Izzy Hands Is The Real Star of Our Flag Means Death Season 2

Con O’Neill, take a bow. Izzy Hands sailed through a powerfully perfect storm of self-discovery in OFMD, and emerged as its unlikely captain.

Con O'Neill as Izzy Hands in Our Flag Means Death
Photo: Warner Bros

WARNING: This contains MAJOR SPOILERS for Our Flag Means Death season 2.

It’s probably safe to say that most Our Flag Means Death fans expected that the stars of season one – Taika Waititi as Blackbeard and Rhys Darby as Stede Bonnet – would remain the focus of season two. Oh, how surprisingly wrong we were.

Because, while Ed and Stede’s chaotic, high-octane and engrossing relationship is certainly still the main plot point of Our Flag Means Death on the face of it, as season two progresses we realize we’ve been hoodwinked: we thought we were watching the story of them finding each other again, but really we were watching Izzy Hands’ story all along.

We met Izzy (Con O’Neill, Happy Valley) as Blackbeard’s right-hand man and all-round bad boy in season one, and his character seemed hell-bent on keeping Blackbeard as merciless and ferocious a pirate captain as his reputation suggested, repeatedly sabotaging Ed’s attempts to abandon his Blackbeard persona and give into the feelings he was clearly harboring for Stede. 


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