It’s been a painful year for the team at Section 20.
Sinclair is dead. Conrad Knox still has three nuclear devices. Scott’s got a deadly promise to keep. And Stonebridge still has a score he needs to settle.
Cinemax’s second season of Strike Back is coming to a close, with our last two-part mission of 2012. If last year’s season finale is a telling sign, then we can look forward to a few new twists that could flip our expectations on their back.
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Right now, Knox appears to be our deadliest threat. Stonebridge and Scott recovered one of the nuclear weapons, but Knox still has three in his possession.
However, over the past few episodes Christy Bryant (Stephanie Vogt), Scott’s CIA contact, appears to be the real puppet master in Zimbabwe. She manipulated Knox into assassinating Walter Lutulu. She hoped that by killing Walter, his daughter Lilian would rise up to become a political asset in a new Zimbabwe. Unfortunately, when Lilian discovered Walter’s journal, she learned the truth about Knox’s true nuclear ambitions.
Scott made a promise to Lilian. In exchange for Knox’s location, he would kill Knox. He’s keeping the promise a secret from Rachel Dalton. Rachel wants Knox taken in alive. We still don’t know what Rachel’s true motivations are so that could also come out. Last year, we were hit by a huge curveball when Latif captured Col. Grant. The truth about Trojan Horse added a lot of depth to the series; it made Latif more than the cliché terrorist and threw the Section 20 mole theory out the window. What will we learn about Rachel?
Finally, Stonebridge has to take care of Hanson. The mercenary killed his wife. For a moment, in episode 2.8 (of the Cinemax series) it looked as though Scott would be the one to exact revenge on Hanson for his buddy. However, Hanson escaped with only a facial burn. I’m looking forward to an epic showdown between Stonebridge and Hanson.