The Night Of

The Night Of sees the wrong place and the wrong time turn party plans into a night­mare ride to pri­son.

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Award-win­ning thriller minis­eries The Night Of (2016-cur­rent) is avail­able on in­ter­net stream­ing ser­vice Show­max. In the span of eight episodes, Pak­istani-Amer­i­can Nasir Khan (Riz Ahmed) goes from hum­ble stu­dent to mur­der ac­cused and the au­thor­i­ties don’t care that Naz is plead­ing in­no­cence. He was found with the mur­der weapon and wit­nesses saw him with An­drea (Sofia BlackD’Elia), who was stabbed to death.

“I can’t even be­gin to think what it must be like for peo­ple who live in that sit­u­a­tion,” says the 33-year-old. “I’d rank it [play­ing Nasir] as the most chal­leng­ing ex­pe­ri­ence I’ve ever had as an ac­tor. It was emo­tion­ally and phys­i­cally drain­ing. I caught the slight­est glimpse of what it’s like to be a pris­oner.” He adds that he never watched Crim­i­nal Jus­tice (the 2008 and 2009 Bri­tish series that the show is based on) but he does know that they have dif­fer­ent end­ings. “And we’d love to do a sec­ond series if it’s at all pos­si­ble,” he hints.

Nasir’s only sav­ing grace is his le­gal coun­cil John Stone (John Tur­turro), a hard­ened lawyer who takes pity on the young­ster. He tells Naz to “shut up” be­cause he knows that his client is in trou­ble. It’s only in episode 2 that it dawns on Naz just how much trou­ble, when he’s charged with homi­cide and sent to await trial at Rick­ers Is­land. As the episodes play out, it seems the odds were stacked against Naz from the start. Here’s a play-by-play re­count of how one event changes his night and life…

RID­ING SOLO

Nerdy Naz’s plans to party in Man­hat­tan with his pals are ru­ined when he is dropped at the last minute. With no way to get to the party, Naz bor­rows his dad’s taxi. No harm, no foul, right?

SER­VICE WITH A SMILE

If Naz had got a lift with his friends, he wouldn’t need to worry about the “in ser­vice” light (which in­di­cates that the taxi is on the clock). In­stead, peo­ple jump in and want to be taken to their des­ti­na­tions, like An­drea. And no one wants to hear Naz say­ing, “I’m not on duty… I’m not even a real taxi driver!”

WHO’S THAT GIRL?

If Naz had got a lift with his friends, he wouldn’t have met An­drea. And he wouldn’t have been asked to take her to the beach, which he fool­ishly does as he for­gets about his friends and the party.

SUB­STANCE ABUSE

If Naz had got a lift with his friends, he wouldn’t have stayed with An­drea at the beach – and he wouldn’t have been in­vited to her town­house for a night­cap (read: beer and hal­lu­cino­genic pills).

NIGHT OF KNIVES

If Naz had got a lift with his friends, he wouldn’t be lis­ten­ing to An­drea mum­bling about knives or some­thing more trou­bling. Naz also wouldn’t be as high as a kite and would have been able to run away long be­fore An­drea’s demise.

BITS & PIECES

If Naz had got a lift with his friends, he wouldn’t be ly­ing next to a blood­ied corpse full of stab wounds. Did he kill An­drea in a drug-in­duced fit of rage? Was there some­one else in the house? Did An­drea do it? Who knows – Naz doesn’t. The night be­fore is still a blur.

RUN, RUN AS FAST AS YOU CAN

If Naz had got a lift with his friends, he wouldn’t be pan­ick­ing and flee­ing the scene of the crime. In­stead, he would have been at home with his par­ents and not in his dad’s taxi, stopped for a ran­dom traf­fic vi­o­la­tion.

BLOODY FOOL

And if Naz had got a lift with his friends, he wouldn’t have the blood­ied knife with him – and af­ter a lit­tle po­lice work, the cops link it to a new mur­der case opened that very morn­ing!

“I was in the wrong place at the wrong time” is the world’s old­est ex­cuse. Ex­cept in Naz’s case, it might be true!

Naz (right) fights for his life in court, with some help from his lawyer John Stone.

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