What is the most fulfilling takeaway of Bloodline Season 2? I can’t vouch for when Marco is brutally beaten to a gory death. Although he is annoying, he’s never nearly as festering as Eric O’Bannon which is why I wonder how come he is left nearly unscathed in the second season?
I can’t see why won’t he just shut up, pack up and abscond from the Florida Keys?
Let’s not forget that although Danny will never be replaced to be the most hated character in the Bloodline, it is the trashy Eric O’Bannon who opened the pit for Danny into the drug trafficking industry. While Danny is the sole culpable for being slaughtered by his own brother John, Eric was that dirtbag best man who never helped Danny keep off them mud.
He is a sociopath who takes advantage of all Danny’s vulnerabilities. Definitely, he’s not the kind of best friend anyone would wish anybody to have.
At the aftermath of the Rayburn family tragedy
After Sarah’s death, Danny has been severely alienated to his family for being blamed to his sister’s death. He’s gone despicably rogue after his own family conspired of his father’s unduly assault on him that ensued an improperly healed shoulder injury, pain killer dependence and miserably shaped adulthood.
Anyone will expect that for a real buddy, instead to exacerbate the familial gap such as with between Danny and his family, he will at least keep mum towards the issue. But, Eric O’Bannon, being a hero, resents too the rest of the Rayburns. With Danny’s and Eric’s cynic-dripping mindsets, all they have fetched for themselves were nothing but rotten fruits of miseries.
The enraging part
There couldn’t be more upsetting when you look at how the Rayburns are doing fine before Danny comes back and desecrates their picturesque beachside property, which epitomes the Rayburns as a close-knit, ideal family, by using it as a stopover-slash-shelter for trafficking drugs.
His three siblings John, Meg, and Kevin touchingly and reasonably, albeit twistedly, are forced to conspire – once again – from the authorities and smuggled those sacks of drugs off the Rayburn property to keep inherent inevitable scandal away that will irreparably collapse the Rayburn’s prominent reputation in Florida Keys. At the point, all you will want for Danny is to die. It’s as if Danny raped his own family. Especially when you think about Sally whose demeanor is so demure and immaculate.
On a second contrasting thought, you will root for the lawfully “right” thing. Turn their brother in and let legal actions takes in-charge even if the family will never recover. After all, they’ve built up careers for themselves. Kevin owns a boatyard. Meg is a lawyer. And John is a police. Even if their name falls down, they will not.
Somewhere in between, you will pin it down to Sally, for being too soft and weak toward her, uh, putrid son. Maybe she deserves it.
But, does a family downfall fit just because Danny was a self-serving asshole?
Their family business will never recover if the DEA finds out that the inn was being used to stash and traffic drugs. Their name will be permanently mudded.
It was all Danny’s doing; why shall the rest of the family take the toll? Not fair!
Danny is troubled, but not an excuse
John Rayburn (on brother Danny Rayburn):
Even before Sarah’s death he was always a problematic child.
Meg Rayburn (on brother Danny Rayburn):
A lot have had family issues but not all of them turned into Danny.
Sarah’s death preludes the Rayburns’ tragedy; Eric replaces her – alongside with the whole family – in Danny’s heart
Flashback to the day of Sarah’s death.
When Danny was taking Sarah to go on a boat ride, John stopped them telling him they’re not allowed without an adult. Danny took Sarah with him nevertheless and the ride went south.
Danny following the tragedy found a family at the company of Eric. It’s not hard to picture how it happened. When Danny pisses you off, mainly as the man he turned out to be, you will not help but be pissed off too by Eric. But since the first season treated us – with aplomb – with John’s murder of his brother Danny, there’s only Eric left to get heated up from.
In the second season, he digs contempt a lot deeper. He was the sturdiest root of the three Rayburns’ scrambling to hide the truth behind their brother’s death. While they committed crimes that are gravely punishable by the law, I will personally decree them acquittal. But it’s so deeply unsettling that getting away isn’t an easy job because there is Eric.
Danny may have been inhumanely, yet satisfyingly, incinerated and abandoned for decay, but his presence still strongly troubles the Keys. Through the willfulness of rotting Eric O’Banon, he persistently haunts John, Meg and Kevin.
What’s even more contemptible is why won’t he look at himself and measure his culpabilities (or contributions) and stop for a while pointing finger at the hardworking, responsible, self-righteous Rayburns, who are, however, not entirely white.
For both of them, they were both undeservedly oppressed by the Rayburns.
Danny has a redemption; what is Eric’s?
Danny has a son. He used to have a wife. He used to have a family. He used to run a restaurant. He used to have a career. He used to have a life. While Danny was showing signs of doing well, where was Eric O’Bannon? Looks like just messing around and trashing himself.
Eric has always been on Danny’s side. While he gave Danny a staunch sense of belongingness, he was never instrumental to making Danny be closer to his family. He tugged him away from where he supposedly belonged. Then he planted him into the drug trafficking quagmire. Danny died and now he won’t let the three, already shattered Rayburns get away.
From the beginning, he has always been a fucked up, and he never let himself be alone on board. He wants the rest come along.
In real life, the kind of Danny and Eric is the kind that pollutes the world. If they aspire to be perpetually corrupted, they should please do so at the expense of themselves and not to the extent of having to pull down ones who are either already bad or good, and those in between.
One gets a second chance when he commits an inhumane act to himself, but when that act has been directed towards others, in my personal opinion, apology and forgiveness can’t simply cover for it. It’s not about the perpetrator becoming a better or worse version of himself. It’s about people who do not deserve be done something bad.
Danny has had his fair share of sentence. Eric O’Bannon – who as Danny called his only one real brother – for causing a lofty magnitude of disturbance to the Rayburns (to his family: sister and mother as well) should be granted a horrible death equally or more gravely as that of his late best friend-slash-pseudo-brother.