Hunters Season 2 Ending Explained: Season 2 Episode 8 Recap!
Hunters season 2 is mostly about two stories that take place at different times in the 1970s, with two flashback stories that take place even earlier. Season 2 of Hunters picks up two years after Jonah Heidelbaum’s (Logan Lerman) discovery that Meyer Offerman (Al Pacino) was actually the brutal Nazi doctor Wilhelm Zechs, and finds the misfit bunch of Nazi hunters reuniting for one more assignment. Season 2 of Hunters focuses on the titular team’s mission to track down and kill Adolf Hitler in Argentina, while a parallel plotline delves into the history of the show’s creators, Meyer and Wilhelm, to uncover the truth behind the creation of their Nazi-hunting organization.
The first season of the Amazon original series Hunters mostly took place in 1977, with numerous flashbacks to Ruth’s experience in the death camps in the early 1940s, thus the show’s use of various timelines isn’t new to the show. The second season of Amazon’s Hunters is very similar to the first, but the numerous time jumps within individual episodes might be confusing.
The numerous timelines in the last season of Hunters, which include Jonah’s quest for Hitler, Meyer’s flashbacks to forming the hunters, Chava’s Nazi-hunting flashback, and Zev’s “ghost story,” are able to satisfactorily conclude the stories and courageous missions of the protagonists.
Hunters Season 2 Episode 8 Recap
The last episode begins a few months after Hitler’s capture. The media informs the public that the trial of Hitler for his atrocities against mankind would be the most publicized legal proceeding of the century, and perhaps the millennium. Hitler’s identity has been confirmed by his dental and fingerprint records, and a thorough inquiry into the circumstances surrounding his staged death is under ongoing. Although only FBI agent Millie Morris has been formally charged in this ongoing saga, the entirety of the Hunters team has been present at the trial in some manner.
You’d be mistaken if you thought this would be a quick and easy trial; Hitler has been appointed a renowned attorney, and his fans have gathered outside the courthouse to voice their displeasure. What’s worse is that the hearings are being led by a judge who has ties to the Nazi party. The Colonel and Travis (who apparently avoided being killed by the gunfire) appear to be conspiring behind the scenes as well. The overall tension is heightened by brief scenes of Nazi foot soldiers placing explosives.
Normal procedure is followed to begin the study. A nervous-looking Benjamin Kramer, the defendant, objects repeatedly to the methods of interrogation employed by the prosecution. Early on, it appears that Judge Mueller is on Hitler’s side, as he agrees with Kramer’s objections and privately argues that prosecutor Oliver Frankel must establish Hitler’s crimes. It’s completely insane, but it rings true; after all, everyone deserves a fair trial, even Adolf Hitler.
Numerous survivors, including Mindy Markowitz (Carol Kane), testify in the trial. This enables a grimly realistic examination of the realities of war on screen. It’s heartbreaking, and Hitler has his lawyer cross-examine her by calling her a liar and an exaggerator, which only adds insult to injury. Thank goodness Kramer says no.
When it is reported that Hitler will be questioned, the show begins to teeter on the edge of incredulity and absurdity. Frankel claims that if Hitler testifies, he will inspire a new generation of Nazis, while Kramer believes that by doing so, he will legitimate the trial and provide proper defense, something the Nazis would never do.
On the stand, Frankel questions Adolf Hitler. Hitler, of course, refutes these allegations and claims he has not been hiding but instead enjoying a long period of leisure. Hitler avoids implicating himself while discussing the master race and his anti-Semitism. Frankel shifts strategies, backing Hitler into a corner. The Fuhrer denies the atrocities and thinks his followers are correct in their adoration of him. Disoriented by the seeming inconsistencies, he eventually gives in to his wrath and admits to everything.
Due to his many atrocities throughout the war, Hitler is judged guilty and given a life sentence. The murderer swallows a cyanide tablet as he is being apprehended, and he has then transported away in an ambulance. Here the Colonel’s scheme really begins to take shape, and our Hunters get back together to stop his escape.
After the other workers are killed, Hitler has whisked away in an ambulance while the driver hides. Jonah rides behind on his motorcycle while the rest of the Hunters ride in a car. In this scene, the explosives from earlier are used to blow up a tunnel, forcing the Hunters to give up the hunt while Jonah continues on his bike.
Adolf and his wife are reunited in a secret location. She shamelessly orders Travis to kill her husband since he is “an embarrassment to the family.” Instead of protecting the Colonel, Travis shoots her. He explains to Adolf that he has gained support within the jail population, and he requests to be named the new Nazi party leader. After following the enemy up to the roof, Jonah engages in gunfire with them.
Unfortunately for Jonah, he gets shot and starts coughing up blood, but luckily Joe is there to save the day. After Travis vanishes, the authorities have no choice except to re-arrest Hitler. The fact that he is treated like a number in prison just serves to enrage the man more, leading to what some would call a just punishment.
Hunters Season 2 Ending Explained
The last act is structured around flashbacks that tell Meyer’s life. The year is 1977, and Ruth and Meyer are on the trail of a Nazi named Heinz Richter. Meyer calls Heinz to warn him of an impending attack, but his tone is ominous. He reveals Ruth’s identity and address to Heinz, effectively sealing her destiny. Meyer was the instigator of Ruth’s murder. He seemed increasingly nervous; was he trying to hide something from her?
To all appearances, we have returned to the present, where everything is as it should be. Millie receives a gold medal from Congress, and Jonah and Clara tie the knot. Nonetheless, Millie continues to harbor remorse for her role in the Bishop’s death, and she eventually admits her guilt. But they choose to disregard Millie’s admission, preferring that she be seen as a hero, while Jonah continues to worry that he is a monster. Millie consoles Jonah, and he in turn consoles her. Both of them have emotional wounds that require attending.
After Jonah’s wedding, his sister Harriet drops by with a gift. Toy store owner Heinz Richter’s phone logs can be found inside. Those items indicate that Meyer called Heinz on the day Ruth was murdered. Jonah figures out that Meyer had given Heinz a heads-up, if not a direct order. Ruth’s discovery that Meyer was the Wolf ultimately led to her demise. Jonah’s realization of the whole circumstances surrounding his grandmother’s death is a tragic coda to the story.
The final scene takes us one step further from a happy conclusion. As Jonah and Clara raise a glass to their new lives together on their honeymoon, he starts to become sidetracked. He notices a German grandfather who is looking at him quite critically. I doubt Jonah will ever feel completely secure again. Although the Nazis have been eliminated and Hitler imprisoned for good, the Hunters’ reputation has been damaged and they now face new opponents. The show suggests that the struggle for justice is a conflict with mixed rewards and no clear victor.