After 12 years, Top Boy is coming to a dramatic conclusion. Soon the cast will say no more, fam for good.
Over five series, we’ve watched Dushane and Sully’s complex relationship oscillate between unity and rivalry. Now the sometime partners, sometime competitors will reach an epic conclusion and reveal the true “top boy.” As Sully once said, not losing doesn’t mean you win.
Last season saw Dushane try to go legit, evictions in Summerhouse, Lauryn murder her abusive boyfriend, and Jamie’s shocking death by Sully’s hand. Things pick up right where they left off, with no time to mourn Jamie.
In its final outing, Top Boy proves itself as one of the best crime dramas, due to its unique approach. It never glamorizes the lifestyle like other shows. Aside from some flashy trappings, it feels real.
We find ourselves rooting for these characters with limited options. Sully softens through his daughter Tash, while Dushane wants out to be with Shelley.
The Tovell family story continues after Jamie’s death. His brother Stefan and girlfriend Erin deliver standout performances navigating difficult surroundings.
We’re shown the bigger picture to understand the characters’ motives. The guilt weighs heavier this time, as the impact is felt within their community.
The stories place the characters in the context of London and the UK’s political climate. This is clear in the attempted deportation of a longtime resident.
New villains Johnny and Tadgh, played by Barry Keoghan and Brian Gleeson, are old-school gangsters suited for a gritty Bond film. You’ll love to hate them.
With only six episodes, the pace is quicker and the tension heightened. Top Boy remains unafraid to tell raw, painful stories.
Top Boy is available on Netflix.
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