Anyone else reminded of Cobb's totem spinning... anyone?
It's not time to rest up just yet.
It seems like just when we're finishing a season of TV on Netflix, another one pops up to keep us binging. So far, it's been a fantastic year for it, especially on the streaming platform; we've had Stranger Things, Orange Is the New Black, Mindhunter and more return to keep our eyes glued to the screen.
With so much choice available, it's sometimes hard to give attention to the series which haven't quite invaded popular culture in the sense that the previously mentioned titles have. There are some pretty great examples, and one of them which is about to blow up is Sacred Games. The idea came about when Netflix's vice-president - Erik Barmack - reached out to Vikramaditya Motwane to work on some Indian content for the service. He then proceeded to direct what is now hailed as an expertly devised thriller series.
Netflix presents Sacred Games
Sacred Games is an Indian TV series which arrived on Netflix back in 2018. It received immediate attention, earning positive reviews and solid word of mouth.
The Phantom Films production centres upon a Mumbai cop - Sartaj Singh (Saif Ali Khan) - who is told by gangster Ganesh Gaitonde (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) that he has less than a month to save the city. It boasts a very talented cast and some particularly jaw-dropping narrative turns.
After season 1’s eight episodes, fans were keen to see the story continue, and of course, it did. Another eight episodes landed on Netflix on Thursday, August 15th 2019, and audiences have been quick to embark on another Sacred Games binge.
Sacred Games season 2: A change for Ganesh
At the end of season 1, Ganesh announced that his third father is religious figure Guru Ji (Pankaj Tripathi), who we see praying. Even more prevalent in season 2 is the overarching theme of religion.
Audiences were inevitably surprised when the gangster finally succumbs to the idea of religion and belief. As reported by the Express, the show’s directors Anurag Kashyap and Neeraj Ghaywan said of this: “It has always been there. Religion has always been used to turn people. It has been there forever from time in memorial.”
We see Ganesh reach a pivotal point, beginning to reflect on his past life and what any of it could mean, and what his future could mean if he doesn’t change: “There’s also a sense that he’s experiencing the pointlessness and banality of what he’s doing. I mean, how far can he go… He’s riding a lion and he needs to get off the lion but he needs to find somebody who can help him get off the lion without the lion eating him up.”
Sacred Games 2: Ending Explained
Did Sartaj save the day? Season 2 ends on the biggest cliffhanger you can imagine.
Throughout the season, you are immersed in both his and Guruji’s perspective of the world, essentially tasked with a moral dilemma. The Satyug Project running smoothly would mean its destruction, but if you wholly side with the protagonist, you can say “yeah, I think he saved it.” It's asking us to address an answer, and ultimately how we respond says a lot about us personally.
It’s a little like Inception; there’s no straight answer other than the one you believe to be true. However, there’s a lot going on in the finale. We learn - after a number of twists, turns and reveals - that Sartaj and Shahid are related.
The big, dramatic moment though is the discovery of the bomb, particularly when it's established that a password is needed for deactivation. As time ticks, we see a couple of attempts leading up to the third, with our hero having to search and reflect upon the past to come up with the solution. In ten minutes, he must save the world, and with seconds left, the show ends. That’s it.
What do we think?
“Kaam nahi rukhega...” these are the words spoken by Guruji, meaning that “the work will not stop”. So, if our hero did deactivate the bomb, then season 3 sounds even more inevitable, especially because the series has done so well for Netflix.
It’s a possibility that he guessed wrong and failed to stop the explosion, which would obviously result in his death. We’ve seen shows kill of major characters and start fresh before, but it does seem far more unlikely. Personally, it feels like Sartaj succeeded, but things are only set to grow more complicated. The above quote foreshadows much more destruction to target.
Going back to what we said though, there is no concrete, definitive closure. We’re left hanging in that moment, even now, and if that’s how Sacred Games ultimately ends, then what a bold move; fat chance of that though!
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