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5 questions we want answered in the 'Tyrant' season finale

The second-season finale of Tyrant is coming, and I’m sure tons of Tyrant fans are vibrating with excitement. I’m also anticipating what’s going to happen, and I have a few questions.

Will the extent of Leila and Ahmed’s coup be revealed?

The last episode set up the playing field very well, with Leila and Ahmed now on the offensive against Jamal. We got a taste of what Leila and Ahmed were planning, what with their misleading conversation with Jamal about the “Caliphate” killing Amira. But what else do they have planned? What role does Rami play in this burgeoning regime? How are they going to get rid of weasels like Mahmoud? And exactly how are they going to single out Jamal in order to kill him? Hopefully we learn a good chunk of their plan before the curtains close.

How far will Jamal go to keep his title?

Jamal is a serial killer—let’s be honest. If he can fabricate a reason to kill a person, he’ll kill them. What I think we should wonder about is: Will Jamal kill his own son and wife in order to go unchallenged? We would hope that Jamal would have gotten sick of killing by now, seeing how he killed his mom when he was trying to kill Rami for no reason. But Jamal has never been a person to do things by halves. If he sees Leila and Ahmed as threats, he’s going to do whatever he can to keep his presidency for himself.

Of course, there’s also a very different Jamal who comes forward when he’s not killing people. Since the first season, Jamal has been a haunted man, and season two has provided even more ghosts (many of Jamal’s making) to haunt him. If there’s one emotion that could be used to describe him after the death of his mother, it’d be “tired.”

Along with his emotional tiredness, he’s also been suicidal, as we saw when he toyed with the idea of death by holding his breath underwater in the palace pool and banging his head on the stone wall next to his mother’s body. While he might want the presidency, he might feel like the cost would be too great if he has to kill his wife and only son. Jamal is like Two-Face in some respects. We’ll just have to see which way the coin falls.

What will Bassam’s role be?

Bassam has said that he doesn’t want to kill anyone anymore. That’s cool. But seeing how he’s a television character and not a real person, not killing people would mean rewriting his entire character. So who is Bassam, now that he’s not a killer? In the first episode, we saw him as a boy killing somebody, and he’s escaped his life in Abuddin in order to not kill anyone, only to come back to kill people. If he’s just going to be a “healer,” as he says, much of his drive will be written out completely.

I say this because Bassam’s main goal has been to take out Jamal as president, whether by “democratic elections” (i.e., a shadow election designed to allow Bassam to win) or by force (i.e., killing Jamal). He didn’t lead the army of resistance fighters just because folks were in jeopardy (or to protect Ahmos’ oldest sons, who were still killed by the Caliphate or by their own hands). Bassam’s ulterior motive was to get back to the palace and take on Jamal.

He might have gotten his fill of killing, but (speaking from a writer’s perspective) he’d have wasted everyone else’s lives if he falls short of his own goal, which is to get the presidency. So if he’s not ready to kill Jamal for the presidency and will somehow fall in line with Leila and Ahmed’s bid for the title, then what’s the point of Bassam as a character? He might as well go back to America and reopen his practice (if he can, now that he’s known throughout the world as the infamous “Khalil”).

I’m sure Bassam is going to pull some kind of counter-coup to go against Leila and Ahmed’s coup. I’m just waiting on it. He’d better, anyway, if he wants to have a viable reason to be around in season three.

Will the Ahmed-Nusrat-Rami triangle intensify?

One of the official press pictures released for the finale (which is called “Pax Abuddin”) includes Nusrat looking determinedly at Rami. Because of this, it looks like we’re going to continue with the triangle that got sidelined by Jamal’s homocidal implosion. How intense will this get? Will Nusrat try to have a second go at marriage with Ahmed (and possibly fight Leila on it)? Is she going to forgo everything to be with Rami? Will she move to London on her own? (I’d go for that last option if I was she; kick all men out of your life for a while to get yourself settled and regrouped.)

We shall see. But if the triangle is only there to give Nusrat a reason to still be in the palace—like Downton Abbey‘s lazy way of keeping poor Edith in the mansion after she moved to London with her child—that’s not really fair to the character. Nusrat deserves to have a good life.

Will the Daliyah-Bassam-Molly triangle finally get started?

I’m a bit more intrigued by how this particular triangle will play out, for some reason. Maybe it’s because Daliyah is one of the new compelling characters, and I really want her to stick around for the third season. She has a lot more story in her; whether she should be saddled with a triangle remains to be seen. Perhaps it’s also because I want to see Molly get really angry for once. She got upset with Bassam when she finally heard his voice and I loved it; I hope I can see her get that angry again.

But perhaps what I really want to see is Bassam trying to explain away his new relationship, even though being alive technically doesn’t make Molly a widow, and it certainly doesn’t make him a dead person who got a second chance at life. Whatever the reason, I want to see what could go down with these three.

What do you hope to see during the finale? Tell me about it!

Tyrant airs Tuesdays at 10/9C on FX.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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