As Barry (Adam Rayner) reconnects with his faith at the Lebanese border, he returns to Abbudin attempting to save Daliyah Al-Yazbek (Melia Kreiling) from Abu Omar (Darius Homayoun) and the Caliphate who harass and torture the Bedouin tribe led by Ahmos Al-Yazbek (Nasser Memarzia) who pleads for his wife to be returned in order to help raise his son. Sadly, Ihab Rashid (Alexander Karim) makes it clear that Abu Omar is making her fit to serve the cause…for those that don’t understand the euphemism, it mean’s she’s being constantly raped until she submits to his will.
Life isn’t any easier for Jamal (Ashraf Barhom), who after his uncle, General Tariq Al-Fayeed (Raad Rawi) gasses the northern villages, creating the vacuum that allows the Caliphate to take control. Now Jamal has to convince the Chinese diplomats to support him militarily in order to crush the opposition while Barry looks to join the resistance. A two front war, that neither brother knows the other is fighting.
Sammy (Noah Silver) returns to Abbudin to face the court in order to fight for his $100 million inheritance, the only catch? He has to disown his presumed dead father. What’s thicker? Blood or money? His mother, Molly (Jennifer Finnigan), opens her mouth, thinking she’s still in America, but is quickly shushed in order to await a verdict. Sammy’s search leads him to talk to his cousin Ahmed (Cameron Gharaee) who helps him find Abdul (Mehdi Dehbi), his lover captured by the Caliphate.
Ahmed, passively admits he’s okay with Sammy being gay and that he knew Abdul was also a homosexual. Typically in Middle Eastern culture if something is considered taboo, the way one shows they are okay with it is either by making a joke, or easily dismissing it as the latter occurred. Unfortunately, Abdul is imprisoned as one of the Maan Nine who took refuge in an underground gay night club and have been captured, tortured, and soon to be executed for being an abomination to the face of the world. It would take millions to set some of the hostages free and it appears Sammy might pay the ransom with his inheritance.
Life gets a little more complicated as Rami Said (Keon Alexander), Jamal’s bastard son is “recruited” by Leila (Moran Atias), who tries to convince Rami to stay and take over as general of the military in order to save the struggling nation that is imploding all around him. Leila reminds him no matter where he runs, no matter how far he goes, Abbudin is still where he is from and should honor his grandmothers’ lives.
Ahmos and Barry find out that the resistance is being led by his niece Halima (Olivia Popica) and a small band of women as everyone has been imprisoned or slaughtered. All the while as Daliyah must submit to the will of the lead “wife” Jane Abbas (Caitlin Joseph), a western woman who has accepted the perverse rule of Abu Omar, which is on par with David Koresh’s Branch Davidian cult in Waco, Texas. Daliyah does not resist Abu Omar as he attempts to rape her. It is a protest fitting for someone who likes his victims to struggle.
Munir Al-Yazbek (Nathan Clarke) turns out to be a spy for the resistance to help the prisoners escape as he obeys his father’s wishes and continues to fight for their freedom, picking away at the Caliphate from within. Now, Barry has taken charge of the resistance in the wake of Ahmos’ death and will unite the Bedouin tribes in the north to fight on for their women, for their ancestors, and for their country.
Those who have a heavy western view will probably not understand how I described certain instances and why they make sense in an eastern setting, but they do to those of us that come from a communal society versus an individualistic one. One cannot be offended by what they do not understand for each society has its own rules, its own values and what appears as normal to one is either violent or perverse to the other. Watch Tyrant, pick up a few history books on the Middle East and you will learn how the eastern worldview makes sense to the region.
Tyrant airs Tuesdays, at 10 p.m. on FX and FXNOW.