TV Club: Smurf clamps down on her sons’ wayward behavior in Animal Kingdom

Here’s one thing “Dead to Me,” the fourth episode of Animal Kingdom, offers that I didn’t expect based on its first three episodes: an honest-to-God Biblical reference—especially one coming from Pope (Shawn Hatosy), the live wire of the Cody family. But there it is, from his mouth to J’s ears as he is about to take him into a cemetery to find the grave of J’s late mother. Specifically, he refers to the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse in the Book of Revelation that arise from the first four of the seven seals that block off a scroll in God’s right hand—and he then mournfully wonders aloud to J if the four Cody siblings are modern equivalents of the horsemen. J’s not the only one shocked by such a rumination coming from Pope, but it does cast of a heretofore unexpected light …

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