After a gap of four years since season 2 ended in 2020, Mirzapur returns for the third season, and this time, the power dynamics of Purvanchal are quite shaken up. Guddu Pandit (Ali Fazal) is now the uncrowned king of Mirzapur, Munna (Divyenndu) is no more, and Kaleen Bhaiya (Pankaj Tripathi) has gone missing since the shootout at the end of season 2. The new season, with episodes directed by Gurmmeet Singh, feels more political this time and uses its supporting characters better than in previous seasons, like Vijay Varma's Shatrughan, Rajesh Tailang's Ramakant Pandit, Lilliput's Devdatt Tyagi, Isha Talwar's CM Madhuri Yadav, and Anjum Sharma's Sharad Shukla. ‘Mirzapur’ Season 3 Review: Ali Fazal and Pankaj Tripathi’s ‘Gangs of Purvanchal’ Returns in Much Improved Form!

At the same time, Mirzapur Season 3 hasn't shorn itself of the brutal and shocking violence that the show has been known for since its inception. In this SPOILER-filled feature, we look at the five most shocking deaths/kills that occurred during the new season. Read at your own risk if you have yet to watch the show.

1. Golu's Informant

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The first episode of *Mirzapur* S3 includes an extremely violent and gratuitous act of killing when a poor informant of Golu (Shweta Tripathi Sharma) is beheaded in front of her by a rival crime lord. It is a stomach-churning scene as the act is shown in gory detail.

2. Parshuram Gupta

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Late Shahnawaz Pradhan, who plays Golu's cop father, passed away on February 17, 2023, more than a year before the premiere of the new season. It looks like he had shot all his scenes before his sad demise, but the irony here is that his character also dies a tragic death in the new season. When Shatrughan tricks people into thinking Golu has been killed by placing a decoy, poor Parshuram, who had already lost a daughter to the town's gang violence, dies by suicide by shooting himself with his own service revolver in front of a shocked Guddu. If only he knew the truth about his younger daughter...

3. Lala

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Lala (Anil George) was serving his time in prison and perhaps had even heeded Ramakant's advice on giving his confession and working on his appeal, when he was shockingly killed by a fellow inmate, Raheem. It is the manner in which the killing happened that shook us. The killer was perhaps the most innocuous inmate who was in prison for his 'insult' poems, and Lala was killed right after he awarded the young man during a celebration ceremony within the jail premises. It is later established that the murder was arranged by Sharad Shukla to halt Guddu's drug supply. ‘Mirzapur Season 3’ Screening: Parents-To-Be Ali Fazal and Richa Chadha Arrive for Special Screening of the Prime Video Show.

4. Robin

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If Lala's death was the most shocking, then Robin's (Priyanshu Painyuli) was the most intense and equally shocking as well. While he spent most of the season being a supportive boyfriend, Robin signed his death warrant when he revealed in court that he had supplied information on Guddu's illegal activities to Ramakant to save the latter from a certain death sentence. A betrayed Guddu, already drug-addled, later confronts Robin at their house, and when he learns that Robin had met Golu before her apparent demise, he attacks him for not sharing this information earlier. Despite the best efforts of Guddu's mother and sister, they couldn't prevent him from killing Robin in the most gruesome manner. Nearly like what the Mountain did to Oberyn Martell in Game of Thrones. Except that Guddu was met with immediate shock and guilt over what he had just done, though it was just too late.

5. Sharad Shukla

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The finale, as always, reserves a place for a major death, and that was something we did expect all the while. By the penultimate episode, Madhuri learns her new boyfriend was responsible for her father's death and that he has been housing the injured Kaleen Bhaiya. During the meeting between Purvanchal's crime lords to decide who would be their new boss (now that Guddu is in jail for killing Robin), Kaleen Bhaiya finally makes his presence known, as he declares Sharad Shukla the new 'King' of Purvanchal, only to gun him and the rest of the crime lords down with the help of the cops. It remains unclear if Sharad's killing was instigated by Madhuri or if Kaleen Bhaiya had a bigger plan in mind. But let's say, before he died, Sharad did fulfil his long wish of sitting on the 'iron throne' that ultimately ended his life.

So which death in Mirzapur Season 3 shocked you the most? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

(The above story first appeared on LatestLY on Jul 05, 2024 11:31 AM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website