Reacher Season 2 Finale Explained: No More Bad Luck And Trouble

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Written By Sedoso Feb

Season 2 closely follows Child’s “Bad Luck and Trouble,” barring a few changes introduced for the sake of brevity or dramatic emphasis. In the book, Child frames Reacher’s actions in the telltale mold of unpretentious badassery that the character is ingrained with, and this aspect translates well onto the small screen. Reacher bares his soul this season and expresses vulnerabilities without compromising with his innate need to be free, which makes the ending even more compelling, and true to who Jack Reacher is.

Earlier in the season, Langston calls Reacher and asks him what he wants after the latter thwarts his schemes time and again. “I want to throw you off a helicopter,” Reacher declares in a deadpan tone, and this is exactly what happens in the season finale, where Reacher flings him off the chopper to avenge Franz’s death. Langston gets a taste of his own medicine and plummets to his demise, and the crew wastes no time and moves on to the next target, A.M. (Ferdinand Kingsley). One of the most delightful aspects of “Reacher” is the absence of long monologues to draw out the inevitable: After they corner A.M., and he confirms that he facilitated the terrorist missile scheme, they shoot him without any hesitation whatsoever.

Soon after, crooked politician Senator Lavoy is arrested for sanctioning Project LittleWing, the helicopter consisting of Langston’s accomplices is blown above the river with the same LittleWing missiles, and Reacher gives away all the money retrieved from the operation to the families who lost their loved ones. The ending feels extremely cathartic, especially when Reacher poses for a group photo with his friends one last time before parting ways, ready to take on another insane adventure waiting to cross paths with him.

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