief Dog, Nick Duffy, from gunning him down from a helicopter by forming a protective ring around him.Because all they accomplished was uncover Di Taverner’s plot, which her boss, Ingrid Tierney, wanted to be swept under the rug, they never received any credit. So they’re all stuck at Slough House, no prizes, no kudos, just a dreadful job under Jackson Lamb’s nicotine-stained thumb.
Who was responsible for the death of Charles Partner Slow Horses Season 1 Recap?
In Catherine’s opinion, Charles shot himself, causing her to give up drinking and be sent to Slough House. She persists in getting promises from Di Taverner and then Jackson Lamb that they will tell her the truth about what transpired. Lamb eventually admits that he feels guilty because he gave Partner the gun he used to shoot himself. He informs her that after the Berlin Wall came down, espionage networks were being established up all throughout Europe, and everyone was worried about old scores being settled.
As a result, he gave Partner the gun in order to protect himself. Lamb was prompted by his death – and the deaths of Lamb’s operatives throughout Europe – to seek control of Slough House, a place where no one would ever do something significant or get injured again. But there’s more to the story than he tells Standish: at the end of Slow Horses, we learn that Lamb murdered Partner on the orders of River’s grandfather, David Cartwright.
Are you curious as to why? Charles Partner, the head of MI5, was a double agent who had been getting away with selling Britain’s secrets for years thanks to his drunken aide, Catherine Standish’s bewildered ignorance. Lamb was awarded Slough House as a reward for killing him to protect MI5. To keep her from being imprisoned as a traitor, he hired Standish as his office manager, unbeknownst to her.
What role did Home Secretary Peter Judd play in all of this?
‘PJ,’ the ambitious, backslapping government toff played by Samuel West, is not to be confused with any Boris Johnsons who may or may not have been Foreign Secretary at the time Slow Horses was written. Let’s get that out of the way right away. After Taverner despatched Moody to seize his laptop, washed-up and paranoid far-right journalist Robert Hobden deduced that MI5 was behind the kidnapping and kicking over their traces. He sought to utilise his old friendship with Judd to persuade him to call off the kidnapping – since Judd, it turns out, has a dark, extremist past and ties to the Sons of Albion’s financial sponsor. Taverner’s chief Dog Nick Duffy practically shoved Hobden over the curb into the direction of oncoming traffic after Judd kicked him to the curb.