You will have to apologize if we raised our eyebrows a bit after the first episode of Lupine Part 2. This is, after all, a show about deception, so we’re a little skeptical about the tragic end that has happened – oh wait, we’re getting ahead.
Let’s go back, just like time did to reveal how Guedira got to LupinFest (not a real headline, but it should be): it turns out the detective set off an alarm for Maurice Leblanc’s birthday and was also a fan event. Assane even accidentally hit his shoulder during the ride. When the two finally meet face to face, Guedira informs Assane that he saw a man leave with his son Raoul. Claire wants to call the cops, but Assane begs her not to and asks her to trust her. He swears to bring their son back. “I stopped trusting you a long time ago,” Claire replies. Ouch. And we find out why in the flashbacks. (More on the subject to come.)
Assane bursts into a car and Guedira jumps with him, wanting to help him. They manage to find Leonard as far as Bourneville, in Normandy, where the assassin stopped to call Pellegrini, who is not very happy with the turn of events. He wants Assane, not the son.
Léonard leaves with Raoul in his trunk towards an old abandoned castle, and Assane pursues him. “Touch a hair of his head and I’ll kill you,” Assane warns over the phone when he reaches the castle.
“Come get it,” Leonard dares in response.
Guedira also wants to call the authorities, but Assane says they are either incompetent or corrupt. Guedira wonders what Lupine would do in their situation. “It’s not a game,” Assane replies. Then he asks how much time he has left before Guedira’s fellow police officers show up, because he’s totally convinced that his unlikely new ally is a detective and – surprise! – he tied it to the car. (While all this is going on, back in Etretat, Claire realizes that the cops are useless and runs off, declaring that she is going to go get her son.)
Inside the castle, Leonard and Assane engage in a cat-and-mouse game before finally clashing. Either way, Assane doesn’t immediately gain the upper hand, even though he’s twice the size of the other man. But eventually, Assane throws Leonard out the window like a rag doll. However, he survives the fall and sets his car on fire, then calls Assane, who is still frantically searching for the house in search of Raoul. Leonard says he should have checked the car. Assane runs towards the vehicle, calling Raoul, but he is engulfed in flames. At this moment, Lieutenant Belkacem arrives to arrest a distraught Assane. But does Raoul reallyare you in the car? Could he have escaped? Would the show really do something as dark as kill the boy? (If you’ve watched ahead of time, no spoilers!)
Meanwhile, in the flashbacks of 1995, Claire’s violin is damaged just before a major audition. She can’t afford to buy a new one, and the racist owner of the violin store won’t rent one from her because she’s friends with a black boy. What would Lupine do, ask Assane and Benjamin? Why, steal the violin, of course!
“Relax, I just borrowed it,” he said to Claire, presenting the instrument to her. But then the cops show up at Claire’s audition to arrest her. “I really believed in it. That we were as good as Lupine, ”he told Benjamin before being taken away.
Lupine fans, what did you think of the return of the series? Rate the first episode below, then hit the comments!