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The Old Man Season 1 Ending Explained (In Detail)

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Here’s The Old Man ending explained in detail, including what the big reveals mean and where the show can go in season 2. Starring Jeff Bridges as Dan Chase, a former CIA operative living off the grid who is forced on the run when his location is discovered, The Old Man is a slow-burn spy thriller based on the novel by Thomas Perry. John Lithgow co-stars as FBI agent Harold Harper, who used to work with Chase when they were both stationed in Afghanistan during the Soviet-Afghan War, where they both worked to support locals in a U.S. proxy war, aiding the warlord Faraz Hamzad and his wife, Abbey. Being The Ricardo‘s Alia Shawkat plays Chase’s daughter, Emily, who is also a mole inside the FBI, working under Harper as Angela Adams.

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Bridges’ Chase enlists Amy Brenneman’s Zoe, a divorcee renting him a house, to help evade those after him, discovering that she has far more aptitude for the spy craft than she ever thought possible. Throughout the season Chase is pursued by the FBI and CIA, all under the guise that Hamzad wants him captured and brought to him. Morgan Bote, an ex high-level CIA head (played by Joel Grey), appears to be pulling a lot of strings to aid in this endeavor, bringing in Gbenga Akinnagbe’s assassin operative Julian Carson to assist, as well as CIA agent Raymond Waters (E.J. Bonilla), both of whom are pulled into the plot in ways they never imagined (or planned on).


When Dexter star John Lithgow’s Harper and Emily board a plane to the Middle East under the assumption they’ll be meeting with Hamzad, the walls come crumbling down. Emily’s cover is blown to Harper and she is kidnapped upon their arrival at the airport. Harper then uses his resources to track down Chase, where the two are reunited after many decades, suddenly thrust into a situation that has them working toward a common goal – to save Emily. Confronted with the news that Hamzad has gone after Emily on his own, the two become an unlikely duo, forcing Harper to go rogue with Chase in an effort to save her. Meanwhile, Emily is brought to her “real” father, but the question remains how much she already knows and what that meeting will bring to The Old Man.


Who Is The Old Man (Is It Jeff Bridges Or Someone Else)?

The Old Man, by the most simplistic nature of the title, suggests that it refers to The Big Lebowski‘s Jeff Bridges’ character, Dan Chase. However, it is slowly revealed throughout the season that it’s a far more ambiguous title that can be applied to many characters and in many ways. Chase is certainly a literal “old man”, but is also The Old Man of Emily/Angela in the patriarchal sense of the word. By contrast, Harper is also a father figure to Emily/Angela, making him The Old Man as well. In The Old Man season 1, episode 6, Harper calls Hamzad “The Old Man”, likening him to the man that’s orchestrating all the chaos around them. As it’s discovered in the finale, however, Hamzad is also The Old Man in a fatherly sense, too, as he is revealed to be Emily/Angela’s birth father. Lastly, The Old Man could refer to Morgan Bote, the shadowy ex-CIA head who trained both Chase and Harper as his surrogate sons within the organization. Any way it’s utilized, The Old Man has many meanings that go beyond just a clever nickname for the lead character.


Why Dan And Abbey Fled Afghanistan (And Why Dan Didn’t Kill Hamzad)

It’s revealed in the final two episodes of The Old Man that Abbey is every bit the counterpart to Hamzad in his fight against the Soviets. After capturing a Russian officer, Abbey is outed as feeding the Russians information against their Afghan adversaries, which is strengthening their position to take over leadership of the country when the Russians leave. Abbey also knows the location of a valuable ore deposit in Panjshir of “untold strategic value” but she keeps it hidden from Hamzad. She knew Hamzad would be consumed with acquiring it, as its wealth would make him as powerful as a tyrant, which she did not want to see happen. Hamzad finds all of this out and gives an ultimatum – tell him where the ore deposit is or be killed.


Star Jeff Bridges’ Chase has no choice at this point, but to enlist Harper to help him and Abbey get out of Afghanistan or face certain death from Hamzad. but, Harper is nervous about leaving Hamzad alive, as they have been funding him throughout the campaign, which means it would look very bad for the U.S. if Hamzad were to become a powerful tyrant after the war. But, Chase and Abbey have no choice (if they want to live) so they flee, booked on a flight chartered by Harper, but not before taking Hamzad’s daughter, who would grow up as Emily/Angela, with them. In the moment, Dan is about to kill Hamzad in his sleep, but can’t bring himself to do it in front of his daughter as they make their escape, thereby leaving a massive loose end that would haunt his life forever, right up to everything happening in present day of The Old Man.

Why Hamzad Had Emily Kidnapped Himself

Morgan Bote, the CIA head who trained both Chase and Dexter star John Lithgow’s Harper, appears to be the arbiter of everything happening on the U.S. side of things, likely working in conjunction with Hamzad, who is now a very powerful warlord in Afghanistan with some kind of hold over Bote that has yet to be revealed. Bote has Emily/Angela kidnapped by his secret operatives, Mike and Julian, with the help of CIA agent Waters. The deal initially was for Dan Chase to be handed over for the return of Emily/Angela, but Hamzad reneges on the deal, sending his own team to acquire her. This leaves Julian killing most of the agents Hamzad sent as Mike and Waters escape with Emily/Angela, but they are stopped and killed, with Emily/Angela falling into Hamzad’s control. This action puts Hamzad at odds with the U.S., killing a CIA operative and a clandestine operative, while kidnapping an FBI agent, daughter or no. Either way, it’s a chance Hamzad takes and deems worth the effort, although the ramifications of this action will surely have blowback.


Did Emily Always Know That Hamzad Was Her Father?

It’s revealed by the end of Tron: Legacy star Jeff Bridges’ The Old Man season 1 that Emily Chase/Angela Adams’s real name Parwana Hamzad, the birth daughter of Farad Hamza. This is the bombshell reveal of the season, and adds a significant amount of weight to “The Old Man” of the show’s title, making Emily/Angela/Parwana a far more significant character than initially realized. The Old Man is a show about family, truth, and lies, and this revelation will keep things interesting well into The Old Man season 2. However, given the spy nature of the show and the long game that Emily/Angela/Parwana has played since she was a child, it’s curious to ponder if she is still playing the game and already knows that Hamzad is her father and, more importantly, what her plans are now that she’s reunited with him.

The Old Man Season 2 – Where Does The Show Go Now?

The ending of the Hulu original series The Old Man season 1 has Chase and Harper teamed up and on the run together, bringing the duo back together for a common cause once again after decades of being apart. Emily/Angela/Parwana is now a captor of her father, so it will be curious to see how their reunion goes and what their plans are for one another. Julian is presumably still alive and it will be interesting to see how he reacts to Mike’s death and being foiled yet again on a mission he was sent on by Bote (the last of which was to kill Chase, which went awry). Chase and Harper are now in pursuit of getting Emily/Angela/Parwana back safely, but the question remains if she’ll even want to come back or who she will recognize as her true “Old Man”. With The Old Man season 2 already renewed, there’s much to be explored after this massive twist on the story, that ups the stakes even more.





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Robyn Griggs, Soap Opera Star in ‘One Life to Live’ and ‘Another World,’ Dead at 49

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Soap opera star Robyn Griggs, best known for her roles in One Life to Live and Another World, has died at 49 years old, according to a post on the actress’ Facebook page. 

“With a heavy heart, I am saddened to announce Robyn’s passing,” the post began. “However, she is no longer suffering and would want us to remember that and the good memories.” 

Going on to pay tribute to Griggs’ passion, the post continued, “I will never forget how open she was to telling her story, and accepting of me helping her tell it. She wanted to help people and spread the word of her story to do it. I was honored to do so.”

The soap star had previously been open about her diagnosis with cervical cancer in 2020, last month she shared that she had four new tumors. On August 11, Griggs’ father announced via Facebook that she was entering hospice care. The post explained, “She has fought with determination, strength, and grace that is nothing short of inspirational.”

In April 1991, Griggs took on the role of Stephanie Hobart in One Life to Live, she was featured on the famed TV series for six episodes. The actress then landed the role of Maggie Cory in Another World, in which she starred in for two years. 

In addition to her soap opera career, Griggs appeared in Severe Injuries (2003), Dead Clowns (2004), The Absence of Light (2006) and Hellweek (2010).

 



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Julia Garner’s Dual ‘Ozark’ and ‘Inventing Anna’ Nominations Solidify Her Status as ‘Emmy Catnip’

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When it comes to turning Emmy nominations into Emmy wins, Julia Garner is so far batting a thousand. The actor was nominated in 2019 and 2020 in the supporting actress in a drama series category for “Ozark” — and she won both times.

Now, Garner has doubled her Emmy nominations tally to four, picking up another supporting actress nod for the final season of “Ozark” and also landing one for her “Inventing Anna” role, as lead actress in a limited or anthology series or movie.

Given her “Ozark” success, that nomination wasn’t a shock. But the success of “Inventing Anna” at the Emmys — including in the key limited or anthology series category — was a bit of a surprise, especially given the expectation that another Netflix series, “Maid,” would make the cut.

Yet in hindsight, it shouldn’t have been a surprise at all. By now it’s clear that Julia Garner should be added to the list of awards catnip — the roster of stars that continue to amaze on screen, and whose work has not gone unnoticed by industry voters. Think of other awards favorites like Olivia Colman or Sarah Paulson (who returns to the Emmy table this year with “Impeachment: American Crime Story,” her eighth nomination).

Garner has clearly impressed over the years on “Ozark” as Ruth Langmore, but has also shown her range in recent years via “Waco,” “The Americans,” “Dirty John” and now, “Inventing Anna.”

In playing socialite huckster Anna Delvey, Garner had to perfect a bizarre, one-of-a-kind accent while playing a character whose demeanor is more or less bored psychopath. Shondaland’s Betsy Beers told me why they felt so fortunate to land Garner for the role.

“She is perfect because she can do anything and is just an astoundingly talented actress,” Beers says. “She, like Anna, is a chameleon, and has the uncanny ability to truly become the character she is playing. She dug into the research, and watching her become Anna was a joy to behold. And perfecting that accent was no easy task!”

In a year boasting some of the best performers and performances in recent memories, nearly every Emmy category is super-competitive. And that especially goes for Garner’s fields; In supporting drama actress, she’s up against an overdue nod for Rhea Seehorn (“Better Call Saul”), two stars from the hottest show on TV (“Severance’s” Sarah Snook and J. Smith-Cameron), a nominee looking to make history (“Squid Game” star Jung Ho-yeon), another double nominee in Sydney Sweeney (“Euphoria”) and two icons: Christina Ricci (“Yellowjackets”) and Patricia Arquette (“Severance”).

The lead actress in a limited series field is also stacked, with Paulson, Toni Collette (“The Staircase”), Lily James (“Pam & Tommy”), Margaret Qualley (“Maid”) and Amanda Seyfried (“The Dropout”).

But never count the awards catnip out. Garner is next set to star as Madonna in a biopic on the legendary performer, and also is busy getting into the production game — signing a deal with Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements’ Tomorrow Studios. When we broke news of Garner’s next project, the international jewel heist mystery “Balabusta,” without knowing much more about it, I just know I need to see it.

Adelstein told me how the Garner deal is “probably one of the best we’ve ever made.” Added Clements: “She is so bright, so prolific… oh my goodness, that woman is going to be an Oscar winner.”



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Marvel Makes Fake Tinder Profile for She-Hulk

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To promote the upcoming series She-Hulk, Marvel creates a faux Tinder profile for Jennifer Walters, highlighting the charcater’s romantic journey.

As part of their promotion for She-Hulk: Attorney at Law Marvel has created a faux Tinder profile for the show’s lead character Jennifer Walters. She-Hulk is the next project to be released in Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, streaming exclusively on Disney+ beginning August 17. Starring Tatiana Maslany as the title character, the show will also feature the return of several familiar MCU faces like Mark Ruffalo as Hulk, Tim Roth as Abomination, Charlie Cox as Daredevil, and Benedict Wong as Wong alongside an ensemble cast of new characters played by Ginger Gonzaga, Josh Segarra, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Anais Almonte, and The Good Place alum Jameela Jamil.

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She-Hulk will take a look at an often ignored corner of the Marvel universe: the lawyers who clean up after superheroes. One such lawyer is Jennifer Walters, who gains her own set of powers from her cousin Bruce Banner. The show will follow her as she attempts to balance her career of defending superpowered individuals in court, her search for a romantic partner, and her eventual rivalry with Jamil’s social media influencer villain Titania. Walters’ romantic travails might not be the primary focus of the series, but they do wind up front and center in the advertisements, particularly a scene where she Hulks out and carries a man around her apartment.


As originally reported by CBR.com, the She-Hulk publicity team clearly had Jennifer Walters’ love life on the mind when crafting their latest promotional material. They have crafted a faux Tinder profile that has been shuffled onto the ap. Although it does say “ad” in the lower right corner of her profile picture, it is a pretty convincing replica of what her profile might look like until one looks at the caption, which is an advertisement for the series that closes with “Find out who she DOES match with in She-Hulk… (seriously – she goes on dates!).” Check out screenshots from the fake profile, shared on Twitter by user jozopath, below:


This is the latest in-universe ad for the series in a particularly creative campaign that has also included bus ads that mimic real-life ads for attorneys. It’s clear that Marvel is using this particular promotional strategy to appeal to people who may be more interested in romantic television series than the action-packed superhero mayhem the franchise is known for. However, the ad does leave fans with the implication that Walters may end up with a love interest that rises above the heap over the course of the 12-episode season.

It’s possible that this could be Bass’ character Todd, who according to his character description has recently taken the plunge into online dating. However, there will likely be plenty of twists and turns before Walters gets to that point, including a potential entanglement with Segarra’s character Pug Pugliese, who is part of her legal team. She-Hulk: Attorney at Law is a Marvel series, after all, so it is likely that nothing is as it initially seems.


Source: CBR.com

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