The thrilling sequel to the Amazon Prime Video series, ‘Bosch’ (2014–2021), is ‘Bosch: Legacy’, a drama series streaming on Amazon Freevee. This series zeroes in on Harry Bosch’s (Titus Welliver) life post-LAPD, his new career as a private investigator, his relationship with his daughter Maddie (Madison Lintz), and his evolving dynamics with Honey “Money” Chandler (Mimi Rogers). The first two episodes of Season 2, ‘The Lady Vanishes’ and ‘Zzyzx’, pivot around Bosch’s frantic search for Maddie, who has been kidnapped. Trapped underground in a box, Maddie’s time is running out. Here’s the lowdown on the suspenseful ending of ‘Bosch: Legacy’ Season 2, Episode 2. Beware, spoilers ahead!
A Quick Recap of Bosch: Legacy Season 2, Episodes 1 and 2
Season 2 kicks off by revealing the circumstances of Maddie’s abduction. The culprit is none other than Kurt Dockweiler, the building inspector Maddie met in the previous season, who is also the rapist in the luchador mask that the LAPD has been hunting. Maddie, following in her parents’ footsteps, joined law enforcement in the last season, starting her career as a uniformed police officer. Unfortunately, her inherited tenacity lands her in Dockweiler’s crosshairs.
Despite putting up a valiant fight using her father’s teachings and academy training, Maddie is eventually overpowered by Dockweiler. After sedating her, he transports her to a desert location in the back of his pick-up truck. Maddie briefly regains consciousness and attempts to escape, but Dockweiler sedates her again. Before losing consciousness, Maddie takes note of a hill and a fighter jet in the sky.
When Bosch discovers Maddie’s abduction, his objectivity as a former police officer takes a backseat. His former partner, Jerry Edgar, takes over the case and keeps Bosch in the loop. Despite being removed from the police premises due to an emotional outburst, Bosch continues his search for Maddie, with assistance from Jerry, Chandler, and Maurice “Mo” Bassi.
While the police review Maddie’s bodycam footage, Bosch learns that Chandler might have seen the kidnapper. He contacts Jerry, who arranges for an artist to create a sketch of the suspect based on Chandler’s description. Once the sketch is complete, Jerry recognizes the man from Maddie’s bodycam footage — it’s building inspector Kurt Dockweiler. Jerry visits Dockweiler’s vacant home and retrieves a cigarette filter for DNA evidence, unaware that Dockweiler, who has repainted his truck, is watching them.
The Climactic Ending: Bosch’s Discovery and Maddie’s Rescue
After learning about Dockweiler from Jerry, Bosch insists on visiting Dockweiler’s house. He doesn’t find much, but he does discover that Dockweiler has washed his clothes and there’s sand in his carpet. Unbeknownst to Bosch, Dockweiler is watching him with a gun in his hand. As the police arrive to arrest him and Bosch leaves, Dockweiler surrenders himself at a police precinct.
Dockweiler knew it was only a matter of time before the police linked him to the rapes. So, he kidnapped Maddie, who had been actively investigating the case, to blackmail the authorities into dropping the rape charges against him. The DNA from the cigarette matches the samples found in the luchador mask. Despite facing life in prison for the rape charges, Dockweiler believes he can force a deal with law enforcement. However, the prosecutor points out that such a deal would set a dangerous precedent, making all LAPD officers potential kidnap targets.
As both Mo and the police delve into Dockweiler’s online activities, a live video of Maddie trapped in the box begins streaming to news channels and the police. Recalling what she saw before losing consciousness, Maddie manages to carve a message inside the box indicating she’s near an airbase. Bosch and Chandler investigate Dockweiler’s lawyer, James Rafferty, who is not a criminal lawyer and has previously only worked with children from abusive homes. Bosch breaks into Rafferty’s hotel room and discovers Dockweiler’s sealed records, revealing that Dockweiler was sexually abused as a child while part of a cult based in Zzyzx, California.
Realizing that Maddie is likely in Zzyzx, Bosch knows he won’t make it in time with a five-hour drive. Chandler arranges a helicopter ride for them. Initially, they find nothing in the abandoned settlement. Meanwhile, Jerry decides to try again with Dockweiler. He appeals to Dockweiler’s vanity, which leads Dockweiler to inadvertently reveal that Maddie is underground. Jerry immediately calls Bosch with this information.
Bosch climbs a tower and spots the air pipe Dockweiler installed on the box. As Chandler calls the helicopter back, Bosch grabs a shovel and starts digging. He manages to rescue Maddie, who is barely conscious but alive. By the end of the episode, Maddie has fully recovered but is visibly shaken. Dockweiler, who is likely to spend the rest of his life in prison, is not the main antagonist of the season. Maddie’s rescue was always part of the plan, but the physical, emotional, and psychological impacts of her abduction will play significant roles this season.