How the 'Lupin' Part 2 Finale Could Set Up a Thrilling Part 3

Assane Diop is on the run now!


Assane Diop, the gentleman thief protagonist of Netflix’s French heist series Lupin, doesn’t always come out on top. He frequently tricks his enemies, deploying a drone to score secret intel or wearing a disguise to slip by security, but he’s just as often scrambling to avoid getting caught. The ending of the show’s most recent batch of episodes, released this past Friday as Part 2, once again found Diop, played with subtle panache by Omar Sy, evading capture from the police, embarrassing his wealthy foes, and frustrating his family. He remains both somewhat in control and a little bit messy.

After watching this batch of five new episodes, which largely resolve the conflicts carried over from the surprise hit’s first block of five episodes in January, would you have it any other way? In reimagining author Maurice Leblanc’s famous Lupin character for the contemporary moment, creators George Kay and François Uzan designed a story that toggles between the past and the present while examining the intricacies of race, class, and privilege. It’s also a revenge narrative outfitted with elaborate suspense set-pieces, circling complicated themes while providing jolts of excitement and pleasure. To help you sort through it all, here are some elements of Part 2 we’re still piecing together.


How did Assane Diop take down Hubert Pellegrini in ‘Chapter 10’?

The opening of Part 2 of Lupin found Diop at his lowest point. Desperately searching for his kidnapped son Raoul (Etan Simon) and on the verge of being sniffed out by detective Youssef Guedira (Soufiane Guerrab), Diop looked like his days of stealing expensive jewels, riffing on his favorite novels, and pursuing justice for his immigrant father might be coming to a close. But by the time Chapter 10 rolled around, Diop was looking more like the daring burglar introduced back in the first episode. He had a target (crooked business tycoon Hubert Pelligrini), a flashy location (the Paris opera house Théâtre du Châtelet), and an elaborate scheme (tricking Pelligrini into embezzling donations made to a charity through a phone app during the concert).

In order to pull off the job, Diop recruits frequent collaborator Benjamin (Antoine Gouy) and fellow Lupin fan “Philippe Courbet” (not the character’s real name, but played by Stefan Crepon), who Diop finds at the library inspecting the rare Lupin books. Through a series of flashbacks and briskly edited montages, the pieces get laid out. Courbet convinces Pelligrini to commit the fraud, Benjamin and Courbet sneak Diop into the building, and Diop sneaks up on Pellegrini. Was it a little unlikely that Diop would be able to surprise Pellegrini like that during such a heavily guarded event? Maybe, but with many plans executed on Lupin, you just have to go with it.

Placing a knife to Pellegrini’s throat, Diop manages to get his nemesis to confess to a number of crimes. The initial insurance scheme involving the necklace and the framing of Diop’s father? Oh, he confessed to that. The killing of the journalist Fabienne Bériot (Anne Benoit) from back in Part 1? He confessed to that, too! He even came clean about kidnapping Diop’s son and having his father murdered in prison. (Diop also records this confession on his watch and sends it to Guedira.) In a appropriately theatrical twist, Diop takes the stage during the concert and reveals Pellegrini’s true nature to the audience-and then disappears in the dark by dressing as a fireman (with a wig and beard, of course) and piloting a boat as a getaway. Very smooth behavior.


Why is Assane Diop still on the run at the end of Part 2?

Though Diop has cleared his name for some of the larger crimes he was suspected of––like murder––he’s not exactly free to go about his normal life. He’s committed some crimes along the way; he’s a “gentleman thief,” but he’s still a thief. When he invites his ex-girlfriend Claire (Ludivine Sagnier) and his son Raoul to meet him in the middle of the night on a bridge, the encounter isn’t strictly a joyful family reunion. Yes, there are hugs and kisses, but the tone of the scene is in line with the end of The Dark Knight, a moment where the hero must (temporarily?) move into the darkness to protect the people he loves. “You won’t see me but I’ll be watching,” says Diop, preparing to slip into the night.


What could the end of Part 2 mean for Part 3? 

The ending of Part 2 feels definitive in certain ways––Pelligrini is captured! Dumont is under arrest! Benjamin gives away the last diamond––but there are a number of loose threads that the show could pick up in the inevitable Part 3, which doesn’t have an official release date but gets teased in text on screen at the conclusion of Part 2. There’s still plenty of ways for the show’s villains to wiggle out of the tough situation they’ve been put in.

Also, how does Hubert’s daughter Juliette (Clotilde Hesme), who has a complicated romantic history with Diop, feel about everything that happened? Though she appeared in the Part 2 finale, she didn’t have a large role to play. Will the creators send Diop to another region of France or keep him in Paris? How will Pelligrini’s confession, which was made at knifepoint, hold up in court? Are we absolutely sure that Diop’s father Babakar (Fargass Assandé) isn’t secretly alive somewhere? (This is the twist I thought Part 2 might be building towards.) Presumably, Part 3 will answer some of these questions while introducing a whole set of new ones––hopefully with some new wig/beard combos, too.

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


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.


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.


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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