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

Animal Kingdom‘s thirteenth and closing episode proved to be an unfortunate one for the Codys. Pope (Shawn Hatosy) and Craig (Ben Robson) met heartbreaking ends, and Deran (Jake Weary) was left to face the world alone. For long-time followers of the TNT collection, it was an anticipated however somber finish for Oceanside’s once-reigning crime household — and all of it went up in flames (actually) due to J’s (Finn Cole) massive betrayal.

J’s thirst for revenge had been hinted at all through Animal Kingdom‘s earlier seasons, with him even promising to destroy all the things Smurf (Ellen Barkin) ever beloved and cared about again in Season 3. J’s campaign stemmed from his want to acquire justice for his mom, Julia (Jasper Polish), who Smurf primarily left to die. Thus, J determined to betray his uncles by stealing all their cash and trying to get them killed and/or locked away for all times. However, there have been just a few issues that resulted in his plan making little sense.

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J’s Uncles Didn’t Really Deserve the Hate

Perhaps the worst a part of J’s revenge plot was that Deran, Craig and Pope did not actually deserve it. Sure, they have been untrusting and typically merciless to him within the earlier seasons, however they stunning a lot bought previous that when J proved his price and loyalty. There was additionally the truth that they have been victims of Smurf too. As Craig defined to J within the penultimate episode, he and Deran have been simply children when all of the drama went down with Julia. Pope was older however utterly brainwashed by his mom.

Deran and J had beforehand been working properly collectively in Animal Kingdom‘s sixth season, mending the rocky relationship that they had prior. While Pope was tougher to attach with, he caught his neck out for J on a number of events and even introduced him to go to his mom’s grave on her birthday when nobody else within the household appeared to care about Julia’s reminiscence or J’s emotions. Thus, J’s revenge made him a little bit of a hypocrite. He hated what Smurf did to his mom, but he did not afford his uncles the identical sympathy.

J’s Revenge Was Lost on Smurf

Like the remainder of the Cody gang, Smurf was the true supply of J’s points. Her negligence and disrespect for Julia despatched her daughter on a lethal path of drug use, and, in consequence, J grew to become one other one in every of Smurf’s victims. Despite all this, J spent nearly all of Animal Kingdom‘s earlier seasons as Smurf’s right-hand and even saved her life. In Season 3, he chillingly promised to take all the things she cared about and beloved as revenge, however when he lastly made good on his phrase, Smurf was already useless.

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J was loads like his grandmother, proper all the way down to her sociopathic tendencies. Animal Kingdom arrange J’s relationship together with her as a part of the long-con. He wished to be taught as a lot as he might from Smurf so he might in the future use it in opposition to her. The concept is fairly poetic; nonetheless, the execution misplaced its punch with out Smurf round to witness the revenge. So, whereas J deliberate to make use of Smurf, Smurf truly used J, with him serving her up till her closing moments in Season 4.

J’s Bloody Revenge Wasn’t What Julia Wanted

One can debate whether or not the Codys boys had it coming or if J’s revenge would have been sweeter if Smurf have been round to see it, however the reality stays that Julia would not have wished J to hunt vengeance the way in which he did. The flashbacks confirmed that Julia was an clever and kind-hearted one that simply wished to distance herself from her mom, not destroy her complete household. She understood that Deran, Craig, Baz and, particularly, Pope have been victims of Smurf similar to she was. She would not have wished her brothers to be killed, damage or locked up for Smurf’s misdoings. J even confirmed this within the finale by telling Pope, “She beloved you. She all the time beloved you. She by no means stopped.”

As such, the finale become a cautionary story of revenge. Like many nice tales that got here earlier than, Animal Kingdom proved {that a} noble trigger can rapidly flip darkish and murky. J’s quest for vengeance grew to become misdirected, and utilizing his uncles as he did made him no higher than Smurf — the individual he hated most. With him alone, sad, and an indignant Deran plotting revenge of his personal, at the very least J bought a bit of what’s certainly coming for him.

Animal Kingdom Season 6, Episode 13, “Fubar,” marks Animal Kingdom’s closing episode. All Season 6 episodes will probably be accessible on TNT and Prime Video at a later date.



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