Gangs of London Explained: What’s Up With the Ending?

A certain gypsy gopnik from a trailer town, it is not clear from whom he receives an order to shoot, as he was told, some kind of pedophile. Gopnik was clearly indicated the address and time, he came to the indicated address, hid in the apartment, and when there was a knock on the door, he discharged the entire clip at the door.

The gopnik doesn’t know who he killed. Meanwhile, the death of this man caused huge upheavals throughout the criminal world of London, because the murdered one is Flynn Wallace (Colm Meaney), the main London authority that controls the port, created a legal construction empire through which money is laundered by numerous ethnic groups under Wallace’s control.

Flynn has two sons, Sean (Joe Cole) and Billy (Brian Vernel). Billy is a good-for-nothing drug addict, and Sean is a fighting guy, but it’s not very clear if he can pull Flynn’s huge empire.

After his father’s funeral, at a meeting with the heads of ethnic gangs, Sean resolutely stated that he was stopping all business activity until he found the killer of his father, and most importantly, the customer. Sean is well aware that the people who ordered a man like Flynn must have great power, which means that he will have to confront very dangerous forces.

Flynn’s closest associates, actually members of his family, are African-British father and son Ed (Lucian Msamati) and Alexander (Paapa Essiedu) Dumani. Ed has been with Flynn since the beginning and built this empire with him. Flynn trusted Ed one hundred percent, and Flynn’s wife Marian (Michelle Fairey), and Sean and Billy consider Ed and Alexander family members.

Ed cautiously tells Sean that, of course, investigating the murder is the first thing, but that it might not be worth stopping all operations abruptly, because there will be discontent among the ethnic gangs, which can result in God knows what, especially since these warring friends with a friend of the gang in relative peace, only Flynn’s iron will kept him.

However, Sean is adamant in his decision.

As a result – away we go! Kurdish rebels from Turkey, led by the berserk Lali (Nurges Rashidi), are squeezing a truckload of heroin from the vile Pakistani drug dealer Asif, who is using dirty money to push his son Nasir into mayor of London. The Albanians stopped the whole business, and they directly hint to the Wallaces that whoever stopped the business will go crazy. The gypsies in the trailer town found out that a terrible danger hung over them because of their involvement in the murder of Flynn, but they are fighting guys, they have heaps of weapons.

Against the backdrop of all this disgrace, a certain Elliot (Sopy Dirisu), who started out in the Flynn family as a small assistant, is very active in the investigation, achieves good results and gradually becomes Sean’s closest confidant. Elliot, meanwhile, is an undercover operative.

So there will be a lot of fun.


Several of my good friends, after watching the first episodes of this series, wrote enthusiastic posts about how cool everything was done. After reading these posts, I also sat down to watch this series and, to be honest, I could hardly resist the desire to write about the same thing on Facebook – about how solid and effective it all is! But it’s good that I resisted. Because the series is more than uneven and, along with certain advantages, has serious drawbacks.

The series starts really well. The Wallace empire, the respectable top bandits who rose from the bottom, the most colorful ethnic groups (by the way, the Italian mafia and the Chinese Triad appeared at Flynn’s funeral, but later they were leaked – they did not take part: apparently, they went on vacation), a fight in a bar on At the fortieth minute of the first episode, it was staged quite spectacularly, the plot of the intrigue looked interesting: everyone was waiting for what Sean would do now, whether the guy would show that he had Wallace’s steel family battles or whether he just went out to pee!

And so it went until the third episode. In the third episode, too, everything seemed to be cool, but in the majestic finale of the intrigue (Sean dealt with the disobedient Lali), something happened (of course, we won’t spoil it) that then Bublik and I realized: the creators of the series don’t care about at least some credibility, they do some kind of purely cinematic entertainment – quite, I note, naturalistic and bloody – so you do not need to perceive the series as something epic. This is for you, the third episode told us, not Peaky Blinders. This is a cool mesilovo with elements of vaudeville.

You watch almost the entire fifth episode with your mouth open, and you don’t close it until the end of the episode. Because in terms of coolness, brutality and bloodiness of shootings and battles, it is quite comparable with the famous films “Raid” and “Raid 2”, which, in general, is not surprising, because this episode was filmed by the creator of “Raids” Gareth Evans.

So, in a good way, after watching the fifth episode, you just need to write an admiring post on Facebook, adding that the main thing here is not to watch further than the first season, but to stop exactly after the fifth episode, carefully suppressing the natural desire to find out what this will all end and who, generally speaking, ordered Flynn.

Why? Yes, because the creators of the series lost all their strength in the first five episodes, and then, apparently, they began either strikes of scriptwriters, then strikes of directors, then strikes of actors who periodically forgot that they would, in fact, be fine here. play something.

As a result, the graph of the quadratic function of this series is described by the equation y=-x² and is an inverted parabola, the peak of which is the fifth episode. That is, until the fifth episode, there is a steady rise with one noticeable fluctuation in the finale of the third episode, and after the fifth episode, the series rushed down at full speed, sailing in the ninth, final episode to complete plot insanity.

There are so many scenario problems that I don’t even see the point in discussing it here (except at the end of the review we’ll discuss under the spoiler): there, even while watching, you catch a lot of things and ask yourself “what was that all about?!”, and only when after If you try to analyze the storyline while watching, then you come to the conclusion that you are most likely being taken for an idiot who does not know how to compare a mug of beer with a bucket of sour cream.

Apart from the script as such, one of the main problems of the series is the miscasting of the main character, Sean, played by Joe Cole. I remember this actor in Peaky Blinders, where he played John Shelby – he was quite good there. Also, they say, he played cool in “Fighting without rules” – a film based on real events: this is the story of Briton Billy Moore, who was arrested in Thailand for selling drugs and was sent to one of the worst prisons in Siam for ten years. Billy survived there only due to the fact that one of the guards began to train him, and Moore became the champion in Thai boxing as a result.

But here is another matter! Well, he does not pull the role of Sean! Charisma is not the same! The plot of Sean should be someone like Michael Corleone – a kind of young lion cub, able to continue the work of his father. And here is a frightened kid who seems to be trying to make a tough guy out of himself, but there is never a tough guy in him, and at the same time those around him pretend that they are terribly afraid of him – all this looks just ridiculous. In addition, they also tried to somehow show Sean’s prudence and foresight there, purely by script, by covering up that same humpback salmon at the end of the third episode, after which I realized that only a bloody circus of a big top would be waiting for us. No, I won’t say that it’s absolutely horror-horror, however, in my opinion, he fell short of it very much, and this spoiled the impression.

The ethnic diversity of bandit groups is shown here widely, from the heart and, I must say, with great respect for the representatives of the respective ethnic groups. Here, the native Britons here, frankly, look very so-so: they were represented by one nasty killer specialist, a couple of very nasty-looking thugs, an unpleasant intelligence officer and a few specific gopniks.

Afro-British father and son Dumani are terribly imposing, solid and at the same time very, very cool. Kurdish partisan Lali is beautiful, passionate and spectacular. The head of the Albanian faction, Luan Dushay, is an imposing man with a well-groomed beard, looking like a glamorous lumberjack. The representative of the mysterious Investors, Jevan Kapabidia, is just like a supermodel from an Indian fashion magazine.

The Welsh gypsies are very colorful in their half-ass and fighting, but they and their trailer town are clearly taken from the Big Jackpot, which the creators of the series, in general, did not hide. And even the Irish redneck that Marian called to help the Irish Wallace family is quite picturesque. Plus a group of absolutely cartoonish Nigerian millionaires who come to London armed with machetes, with which they will chop all the employees of some investment company into cabbage – they are all in terribly expensive suits and shirts.

And only the Pakistani drug dealer Azif is a very nasty character, but he is like that in the plot, but he has a handsome son, Nasir, who, you will see, will still become the mayor of the glorious city of London. (We remember that the current real mayor of London is an Iranian-born Sadiq Aman Khan.)

Why, at the same time, Italian, Chinese and Armenian gangs are ignored, and also where such native Russian bandits are in general – I personally do not know, but I think there is a certain omission in this.

The line of the undercover operative who so abruptly became Sean’s confidant from the bottom seemed very weak to me. Moreover, at the very beginning, Elliot – he seems to be so cool-cool, and the farther, the more this character was carried away into all sorts of romantic lines and slobber-snot. Sometimes it looked like he was about to burst into tears.

The creators of the series in every possible way denied that all this was actually set according to the not-so-famous game from the Sony “Gangs of London” console. They have stated emphatically that they were inspired by the British film classic Get Carter with Michael Caine and Guy Ritchie’s first two films.

However, Guy Ritchie’s lightness and wit are not in sight here: everything is very heavy and too serious, as if they are not shooting a big top from the series “ethnic British gangs”, but downright crime drama. Any bloodiness here is like dirt: fountains of blood, brain slobbers, dismemberment, one of the episodes is completely devoted to the details of the terrible torture of a certain woman, but there is no crime drama here.

I enjoyed the first half, including the fifth episode, but only watched the second half out of a sense of duty, watching the creators of the series carefully bury it with their own hands.

This is such an interesting movie.

PS Well, now let’s discuss the main scenario sticky under the spoiler. I don’t want to get into all sorts of little things, so it’s like that, with coarse grinding.

Well, let’s say the mysterious Investors decide to kill Flynn for wanting to get off. At the same time, the mysterious Investors have a small army (fifth episode), but they order the murder of a gopnik-moron, and it’s not even very clear whether he will do it or not. What for? And if the gopnik had flunked everything and Flynn would have realized that he was ordered?

Did they try to turn the arrows on the gypsies in this way? Yes, hell, they would have passed this number: of course, the Wallace family would have been looking for a customer first of all.

Further. Why wasn’t this gopnik himself banged immediately after the murder of Flynn, which seemed to suggest itself so that they would not go to the customer through him? Didn’t bang to send a small army after the gypsies in the fifth episode?

In the third episode, of course, a great story with Lali. Which robbed Asif, sold drugs, and tries to send the proceeds by plane to the Kurdish rebels. And the children of Lali were captured by a specific killer. The one Sean sent. With an order not to kill anyone (and why then a killer, and not a hired nanny?). But the killer still decided to kill. It’s good that the undercover cop finished off the killer with this cover. And Sean forgave Lali, but burned all her money. Which actually belong to Asif. Brilliant scenario move, I applauded lying down.

With Investors – just a fairy tale and a song! Well, the guys are so powerful and strong that they have everything in their fist, Flynn himself was banged like a puppy, and no one knows who they are. And only in the last episode, we find out that these super-cool Investors, from whose gaze the beer turns cold in a glass, are a dull aunt who looks like a secretary from the city hall, and a puffy chubby uncle who looks like an accountant. And they also ordered an undercover cop to kill a man without trial, how sweet!

And Sean, who “saw the light”, suddenly found out by the last episode that – ah! – there was corruption! There was corruption, Carl, says Sean, who killed at least a few people with his own hands in previous episodes. But Sean’s heart ached from corruption, he declared war. And all the information that will sink the main people of the city is contained in this chip – check it out on the screenshot!

What insanity, honestly!

Gangs of London serie meaning


Gareth Evans, Corine Hardy, Xavier Jeans


Joe Cole, Ray Panthaki, Lucian Msamati, Paapa Essiedu, Sope Dirisu, Michelle Fairley, Pippa Bennett-Warner, Brian Vernell, Gene Lu, Narges Rashidi, Asif Raza Mir, Colm Meaney

Series, 56 min, 2020, 56 min. 1 season, 9 episodes

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