Outer Banks Season 2 Episode 1 Recap and Ending, Explained

Created by Shannon Burke, Jonas Pate, and Josh Pate, ‘Outer Banks’ is a Netflix teen mystery drama series predominantly set in and around the eponymous barrier islands off the coast of North Carolina, USA. One of the predominant themes of the show is the wealth disparity between the affluent summer vacationers of Figure Eight, known as the Kooks, and the working-class locals of the Cut, known as the Pogues.

The series protagonist, John B (Chase Stokes), has grown up learning about the legendary shipwrecked treasure of the Royal Merchant from his father. Several months before the series begins, John’s father goes missing while looking for the treasure. When John, and his three friends JJ (Rudy Pankow), Kiara (Madison Bailey), and Pope (Jonathan Daviss), discover that he may have found it, it sets them off on their own hunt for the treasure.

In the first season, John finds out that Ward Cameron (Charles Esten), the father of his girlfriend Sarah (Madelyn Cline), was involved in the events that led to his father’s death. Although John and his friends find the treasure, Ward takes it away from them and sends it to Nassau, Bahamas. Furthermore, he implicates John for the murder of the local sheriff. In the season 1 finale, John and Sarah manage to evade capture and end up on a ship bound for Nassau. Here is everything you need to know about the ending of the first episode of ‘Outer Banks’ season 2. SPOILERS AHEAD.

Outer Banks Season 2 Episode 1 Recap

In the season 2 premiere, titled ‘The Gold,’ Captain Terrance (Terence Rosemore), on whose ship John and Sarah are traveling to Nassau, finds out that John is wanted for allegedly killing a police officer, and the US authorities will pay a $50,000 reward to whoever helps them catch him. Upon reaching the shores, Terrance contacts the local police, but John and Sarah manage to escape. Sarah tells John not to be foolish and go to her family’s property, where they believe the gold is. Meanwhile, in Outer Banks, their friends mourn their deaths. John contacts them and lets them know where he and Sarah are. He also asks them for their help to clear his name.

Outer Banks Season 2 Episode Ending: Who Kidnaps Sarah?

Despite promising Sarah that he will not go near her family’s property, for the time being, John does the opposite and breaks into the massive and empty mansion. Meanwhile, Sarah immediately figures out where he has gone. While she is looking for John, Captain Terrance and his crew kidnap her. Cleo (Carlacia Grant), the knife-wielding young crew member, informs John what has happened and takes him to their hideout. Initially, John tries to pay Terrance off with the piece of gold that he has brought. However, Terrance declares it to be the fee for hosting them on his ship and still wants to hand John and Sarah over to the authorities. With no other option left, a desperate John tells Terrance about the gold.

Who Is Blackmailing Ward?

On the day Rafe (Drew Starkey) fatally shot Sheriff Peterkin (Adina Porter), Ward realized that he couldn’t take the gold to Nassau himself. So, he contacted his pilot, Gavin (Adam Vernier), to fly the plane instead. What Ward didn’t know is that Gavin has kept the gun with which Rafe killed Peterkin. When Kiara makes an anonymous call to Gavin to let him know that there are people who are aware of his involvement in the incident, Gavin panics and calls Ward, asking for three times more money than before and the plane. Gavin knew that he could potentially ask Ward for more money in the future with the gun, so he kept it. Ward realizes that he has no other choice but to give in to the other man’s demands. He brushes off Rose’s suggestion that they can always tell the truth about Rafe and goes to pay Gavin.

Does Ward Find Out Who Has Broken into His Property?

After John reveals the information about the gold to Terrance and his crew, they come to Ward’s property to conduct a heist. However, the security system installed in the house informs Ward about the intruders, and he contacts the security. Realizing that the heist is now a failure, Terrance traps John and Sarah inside the house to serve as diversions. John tries to draw the attention of the security so that Sarah will be able to secure a getaway boat, but Terrance takes the keys from her. As he leaves with his crew, the security officers apprehend John.

They then contact Ward and give him a description of the intruder. Ward tells the security to turn the camera towards the intruder so that he can see their face. But the episode ends before that happens. This scene seems like it has been constructed just to build some tension at the end of the season premiere. The tension will likely subside when John and Sarah find a way to stop Ward from knowing they are alive. That revelation will likely happen for Ward, but definitely not in the second episode of the season.

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