The top 10 most memorable moments of Deadly Class Season 1
Deadly Class is about a homeless, disillusioned teen called Marcus who is recruited into King’s Dominion, a famous, exclusive private school where the world’s top crime families send their next generations.
Set in a dark, heightened world against the backdrop of late-80s counterculture, the series has been described as putting a “nasty twist” on a Harry Potter-esque wish fulfilment fantasy.
Check out our favourite moments from the series. (It goes without saying that spoilers abound in our list, so don’t read until you’ve binge-watched all 10 episodes on Showmax or on Netflix.)
Chester was responsible: episode 8
When the series begins, we’re introduced to Marcus and his backstory – was he responsible for the deadly at the home where he was staying before he was recruited to King’s Dominion?
Since Saya and Billy already know the truth, Marcus comes clean to all of his close classmate assassins when he admits that Chester was actually the one who committed the murders, circling us back to episode 1.
The epic house fight: episode 10
It might be a bit too early to bring this moment up, but the end battle of the series takes this spot as the only fight moment included on the list.
We witness Marcus and Lex watching each other’s backs, Petra and Billy making the perfect backup team, and Maria and Saya teaming up even though it ends in a disaster. Lex has a near-death experience and we get to see all of the rats in action.
Willie’s confession: episode 1
As the head of the First World Order, the predominately Black American gang, Willie goes against what is expected of him and admits that he doesn’t believe in killing. He’s a pacifist. When Marcus kills in front of him, Willie tells Marcus that he’ll only help clear the scene, nothing more.
This is a moment where Willie shows some vulnerability and as viewers, our expectations are subverted as we anticipate a different side from each of the main characters.
Lex’s sudden death: episode 10
This is a moment I did not expect at all! After the epic battle in the series finale, all of the rats come out alive – that is, until Lex gets shot straight in the chest by one of El Diablo’s men when he steps out to the wrong place at the wrong time.
This was shocking not only because I didn’t expect El Diablo to show up right then and there, but also because Lex takes a bullet for something he wasn’t even present for. Tragic.
Billy – the mood: all 10 episodes
One of the characters who brings Marcus into King’s Dominion is Billy, and as the title suggests, he’s a whole mood. He’s a rat and outcast like Marcus, and saying that he deflects everything with humour, or uses humour as a defence mechanism, is an understatement.
Billy goes completely overboard, but luckily for us, it’s hugely entertaining as a distraction. He’s completely trustworthy to Marcus and to us, even though he’s obviously hiding his past. He’s also the one who introduces us to the group of rats, which includes Petra and Lex.
Marcus’s messy accident: episode 9
I’ll admit, this one should be lower on the list but just for the pure visually revolting nature of it, I’ll put it right in the middle for balance. If you read the Deadly Class graphic novels, then you’re probably already familiar with a lot of these moments, and regardless of my mixed emotions about this particular one, I’m really glad it was added to the series.
I’ll be brief — after a night of drinking, Marcus rushes to open the doors of the comic book store where he is employed and let’s just say that his balance is not the only thing he misses in this episode.
Marcus and Saya sleep together: episode 9
I, personally, was not a big fan of this. Ever since their introduction to one another in episode 1, I waited, begrudgingly, for Saya and Marcus to seal the deal and call it a day. Fortunately, this doesn’t go anywhere outside of Maria putting two and two together and lashing out at both Marcus and Saya for betraying her.
Marcus is still very excited to see Saya the next day, but Saya ends up leaving all of them at the end of the battle in the finale.
The opening: episode 1
We open with Marcus already at King’s Dominion at the beginning of the series. He’s in class, learning while adorning his uniform. When one of his classmates, Brandy Lynn, tries passing him a note, Master Lin catches them and what ensues after is nothing short of shocking and disturbing.
Master Lin places his staff on Marcus’s desk and slams it into Brandy Lynn’s nose. After that moment, I knew that we were in for a treat.
Maria kills Chico: episode 5
After Marcus and Maria meet, she tries her best to manipulate him into killing her boyfriend, Chico, for her. Maria wants Chico dead because of the way he treats her but she herself can’t get her hands dirty because of the deadly repercussions of killing a cartel son.
It all boils down to her having to do all of the dirty work when she slices open Chico’s throat on the group’s Las Vegas trip when Chico wouldn’t back down from killing his classmates: “A moment that is most pleasing to me in my career.”
Gao taking Master Lin’s daughter: episode 10
After the sacrificial death of Master Lin’s wife, who took a bullet straight to the head for their daughter, Deadly Class decided to throw Master Lin into complete disaster mode. Master Lin spends the whole final episode running around trying to save his daughter from the cartel.
But then his sister meets him at the school, where they thought they would be safe, and takes away Master Lin’s daughter. In the end, Gao takes her niece and drags her away in front of Master Lin. Gao hypothesises that it doesn’t matter what Master Lin wants: his daughter will be raised the way she was.