The thing that Kingdom did so beautifully in season 1 was letting its characters breathe. There was no sense that the show was being pushed toward a certain goal. The drama wasn’t forced by any sort of end game. It was just a show about a group of people who love each other, sometimes hurt each other, and occasionally fight in cages. And the season 2 premiere is another chapter of that same story.
By simply dropping the viewers back into the lives of these people, it feels as if we left them on a Sunday and now we’re talking to them again on a Monday. Only, the days are six months apart.
Specifically, we pick up with Jay yelling “f— him up” as Mac participates in a fight in the middle of a junkyard. Needless to say, it’s not the prettiest fight you’ve ever seen. By the end of round one, both fighters are stumbling around bloodied. But thanks to Jay’s epic pep talk between rounds — “P—y hates a loser” — Mac finds the strength within himself to take home the victory. And as his reward, Jay humps him. Feels good to be back, right?
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Meanwhile, Alvey is with the (literal) big guns. Apparently his idea of embracing success is spending $5,500 on guns. Let’s just hope we don’t watch him use them at any point.
Back at home, Lisa is sick because — surprise — she’s pregnant. Also sick? Ryan, who’s now living at Keith’s childhood home, otherwise known as the place where Keith’s dad murdered Keith’s mom with a hammer. The twist? Today is fight day for Ryan, the first time he has to defend his title. And right about now he’s really regretting the chicken he had after the weigh-in. Thankfully, we have Jay, who continues to dish out the motivational speeches. “The champ does not pull out of a fight over a few juicy poops.” Just like that, Ryan is ready to go to the gym. (Not to work out, though. He can barely stand.)
At the new and improved Navy St. Gym, Mac gets Ryan hooked up to an IV while Jay finds out some bad news from Lisa: His fighter has pulled out…and this is the second time in four months that this has happened to Jay. Lisa tries to explain that it’s a business decision, but, well, it’s Jay and he’s pissed.
Channeling his anger into motivation (to get high) Jay tells Ryan that he’ll be at the fight to support him, but first, he and Mac are headed back to his house. And you know things are bad when Jay tells Ryan he loves him and then turns to Alvey and says, “I might even love you.” As Alvey puts it, “Oh s—.”
NEXT: Ryan’s title defense isn’t pretty