Directors: Neeraj Ghaywan, Anurag Kashyap
Writers: Vikram Chandra (novel), Varun Grover, Smita Singh, Vasant Nath
Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Saif Ali Khan, Pankaj Tripathi, Kalki Koechlin, Amruta Subhash, Ranvir Shorey
If you’re still reading this, you’ve crossed the Radcliffe line and it’s understood that you’ve finished bingeing on season two of Sacred Games.
It’s established that you’re well aware of the game. It’s Guruji’s (Pankaj Tripathi) grand plan in which everyone’s a pawn, from his associates, assistant Batya, assassin Malcolm and reluctant minion Gaitonde to once-removed players who have no idea they’re being manipulated such as ISI operative Shahid Khan, pimp Jojo Mascarenas and corrupt cop Parulkar. Guruji aims at restarting the universe with his chosen disciples and his first goal is to nuke Mumbai.
In the final moments of the show, we find that the nuclear bomb is seconds away from blowing up. Sartaj has one last chance of decoding the pattern which can disarm the bomb. Conflicted between Dilbagh Singh’s and Gaitonde’s patterns, Sartaj chooses his father’s design and draws the pattern on a screen. The timer on the bomb reads three seconds and we get one final look at Sartaj’s face before cutting to a blank screen.
Naturally, we’re all wondering the same thing. Did Sacred Games just pull off an open ending? Was that a season finale or a series finale? Did Sartaj save Mumbai or is everyone dead?
If you’re someone who can’t digest an open ending, we have a theory. Season three is on its way as suggested by a cliched clue. Go back to the second-last scene of the show and look closely, you will find the answer.
Found it? It’s staring right in your face and yes, it just could it be that simple. Here’s a screenshot of the scene.
Super hackneyed right? It could be the makers’ way of telling us that there’s more to come, possibly a special episode or episodes if not an entirely new season down the line.
Let’s hope that’s not the case. Let’s hope Sacred Games will not be led down the path of so many franchises, it’s narrative stretched thin. Let’s hope that Sacred Games ends here and we never get any answers to our queries about the ending, thereby ensuring that it remains a brilliant show.
Also see: Our review of Sacred Games Season 2.