Apple TV’s gripping thriller-drama series Slow Horses returns for Season 2. With two episodes airing so far, the energy and tone of the original season remains intact.
All eyes are on the men and women who were rejected from MI5’s prestigious Regent’s Park headquarters and assigned to the slow and lethargic administrative operations of the Slough House branch.
The primary characters are the group’s commander, Jackson Lamb, and young agent River Cartwright. In Season 2 of “Slow Horses”, agents in Slough House prepare for new spy operations as an old theory about KGB sleeper agents lurking in British society becomes very real.
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Slow Horses Season 2 Episode 1 & 2 Summary
Slow Horses Season 2 begins when Richard “Dickie” Bough, a former MI5 agent, notices and follows a man from his past. Bough last saw this man when the Berlin Wall fell, but it was an unforgettable encounter.
He was still working for the agency when he was kidnapped and tortured almost forty years ago. She recovered from the trauma and remembered every detail.
Bough tracks down the bald man from his past and finds himself on a bus. The driver realizes that Bough is dead when the car stops.
As the story turns to the series’ main protagonists, Slough House remains the worst place to work within the agency, and workers struggle to find a way out.
River talks to a handful of Senior executives about a career in government, but interviewers continue to press him about Lamb. Meanwhile, Webb hires Min and Louisa to guard a meeting with a Russian oligarch who opposes the current leadership in Russia.
While investigating Bough’s seemingly extraordinary death, Lamb discovers the word “cicada” scribbled on the dead man’s phone, leading him to believe that foul play was involved.
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Slow Horses Season 2 Episode 1 and End of Episode 2 Announced.
Cicadas are Russian sleeper agents, named for the fact that they spend years underground before “hatching” like cicadas, River learns from his grandfather. MI5 discovered it was a hoax in the 1980s when commander Alexander Popov was revealed to be a bogeyman.
But as River begins investigating Bough’s death, he quickly realizes that all may not be as it seems, contrary to what his grandfather had told him.
Bough had been sacked years ago when he disappeared for days and returned drunk after Popov allegedly kidnapped him and one of the cicadas and brandy spilled down his neck.
According to Shirley’s footage, the bald man Bough was chasing touched her and administered the drug that probably killed Bough and gave it the appearance of a heart attack.
In episode 2, Lamb learns from a Russian agent that he overheard Popov talking to Andrei Chemitsky, an acquaintance. By reckoning, this is the person Bough followed the night before he died.
Given that this is a sleeper cell that has never been activated, its role in the death of a former agent can only imply one thing: they’re about to get to work.
This is the biggest problem for Lamb, River and others. River believes the agents are the KGB, not the FSB. How Bough was killed seems to confirm this, although his grandfather denies the theory.
Min will most likely survive. If Piotr wanted to kill him, he would have done it by now. This next meeting is most likely related to the Cicada investigation, but the Slow Horses are unaware of it. The sleeper cell was probably triggered to kill Nevski, the regime’s most serious potential rival in Moscow after all these years.