Mike McLusky is portrayed by the mayor of Kingstown as a middleman. While psychologically persuading himself to manage the family business instead of pursuing his aspirations, Mike externally organises a transaction between criminals and police officials. Maybe using a middleman is not a problem for the average person. But Mike is constantly being reminded by his conscious consciousness that what he is doing is wrong. Every day, he steps over the edge of morality and feels like a tightrope dancer. Mike’s dreams are slowly devoured by time and crime, which steals away a piece of his soul, but even so, he still doesn’t achieve the conclusive resolution he is seeking at the end of Mayor of Kingstown Season 1.
Mayor of Kingstown Season 1: Episode 10 Recap
Under the direction of Paul P-Dog, the inmates in Episode 9 took control of the men’s jail in Kingstown (Pha rez Lass). A total of 36 prison guards were taken captive by them; the other guards were killed during the bloody rioting. When they proceeded to the facility to transport Milo Sunter to the DA’s office, Mike’s brother Kyle and officer Ian also became stuck inside.
When Mike learned about the situation, he hurried to save his brother. The government was preoccupied with its politics. As a result, Mike told Robert Sawyer (Hamish Allan-Headley), the Swat commander, about Kyle and Ian.
In order to bargain with the detainees, Mike spoke to his old friend Carlos Jimenez (Jose Pablo Cantillo), who was hiding beneath the prison when Robert and his SWAT team found Kyle and Ian. Carlos kept repeating the sentences that Paul (P-Dog) had directed him to say as he informed Mike that the prisoners had kidnapped Ed, Moore, and other correctional employees. Before Mike could enter the prison to hear their demands, the convicts shot one of the guards in the yard.
Paul shot Ed during the discussion, killing him. In retaliation, the national guards opened fire from the wall, killing nearly all of the prisoners who were holding firearms. Fortunately, Mike, Kyle, and Ian made it through the shooting and were unharmed when they reached their families. While Captain Moore’s fate wasn’t disclosed until the very end, Milo managed to escape the prison while posing as a prison guard.
What Did Paul P-Dog & The Prisoners Want?
The first season of The Mayor of Kingstown tackled the subject of discrimination in each episode. While some white people harassed Bunny’s relative outside the men’s prison for participating in ice hockey, a white man’s sport, the curbs inside the prison were split based on race and skin colour. Prisoners were mistreated by the jail staff, which led to ongoing unrest.
The guards humiliated Paul by serving him dung in Episode 5 of Orion, which was sufficient to awaken the beast within the man. Speaking of humiliation, another jail officer named Ernest Van Ackle (Tim Post) was made fun of by other guards in Episode 5. All of these men rebelled because they were tired of being constantly bothered by powerful men. Paul revealed to Mike that the jailers were routinely beaten by the jailers as a way for them to release their anger. Although the inmates had committed a crime and were therefore serving a sentence for it, daily beatings and humiliations weren’t necessary.
The convicts begged for some respect and dignity, but when they weren’t granted it calmly, they retaliated in retaliation. The majority of these inmates who sparked the disturbance were serving life sentences, thus they already knew their fate, as Carlos had previously told Mike. These men had no remorse for taking over the prison and murdering the guards; they were only trying to shorten the time until their deaths.
Mike was unable to dispute Paul’s facts because he had personally witnessed the event and was familiar with it. But Mike made an effort to reason with Paul. However, Paul concluded by saying that he was prepared to make a sacrifice in order to share a message with the world because he knew how this was going to end. To instill dread and panic in prison guards around the nation, Paul shot Ed in the yard. The prisoners in other prisons may be influenced by his action to speak out against the humiliations. Paul’s message to the world was to fight against the oppression rather than submit to it.
Who Was The Man on the Tower?
After Sam Weaver was moved to Women’s Prison, Ernest Van Ackle, a prison guard, was appointed to the position in the Tower. Earnest was mentally ill, as was previously established, but neither his family nor his fellow guards bothered to take notice. He lived with a son who was mentally challenged and daily endured humiliation from his wife. Ernest likely used to work extra hours while incarcerated for this reason. He was preoccupied with the profession because he lacked a family and any sort of romantic relationship.
Ernest was still working diligently at the tower at the end of Season 1 of Mayor of Kingstown. Ernest took it personally when one of the national guards disarmed his gun, so he reacted. Ernest shot two national guardsmen while they were firing at the inmates, but he was killed in the conflict. We frequently don’t comprehend what is going on in someone else’s life, and because of our utter ignorance, we mock and degrade others around us. Though many people hold their rage inside, few rebel.
Mayor of Kingstown Season 1: Ending Explained Will There Be A Season 2?
Mike and Kyle were able to exit the chaotic scenario safely when the national guards resolved the prison problem. Milo Sunter took advantage of the confusion to get out of the jail while dressed as a prison guard. Therefore, Mike McLusky’s involvement in conflict was not over. Milo will likely retaliate in Season 2 of Mayor of Kingstown to get his money back from the McLusky brothers.
However, it’s unlikely that Kyle will be present to protect Mike. He had previously informed Ian that he would be departing for Michigan in order to protect his family. Perhaps Miriam will travel with Kyle and his wife, leaving Mike in Kingstown by himself.
Even Mike has the choice to leave Kingstown if Ed passes away. He has cleaned up the messes he made when he shot Duke in Episode 8. In episode 10, Officer Stevie discovered Duke’s smartphone in his den and decided to dispose of it by dropping it in some acid. He removed all other pieces of information connecting Mike to Duke’s killing. Mike can therefore decide whether to continue running the family business or not because nothing is stopping him.
Iris, who informed Mike that she would never be able to forget the trauma caused by Duke and Milo, provided a better explanation of Mike’s predicament. Her spirit may never fully recover from the damage these men caused. She therefore had two choices at this point: she could either continue to live with the trauma and experience the torment for the rest of her life, or she could cut off the last of her soul and cease to be a living entity.
Evidently, Mike was struggling with the same decision of whether to remain in Kingstown and live a life of crime or to move away and follow his aspirations. They were concerned that their dreams might come back, even if they buried them. However, even though Mike would be the one doing the crimes, his moral conscience would follow him around and keep him awake at night.
In Kingstown, Mike McLusky will never be able to be at peace. When he acknowledges the fact that he is already aware of, perhaps his troubles will come to an end. His psychological and exterior challenges will be followed more closely in Mayor of Kingstown Season 2.
Hugh Dillon and Taylor Sheridan are the creators of the 2021 crime thriller television series Mayor of Kingstown. On Paramount+, you may stream Season 1.