Before we even begin to talk about Pakistan, we need to talk about that jaw-dropping plot twist at the end of the episode.
The Russian Foreign Minister revealed to Elizabeth in the final moments of the show that Dmitri Petrov is still alive. Boom. Just like that, all the guilt Henry has been feeling over his death could be wiped if Bess could find a way to secure the release of Dmitri and his sister, Talia. Unfortunately in return for Dmitri and Talia, Russia wants Peter Buckley, one of the most famous Russian spies ever. I have a strong feeling that Dalton isn’t going to care as much about Dmitri as Henry and Bess do, so making this trade is not going to be an easy feat.
The last time we saw Dmitri he was very much alive on a train attempting to flee Russia after being sold out by Bess and Dalton. It was obvious he wasn’t going to make it out safely, but keeping him alive was a smart leveraging tool for Russia that they’re clearly taking advantage of now.
We also have to question whether or not Russia is telling the truth about Dmitri being alive. It wouldn’t be the first time Russia lied or went back on their word as we learned earlier in tonight’s episode. Either way, we only have to wait a week to find out whether or not Russia’s lying. After that, the show needs to move on from the constant conflict with Russia. We need a new country to focus on in season 3.
Now back to the main events of the night. Last week Pakistan citizens learned that the US had a deal with their Prime Minister to keep tabs on the locations of 110 nuclear warheads around the country and everyone was pissed about it. They evacuated the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, but Murphy Station (Jose, Jane, and Henry) stayed behind after finally pinpointing Jibral Disah’s location. The Pakistan Prime Minister was attacked (and presumably killed) while trying to flee the area, and the government fell, which is where tonight’s episode picks up.
The U.S. decides to enact their “Render Safe” mission to secure the warheads before terrorists steal them. The main concern obviously being Hizb al-Shahid. The plan is to send U.S. troops to eight of the 12 bunkers where the bombs are stored, while Russia takes care of the last five in southern Pakistan. Right as they put the plan in motion, Russian Foreign Minister Konstantin Avdonin pops by Bess’ office to tell her they are pulling out of the plan and they are supporting Foreign Minister Abedi, who appointed himself Pakistan’s new Prime Minister. Classic Russia just being super sketch.
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After Russia bails on the plan they’ve had in place for years, the US is officially alone in securing the missiles. They successfully clear 11 out of the 12 bunkers, but when they get to the last one, they find the warheads have already been taken by Hizb al-Shahid.
Back in the U.S., Jay has teamed back up with Walter Nowack from the ISN bureau to attempt to track down the missing warheads. Walter points out that if Hizb al-Shahid has the bombs, they would want to use them. What does that mean? The warheads need access codes to be detonated, so they would have needed to enlist a scientist who can rewire the bombs without setting them off. Luckily there are only a limited number of people who can do that. Eventually they remember the nuclear scientist from Moldova who originally helped Hizb al-Shahid steal the uranium that lead to the explosives used in the U.S. So now that they have their scientist, they ask Russia to help track him down.
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