The eight-episode beginning (and possibly only) season of The Night Of came to an epic close tonight, and in the ultimately 90 minutes of the show, we finally got closure on some of the things we’ve been wondering hither all season long. But it turns out the long-awaited resolution of Naz’s case wasn’t requite the most satisfying rt of the finale. That actually came from a identical unexpected place: John Stone’s closing argument.
The eczema-plagued attorney (John Turturro) expends much of the final episode trying to figure out how to get Naz off the hook — even sacrificing the occu tion of Naz’s actual attorney, Chandra Kapoor, in an attempt to get a mistrial — and it doesn’t sound like he is going to pull it off. Stone himself certainly doesn’t sound to think so; after being made the lead attorney and being tasked with shut arguments, he has a full-blown eczema flare-up that puts him in the hospital the shades of night before his shining moment in front of the jury.
But boy, does he pull it off. In a whereabouts that will absolutely have people talking for weeks, Stone scraps that while his client is in fact guilty of a crime or two (or maybe seven), he isn’t rueful of the one crime he is on trial for. For weeks we have seen a cold, clinical examine of the events that follow an arrest and indictment, and have gotten an in-depth look at how an singular can fall through the cracks in a system that doesn’t always consider for a presumption of innocence. That all changed in tonight’s episode.
Citing judicious doubt as an intangible but vital rt of the criminal justice system, Stone’s raw, emotive plea to the jury to consider the circumstantial nature of the evidence against Naz woo assumes the show to its breaking point. And while we as viewers know there are other forces at gamble — namely a certain individual who had means, motive, and opportunity on a much pronounced scale than Naz — it’s hard not to follow suit as tears gather in the reinforced lawyer’s eyes.
Does Stone’s oration change the hearts and have any objection ti of the jury? The deadlock seems to suggest that more than a few people are bring rounded by his argument, but we’ll never know for sure. What we do absolutely know, but, is that at the end of the series we’re treated to our first real glimpse of hope that the malefactor justice system does work as it should, and that even someone as world-weary as John Stone can episode that powerful feeling of being protected by the court of law. And that’s not something we’ll dismiss from ones mind any time soon.
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