Animal Kingdom has captivated audiences with its thrilling plotlines, and one of the crucial mysteries revolves around J’s quest to discover the identity of his father after the tragic loss of his mother. As J becomes entangled with the Cody family, a tale of crime, drama, and family dynamics unfolds.
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The Search for Answers
Throughout the seasons, J seeks answers from various individuals, including Smurf and Baz. He confronts them, suspecting Baz might be his father. Although they neither confirm nor deny his suspicions, J remains unconvinced and determined to know the truth. So, was Baz truly J’s father?
Baz – J’s Father Confirmed
In season 3, after Baz’s passing, Janine Smurf Cody, also known as Smurf, confirms that Baz is indeed J’s father. J visits Smurf in prison and asks her once again, and she affirms his suspicions. This revelation adds weight to J’s belief, as his mother frequently spoke about Baz when he was alive. J even attempted to reach out to Baz, but it proved fruitless.
Clues and Hints
The first clue emerges when J questions Janine in season 1, episode 3. She vaguely mentions that J’s mother had been involved with many men, implying that any of them could potentially be his father. However, she adds that she only loved one of them, a man introduced into the family by Smurf.
Baz’s connection to the family becomes evident when we consider his background. Smurf took him in and adopted him at the age of 12, rescuing him from an abusive household. Although not blood-related, Baz and Pope share an unbreakable bond. Baz eventually becomes Smurf’s right-hand man and leads the family’s criminal activities.
The Final Confirmation
J’s desperate search for answers leads him to the prison in season 3, episode 1, where he meets with Janine Smurf Cody. With Baz’s murder still fresh, J asks one last time about his father, seeking to understand his roots and heritage. Janine’s response leaves no room for doubt: “Course he was, sweetie.”
Thus, it is unequivocally confirmed that Baz is J’s biological father.
Currently, the final season of Animal Kingdom is airing, with only two episodes remaining. The series finale is scheduled to air on August 28, 2022.
About Animal Kingdom
Animal Kingdom is an American drama television series developed by Jonathan Lisco. Based on the 2010 Australian film of the same name, directed by David Michôd, the show features Michôd as an executive producer alongside Liz Watts, who produced the original film.
The series revolves around a 17-year-old boy who, following the death of his mother, moves in with his estranged relatives, the Codys, a criminal family led by the matriarch, Smurf.
Starring Ellen Barkin, Shawn Hatosy, Ben Robson, Jake Weary, Finn Cole, Danielle Alonso, Molly Gordon, and Denis Leary, Animal Kingdom masterfully combines crime and drama. Season 6 marks the final installment of this gripping show.
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