Gods Who Fall is perhaps that most intense and exciting episodes of Mr. Mercedes so far. We open with the disgruntled customer Ryan Springhill (Dave MacDonald) complaining about his laptop blowing up and generally being a mean arsehole to Lou Linklatter (Breeda Wool) at Supreme Electronix. Robi (Robert Stanton) quickly steps in and offers his exceptional customer service by repairing the laptop overnight.
Of course, behind the scenes, Brady Hartsfield (Harry Treadaway) has been playing God down in the basement, hacking into Springhill’s laptop and frying the motherboard. Meanwhile, Bill Hodges (Brendan Gleeson) discovers yet another clue in the Mr. Mercedes case thanks to a suggestion from Jerome Robinson (Jharrel Jerome). Could Olivia Trelawney (Ann Cusack) have had a spare keyless entry remote stashed away in her glove box?
The relationship between Hodges and Janey Pattterson (Mary Louise Parker) continues to deepen and intensify as they hang out at the local saloon bar before returning to Hodge’s home in a drunken state. Lastly we get a greater insight into Deborah Hartsfield (Kelly Lynch) from her high school days as a cheerleader to the unexpected death of her son Gerald (Graeme Buffenbarger) and the toxic relationship with her deceased husband Norman (Travis Sullivan).
Deborah’s drinking continues to worsen and it’s clear that she’s using the alcohol as a crutch to cope with the deaths of both her husband and her son. She begins to hallucinate a young Gerald playing with a toy fire engine moments before choking on the piece of toast and catches Brady red-handed letting him die in the basement.
Phew! As you can tell, this episode directed by Jack Bender is very full on with a lot of events and storylines to process but Bender does it all with panache, even building upon the original novel at times. The climax involving Brady and Ryan Springhill is really worth watching, even though you can probably guess what happens.
This episode also shows how much of a complex individual Brady Hartsfield truly is from aggressive and psychotic to lonely, depressed and compassionate. He is more than just a one-dimensional psycho murderer and it’s good to see the screenwriters (David E.Kelley, Denis Lehane) reflecting that and honouring Stephen King’s source material. 9.5/10