“Your Honor” finished its second season on Sunday night but left the door open for a third season.
On the one hand, I want to see more of the confusing drama starring Bryan Cranston, Michael Stuhlbarg, Hope Davis, Andrene Ward-Hammond, and Isiah Whitlock Jr., which was only supposed to run for one season, unlike its predecessor, “kvodo” (“his honor”), which ran for two seasons (and 22 episodes) on Israeli television from 2017 to 2019.
Plan A changed after “Your Honor” broke viewership records when it premiered on Showtime in December 2020. This made a second season a no-brainer, even though it was hard to see where the show could go after Eugene Jones (Benjamin Flores Jr.), who was looking for revenge against Carlo Baxter (Jimi Stanton) for killing his older brother Kofi in prison, missed his target and shot Adam Desiato (Hunter Doohan), who died in his father’s arms.
That wrapped up Shakespeare’s story in a poetic way, with Adam’s death being karmic payback for accidentally killing Rocco Baxter, the son of New Orleans mobster Jimmy Baxter (Stuhlbarg), which set in motion the disastrous cover-up led by Judge Michael Desiato (Cranston). And how it ended tragically.
Season 2 came back in January, and my fears were quickly put to rest when the story went in many different directions a year after Season 1.
Disgraced/disbarred, Michael Desiato is let out of prison by US Attorney Olivia Delmont (Rosie Perez) so that he can infiltrate and bring down the Baxters’ criminal business. He discovers he is now a grandfather because Adam is dating Jimmy’s daughter, Fiona Baxter (Lilli Kay).
Eugene runs away to Houston with the help of Little Mo (Keith Machekanyanga) and eventually comes back to face the music. Jimmy and his vengeful wife Gina (Davis), the daughter of old-school mobster Carlo Conti (Mark Margolis), hit the road. Fia leaves her family and moves in with Michael, bringing her baby with her.
Big Mo, the drug lord (played by Ward-Hammond), buys a club across the street from the Baxter House and has personal and professional problems. Michael’s best friend, Mayor Charlie Figaro (played by Whitlock Jr.), is pulled deeper into the original cover-up because of shocking revelations.
That wrapped up a lot of loose ends. And now for the “but”… More than any other plot twist, the episode’s second-to-last scene showed that more “your honor” could come.
The camera cuts to Jimmy, who was killed by Carlo Conti in the hallway of the Baxter House (Gina set up the hit) and is now in a hospital bed with a breathing tube down his throat.
Then, all at once, his eyes opened. Even though there were pools of blood all around him after he was shot, he is still alive.
That opens up many story possibilities if Showtime keeps the show going. But before Season 2, Cranston told Dax Shepherd on his podcast “Armchair Expert” that he was “getting ready for the second and last season of “Your Honor.”
That may be true, but the TV world is full of spinoffs, like Cranston’s “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul.” Then, who knows? There may be a whole season about the Baxter family, with Jimmy trying to get even with Gina while their son, Carlo, makes a choice and Fia returns to New Orleans. Or Not.
Let’s say that “Your Honor” ended well and did everything right. It’s always best to go out on top.
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