Created by Paul Buys and Annemarie van Basten, Netflix’s crime series ‘Ludik’ follows Daan Ludik, a furniture company owner based in Pretoria, South Africa, who smuggles diamonds using his company’s consignment trucks. Daan’s life changes when Arend Brown, a firearms trafficker kidnaps the former’s brother-in-law to force him to smuggle guns. Starring Arnold Vosloo as Daan, the South African series progresses through the consequences of the same as “the furniture man” becomes involved in international firearms trafficking. The engrossing crime drama ends with several ambiguous developments that affect Daan’s ambitions and future. We are here to help you if this is your first time diving into the same. SPOILERS Ahead.
‘Ludik’ begins with Arend Brown kidnapping Daan’s brother-in-law Swys De Villiers. Arend demands that Daan smuggle guns to Swys in order to free him. Daan agrees and assigns his trustworthy right-hand man Charles Dzike to smuggle Arend’s firearms. Charles, who is carrying a truck full guns hidden in furniture, gets attacked by a group. Albert Nkala from Zimbabwe, a gangster, talks to Charles about the missing guns and promises to deliver them. Daan, through Albert, aspires for greater success in the illegal firearms business. Meanwhile, police officers start investigating the truck and the “stolen furniture.”
Daan is unable to continue with his diamond smuggling business because Brigadier Davies watches him closely. This frustrates Farhad. The missing weapons were with Arend, who is trying to sell them on to another buyer. Daan strikes a deal with Arend’s right-hand man Bells by promising him an opportunity to run the firearms trafficking on his behalf when he establishes himself in the trade, overthrowing Arend. Daan gives Bells a pouch of diamonds to plant at Arend’s house to divert the brigadier to him. Brigadier Davies discovers that Ludik’s trucks have been taking a detour from the mainline in a region known for a diamond mine.
Brigadier Davies discovers that Daan was a diamond smuggler. Meanwhile, Swys and Daan’s nephew Markus Ludik team up to abduct Bells for kidnapping the former. Markus discovers the diamond pouch and seizes it. Daan’s involvement in the smuggling affairs creates distance between him and his wife Anet Ludkin. Daan’s daughter Louise Ludik dates Pieter Davies, son of Brigadier Davies. Hein Ludik, Daan’s brother who passes as straight, dates DJ Jakes and tries to elope from the country with him. Jakes sends Louise footage of Hein, attempting to blackmail Daan for the money to get him to marry. Jakes is attacked by Daan and the couple break up.
Daan discovers that Rina, his secretary is leaking information to Arend in order to obtain enough money to find her husband Nick. Both Arend and Daan tell her that Nick is dead but Rina doesn’t accept the same since they haven’t found his dead body. Rina apologizes and assures Daan that she is loyal to him. Arend, upon realizing that Daan has become his enemy pays a visit to Lil, Daan’s ever-reliable “general.” When Daan calls her, her son answers the call and informs him that she is killed. Swys arrives at Arend’s house and kills him for using him to get to his brother-in-law.
Ludik Ending: Who seizes the guns? Are Charles and Bells Still Alive?
Daan acquires guns for Albert Nkala through Bells. The same is smuggled using Charles and Bells. However, a group of men ambush him before the guns reach Albert. In Zimbabwe, a gangster may be behind the group in order to send a message directly to Daan. Before sending the guns, Daan lets Albert knows that he is only sending half of what he had promised to the gangster since the latter hasn’t paid for his previous consignment. When Daan makes it clear that he is running the trade on his own terms, Albert reminds him about the “personal costs” of the same. Albert could have intended to remind Daan that the ambush is the price he has incurred in order to force him into realizing that Albert controls the trade.
Farhad could be the one responsible if Albert isn’t there. By killing Farhad’s right-hand man, Daan makes it clear to him that their relationship has changed. Daan doesn’t want to get stuck in his diamond smuggling affairs with Farhad as he wants to achieve higher with firearms trafficking. Farhad might have learned the same thing and can take revenge on Daan by seizing guns. Farhad may even know that if the guns don’t reach Albert on time, the latter most likely will kill Daan. If that’s not the case, even Arend can be behind the ambush. He must have planned the attack before his death to compensate for the loss he incurred due to the “furniture man.”
It is possible that an unknown gang, most likely the enemies to the Nkala family can also be excluded. From Arend, we know that Albert has increased the number of his family’s enemies after the death of his father. Albert and his guns could be hampered by one of them, who may ambush and seize the consignment. They may not treat Charles and Bells well, whoever it might be. They may have killed Bells, as evident by the off-screen shot. If they are new participants in firearms trafficking, Charles could be freed or killed by them.
Will Daan Ludik Get Arrested?
Brigadier Davies is keeping an eye on Daan when he realizes he should redirect the investigation to Arend to make it easier for him to smuggle firearms. Even though he hasn’t planned the same, Officer Moyo’s decision to leave behind the diamonds at Arend’s house may turn out to be beneficial for Daan. While inspecting Arend’s dead body, Brigadier Davies finds diamonds near Arend’s piano. He might think Arend is involved in diamond smuggling, but not Daan. The latter wanted to establish Bells.
Since the non-existing person who oversees the diamond mine in Limpopo is an associate of Arend, Davies may fall into Daan’s trap and believe that Arend is involved in the smuggling and he had been using Daan’s trucks to smuggle the diamonds by threatening the latter. If that’s the case, Daan may escape from Davies and avoids an arrest. Davies could still be convinced that Daan was involved in diamond smuggling and may release the video Rina recorded using a toy. He might threaten to release the clip, which he claims involves him and his colleague.
Considering that Officer Moyo cannot reveal the source of the diamonds that are found in Arend’s house, since he has been working for the dead man, Daan seems to be safe. Davies might not be able immediately to arrest Daan because there is no physical evidence against him.
Is Anet going to divorce Daan? Is she going to end up with Dr. Swanepoel together?
Ever since Daan’s focus has shifted to Arend, he starts to distance himself from his wife Anet. Daan’s ambition to grow his empire through firearms trafficking keeps Anet away from him. Daan begins to lie to Anet about illegal affairs that he was a part. All of these factors impact Anet and slowly kill her love affair with her husband. Danie loses all hope when she beats up a bully. She sees that her son is behaving like his father. Danie is the link between Anet & Daan even though they have had many difficulties.
Danie begins to feel like Daan and despairs. Danie also seeks comfort from Dr. Swanepoel. They begin to have an intimate relationship. Daan and Anet’s relationship has been lacking intimacy and understanding, indicating that Anet may choose to be with Dr. Swanepoel rather than with Daan. Dr. Swanepoel explains to her that she isn’t happy with her husband. This could be the motivating light that will drive her to leave Daan for the psychiatrist.
Anet has yet to decide. She may decide to continue being Daan’s wife for the sake of keeping their familial structure intact so that Danie will not be affected by their possible separation. If that’s the case, she may keep seeing Dr. Swanepoel without Daan knowing about the same. Even if Daan comes to know about his wife’s relationship with the psychiatrist, he may want to protect his reputation by trying to keep it a secret as he does with his brother Hein’s relationship with DJ Jakes.
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