'Escape at Dannemora': Episode 6 takes us closer to the massive manhunt that ensued and how Richard Matt got shot
What has piqued our interest is the most recent promo video of the show's sixth episode which teases light flares and gunshots as scenes of the manhunt unfold.
With just two episodes left of Ben Stiller's riveting dark prison break show, 'Escape at Dannemora,' it would make sense if viewers got a little impatient about finally seeing the end of the two inmates involved in the titular escape of the series. Based on the real-life infamous Clinton Correctional Facility escape of 2015, Stiller's Showtime drama shows inmates Richard Matt (Benicio del Toro) and David Sweat (Paul Dano) tunnelling out of the prison with the help of tools provided by prison employee Joyce 'Tilly' Mitchell (Patricia Arquette) and the eventual consequences of that. But what has piqued our interest is the most recent promo video of the show's sixth episode which teases light flares and gunshots as scenes of the manhunt unfold - so does that mean we finally get to see Matt and Sweat getting taken down?
As per the show's timeline, Matt and Sweat have already escaped prison with a few things not going according to their initial plan. Resembling the real-life events that ensued after the two inmates dug out of prison, Tilly bailed on them owing to a last minute panic attack that sent her to the emergency room - leaving Matt and Sweat to make substitute arrangements and take some calls of their own. As of now, after Sweat's suggestion, the two are on the road - probably looking to lay low and hide in the mountains until they can figure things out eventually. But strictly following the real-life incidents, Sweat and Matt are to go their separate ways soon - something that will take them to their inevitable downfall, with Matt getting shot to death on sight, and Sweat getting shot and taken into custody.
Of course, Sweat went on to go through the procedures of a criminal trial and got handed a three-and-a-half to seven years, to be served consecutively with the previous life sentence that he was already serving in Clinton. He was further ordered to pay $79,841 in restitution too, which is why, even though Matt paid for his crimes with a fatal shot, it somehow looks like he had the short way out of this whole mess.
Soon after the two were spotted missing from their beds on the morning of June 6, 2015, a $23 million manhunt and investigation into the case ensued, which saw some results only on June 22 at a cabin near Owls Head in Franklin County which was discovered to have been broken into. The area was quite close to the prison Matt and Sweat were housed in and as expected, DNA from the inmates also happened to be there in the same cabin - which made investigators conclude that the duo had been there in the last 24 hours.
Authorities believed that even though the two were possibly on their way to Canada, they couldn't have left New York already either. And they weren't wrong, as just hours after an official announcement was made on the assumption, news started flooding in about Matt having been shot and killed by authorities. He was allegedly spotted in Franklin County, New York on June 26 after he had shot at the driver of a passing recreational vehicle using a 20-gauge shotgun that was apparently taken from a hunting camp.
The inevitable ensuing confrontation resulted in Matt refusing to drop his weapon; police also reported he had bug bites and several other signs on his appearance that hinted at him having been living in the woods. Matt - who had reportedly turned 49 just the day before - ended up getting shot and killed by U.S Border Patrol agents in the wilderness of Elephants Head, south of Malone, New York, 50 miles (80 km) west of Clinton Correctional Facility.
The investigation also revealed that consumption of dirty food and water had caused Matt to fall ill before he was spotted and shot, based on the soiled undergarments discovered at one of the cabins the duo had broken into. As per the autopsy of the deceased inmate that was released on August 6, the cause of his death was verified to be skull fractures and brain damage from being shot. It also revealed that his blood-alcohol level at the time was that of 0.18% - which is more than twice the level of intoxication for which drunken driving charges are applied under New York law.