'Snowfall' Season 5 Episode 5 Review: Explosive chapter sees the Saints fight for survival

Episodes 3 and 4 were more of a calm before the storm and the ground was cracking beneath the Saints' feet, only for them to stumble in this episode


                            'Snowfall' Season 5 Episode 5 Review: Explosive chapter sees the Saints fight for survival
Franklin and Gustavo in a still from 'Snowfall' Season 5 (FX)
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Spoilers for 'Snowfall' Season 5 Episode 5: The Illiad Part 1'

It was a high-octane episode of 'Snowfall' Season 5 that saw the Saints fight for survival. Perhaps, they should have seen it coming with Cissy's arrival in the previous episode. 'The Illiad Part 1' will spill over to another chapter, but for now, this is all about taking a shot at the Saints and hoping to wipe them out wholesale. It starts with Uncle Jerome getting a text from Franklin warning him of an imminent attack, and it happens almost as quickly. He does fire back at a crew that opens fire at him, but the entire Saints members come out unscathed. Another hail of bullets heads toward Leon and Avi at the other part of town and they retaliate as well.

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Meanwhile, Franklin was ambushed while on a drug buy with Gustavo. Survival instincts kick in as he manages to escape and get into hiding. Teddy was one of the members taking a hit but manages to escape and then addresses the wound in one of the more dangerous ways — snorting on some cocaine. At one point, all eyes are on Peaches, but Gustavo notices there are some Latin gang signs nearby and presumes its one of those members.

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It's pretty clear the Saints are being hunted. If the move was to divide and conquer, then their job was spot on as Franklin's family were all in different corners of the city. Teddy's storyline takes a backseat here and despite the antagonizing, he gets from Bertha before she cleans up his wound, he's still a vital cog in the show with unfinished business. Peaches' absence naturally makes him the prime suspect, although, at this point, there can be fingers pointed at Kane Hamilton as well.

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With this, 'Snowfall' Season 5 kicks into high gear. Episodes 3 and 4 were more of a calm before the storm and the ground was cracking beneath the Saints' feet, only for them to stumble in this episode. This puts Franklin's world in jeopardy and most importantly, Veronique's life in danger. Will they be able to retaliate and at the right group responsible? Only time will tell.

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'Snowfall' Season 5 airs Wednesdays at 10 pm ET on FX.