Gangs of London season 2: what to expect?
London Gangs exploded onto our screens over two years ago, and with the highly anticipated second season airing last week, it’s high time we catch up on the events of the first season and how it connects to the new season.
With an underground story like Gangs of London, there’s a web of intertwining and overlapping characters, so it’s very easy to forget how it all fits together. The game of chess that takes place in the streets and boroughs of London comes to life perfectly in this modern-day crime drama.
So let’s remember what we loved so much about the first season and how it opens up this new chapter in the series.
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Season 1 revisited
Located in the heart of London, one of the most complicated and opportunistic cities in the world. Season 1 tells the story of a city torn apart by rival gangs fighting for power and control of the streets of the capital.
A power vacuum arises when the leader of the city’s most powerful crime family is murdered. Finn Wallace had ruled London for 20 years through his organization through which billions of pounds flowed, and his death sparks a wave of unrest and imbalance in London’s underworld landscape.
The power of his family now rests on the shoulders of the impulsive son Sean Wallace, with the help of allies, the Dumanis. This legacy of power causes a domino effect within the criminal network consisting of the Albanian mafia, Kurdish freedom fighters, a Pakistani cartel and Welsh travelers along with various other criminal chess pieces. Many of these organizations now feel a sudden vulnerability and feel that now is the time to act to claim more territory, wealth and power.
Amid the mayhem and mayhem the high-level assassination has caused, there’s a pawn on the board to watch out for. Elliot Finch has worked his way through the Wallace family organization as they seek to flex their muscles against the new threats that come their way. Seeking to gain the gang’s trust and make an impact by helping track down Finn’s killers, Elliot’s body count begins to rise. Although he looks like an asset to the Wallace family, the resilient character has so much more to it – and of course, he’s actually an undercover cop looking to take down the crime family from the inside. .
Throughout the season, the show follows the twists and turns of each gang as they form alliances with some and double-cross others. The Kurdish gang, led by female antagonist Lale and the Pakistani regime of Asif, is in a war on drugs for revenge, while the threat of blackmail from the Albanians over Finn’s construction deals begins to haunt the Wallace family from beyond the grave.
Sean finally finds the culprit behind his father’s death as Welsh Traveler boss Kinney admits his son killed him, but the hit was ordered by an unknown group. This storyline breakthrough sets off a chain of events that builds momentum in the second half of the season as we head into an explosive finale. The mysterious group turns out to be “The Investors” and their presence begins to dominate the proceedings as they attempt to orchestrate this crime opera.
how it ended
As the season draws to a close, the Dumani family conspiracy comes to light and escalates against the Wallace family. There is a power struggle between the former allies, with “The Investors” appearing to pit them against each other for Finn’s succession. The secrets of both sides are revealed during a face-off at the hideout, and Sean exacts revenge on the “Investors”, hitting them where it hurts by blowing up their skyscraper.
Meanwhile, Elliot’s entanglements become more complicated with the arrival of a second undercover cop and police superiors begin to weigh in on the operation. The body count mounts as collateral murders occur on the streets of London. In a showdown in an abandoned warehouse, Sean confronts Elliot about his identity, but this is interrupted by Alex who is tasked with killing his childhood friend. Alex chokes at the last moment but Elliot takes a chance and shoots Sean for him.
The end of Season 1 leaves us with a few more questions than it answers. Is Elliot a confirmed criminal now or is there a return to his life as a police officer? His main undercover contacts all appear to be dead and since he owes the Investors to get him out of the underground torture chamber, his mind may now be on a darker path. Maybe Elliot wants to take a step towards gang leadership and prove that pawns can be kings after all.
When it comes to the London gangs themselves, there are plenty of open situations. Asif, the leader of the Pakistani cartel, will seek revenge for the murder of his son by Lale, who left to join his Kurdish people after a night of passion with Sean – It remains to be seen whether she will appear in season 2.
There’s also a small possibility that Sean survived the shot in the face, if the bullet went through his cheek rather than his head – could that be significant and could Sean come back?
Sean’s mother, Marian, is another character who was taken down in the last episode by longtime friend Ed Dumani, but if you had hung around to watch the post-credits sequence, you would have seen that Finn’s mistress, Floriana, has come to her aid in the cemetery and takes her away.
It will be interesting to see what this means for his character arc, but also what the attempt on his life could mean for Ed Dumani. Plus, with Floriana potentially more of a threat to Season 2’s balance if she teams up with Marian in a bizarre turn of events, there’s also the notion that she also has access to billions of pounds siphoned off by Finn. .
With Alex able to escape the hands of the law, will we see him fulfill the Investors’ wish to become the leader of the Wallace gang? Or will the cooler but notoriously cautious character resist the kind of power that puts a target on your back.
Where does season 2 pick up?
Set a year after Season 1’s dramatic ending, the new season promises much more of the same. Similar to the beginnings of Season 1 where there was a power struggle over the death of a gang leader, we have the same situation in Season 2 – since Sean Wallace was killed, there’s a collapse of London’s gang leadership.
The Investors’ presence will no doubt be felt much stronger as its tentacles wrap around more characters since the end of Season 1. We know they want to install a new leader, the cold-hearted antagonist Koba who does not respect the rules of the streets. He will team up with Asif to take over the capital.
The threat of Koba is something that is highly anticipated as a new level and race of evil that will cast a shadow over the city. No doubt we will see a lot of mayhem and destruction in Season 2.
We will also see the ambitious and resilient Elliot take center stage once again and follow his treacherous path to the top. He had to prove himself over and over again in the first season, starting from scratch in the underworld while balancing the fear of revealing his true identity as an undercover cop. He narrowly escapes Season 1 with his life several times, so it will be interesting to see how these events change him in this new chapter of his story.
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