Tom Hanks’s character in said that nearly any of life’s questions could be answered by attentive viewing of The Godfather. Like that cinema classic, to which it harkens, this sprawling series takes age-old, almost Shakespearean, themes of betrayal and love and interweaves them with some rollicking crime drama.
A huge hit in its native Canada (where it was also filmed), the first season is based on the 2015 book Business or Blood: Mafia Boss Vito Rizzuto’s Last War, by Antonio Nicaso and Peter Edwards; a dramatisation of the rise and fall of the real-life Rizzuto crime family, a Montreal-based mafia organisation.
It tells the story of the mayhem that breaks loose in the city after the patriarch of the Rizzuto family is sent to prison — like Hobbes’s ‘iron fist’ — his presence kept a host of other undesirables in check.
There is plenty of action, violence and it