Who Was the Mole in The Night Agent?
The Night Agent is Netflix’s latest action-packed conspiracy drama series, following on from fare like The Recruit and Treason. Based on the novel of the same name by Matthew Quirk, it follows Peter Sutherland (Gabriel Basso), an FBI agent who is assigned to the “Night Action” shift covering phones in the basement of the White House—a joke of a gig where supposedly nothing ever happens.
But when the phone rings one night, Peter finds himself drawn into a web of international intrigue involving a metro bombing and a double agent operating at the absolute highest levels of power within the United States government. The identity of this mole, a figure described as “the one in the White House who can’t be trusted,” is one of the central mysteries throughout the show’s first season.
Spoilers follow for all ten episodes of The Night Agent.
Who was the mole in the White House?
Episode six provides viewers with their first real hint as to the identity of the mole: Peter’s suspicions are first aroused by White House Chief of Staff Diane Farr (Hong Chau), who mentions something about one of his friends in passing that he had never previously disclosed to her, all-but-confirming that she has been spying on him.
However, the truth is a little bit more complicated than that.
It ultimately turns out that “the one in the White House who can’t be trusted” is none other than Vice President Redfield (Christopher Shyer). He was the one behind the metro bombing, which was supposed to eliminate People’s Independent Front leader Omar Zadar (Adam Tsekhman), and he roped Diane into his plans to cover up the crime.
Diane eventually decides to do the right thing, and starts aiding Peter in his efforts to expose Redfield before he can succeed in assassinating Zadar, a plan which now also involves blowing up the sitting President of the United States (Kari Matchett).
Redfield is finally thwarted in the season one finale, which ends with Peter being granted field duty as a Night Action agent, meaning more international adventures in his (and the viewer’s) future.
Philip Ellis is a freelance writer and journalist from the United Kingdom covering pop culture, relationships and LGBTQ+ issues. His work has appeared in GQ, Teen Vogue, Man Repeller and MTV.
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