WARRIOR Season 1 Episodes

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Apr 3 · 8 min read

Episode 10: “If You’re Going to Bow, Bow Low” (season finale)

Debut date: FRIDAY, JUNE 7 (10:00–11:00 p.m. ET/PT)

Photo: Kieran Bew (Credit: David Bloomer/CINEMAX). Please note this is a promotional photo for press only.

Ah Sahm (Andrew Koji) rejects his warrior roots and retreats into the netherworld of the Chinese working class. A guilty Big Bill (Kieran Bew) stands vigil for Lee (Tom Weston-Jones) at the hospital. With the police roughing up tong members in retaliation for their violence, Zing (Dustin Nguyen) and the Fung Hai make a show of force to compel Mai Ling (Dianne Doan) to honor her partnership. Burned by Buckley (Langley Kirkwood), Leary (Dean Jagger) decides to take matters into his own hands at Mercer’s (Graham Hopkins) factory. Seeking to snap Ah Sahm out of his funk, Chao (Hoon Lee) shares a harrowing story of personal hardship. Ah Toy (Olivia Cheng) preaches a not-so-ancient message to Ah Sahm: In the middle of chaos lies opportunity.

Written by Jonathan Tropper; directed by Loni Peristere.

Photo: Joanna Vanderham, Langley Kirkwood (Credit: David Bloomer).
Photos: Dustin Nguyen; Dianne Doan (Credit for both: Graham Bartholomew). Please note these are promotional photos for press only.

Episode 9: “Chinese Boxing”

Debut date: FRIDAY, MAY 31 (10:00–11:00 p.m.)

Photo: Joe Taslim, Andrew Koji (Credit: Graham Bartholomew/CINEMAX). Please note this is a promotional photo for press only.

Chinatown gathers to witness a “prize fight” between elite warriors from the Hop Wei and Long Zii. Buckley (Langley Kirkwood) plays a bluff in hopes of getting Mercer (Graham Hopkins) to lower his fee. Ah Sahm (Andrew Koji) remembers his roots as a fighter, as Ah Toy (Olivia Cheng) warns him of the dangers that await. Bill (Kieran Bew) and Lee (Tom Weston-Jones) question Wang Chao (Hoon Lee) about the recent series of sword killings in San Francisco. Written by Jonathan Tropper; directed by Loni Peristere.

Photos: Dianne Doan; Kieran Bew, Tom Weston-Jones
Photos: Olivia Cheng, Hoon Lee; Andre Koji (Credit for all: Graham Bartholomew/Cinemax). Please note these are promotional photos for press only.

Episode 8: “They Don’t Pay Us Enough to Think”

Debut date: FRIDAY, MAY 24 (10:00–11:00 p.m.)

Photos: Jason Tobin, Andrew Koji (Credit: David Bloomer/CINEMAX). Please note this is a promotional photo for press only.

After a bloodbath on the streets of Chinatown, the Hop Wei and Long Zii consider a novel way to end hostilities. Ah Toy (Olivia Cheng) and her real-estate business partner, Leonard Patterson (Francois Rautenbach), hit a fork in the road in their effort to buy a valuable piece of land. After promising jobs to Leary’s Irish workers, Mercer (Graham Hopkins) toasts Crestwood (Patrick Baladi) at a fundraiser, while Penny (Joanna Vanderham) struggles to hold her tongue. Mai Ling (Dianne Doan) warns her brother against waging a battle he may not win.

Written by Evan Endicott & Josh Stoddard; directed by Lin Oeding.

Photos (L-R): Dean Jagger; Rich Ting; Dianne Doan, Joe Taslim
Photos (L-R): Olivia Cheng; Kieran Bew; Andrew Koji, Joanna Vanderham (Credit for all: David Bloomer/Cinemax). Please note these are promotional photos for press only.

Episode 7: “The Tiger and the Fox”

Debut date: FRIDAY, MAY 17 (10:00–11:00 p.m.)

Photo: Jason Tobin, Perry Yung (Credit: David Bloomer/CINEMAX). Please note this is a promotional photo for press only.

Ah Sahm (Andrew Koji) faces a dilemma when Father Jun (Perry Yung) sends Bolo (Rich Ting) to hunt down Long Zii (Henry Yuk) and Mai Ling (Dianne Doan). Ah Toy (Olivia Cheng) recruits a special girl from a whore monger, and takes on a business partner for a land deal. Penny (Joanna Vanderham) is faced with an unsavory choice in order to save her home. Lee’s (Tom Weston-Jones) past catches up with him.

Written by Brad Caleb Kane; directed by Lin Oeding

Photos (L-R): Henry Yuk, Dianne Doan; Rich Ting; Jason Tobin, Andrew Koji (Credit for all: David Bloomer/Cinemax). Please note these are promotional photos for press only.

Episode 6: “Chewed Up, Spit Out, and Stepped On”

Debut date: FRIDAY, MAY 10 (10:00–11:00 p.m.)

Photo: Hoon Lee (Credit: David Bloomer/CINEMAX). Please note this is a promotional photo for press only.

Tensions escalate between the Hop Wei and Long Zii after an assassination attempt during a boisterous Chinatown parade. Big Bill (Kieran Bew) sets out to pay his debt to Jack Damon (Brendan Murray), leaving Lee (Tom Weston-Jones) to keep watch over Lucy (Emily Child) and the kids. Mayor Blake (Christian McKay) and Deputy Mayor Buckley (Langley Kirkwood) get a mandate from Robert Crestwood (Patrick Baladi), a senator with eyes on the White House.

Written by Evan Endicott & Josh Stoddard; directed by David Petrarca.

Photos: Rich Ting, Perry Yung; Kieran Bew
Photos (L-R): Jason Tobin; Kieran Bew; Joe Taslim (Credit for all: David Bloomer/Cinemax). Please note these are promotional photos for press only.

Episode 5: “The Blood and the Sh*t”

Debut date: FRIDAY, MAY 3 (10:00–11:00 p.m. ET/PT)

Photo: Andrew Koji, Rachel Colwell (Credit: David Bloomer/CINEMAX). Please note this is a promotional photo for press only.

Transporting precious cargo via stagecoach through the Sierra Nevada, Ah Sahm (Andrew Koji) and Young Jun (Jason Tobin) are forced to spend the night with three strangers at a frontier saloon in the middle of nowhere. The detour turns perilous when Harlan French (Christiaan Schoombie), a notorious outlaw, shows up with his henchmen, looking for a lucrative payday.

Written by Kenneth Lin; directed by Kevin Tancharoen

Photos: CS Lee, Andrew Koj; Jason Tobin, Rachel Colwell (Credit for both: Graham Bartholomew/CINEMAX)
Photos: Andrew Koji; Jason Tobin (Credit for both: David Bloomer/CINEMAX). Please note these are promotional photos for press only.

Episode 4: “The White Mountain”

Debut date: FRIDAY, APRIL 26 (10:00–11:00 p.m.)

Photo: Andrew Koji, Kenneth Fok (Credit: David Bloomer/CINEMAX). Please note this is a promotional photo for press only.

Big Bill (Kieran Bew) finds himself compromised by his gambling excesses, but discovers a possible solution after an opium-den raid. Penny (Joanna Vanderham) reveals the circumstances that prompted her to marry Mayor Blake (Christian McKay), who’s determined to show voters he won’t tolerate San Francisco’s “Yellow Peril.” After meeting with leaders of the Fung Hai tong, Mai Ling (Dianne Doan) offers Ah Sahm (Andrew Koji) a way out of a protracted — and bloody — tong war.

Written by Kenneth Lin; directed by David Petrarca.

Photos: Dianne Doan; Kieren Bew (Credit for both: David Bloomer/CINEMAX). Please note these are promotional photos for press only.

Episode 3: “John Chinaman”

Debut date: FRIDAY, APRIL 19 (10:00–11:00 p.m.)

Photo: Hoon Lee, Andrew Koji (Credit: David Bloomer/Cinemax). Please note this is a promotional photo for press only.

Leary (Dean Jagger) pressures gentleman industrialist Byron Mercer (Graham Hopkins), who is Penny’s father, to hire his men for a cable-car track job — despite the fact that Mayor Blake (Christian McKay) hasn’t yet awarded Mercer the contract. Accused of assault and perhaps worse, Ah Sahm (Andrew Koji) gets a cold shoulder from the Hop Wei, with his fate in the hands of an unexpected ally. Buckley (Langley Kirkwood) urges Mai Ling (Dianne Doan) to eschew restraint and start a war with the Hop Wei.

Written by Adam Targum; directed by Loni Peristere.

Photos (L-R): Langley Kirkwood; Dianne Doan; Dean Jagger (Credit for all: David Bloomer/Cinemax). Please note these are promotional photos for press only.

Episode 2: “There’s No China in the Bible”

Debut date: FRIDAY, APRIL 12 (10:00–11:00 p.m.)

Photo: Andrew Koji, Rich Tingle, Jason Tobin (Credit: David Bloomer/Cinemax). Please note this is a promotional photo for press only.

Intercepting a shipment of opium at the docks, Young Jun (Jason Tobin), with Ah Sahm (Andrew Koji) and his Hop Wei lieutenant Bolo (Rich Ting) in tow, decides to send a message to Long Zii (Henry Yuk). Big Bill (Kieran Bew) and Lee (Tom Weston-Jones) investigate a grisly murder scene in an alley next to an Irish bar, The Banshee. Penny Blake (Joanna Vanderham), the young wife of San Francisco’s mayor (Christian McKay), finds herself in a bind while visiting the wharf with her Chinese manservant, Jacob (Kenneth Fok). Ah Sahm pays a steep price for playing the hero. The Long Zii clean up a mess, and brace for more bloodshed.

Written by Jonathan Tropper; directed by Loni Peristere.

Photos: Kieren Bew, Tom Weston-Jones; Hoon Lee, Olivia Cheng
Photos: Andrew Koji; Joanna Vanderham (Credit for all: David Bloomer/Cinemax). Please note these are promotional photos for press only.

Episode 1: “The Itchy Onion”

Debut date: FRIDAY, APRIL 5 (10:00–11:00 p.m. ET/PT)

Photo: Dean Jagger (Credit: Graham Bartholomew/Cinemax). Please note this is a promotional photo for press only.

San Francisco, 1878. Ah Sahm (Andrew Koji), a newly arrived Chinese immigrant with serious fighting skills, is introduced to Chinatown’s most ruthless tong, the Hop Wei, by Chao (Hoon Lee), a fixer. After impressing Young Jun (Jason Tobin), son of tong leader Father Jun (Perry Yung), Ah Sahm is branded and taken to a brothel, where he befriends Ah Toy (Olivia Cheng), a courtesan with connections.

Later, in search of a woman who left China two years earlier, Ah Sahm crosses paths with Mai Ling (Dianne Doan) and Li Yong (Joe Taslim), followers of the rival tong leader Long Zii (Henry Yuk), who is trying to avoid an opium war with the Hop We — a war that Walter Buckley (Langley Kirkwood), deputy to San Francisco Mayor Samuel Blake (Christian McKay), actively promotes. Meanwhile, after two Chinese laborers are killed by white thugs, police sergeant “Big Bill” O’Hara (Kieran Bew) is tasked with creating a Chinatown squad. Enlisting southern-born cop Richard Henry Lee (Tom Weston-Jones), Bill soon finds that the hostility between the Chinese and white dock workers, whose unofficial leader is Irish tough Dylan Leary (Dean Jagger), is unlikely to end anytime soon.

Written by Jonathan Tropper; directed by Assaf Bernstein.

Photos: Andrew Koji, Jason Tobin (Credit: Graham Bartholomew/Cinemax); Langley Kirkwood, Joanna Vanderham, Christian McKay (Credit: David Bloomer/Cinemax)
Photos: Joanna Vanderham; Hoon Lee (Credit for both: David Bloomer/Cinemax). Please note these are promotional photos for press only.

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