EXCLUSIVE TV Goodness Q&A: Southland “Reckoning” Postmortem with Michael Cudlitz
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WARNING: SPOILERS DISCUSSED
Sammy And Ben’s Partnership Is Over
We knew where this was headed. Ben tried so hard to keep Sammy off the scent. But Sammy used to be a detective and a damn good one. So when he finds out Ben is behind all of it - and worse, that he’s not sorry - their partnership falls apart. I loved these two so much. I’m kind of heartbroken, but after something like this I don’t see how Sammy can ever trust Ben again. And I really don’t like the kind of cop or person Ben’s become. Maybe this “breakup” will make him reevaluate some of his life choices.
Ruben Is Recognized
With all the push-back they got from RHD, it was nice to see Lydia and Ruben pursue their own leads in their own way. They managed to track down both suspects in the Lucero/Cooper kidnapping without any help whatsoever from RHD. We knew they were great detectives and they’ve just proven to the department how much better they are than the “elite cops” in RHD.
Russell and Lydia Spend More Time Together
I’m not sure what’s going on here (well I am, but I’m not sure I like it). It is nice to see that Lydia has someone to depend on. I want to see where this goes (and, yes, I have to believe we’ll get another season of this fantastic show). I’ll make up my mind about this later.
Cooper Gets Shot
He’s had a pretty bad day. He’s stuck behind a desk, working as part of the “rubber gun squad” as he calls it. He thinks it’s time to make a baby with Laurie, but she tells him she’s not interested anymore. And the guys next door push him too far. It was so hard to watch that last scene. Seeing John take his frustrations out on those guys just proved once and for all how not-okay he actually is. And then, of course, he gets shot.
We had the opportunity to speak exclusively with Michael Cudlitz (Officer John Cooper) about the season finale, his work with a few of the actors on the show and his hopes for season 6. Read our Q&A below.