Looking back at the entire season of Into the Badlands before going into the season finale made the episode an even better season closing than it was after waiting the week following episode five.
Sunny makes the decision not to hand M.K over to the River King and instead using the head of another Colt who was killed. The plan seems to have been successful and the River King lets Sunny know they would leave soon. There are some monks who leave in a truck to head after M.K.
Earlier in the season Quinn asked that Sunny move into the mansion to keep him close. As expected, he wanted to keep an eye on Sunny as he was the one who would truly be able to hurt him.
Having seen what M.K could do, that he was the special child everyone wanted, and that Sunny knew this, he felt betrayed by his Reagent. Sunny is imprisoned in the dungeon as a result. Sunny vows that Quinn would be his final mark.
Still in his paranoia, Quinn had his first wife Lydia exiled from the mansion for attempting to kill Jade. Last episode we learned of rumors that Lydia supposedly killed Quinn’s second wife. As we now know, Jade poisoned herself to remove Lydia from the picture.
There was a lot of skullduggery and deals being discussed. Veil met with The Widow to fix her up after wounds gained from being on the losing end against Sunny. The good doctor doesn’t trust this baron any more than she can trust the one she’s treating for a brain tumor (Quinn) and leaves The Widow with two poison bottles and the actual medicine as a security for her safe return home. Smart.
Back in Quinn’s territory, Lydia returns to her father’s church of sorts. It’s a religious settlement out in the sticks that Ryder visited last episode. She says that she had left Quinn and was returning to the flock.
Meanwhile Quinn agrees to protect Matilda and Sunny for M.K if he would serve him. Ryder catches wind of this and sets up an ambush with the Baron Jacoby when it was confirmed that M.K and Quinn would be going to the brothel later. Sunny is freed by Waldo who tells him of the ambush.
In the final stretch of the show, we have the ambush with M.K and Quinn being outnumbered. M.K is cut by Quinn and goes on to assist the Baron in taking out Jacoby and his men. Sunny manages to stab Quinn, but it’s unknown if Quinn is definitely dead.
Sunny stops M.K from killing Ryder, but as M.K blacks out the monks show up. The monks take M.K and chuck him a trunk. As expected, these monks are skilled martial artists and Sunny manages to hold them off. The middle monk comes in and gives Sunny a run for his money, but Sunny is no slouch.
Since these monks are crunched for time apparently, he activates his power, breaks Sunny’s sword, and knocks our hero out. When Sunny awakens, he is on the River King’s ship and chained up. The River King is upset that Sunny tried to hustle him for a ride and will be giving him a ride out of the Badlands, but his fate is uncertain.
Things were tied up to a degree, but left enough to warrant a second season and that’s always important in wrapping up a season. We have Sunny being shipped off to who knows where—I believe Sunny’s going to be sold as a pit fighter/gladiator of sorts—the super powered monks have M.K in a box where he began the season, we don’t know if Quinn is dead, Ryder’s still alive, we don’t know what will become of Lydia and Veil, and The Widow was left out of the ambush.
Overall it was a great closer and a great season. The show is currently waiting for renewal, but I would say it’s likely Into the Badlands will be around for a few more seasons. There’s a lot to explain, there potential for a prequel or present-period spinoff, and AMC tends to stick with their shows to the end.