Industry, HBO’s gritty, wry careen into the ecstatic highs and pitiful lows of money-moving in London’s Canary Wharf, concluded last week with longstanding rainmaker Eric Tao’s candid assessment of the human condition.
Eric played by Ken Leung was once the industry’s most dreaded operator, but now he’s terrified of meeting the same fate. When he was once drunk with power he is now merely drunk. Here you will read about the Industry Season 2 finale details.
Eric says to his Pierpoint & Co. colleagues, “Isn’t it lucky that no one is ever satisfied?” as he licks his wounds after a failed job search and plots how to profit on the news that staff at a competing firm had jumped ship.
There’s no doubt that he and his coworkers are aware of it. Season two of Industry, which wrapped off Monday night after eight episodes explored how the characters’ restless desires exacerbated and alleviated their daily struggles. As a result of predatory clients and polyamorous coworkers, young professionals are constantly on the run. Abuse allegations are traded and used as if they were a commodity in the workplace.
Trading in insider information, spivs, crowds in restroom stalls and the canonization of Kendall Roy are all common occurrences. Making a lot of money is the primary priority. Like advisory fees, the degree to which one finds something unpleasant might vary from person to person.
And the top-tier megabank remains the same as always. Even with all these gloomy mathematics, Pierpoint is still in an excellent position to prosper. The corporation is driven by the knowledge that for its customers and workers, having it all will never be enough and that those individuals are prepared to pay a high price (their time, money, and energy) to feel like they are getting ahead in this one, crazy, brief life.
Is it beginning to feel like a confidence game every time we interact? In the season finale, Eric finally asks his former mentor Harper Stern. “At times I have to question if we are the targets.”
This played out like a Shakespearean tragedy. Amazing. #IndustryHBO pic.twitter.com/sGZtuHu9UM
— Mason Huckins (@MasonHuckins) September 20, 2022
At the end of its second season, Industry had a difficult challenge: tying together many arcs like a novice analyst trying to compress a half-dozen screens’ worth of variable and dissonant Bloomberg data into an actionable sales pitch.
However, rather than neatly wrapping things up, Mickey Down and Konrad Kay, the show’s creators, gave us an outcome that unwinds and spirals. This ambiguous ending is appropriate for a show set in a world where the future has the most significant importance, where the alpha, and the poison, lie in what lies ahead.
Industry, like Mad Men (and other greed-forward dramas like Succession and Billions), seems to be headed for a fracture within the Pierpoint gang, although one with misfits who are nonetheless willing to resort to extreme measures to achieve their goals. Harper, Eric, Rishi and DVD have formed an unholy but “lean” alliance as one possible outcome.
This is the most appealing of the many threads left hanging after the season finale of Industry. For the entirety of the show’s run, Eric and Harper’s (Myha’la Herrold) relationship has been the show’s Don and Peggy, alternating between intense and absolutely weaselly but always painful.
Even when they’re fighting, they’re like two halves of a whole, like siblings who give each other the silent treatment but also offer rides to school. Both of them have a high sense of self-importance. In the wake of a global pandemic, coworkers share a vaporizer in the office while telling fibs and paying opulent hotel bills.
Except that Harper, a woman whose entire career has consisted of going wickedly rogue, might as well be walking the plank this time. A sycophant in a dark room tells Harper that her job is no longer secure because Pierpoint found out she lied about her degree. Her eyes beg and her neck juts out. Eric tells Harper, “You’re fired.” A choir proclaims, “That’s how the good Lord works!” as the credits roll. Interestingly, there is a parallel between the good lord and the free market: both would operate behind the scenes instead.
The biggest shock of the season finale wasn’t that Harper was fired from Pierpoint; instead, it was the reason for her termination. In contrast to her recent and more extensive transgression—just some casual insider trading?—the college transcripts appeared like the kind of prank that had maybe been sufficiently buried by time and money.
Harper’s choice to offer Bloom an “advantage” by using material and nonpublic information she coerced from her political roommate was as unethical as it gets. And it’s to the show’s credit that Industry realizes this.
Hearing this, Bloom leans in and embraces Harper in his massive wooden lair, completely perplexed. However, this isn’t a quickie detox like the one offered by Rishi. Bloom does this to cover his behind: he pats down Harper’s body to see if there are any wires, and he doesn’t. While the show is filled with passionate physical encounters, this chaste exchange provides an oddly electrifying contrast.
But Eric learns this lesson the hard way when Adler, his boss, constantly brings up the four terrible quarterly results he had instead of the hundred positive ones. A worried DVD is trying to categorize the past like a failing hedge fund manager trying to isolate the fund by focusing on the commissions the scandalized customer Nicole Craig could bring in with a new deal. The third season of Industry would still be based heavily on the show’s track record and big ideas, which have powered the front thus far.
No one could’ve played Harper Stern better than Myha’la Herrold, give ha her Emmy’s next year!☝🏾#IndustryHBO pic.twitter.com/nTbeT4PTl1
— ry (@rArtemis37) September 13, 2022
Such as the financially fruitful tango between Jesse and Harper (and Gus! ), which one day may serve as the foundation for Iron Toad Attacker LP. It could be the conflict between Rishi’s outspoken personality and the confines of his daily existence. (That’s without a newborn!) Or how those who have every right to expect nothing are frequently disappointed. Alternatively, the fact that knowledge is not always power.
When asked to speak at a conference about his latest ill-gotten investment, Jesse replies in the finale, “Tell her I’m no expert; I simply own it.” He recently changed market dynamics with an appearance on CNN, and now he’s on a luxury jet, dozing off under a duvet.
He explains in that interview, “The thing people forget about that Icarus person is that before he fell, he flew. The sun must have cast a beautiful glow, too. The people in Industry all have this natural tendency to move toward the brighter areas. Perhaps the real advantage will be gained when anyone figures out how to be comfortable in the heat.
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