But plot was never the main point of “Gomorrah,” a show that packages dime-novel emotions with such high Italian style that you bask in it rather than watch it. The meticulously thought-out costuming, the array of statement-making haircuts, the choreography of cars and motorcycles, the lambent nighttime cinematography, the Brutalist architecture of the Naples housing projects, make “Gomorrah” the Ducati of gangster sagas. The landscapes and the characters’ lives may be bleakly naturalistic, but the show runs on sleek sensation and pulp romanticism — a palpable, pervading melancholia.
And even when the plot doesn’t hold you, the show, based on Roberto Saviano’s book of the same name, takes a deliberate, almost stately approach to its mayhem that can be very satisfying. It rarely deals in cliffhangers — episodes build to resolutions, often but not always violent, at which point the mesmerizing main theme by the band Mokadelic starts to play and characters walk or drive or scooter away, into the show’s eternal night.
The engine of the show’s story was, from the start, the Cain-and-Abel relationship of Genny, the spoiled, hothead son of a Camorra don, and his brother-in-arms Ciro (Marco D’Amore), an abandoned, fatalistic street kid possessed of stunning ruthlessness. “Gomorrah” is, in essence, the story of their bromance, one that has had to surmount more than the usual obstacles. Each has shot the other, for instance. Ciro also ambushed and killed Genny’s father, though, in fairness, Genny helped him do it. The swings have been extreme, but the two actors, especially the effortlessly menacing Esposito, hold things together through the most unlikely turns.
It would be hard to say anything coherent about the events of the final season without giving away some further, major story points, so if you’re not caught up, you can stop reading here.
To briefly recap: At the end of Season 3, in a logic-defying twist, Genny regretfully shot Ciro, whose body was thrown into the Bay of Naples. D’Amore, who is also a frequent director of the series, didn’t appear in Season 4, which focused on Genny and the taciturn Patrizia (Cristiana Dell’Anna), a compelling figure who was in turn ushered off the show. Then the 2019 film “The Immortal,” directed by D’Amore, revealed that Ciro had survived, and it ended with his and Genny’s reunion.