Hunters – Season 1 Episode 10 (The Finale) Recap & Review

Two Big Twists

The season finale of Hunters begins one year ago with Ruth being watched before sitting with Meyer and discussing his life. After briefly mentioning Jonah, she quickly steers the conversation away from this, going back to mention how big and empty the room is.

Meyer’s car plunges over the edge of the cliff as Sister Harriet dives into the water and drags Meyer to safety. The Colonel however, is nowhere to be seen. Back at his place, Jonah arrives and sees that Meyer is shook up from his encounter. He turns to Jonah and tells him it was his birthright to lead the Hunters but letting Travis go free has changed his mind.

With his Hunters gig over for now, Jonah heads back to see Cheeks and they discuss superheroes. While they do, Millie mourns her Mother who passes away before heading in to prison and seeing Travis. She offers a deal but he sees right through it – knowing that she’s only here because she has nothing on him. As she leaves, he gives her one last warning while biding his time to escape.

Back home, Millie is visited by Congresswoman Handleman, who recruits her to join the cause in finding and tracking down the Nazis, given she knows all about Operation Paperclip. At the same time, Biff dons a disguise and a new passport and heads into Russia, away from the conflict.

Jonah looks through his Grandmother’s things again and reads the letters, in particular the one regarding The Wolf being arrested and Meyer suffering nightmares. These letters bring back memories of her cookbook, which is enough for him to begin sifting through her belongings and finding a file labelled Zuchs.

It’s here he begins to piece together the identity of The Wolf, leading him to Dr Mann. Heading in for a check-up, Jonah fingers the gun in his back pocket and contemplates killing him. Although he hesitates in the office, Jonah knocks him down outside and brings The Wolf to Meyer’s house.

Meyer plunges the knife in The Wolf’s skull but he doesn’t say a prayer beforehand, which immediately rings alarm bells for Jonah. As he thinks back to the letters, his blood runs cold as he realizes the horrifying truth – Meyer is actually The Wolf. As Meyer sits down with a glass of whiskey, he tells Jonah about his ordeal and how he managed to get away from the camp.

The man he killed isn’t The Wolf, he’s actually the SS Surgeon who changed his face and turned him into Meyer after killing the real Meyer in cold blood back in the Holocaust Camp. His reasons for hunting come down to a blood lust but Jonah stands his ground and tells him it’s not his fight, it’s the Jew’s fight.

Jonah grabs the gun in his back pocket and fires a bullet into the fake Meyer’s chest, following it up with a knife to the lung.

In the aftermath of this, Jonah sits with the group and reveals the truth about who Meyer really was. Having cut the head off the snake, Joe leaves in anger only to be run over and bundled into the back of a car outside. As the car races off, Travis speaks to his lawyer and tells him he wants to stay inside the prison. In order to do that and prove a point to the inmates, he murders this Jewish man and goes on to rally the inmates to his cause.

With Joe and Mindy both gone from the scene, the remaining Hunters band together as Jonah rallies the troops and tells them Millie is now hunting them in America. Sister Harriet takes the opportunity to discuss moving out of America and taking the fight into Europe instead.

As the episode, and series, comes to an end, we cut to Argentina where Joe is brought before The Colonel who’s still alive. As he’s sat down to eat with the family, including four identical blonde children, an aging Adolf Hitler arrives and begins eating with the group.

If there’s one episode that shows how bloated and overlong this series has been – it’s this finale. The first 20 minutes literally catch up with the characters with no plot development aside from Meyer being saved. Of course, the back-end of this episode more than makes up for this with a couple of bombshell reveals – one that works perfectly and the other, not so much.

Learning just why Meyer has been acting so erratically throughout the series is a nice touch and brings into perspective just why he killed Tilda so abruptly too. Was she going to divulge the truth about him? It’s an interesting prospect to ponder and the idea of him riling up these Jews and convincing them to join his cause while he himself is a Nazi is a cruel sense of irony that backs up some of the themes running throughout the series.

Hunters has ultimately been a show about blurring that moral line of right and wrong. While some of the Nazi antagonists have felt a bit cartoonish with a lack of compelling depth, the violence, various twists and dramatic spikes of tension are enough to make the ride worth taking.

So there we go then. With no word on a second season for now and plenty of unanswered questions hanging over this one, the unsurprisingly polarizing reception to this show puts serious doubts over a second season. Given the 10.5 hour run-time of this one, the big reveal with Meyer does make the wait worth it but Adolf Hitler still being alive? Not so much. It’s a nice spin but also one that’s been done a few times before and the twist just doesn’t quite nail it, especially given the glacial pacing at times leading up to this.

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14 thoughts on “Hunters – Season 1 Episode 10 (The Finale) Recap & Review”

  1. I don’t understand that either. Meyer and Ruth were in another camp for a while recovering after they were liberated from Auschwitz so I assume that’s where they slept together. The wolf killed the real Meyer and left onNov.4th leaving Ruth Meyer’s Chai necklace and a note saying he felt so guilty about killing the 11 people to save her life that he had to leave. He then had plastic surgery to look like Meyer. When she saw him at his house 30 years later, he mentioned their Boston apartment. How could they have lived together in Boston? Makes no sense.

  2. There are a lot of things very wrong in this script. Firts the apartment thing. Second, if the real Meyer was killed in the camp after liberation, this bring 2 questions:
    – In the note that Ruth wrote she says she was sleeping with the real Meyer night after night (so she could know about his nightmare) so, how she didnt note when Meyer was killed?
    – They just pass one of the worst nightmares in WWII, they are in a refugies camp with other people, and in real pain and trauma. How the f*** are they gonna have sex there to excuse then that Jonahs mom was conceive there?

  3. So much credibility straining. If it comes back for another season I’ll probably watch it. But after watching the final episode i feel a bit manipulated. And exhausted.

  4. I really had high hopes for this show. But truthfully it was just too slow, the dialogue was really ridiculous at times and the acting was poor. Al Pacino was good but that whole Jewish accent thing was just goofy. The older lady and her husband who were the supposed weapons expert was right out of a goofy 70s TV program. Or bad ABC movie of the week. This series was OK to binge watch with your finger on the fast-forward button.

  5. Oh yeah you are right, I am not sure then. I think they mentioned Ruth seeing someone at the market in an earlier episode, I want to say Meyer said she saw a Nazi doctor. I don’t know, I think I might need to rewatch the show! 🙂

  6. Ian, it was Meyer who mentions the flat on Boston str, so it still doesn’t make any sense to me.
    Also, I’m curious, who was it that Ruth saw in the market buying cantaloupes.

  7. Amanda, Isabel, and Pam-

    I think she might be referring to her and Jonah’s apartment. I too was a bit confused but after thinking more about it this would make the most sense I think.

  8. My same question. Makes no sense unless somehow that was meant as a joke, if that’s what they’d named where they lived in the dp camp. But if so, it should have been mentioned earlier.

  9. I have exactly the same question as Amanda. It does not make any sense considering that Meyer was killed by The Wolf in the concentration camp only a few months after the liberation.

  10. There’s only one thing that I don’t understand. Why did “Meyer”said to Ruth, “well, it’s a bit bigger than our flat on Boston Street” when she told him his house was too big?

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