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Cast and Creators on How Semiyon Uses Alex’s Grief Against Him

Alex has lost his Uncle Boris. Knowing just how close they were, Semiyon Kleiman uses this to his advantage. Because he’s so deep in his grief for his uncle and desperaete for the survival of his business, Alex continues to step deeper into Semiyon’s world with unexpected ease.

The Cast and Creators Go Inside Episode 2

But Alex perhaps also has a bit of hubris regarding how well he can navigate the shark-infested waters he’s swimming in. “There’s a hidden ego at work which thinks, ‘I can not only take these people on, but I can be smarter than them and beat them,'” executive producer Hossein Amini says of Alex’s mindset as he dives deeper into the criminal world.

Hear what else the cast and creators have to say about how Alex’s transition to the dark side in this behind-the-scenes video from episode 2. Plus, watch the full episode available now on and AMC apps for mobile, Fire TV, XBox One, Apple TV, Roku and Chromecast.

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