Mayor of Kingstown is an American crime thriller where the McLusky family are power dealers who are tackling themes of systemic discrimination, corruption and inequality in Kingstown, Michigan, where the business of imprisonment is the only thriving industry.
The Mayor of Kingstown portrays Mike McLusky, played by Jeremy Renner as a middleman, an unofficial intermediary between the management and illegal criminal mobs in Kingstown.
Things were bound to go downhill and get chaotic ever since the prison escape in the action-packed series. There is nothing more dangerous than an entire gang of men who fear no one and have nothing left to lose.
The last episode can easily be considered the most compelling episode of the entire power-packed series.
The season finale of ‘Mayor of Kingstown’ showcases anxiety, vulnerability and old trauma in its most realistic and natural way possible. Warning: Spoilers ahead for ‘Mayor of Kingstown’
Recap of Mayor of Kingstown Season 1, Episode 10
The prisoners seized Kingstown’s men’s jail under the supervision of Paul P-Dog, played by Pha’rez Lass. They took over around 36 punishing guards as captives, while the rest were killed in the fierce riots. Mike’s brother, Kyle, and officer Ian also got entrapped inside the building when they went there to move Milo Sunter to the DA’s office.
They slyly lured in officials and killed them all, one at a time, thereby standing solid and tight while sending across a message to everyone.
When Mike heard the news, he rushed to save his brother. The officers were busy with their politics. So, Mike informed the Swat leader, Robert Sawyer, played by Hamish Allan-Headley, about Kyle and Ian.
The prisoners then shot one guard in the yard and forced Mike to enter the prison to hear their demands.
Since Mike used to earlier be behind the bars himself, the prisoners were comparatively confiding in him as they used to think low of every other officer there was.
Their demands were simple and straightforward. The inmates just wanted to be treated like normal human beings and be given decent edible food. Some of them were certain to be living their last within their cells, so the smallest the higher-ups could do was to not make their life a lot tougher than it already was.
This scene is almost unimaginable to be imagined but is the challenging reality of what goes on behind closed doors.
Unfortunately, things took a different turn when one of the individuals from the SWAT team fired their guns, after which, there was no looking around. Mike takes shelter but almost all of the prisoners were shot dead.
Fortunately, Mike, Kyle, and Ian survived the shots and went back to their families safe and sound. Milo got dressed as a prison guard and crept out of the prison.
Mayor of Kingstown Season 1 Ending Explained: Who finally triumphs?
Milo Sunter used the mess to his own advantage and fled the prison wearing a prison guard’s uniform. Hence, it wasn’t the end of the battle for Mike McLusky.
Mike was going through a dilemma of whether to stay in Kingstown and become a lawbreaker or leave the city and pursue his dreams.
Mike’s dilemma was better described by Iris, who told Mike that she would never be able to forget the trauma that was given to her by Duke and Milo. Those men broke down a piece of her soul that would never heal and Mike McLusky probably will never be able to find any peace in Kingstown.
But, if we talk about who finally won the riot, neither the captives nor the guards seemed to have gained anything from the riot because both sides suffered heavy losses.