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‘Parish’ Season 1 Finale: All the Characters Ranked and Why The Horse Isn’t #1

‘Parish’ is an American crime drama television series starring Giancarlo Esposito and Zackary Momoh

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: AMC’s crime drama series ‘Parish’ centers on Gracián ‘Gray’ Parish (Giancarlo Esposito), a man deeply entrenched in the criminal underworld.

Parish stars Giancarlo Esposito, Arica Himmel, Paula Malcomson, Ivan Mbakop, Bonnie Mbuli, Zackary Momoh and Skeet Ulrich.

“Parish” made its highly anticipated debut on AMC on Sunday, March 31, 2024, with the first episode titled “Pilot.” The series finale, titled ‘A Good Man’, was released on Sunday, May 5, 2024.

Let’s revisit the main characters of ‘Parish’ and rate them based on their impact, development and overall role in the series.

1. Gracián ‘Gray’ parish

Giancarlo Esposito as Gracián 'Gray' Parish in a still from 'Parish' (@AMC)
Giancarlo Esposito as Gracián ‘Gray’ Parish in a still from ‘Parish’ (@AMC)

Gray Parish is undoubtedly one of the standout characters in ‘Parish’. His unwavering devotion to his family sets him apart in the criminal underworld, where loyalty is often fleeting.

Despite his involvement in the criminal world, Gray’s love for his family is clearly visible in the series. His fierce dedication to protecting his wife and daughter from harm underlines his values.

Even in the face of personal tragedies, such as the death of his son, Gray’s relentless pursuit of justice shows his determination and love for his family.

In the series finale, Gray finally achieves long-awaited justice for his son’s killer.

2. Rose Parish

Paula Malcomson as Rose Parish in a still from 'Parish' (AMC/@alyssamoran)
Paula Malcomson as Rose Parish in a still from ‘Parish’ (AMC/@alyssamoran)

Rose Parish (Paula Malcomson), Gray’s wife, is the sweetest character in “Parish.” Rose is portrayed as a character who exemplifies grace and kindness in her interactions with others. Her polite attitude and warm-hearted nature make her a well-liked character.

Rose’s love for her family runs deep and serves as a pillar of strength and support for those closest to her. Her fierce dedication to their well-being is evident in her actions and words, as she consistently puts their needs above her own.

When Anton Valmont’s (Bradley Whitford) men captured her and her daughter in the house, Rose took decisive action to ensure their safety, ultimately killing the two men to protect her daughter.

Rose has always been unwavering in her support of Gray, especially after the tragic death of their son.

3. Colin Broussard

Skeet Ulrich as Colin Broussard in a still from 'Parish' (AMC/@eliotbrasseaux)
Skeet Ulrich as Colin Broussard in a still from ‘Parish’ (AMC/@eliotbrasseaux)

Colin Broussard (Skeet Ulrich) is indeed one of the standout characters in ‘Parish’, known for his immense support and loyalty to his friends.

Throughout the series, Colin consistently goes out of his way to help Gray and protect those closest to him, often putting himself in danger to ensure their safety.

Whether it’s offering a listening ear, lending a helping hand or offering words of encouragement, Colin is always there for Gray.

When Rose killed Anton’s men, Colin stepped in to help Gray dispose of the bodies to protect Rose and their family from the police and possible danger.

Colin also played a crucial role in helping Gray find his son’s killer. He also sought help from Gray during difficult times, emphasizing their deep friendship and mutual support.

4. Makayla Parish

Arica Himmel as Makayla Parish in a still from 'Parish' (AMC/@alyssamoran)
Arica Himmel as Makayla Parish in a still from ‘Parish’ (AMC/@alyssamoran)

Makayla Parish (Arica Himmel), Gray’s daughter, is portrayed as a character who is always there for her family, even if she sometimes gets a little upset with her father.

When Makayla learned about her father’s criminal past, she accepted him, even though there were disagreements. When Anton’s men kidnapped her and her mother, Makayla supported her mother by doing as she was told.

Makayla is also not afraid to speak up and confront her parents when she thinks they are wrong. Her strong sense of ethics and justice forces her to challenge them where necessary.

5. Anton Valmont

Bradley Whitford as Anton Valmont in a still from 'Parish' (AMC/@alyssamoran)
Bradley Whitford as Anton Valmont in a still from ‘Parish’ (AMC/@alyssamoran)

Anton Valmont is portrayed as a man who knew who killed Gray’s son but chose to keep his mouth shut, earning him the fifth spot on the character rankings.

Despite possessing crucial information that could have helped Gray find closure and justice for his son, Anton’s decision to remain silent speaks volumes about his character.

He also sent men to kidnap Gray’s family and threatened to harm them unless Gray killed a leader of the criminal gang. However, when Gray’s family murdered his men, Anton did not seek revenge.

This incident sheds light on Anton’s complex character and reveals a surprising aspect of his personality. Despite his initial act of aggression and intimidation, Anton’s decision not to retaliate shows a degree of forgiveness.

6. Shamiso Tongai

Bonnie Mbuli as Shamiso Tongai in a still from 'Parish' (@AMC)
Bonnie Mbuli as Shamiso Tongai in a still from ‘Parish’ (@AMC)

Shamiso Tongai (Bonnie Mbuli), the sister of the Tongai brothers, earns the sixth spot in the character rankings because she often gives mixed signals. Her actions and words can be contradictory, making it difficult for others to understand her true intentions.

In the first half of the series, Shamiso seemed sweet, often seen helping her brothers and supporting their efforts.

However, in the second half of the series, her character took a darker turn, revealing a cruel and manipulative side. It was shown that she planned to kill one of her own brothers to benefit another, showing that she was willing to go to any lengths to achieve her goals.

7. Zenzo Tongai

Zenzo in a still from 'Parish' episode 2 (@AMC)
Ivan Mbakop as Zenzo Tongai in a still from ‘Parish’ (@AMC)

Zenzo Tongai (Ivan Mbakop) is portrayed in ‘Parish’ as ​​a morally ambiguous character, often seen conspiring against his own brother and sister and acting impulsively, including killing people.

His unpredictable nature and propensity for violence make him a formidable antagonist in the series, challenging the other characters and keeping viewers on edge.

Zenzo once endangered the life of his brother’s son for his own benefit. This ruthless act highlights his willingness to manipulate and sacrifice others for his personal gain.

8. The horse

Zackary Momoh as The Horse in a still from 'Parish' episode 4 (@AMC)
Zackary Momoh as The Horse in a still from ‘Parish’ (@AMC)

The Horse (Zackary Momoh), the leader of a criminal gang in New Orleans, is the worst character in the series.

His ruthlessness and cruelty know no bounds as he is willing to resort to extreme measures to maintain his power and control. The Horse is responsible for planning numerous violent crimes and atrocities throughout the series.

Together with his sister Shamiso, The Horse planned to kill his own brother Zenzo. This betrayal and willingness to harm his own family members demonstrate The Horse’s criminal nature.

He had the tape recorder of a man who confessed to the murder of Gray’s son, but he didn’t give the evidence to Gray until the last episode. When he finally did, he asked Gray to kill Zenzo in return.

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