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I recently had the chance to finish watching “Hunters” on Amazon Primes streaming service. The show is about a boy named Jonah (Logan Lerman) who discovers that his grandmother was a Nazi hunter after she is murdered in their home. The kid reluctantly joins his grandmother’s team of misfits let by Meyer Offerman (Al Pacino).
I enjoyed the series. Parts of the show were hard for me to watch, stories like this often are. The part that has left me so conflicted came at the end of the season when we discover that the “Wolf” they were hunting for was right under their noses. Here is writing gold. Nazis are evil. History has taught us that. The “Wolf” killed nazis far worse than himself.
Can true evil ever be redeemed? Many writers write antiheroes (Venom, Catwoman, and Deadpool), people without traditional virtue, who go on and fight a greater evil. the “Wolf” saves our protagonists multiple times and is the very reason the team is together in the first place. He pushed Jewish culture onto Jonah at every turn. He lived with and worshipped with the very people he helped try to extinguish.
This character participated in one of the greatest forms of evil the world has ever seen and I found myself sad to see him go. But in the end, he served his purpose, he helped Jonah become the hero he needed to be. I look forward to a second season if Amazon decides to renew it that is.