Jason Momoa is starring in the final season of Apple TV+’s post-apocalyptic drama See.
For the past three years Jason Momoa has starred as Baba Voss, the fierce and stubborn lead of Apple TV+’s post-apocalyptic drama See; a show that’s criminally flown under so many radars it should have a contract with the Air Force. See was one of the very first original programs to debut on Apple’s streaming service, and now the epic is only three episodes away from concluding its saga. If you haven’t heard about it until now, you’re not alone, and if you’re an Apple TV+ subscriber then you can still see exactly what it is you’ve been missing.
Our society collapses long before the events of See, from a deadly illness that kills most people on Earth and blinds the few who survive. Untold centuries later, blindness is the status quo for humanity and those few who are born with sight are called witches, with entire armies of Witchfinders brutally murdering not only those they suspect of being able to see, but anyone believed to be hiding them. Jason Momoa’s Baba Voss is the head of the Alkenny Tribe, which finds itself under siege when Baba’s wife Maghra (Hera Himlar) gives birth to sighted twins.
I don’t want to spoil too much for you; suffice to say the births of Kofun (Archie Madekwe) and Haniwa (Nesta Cooper) changes everything for Jason Momoa’s hero, his family, and all the Alkenny. Baba Voss and his family are joined by the near-psychic Paris (Alfre Woodard) and the lithe warrior of few words, Bow Lion (Yadira Guevara-Prip). Hunting them for the demented tyrant Queen Kane (Sylvia Hoeks) is the ruthless Tamacti Jun (Christian Camargo), the Witchfinder general of the Kingdom of Paya.
It wouldn’t be unfair to refer to See as “Game of Thrones-light,” but only if you understand I mean “light” in the best sense. See has graphic sex and much more graphic violence, but you’re never left wondering if that’s all the show has for you. It doesn’t take over the narrative like it does often with Game of Thrones–to the point where you’re honestly wondering what the difference between Westeros and softcore porn is.
The violence of See is not only fairly gory–Jason Momoa’s Baba Voss tends to find the ways you would least like to be killed and performs them with style–but it highlights the incredible world-building at work in the show. See convincingly portrays a society built under the assumption of lack of sight, and yet you never find yourself thinking its characters are at a disadvantage. The very first time you watch a clash between the Witchfinders and the Alkenny, you will lose any doubts these characters need sight to fight like demons.
Honestly, when it comes to the battlefield, Jason Momoa’s Baba Voss makes Khal Drago look like a cupcake. Once the show’s few sighted characters start getting into the action, sure, they enjoy some perks the others don’t; particularly when it comes to ranged weapons. But you’re never fooled into thinking a fight between a sighted character and a blind one is a sure thing for the former.
In one of the most recent episodes in the final season, for example, the sighted Kofun leaves a bar and the bartender uses some discrete tapping to let his buddies know a “witch” is on the way. Kofun figures out what’s going on just before the attack, but he’s still only moments away from getting his throat cut when his father, Baba Voss, steps in to save him.
One of the best reasons to watch the Jason Momoa epic is the talent on display. Sylvia Hoeks’s Queen Kane will very quickly become one of your favorite villains to hate, and Christian Camargo’s merciless Tamacti Jun will surprise you with the turns his character makes.
Season 2 introduces a lot of great character/actor combos to the Jason Momoa led series, chief among them Dave Bautista as Baba Voss’s younger brother–the Travantian General Edo–and if the Guardians of the Galaxy star has made a more impressive appearance in any screen project, then I haven’t seen it. This is also the season we meet Tom Mison as Lord Harlan — a kind of Littlefinger-esque character but with a bigger heart — along with Hoon Lee as Kofun’s unforgiving Witchfinder mentor Toad, and Olivia Cheng as Haniwa’s simultaneously sweet and brutally honest protector Charlotte.
Unfortunately, it took until the final year of See for Apple TV+’s prominence in the streaming marketplace to get a boost with the twin successes of CODA‘s Oscar win–which Nerdist and others reported gave the streamer a 25% subscription increase–and the buzz around Adam Scott’s dystopian workplace drama Severance. Now that Jason Momoa and his co-stars have a chance to get their due, they’re closing up shop.
The fifth episode of See‘s final season streams on Apple TV+ this Friday, September 23. After that, three episodes remain with the finale scheduled for October 14.