What's Worth Watching: Banshee-Storm of Swords and Bullets

Matt Roush
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Have gun, will also crush heads in farm equipment.

Banshee, "We All Pay Eventually," Friday, March 13, 10/9c, Cinemax

The operatic carnage being perpetrated by Sheriff Lucas Hood (Antony Starr) and his crooked cronies in the Season 3 finale of Banshee is on a grand Game of Thrones scale. And not just because an ancient sword is part of the bloody action. Multiple showdowns swell the body count even higher than usual, as Hood leads the charge on Camp Genoa and its psycho leader, Col. Stowe (Langley Kirkwood), while in Philadelphia, Kai Proctor (Ulrich Thomsen) confronts Frazier (Ron Cephas Jones) and the Black Beards, his rivals in the drug trade.

And a new nemesis emerges, presumably to keep everyone occupied in Season 4, when Deputy Bunker (Tom Pelphrey) is reminded, violently of course, of the long arm of the neo-Nazi "Brotherhood" he thought he had escaped by the skin of his tattoos. The cliffhangers and game-changers mount up, and when one of the avengers utters the episode's title phrase, we're reminded that payback on this visceral series is a you-know-what, and never pretty.

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