The following incorporates spoilers for Animal Kingdom Season 6, Episode 13, “Fubar,” which aired Sunday on TNT.

TNT’s Animal Kingdom follows 17-year-old J Cody (Finn Cole) reconnecting together with his estranged household after his mom’s overdose. However, the Codys aren’t the common household. Governed by their ruthless matriarch Smurf (Ellen Barkin), J’s 4 uncles — Baz (Scott Speedman), Pope (Shawn Hatosy), Deran (Jake Weary) and Craig (Ben Robson) — carry out all method of high-risk, high-octane heists to maintain their felony empire afloat. As such, there isn’t any scarcity of drama, and the vast majority of it’s inner. Among the opposite points introduced in Season 1, J grapples with determining who his absent father is. To his shock, J discovers the title would possibly truly belong to one among his “uncles.”

Animal Kingdom reveals Baz — Smurf’s adopted son — as J’s dad. Season 3 appeared to substantiate that reality, regardless of Season 6’s flashbacks reverting to the thought of J having an unknown father. As a outcome, the thriller and subtlety make J and Baz’s relationship just a little complicated. While many of the hints surrounding J’s organic father got here from Smurf, she wasn’t the one character to drop the bomb. So let’s break down all of the proof that factors to J and Baz’s father/son connection.

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Smurf Remained Sure That Baz Was J’s Father

J’s quest for his father’s true id begins in Animal Kingdom‘s pilot after taking his mom’s cellphone and attempting to contact a person she used to speak about. In Episode 3, J asks his grandmother if she is aware of who his dad. Smurf replies, “Your mother at all times had quite a lot of guys round, J. I simply know she solely liked one among them. I attempted to make him really feel like part of the household. I may take him in. I may make him my son, however I couldn’t make him her brother.” When J asks if she’s speaking about Baz, he is met with silence. However, it isn’t the final time the subject comes up between the 2.

Although Smurf drops little tidbits right here and there, the subsequent huge affirmation comes after Baz’s loss of life in Season 3’s first episode, “The Killing.” When J visits Smurf in jail, she says, “It’s horrible having your father murdered like that.” The assertion prompts J to hunt affirmation that Baz is his father once more, to which Smurf responds, “Course, he was, sweetie.”

Smurf’s well-known for mendacity and withholding data, which makes her enter on the matter questionable. However, she primarily does these issues to spin conditions in her favor. In the case of J and Baz, she would not actually have a cause to lie. Smurf maintains the truth that Baz is J’s father lengthy after the jail dialog. In Season 3, Episode 12, she offers Baz’s reduce of her remaining storage unit stash to J. When he protests, she says, “That’s Baz’s share. You’re Baz’s son. The cash belongs to you.” In the next episode, Smurf additionally offers J a watch that she claims she was saving for Baz.

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Baz Gave Mysterious Answers About His Relation to J

Who higher to weigh in on Baz being J’s father than Baz himself? Unfortunately for Animal Kingdom followers, his response in Season 1, Episode 8, is not fairly so clear. While he would not deny it, he additionally would not affirm it both, saying, “What if I’m? It’s too late to matter, is not it?” He insensitively brushes J off, asking if he needs him to do issues like coach his little league group or educate him to tie a tie. Much like Smurf in Season 1, he additionally confirms J’s mom slept with an “spectacular” quantity of men. That mentioned, the actual fact Baz would not solely shut J’s query down suggests — even when he is unsure — he believes it is an actual chance on the very least.

However, what actually threw Animal Kingdom followers for a loop was Baz and J’s dialog in Season 2, Episode 13. After stealing from Smurf and framing her for homicide, Baz is below quite a lot of stress. He needs to steal the remainder of her empire by promoting her properties; nevertheless, he discovers J has Power of Attorney. After leaving the lawyer’s workplace, Baz tells J that Smurf had a “actual property creep” of a boyfriend who took a liking to J’s mom, Julia, and “jumped” her one evening by the pool whereas she was so excessive, she was unconscious. He follows it up by saying, “And 9 months later, you popped out.”

While Baz’s story actually contradicts Smurf’s, it nonetheless may not be the reality. At this level, Baz feared J had already sided together with his grandmother, and with out J’s belief, Baz could not get his fingers on the remainder of Smurf’s property. Therefore, it is doable Baz fabricated the story to show J towards Smurf. However, J continues to aspect together with his grandmother, suggesting that even he did not imagine Baz’s model of occasions.

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Lucy Seemed to Back Up Smurf’s Story About Baz and J

As Baz’s long-time pal, mistress and confidant, Lucy (Carolina Guerra) is aware of quite a bit in regards to the Cody household and Baz’s secret. As such, it’s very believable she additionally is aware of the reality about J being Baz’s son. An interplay between J and Lucy in Season 2, Episode 12, appears to substantiate this, though it stays convoluted like most issues in Animal Kingdom.

Lucy informs J that Baz’s greatest remorse was not being there for him. She goes on to say that Baz liked J’s mother quite a bit, however Smurf pushed them aside. With Smurf in jail, Lucy suggests Baz can lastly make it as much as him. While it isn’t cut-and-dry affirmation, it is actually compelling proof.

Julia Gave an Unsatisfying Response to the J-Baz Mystery

With Season 6’s flashbacks lastly providing a glance into the lives of teenage Julia (Jasper Polish) and Baz (Darren Mann), followers anticipated a live performance reply to the thriller of J’s father. Unfortunately, it did not precisely occur. While Julia and Baz enter a sexual relationship, Animal Kingdom makes an enormous present of them utilizing condoms. Of course, condoms have a failure price, but it surely looks as if an odd element so as to add. Later, when Pope asks a pregnant Julia if Baz is the daddy, Julia responds, “Maybe. I do not know who the dad is.” Once once more, Animal Kingdom appears to plant doubt about Baz actually being J’s father.

Together, the proof suggests Baz is J’s true father, however with not even Julia figuring out for positive, the subject is actually up for debate. It’s price noting, although, that J takes after Baz a good quantity. From changing into Smurf’s proper hand to stealing from her, the 2 make an ideal father-son pair.



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