Wentworth Prison Series 1 Review “Mind Games”

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After the shockingly violent events of last week’s Wentworth, Jacs’ standing at the top of the prison hierarchy has been dramatically undermined. Franky and Bea no occupy the position of top dog, and things are looking so dodgy for Jacs that Erica recommends she go into protection for the rest of her 14-year sentence. But Jacs isn’t one to back down that easily, and she refuses.

Power has always looked good on Franky, but she’s smart enough to capitalise on Bea’s popularity rather than challenge it. Taking a beating for another inmate wins you a lot of points in a place like Wentworth, and there’s also the assumption that Franky is genuinely grateful for what Bea did for her. I struggle to see this joint leadership continue forever, however, since not even the prison staff know what to expect now that there’s a third player in the mix. Jacs has power of both Will, who’s drug habit hasn’t gone unnoticed, and Vera, who we discover organised the riot in episode one.

So Jacs is still very much in the mix, if the events of this episode are anything to go by. Attempts to merely freak Bea out don’t get her anywhere so in the end, like an animal backed into a corner, she pulls her trump card. With her husband remarrying and thus removing any outside power from the equation, Jacs has to enlist the only solider she has left – her son. We see Debbie and Brayden continue their misguided love affair throughout the episode and, at the end, he (somewhat reluctantly) administers a heroin overdose. We’ll see what happens when news of Debbie’s demise reaches Bea and the others next week.

This was a particularly brutal episode of Wentworth to watch, and it was also one that will have serious repercussions for Bea and those around her. What did you think of the episode? Would you have liked to see more of Jacs’ backstory? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Wentworth currently airs on Channel 5 in the UK.