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The Brink

The Brink

Photo Credit:  Merie W. Wallace / HBO
  • Premiered: 
    June 21, 2015
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  • Network: HBO
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Dramedy
  • Type: Live Action
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  • Subject Matter: Political
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Plot Synopsis

THE BRINK is a dark comedy series that focuses on a geopolitical crisis and its effect on three disparate and desperate men: US Secretary of State Walter Larson, ace Navy fighter pilot Zeke Tilson, and Alex Talbot, a lowly Foreign Service officer. When a rogue general seizes control of Pakistan and its nuclear arsenal, these three compromised souls must pull through the chaos around them -- from the turbulent streets of the Middle East, to the White House situation room, to an aircraft carrier on the Red Sea -- to save the planet from World War III. The series opens in Islamabad, Pakistan, where Talbot asks his driver, Rafiq, to take him to a bazaar to score some weed. Encountering a mass protest that turns violent, they flee their car and take refuge in the house Rafiq shares with his parents and sister. In Washington, D.C., Larson is fetched from a hotel tryst by his seen-it-all aide, Kendra, to attend an emergency White House meeting on the growing unrest in Pakistan. After learning that paranoid General Umair Zaman is threatening the region with destruction, President Navarro and ultra-hawkish Secretary of Defense Grey put a plan in motion to remove Pakistan's nuclear arsenal, against Larson's advice that such an operation is risky and reckless. The group soon discovers that Alex is their only source of hard information on the ground in Pakistan. Meanwhile, onboard an aircraft carrier in the region, ace pilot Zeke 'Z-Pak' Tilson calls his ex-wife, Ashley, in Florida, urging her to send more "product" for his lucrative side business selling drugs. Later, Zeke's mounting troubles are put on hold when he and his co-pilot, Glenn, are ordered to take off on a mission he knows could lead to catastrophe.
On Sunday, August 23, 2015 at 10:30pm ET/PT, HBO premiered the season finale of THE BRINK. In the season ender, "There Will Be Consequences," Zeke and Glenn once again find themselves in a compromised state with a global crisis looming. Walter tries to defuse the situation with various heads of state via videoconference; meanwhile, Alex attempts to connect with Zaman on a personal level