Entertainment

How the Ending of 'Bosch' Wraps Up the Series and Sets Up a Spinoff

Amazon's longest-running show closed its last case, but its grizzled star isn't going anywhere.

Hopper Stone/Amazon Studios
Hopper Stone/Amazon Studios
Hopper Stone/Amazon Studios

Detective Harry Bosch of the Los Angeles Police Department, played with a weary stillness by handsomely grizzled actor Titus Welliver, keeps a paper sign near his desk that reads, “Get off your ass and go knock on doors.” Throughout the show’s seven-season run on Amazon, where it started as one of the initial pilots for the fledgling streaming platform back in 2014, viewers would occasionally catch a glimpse of the gruff command, a tough guy version of a self-help poster, in the background of shots that featured the show’s hero at his humble cubicle, a location that Bosch often appeared uncomfortable in. As the sign suggests, Bosch’s natural state was off his ass and out in the streets.

Still, as the show arrived at the end of its 68th episode, “Por Sonia,” written by showrunner Eric Overmyer and author Michael Connelly, who created the Bosch character in his 1992 novel The Black Echo, Bosch, like many police procedurals and detective shows, revealed itself as a stealth workplace drama. Bosch (the character) might have his name in the title, but Bosch (the series), at least in its best moments, was always equally observant of the larger bureaucratic world he moved through, a complex system of favors and slights and truces and betrayals. At one point in the finale, Bosch uttered a line that could read as a thesis on its cynical view of law enforcement: “There’s always a quid quo pro.”

Those workplace machinations provided the launching pad for the next chapter in Bosch’s on-screen life, which will continue in a new show focused on the character’s adventures as a private investigator working with his daughter Maddie (Madison Lintz), who was considering joining the force at the show’s conclusion, and attorney Honey “Money” Chandler (Mimi Rogers), who spent most of the final season in a coma after an assassination attempt. The show doesn’t have a title yet (or a premiere date), but one assumes it won’t fuss with the formula––Bosch gets new case, Bosch gets obsessed, Bosch solves case––too much. If you like Bosch, you like the consistency.

Hopper Stone/Amazon Studios
Hopper Stone/Amazon Studios
Hopper Stone/Amazon Studios

Even in its more muddled or cliche-filled seasons, like Season 5’s detour into pill-mills and the opioid crisis, Bosch excelled at delivering exactly what you’d expect. Looking for a season-long mystery with a bunch of moving parts and interlocking storylines? Hoping to see Welliver, a stoic performer who knows exactly how to underplay certain interactions and turn up the charisma in others, get fired up with righteous indignation over the murder of an innocent civilian? Need scenes set in swanky LA restaurants, drop-ins from underrated character actors like Paul Calderón, and the occasional shoot-out? Bosch’s got you covered, brother. (Important to remember: Bosch calls everyone “brother.”)

Even at only eight episodes instead of the typical 10, Season 7, which was shot in Los Angeles during the pandemic, didn’t mess with what works. Drawing literary inspiration from two different Bosch novels, 1994’s The Concrete Blonde and 2014’s The Burning Room, the plot followed our bracelet-wearing, jazz-loving hero as he worked a case involving a fire in an apartment building and another one centered around a wealthy businessman attempting to rat out some of his fellow financial criminals. What was different this time? In classic detective show fashion, it got personal. So personal, in fact, that Bosch ended up turning in his badge to Chief Irving (Lance Reddick), who cut a deal with the FBI to let a protected informant skirt justice in the arson case. Finally, the hypocrisy was too much.

Hopper Stone/Amazon Studios
Hopper Stone/Amazon Studios
Hopper Stone/Amazon Studios

Despite Bosch’s career change, the ending was not exactly an “abolish the police” kiss-off. Beginning on New Year’s Eve 2019 and ending as news reports of a dangerous flu play out in the background on TV, Bosch’s final season didn’t attempt to reckon with the ongoing national conversation around policing or the protests after the murder of George Floyd in 2020. In past seasons, the show has offered up both clumsy and nuanced critiques of the police state. (Oddly enough, Season 7 featured a plotline about Amy Aquino’s Lieutenant Billets facing off with some cruel incel cops.) In an interview with Vulture, Welliver, answering a question about if the last year’s uprising informed the series, diplomatically said, “Nobody is ever going to accuse our show of pandering one way or the other.”

But even as it gestures towards reality and rarely turns away from the bleak darkness at its center, Bosch remains a fantasy, one where the righteous detective is (pretty much) always right and the case always gets solved. At the same time, the show told thoughtful stories within the confines it set for itself. Though it lacked the grand ambitions of HBO’s The Wire, the classic that Overmeyer wrote for and a handful of cast members––Lance Reddick and Jamie Hector–– appeared on, Bosch remained keenly perceptive of how careers are made and unmade. Where David Simon’s series was an ever-expanding study of a city, Bosch was a far more contained portrait of a profession. Now, with Bosch himself heading to spinoff land, it’s time to find out who the character is in a slightly different context. He can still get off his ass and knock on doors. He just has to do it without the inherent protection and implied authority of the badge in hand.Want more Thrillist? Follow us on InstagramTwitterPinterestYouTubeTikTok, and Snapchat.

Dan Jackson is a senior staff writer at Thrillist Entertainment. He’s on Twitter @danielvjackson.

Entertainment

Where to Celebrate Lunar New Year 2023 in Australia

And what it means to be in the year of the Rabbit.

where to celebrate lunar new year australia

Starting with the new moon on Sunday, January 22, this Lunar New Year ushers in the year of the Rabbit. We’ve put together a guide on celebrating the Lunar New Year in Australia.

What is special about the year of the Rabbit?

As you might know, each year has an animal sign in the Chinese Zodiac, which is based on the moon and has a 12-year cycle. This year, we celebrate the year of the rabbit, known to be the luckiest out of all twelve animals. It symbolises mercy, elegance, and beauty.

What celebrations are taking place and how can I get involved?

There are plenty of festivals happening all around the country which you can get involved with. Here they are per state.

New South Wales

Darling Harbour Fireworks
When: Every year, Sydney puts on a fireworks show, and this year, you can catch it on January 28 and February 4 at 9 pm in Darling Harbour.

Dragon Boat Races
When: Witness three days of dragon boat races and entertainment on Cockle Bay to usher in the Lunar New Year. The races will commence on January 27 and finish on January 29.

Lion Dances
When: Catch a traditional Lion Dance moving to the beat of a vigorous drum bringing good luck and fortune for the Lunar New Year. The dance performances will happen across Darling Harbour on Saturday, January 21, Sunday, January 22, and Sunday, February 4 and 5, around 6 pm and 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at Cirrus Dining
When: Barangaroo’s waterfront seafood restaurant, Cirrus, is celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with a special feast menu. Cirrus’ LNY menu is $128pp with optional wine pairing and is available from Saturday, January 21, to Sunday, February 5.

Auntie Philter
When: Hello Auntie’s owner and executive chef, Cuong Nguyen will be dishing out some of the most classic Vietnamese street foods with his mum, Linda. All of Philter’s favourites will be on offer, as well as Raspberry Pash Beer Slushies and other cocktails being served at the Philter Brewing rooftop bar on Sunday, January 22 and Sunday, January 29.

Victoria

Lunar New Year Festival
When: Ring in the Lunar New Year with food, music, arts, and more on Sunday, January 22, from 10 am to 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at the National Gallery of Victoria
When: Celebrate the year of the rabbit at the National Gallery of Victoria’s festival of art, food, and art-making activities for everyone from 10 am-5 pm.

Queensland

BriAsia Festival
When: From February 1-19, Brisbane will come alive with performances, including lion dances and martial arts displays. There will be street food, workshops, comedy and more.

South Australia

Chinatown Adelaide Street Party
When: Adelaide is set to hose a fun-filled day celebrating the Chinese New Year on Saturday, January 28, from 12 pm to 9 pm.

Western Australia

Crown Perth
When: Across January and February, Crown Perth hosts free live entertainment, including colourful lion dances, roving mascots, and drumming performances. The restaurants will also throw banquets and menus dedicated to the Lunar New Year.

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