We join River Cartwright, Jack Lowden (“Fighting with My Family”, “Dunkirk”), as he’s hogtied in the cabin at the airfield with just Nikolai Katinsky, Rade Serbedzija (“Strange Angel (TV)”, “Proud Mary”), for company. Why they haven’t killed him, when they’re on their way to kill thousands, is anyone’s guess.
Anyway, River is left alone as Katinsky goes who-knows-where. Meanwhile, back in Slough House, Roddy Ho, Christopher Chung (“Waterloo Road (TV)”, “Secret Santa (Short)”), and Shirley Dander, Aimee-Ffion Edwards (“Peaky Blinders (TV)”, “Blithe Spirit”), are watching Ho’s monitor showing the location of Andre Chernitsky, Marek Vasut (“Alpha Code”, “Treadstone (TV)”), as he ventures into London.
Flipping over to Jackson Lamb, Gary Oldman (“Darkest Hour”, “Killers Anonymous”), and he’s outside ‘the enemy’, or MI5 as it’s commonly known. He calls ‘the dog’ Nick Duffy, Chris Reilly (“Wrath Of Man”, “Concrete Plans”), and uses him to get into records.
Once in he dismisses Duffy and wants to see everything they have about Katinsky, he suspects not all is as it seems, something isn’t right, but he isn’t sure quite what at the moment.
Catherine Standish, Saskia Reeves (“Us (TV)”, “Belgravia (TV)”), goes back to see Victor Krymov, Branko Djuric (“No Man’s Land”, “Twice Born”). She knows he hasn’t told her everything and she’s convinced she can get it out of him.
Back with River and he needs help, he’s still hogtied but has managed to answer a phone that was left in the desk he’s tied to. Kelly, Tamsin Topolski (“Elden Ring”, “Atlanta (TV)”), and her father Duncan, Adrian Rawlins (“The Colour Room”, “Baptiste (TV)”), arrive on the scene and don’t believe a word that’s coming out of River’s mouth, which is understandable.
This is all leading to something big going down in London, right where Diana Taverner, Kristin Scott Thomas (“Tomb Raider”, “Darkest Hour”), is with her MP boss Peter Judd, Samuel West (“The Gentlemen”, “Darkest Hour”), where Roddy and Shirley are now headed and where Louisa Guy, Rosalind Eleazar (“The Personal History of David Copperfield”, “Uncle Vanya”), and Marcus Longridge, Kadiff Kirwan (“This Is Going To Hurt (TV)”, “The Stranger (TV)”), are in their meeting with the Russians.
In parts of this episode of Slow Horses we see Standish playing a game of chess with Krymov, and she also explains what she’s been doing at the end. This all feels like a massive alert to what’s actually been going on throughout this season, in fact, it’s what Lamb was told by Katinsky yet thought it was just about that moment.
Anyway, the tension is firmly ramped as we head straight into the final episode. You know not everything is as it seems, you know something else is going to go down, or attempt to go down at least. The question is, can the Slow Horses, who, thus far, have shown that they are completely out of their depth, actually raise their game and save the day?
23rd December 2022
THE QUICK SELL
Lamb orders his Slow Horses to walk into traps. River believes something alarming is heading toward London.
CAST & CREW
Adrian Rawlins, Aimee-Ffion Edwards, Branko Djuric, Chris Reilly, Christopher Chung, Gary Oldman, Jack Lowden, Jeremy Lovering, Jonny Stockwood, Kadiff Kirwan, Kristin Scott Thomas, Marek Vasut, Mark Denton, Rade Serbedzija, Rosalind Eleazar, Samuel West, Saskia Reeves, Tamsin Topolski
TV / STREAMING PLATFORM