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Why Topper Outer Bank Rewards Season 1 Finale



Topper Outer Banks: Following the events of season 1, Outer Banks season 2 appeared to be prepared to give Topper a redemption narrative but instead saw him revert to more criminal conduct.

Topper Thornton, played by Austin North, was a member of North Carolina’s wealthy elite. As a result, he was a significant enemy in the Outer Banks war between Kooks and Pogues.

Regardless, he seemed more conflicted than the deranged Rafe in that endeavor (Drew Starkey). He even seemed to completely turn his attitude around by the end of Outer Banks season 1, happily aiding ex-girlfriend Sarah Cameron (Madelyn Cline) and John B (Chase Stokes) eluded the authorities when the latter was framed for murder.

Topper Outer Banks: Season 2

Topper Outer Banks

As a result, people flocked to Outer Banks season 2 to see Topper get the same treatment as Steve Harrington from Stranger Things (Joe Keery). It appeared that this would be the case for a bit of moment. He aggressively worked to keep the peace between fellow Kooks and JJ in Outer Banks season 2, episode 1, “The Gold” (Rudy Pankow).

Later, he rescued Sarah from a murderous Rafe. Furthermore, Topper went above and beyond to protect her and make her feel secure. However, as the season progressed, the characters’ underlying motivations in Outer Banks season 2 were gradually exposed to be far from honorable.

Topper’s actions were motivated by jealousy and a desire to outdo John B from the minute he rejoined Sarah with him. Topper took advantage of every opportunity to imply his superiority over John B, despite his best efforts to hide it behind good-natured humility.

He insisted on pressing John B and worsening his fears with phrases like “hey, somebody had to protect your girlfriend.”

That was because defeating John B was still at the center of Topper’s actions — more so than being a better person or even reuniting with Sarah.

Outer Banks season 2, episode 7, “The Bonfire,” exemplified this. Sarah’s thoughts and safety faded from his mind as he engaged John B in a battle. John B called out to check on her as she was struck down and appeared to be hurt. On the other hand, Topper continued to concentrate entirely on defeating John B.

Topper didn’t think about Sarah even after they’d left the bonfire. Instead, he went on a rant against the Pogues (in terms of otherness), reverting to old habits.

Topper still clung to some relationship with Sarah and had a long way to go, but Steve Harrington had completely let Nancy Wheeler (Natalia Dyer) go and grow as a person.

Topper had become a “good person” whose behavior belied ongoing concerns while appearing a kinder character in Outer Banks season 2. He’d never been able to figure out why he’d lost Sarah to a Pogue.

Topper also had a strong sense of ownership over Sarah, as evidenced by the fact that he gave her a phone to follow her location.

As a result, each of his good deeds appeared to be (at the very least) unconsciously designed to achieve specific goals rather than arising naturally.

It made sense for Topper not to transform into one of the good guys or an outright Pogue. After all, it had only been a few months since Sarah had been lost to John B, and Outer Banks season 2 had begun. The trauma from the events of the first season of Outer Banks was still raw.

On the other hand, Topper had over two decades of enormous luxury and deeply established prejudices to disentangle. Topper hadn’t had nearly enough time to grasp the complexities of his mindset, let alone transform his entire personality.

The character’s redemption has remained a distinct possibility (should he choose to pursue it). It is, however, frequently a lengthy and rough journey that necessitates hard work and a severe confrontation with one’s actions.

As a result, the writers’ decision not to rush it before Outer Banks season 3 or beyond was prudent. It also enveloped the character with suspense about which way he’d go.

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