ABC’s Big Sky delivers another fake-out in its midseason premiere. And this time, it doesn’t kill off a key hero — it revives a sadistic tyrant.
ABC’s Big Sky delivered a bombshell in the midseason finale when the Montana highway patrol officer, Rick (John Carroll Lynch), was shot in the head for trafficking young ladies. P.I. Cassie (Kylie Bunbury) caught him at his bar, holding him at gunpoint. He was looking to get his recent catch to Canada, pulling the trigger when he started to countdown, hoping to call her bluff and shoot her himself.
However, much like the series premiere that had a massive fake-out, Big Sky delivers another dramatic twist by reviving the sadistic tyrant from a coma.
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In the premiere, many thought ex-cop Cody (Ryan Phillipe) would be the star of the show as he made initial inroads into the case. He was searching for his son’s girlfriend, Danielle, but sadly, Rick got into his truck under false auspices of helping, only to blow his brains out. This set up Cody’s ex-wife, Jenny, and Cassie (his fling) to take over the case. Eventually, they started putting pieces together, connecting Rick and a mysterious trucker to the abductions.
But while it seemed like Rick took the bullet to the head and died, that wasn’t the case. In the opening scene here, his hands were still twitching, indicating the bullet may have grazed him. When he’s taken to the hospital, it’s revealed that the bullet’s lodged in his head, rendering him comatose. However, his wife, Merrilee, was told to play music for him as this tends to bring people out, with Frank Sinatra being the first choice. As the episode ends, his eyes opened wide, and the preview for the next episode showed cops trying to interrogate him.
This doesn’t necessarily mean Rick has his memory back. Docs admitted his mind could be fragmented and that he might actually be a whole new person suffering amnesia. But there’s also a chance Rick could play them all, seeding out the intel he wants and faking it to manipulate the case. He’d want to protect his overlords and could also toy with his colleague, Ron, who’s scared Rick may turn him in.
Rick might be down, but he’s not defeated, and Cassie and Jenny know this. They didn’t have sympathy for him in the coma and now that he’s awake, they still won’t, as they know he’s the key to unlocking a much bigger sex trade ring. Unfortunately, Rick knows all about mind games and may even have secret allies infiltrating ready to help out. A shady church in Montana was on the cops’ radar and while nothing panned out, there were red flags suggesting they might have a partnership with Rick, which means he might not be alone in this as the ladies and Ron think.
Big Sky stars Katheryn Winnick, Ryan Phillips, Kylie Bunbury, Brian Geraghty and Valerie Mahaffey. It airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.
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