“Bosch,” based on Michael Connelly’s novels about LAPD detective Harry Bosch, has found a fiercely devoted following over the course of six seasons on Amazon Prime. The streaming service has just launched its final series of the show about how one veteran fights for justice in a big-city police force riddled with compromises.
The good news is that this “final” season won’t be the end of Harry Bosch. There’s a new, as-yet-untitled show featuring Bosch (Titus Welliver), his daughter Maddie (Madison Lintz) and longtime nemesis, sometimes ally defense attorney Honey Chandler (Mimi Rogers). That show will run on Amazon’s free, ad-supported streaming service IMDb TV, and the new episodes started production this week just as “Bosch” returned to Amazon Prime.
No one who’s watched the show should be surprised that the new show will feature Bosch in his post-LAPD life. The show has been building toward his exit over the past couple of seasons, and readers of the novels already know the book version of his messy exit.
The television version of Bosch is a Special Forces veteran of the first Gulf War who reenlisted after 9/11 and did a tour in Afghanistan. The Bosch from the novels is a couple of decades older and served as a tunnel rat with the 1st Infantry Division during the Vietnam War. Both versions of Bosch found their sense of purpose while serving, and neither has patience for anyone who’s willing to compromise his or her beliefs.
Season seven, based loosely on the 2014 novel “The Burning Room,” tells the story of Bosch’s investigation into an apartment building arson that killed a 10-year-old girl. The police brass and the feds have reasons to prevent the real perpetrators from being prosecuted, but Bosch is never going to play along with that.
His partner, Jerry Edgar (Jamie Hector), is struggling with the emotional fallout from his shooting of gangster Jacques Avril in season 6. Was it a good shoot or an execution? Station boss Lt. Grace Billets (Amy Aquino) is dealing with insubordination and harassment from a group of department incels (really). Chief Irv Irving (Lance Reddick) is trying to keep his job when the new mayor is not a fan. And daughter Maddie makes a huge career decision that will lead into the new show.
Even though the show was filmed last fall under strict pandemic protocols, the season takes place in early 2020. There are hints of the coming COVID-19 crisis in background news reports that no one is taking seriously, but viewers will feel the clock ticking as the season plays out with a mid-March citywide shutdown looming.
Another advantage for the timeline is that this season can play out before all of the police protests that dominated the summer after the killing of George Floyd by officer Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis. Since it’s always been about one man’s fight to maintain his honor in a corrupt system, “Bosch” never has been a show that blindly backed the blue. Connelly already has announced that his new show will address these issues in a direct fashion.
The author says that the new series will pick up in July 2021, so we’ll see the fallout of COVID-19 in his version of Los Angeles without having to relive the pain when the new show premieres next year.
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