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Frank makes a damning confession as his war with Rawlins and Russo progresses.


  • Admiring the Abomination/In Love with Your Carnage: After witnessing Franks's brutal killing of Rawlins, all Billy has to say is:
    "Goddamn, Frankie. I love to watch you work."
  • Badass in Distress: Frank spends most of the episode being captured and tortured by Rawlins.
  • Batman Gambit: Frank's plan was to expose Rawlins and Russo while also setting them up against each other.
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  • Call-Back: Earlier in the season, Sarah mentioned that if she found David alive, she wouldn't know whether she would hit him or break down crying. In this episode we find out: she does both.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Rawlins uses this to get Frank to stop the countdown in Micro's lab and then employs it For the Evulz before planning to kill him.
  • Dark Reprise: An unusual non-musical example. While Frank's dream had been set in a sunny bedroom for the rest of the season, in this episode, the full dream plays out under spotlights, surrounded by a black void.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Frank briefly seems to cross this, agreeing to give Rawlins and Billy access to David's files and begging Billy to kill him quickly, not to let Rawlins continue. Although this could just be him prolonging his Batman Gambit.
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  • Enemy Civil War: Frank manipulates Russo and Rawlins to fight, which leads to Russo outright allowing Frank to break free of his bonds and kill Rawlins.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Russo gets slowly fed up with the needless violence Rawlins puts Frank through instead of just shooting him. Russo's female tech is also quite grossed out by it.
  • Extreme Mêlée Revenge: Rawlins's death; when Frank gets free, he uses the knife Rawlins stabbed him with to repeatedly shank him, cut his throat, pummels him with his fists, then gouges out his eyes.
  • Eye Scream: Frank plunges both thumbs into Rawlins' face while killing him. Moments before that, Rawlins was planning to cut an eye out of Frank as revenge for taking his.
  • Faking the Dead: The DHS fakes David's death once more so that Russo and his men are forced to take Frank alone.
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  • Fan Disservice: Frank's visions of having sex with his deceased wife in between being beaten to a bloody pulp is surely disturbing.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: David tells Madani that he believes the only way to defeat the likes of Rawlins is to become like them.
  • Honor Before Reason: Russo still has a sense of brotherhood with Frank and when Rawlins doesn't respect that, he is more than willing to let Frank go and watch as he kills him.
  • Internal Reveal:
    • Sarah and Zach learn that David is alive.
    • Madani learns that Frank was the one who killed Ahmed Zubair on Rawlins's order.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: After Rawlins calls Russo a stupid grunt one too many times, he decides to set Frank free on him.
  • Once More, with Clarity!: A happy memory of Frank in bed with his wife Maria has been played over and over, throughout the season, only to be interrupted as Frank’s guilt over Kandahar turned it nightmarish. Here, the memory plays out fully: Maria actually began an argument over whether or not Frank ever mentally returned from his deployments, and the damage it was doing to their family. The memory ends with Frank agreeing to leave the military and retire. And go to the park with his family for the day...
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Frank tells Russo he has to be the one to kill him and Russo obliges. When Russo brings this up to Rawlins, he doesn't respect the agreement, which leads to the two villains butting heads.
  • Smug Snake: Both Russo and Rawlins are absolutely sure that Frank is finished.
  • Teeth Flying: Frank loses one during the first part of the beatdown from Rawlins.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Sure Rawlins, call Russo, your ally who has proven numerous times to be a backstabbing, self-serving snake a "grunt", tell him that you own him and expect that Russo will just take it...
  • To the Pain: Rawlins gets very enthusiastic about how he's going to beat Frank to the point he'll be begging for death.
  • Villainous Breakdown: After Frank manages to stab and bite him, Rawlins completely loses it.
  • We Have Reserves: Russo shrugs off all the men Frank cost him, saying that he could always hire new ones.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Russo's idea for killing Frank is to shoot him in the head. Rawlins wants a slow and painful death for Frank and even goes so far as to inject Frank with adrenaline so that he would stay conscious and alive long enough for Rawlins to get his satisfaction. This proves to be Rawlins' undoing.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: Deconstructed with The Reveal of Frank's dream being from his last day with his wife before his family's murder. It's not that Frank couldn't return home from the war — to Frank, the war was his home. When given a choice between accepting death and being with Maria again, or life and revenge, Frank comes roaring back to life and slips his bonds in time to butcher Agent Rawlins.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Implied to be a motivation for Russo's betrayal of Rawlins. More than his mistreatment of him or refusal to kill Frank quickly as promised, he seems to sniff out that Rawlins has been stripped of the very influence that is the sole reason they're partners. Without those connections and authority, well, what does he need him alive for?


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