‘A Gentleman In Moscow’ Episode 7 Recap & Ending Explained: Is The Count A Spy?


Episode 7 of Paramount’s A Gentleman in Moscow is a reality check for the characters who’ve long associated blind patriotism with their love and loyalty to Russia. Things get jarringly real for those who were once in a hurry to condemn the “enemies of the state” and now find themselves on the receiving end of things. And it’s time for the Count to accept that even his love for his motherland only lived on because his cushy life of “imprisonment” guarded him against the truth of Russia’s faltering condition. 

Spoiler Alert

What does Richard want from the Count?

Maybe not for the bootlickers like Manager Leplevsky, but for many, the radio announcing Stalin’s death is cause for celebration. But the Count and his unusual family have another thing to celebrate. What started as a surprise gift to her papa on his birthday has truly flourished into a magnificent talent for Sofia. She’s quite the master with the piano. And even though the Count could sadly not be there to cheer her on for obvious reasons, Sofia’s won a music competition and will now get to see Paris, Prague, and Minsk on the Conservatory’s Europe tour. The Count’s relatively new friend, Richard, is just as happy as he is for Sofia. But he’s kept a few big secrets from the Count over the period of the two knowing each other. He’s an American spy, eager to get the first bite of what the party’s planning now that Stalin’s dead. It’s pretty convenient for him that his friend, the Count, happens to be the waiter at the hotel where the Party’s head honchos will discuss the future course of action over dinner. Even though the Count wants the world to open up for Sofia, his sentimentality over his loyalty to Russia stands in the way of him becoming a defector. 

Does Mishka’s return stir things up?

Nobody expected Mishka to come back from the gulag. Especially after seeing the tragic fate of Sofia’s parents in Siberia. But with his sore, bleeding feet, Mishka’s walked miles to see his friend. The Count easily takes on the role of a caregiver for his dear friend, whom he couldn’t be happier to find alive. But the light’s gone out in Mishka. The country he gave his all to couldn’t care less about the pain of its people, and the revolution he so selflessly took part in turned out to be an elaborate scheme to empower the dictators. His whole life’s practically been a lie. And as he says to Sofia, even though he’s back, the gulag took parts of him that he’ll never be whole without. Sofia isn’t naive. She knows that her parents have likely wasted away laboring in Siberia. But seeing how Mishka’s return defied the reasonable expectation, she can’t help but hope that maybe her parents could also walk through the door of the Metropol one day. 

Why does the Count decide to spy on his country?

If the Count didn’t love Russia, he wouldn’t have come back knowing what awaited someone like him after the Bolshevik Revolution. But like I was saying, the only voice louder in his head than his patriotism is his sentimentality. He’s a bit taken aback by Anna’s admiration of the American lifestyle of convenience. He’d much rather a garage door need a pair of hands to be lifted than move at the press of a button. As always, Anna’s quick to call him out on his blurry romanticism of inconveniences. It’s true that the Count’s imprisonment in the finest hotel in Moscow has rendered him blind to just how bad it’s gotten for people out there. Only in the most convenient of conditions could the Count keep his nostalgia for inconveniences alive. But what actually affects the Count is Sofia’s being drawn to the promise of freedom that America offers. Mishka’s words about Russia going up in flames haunt the Count’s subconscious. And in that dream, he failed to save Sofia from the flames of hatred that overcame the Metropol. It’s only to give Sofia a chance to truly be free away from this chaos that the Count makes up his mind about spying for his American friend. But there’s another reason the Count’s taking on this high-risk mission. He’s got a debt to pay to Osip for his help when Sofia was gravely injured. And in the uncertainty surrounding the changing order, Osip and his family’s fate hang in the balance. 

How does the Count avoid being caught?

One of the Count’s priorities in the risky process of getting Sofia the life she deserves has been keeping Anna safe. It hasn’t been long since she almost got caught in the crossfire between the Count and the state. The Count couldn’t possibly have her risk her life again. But Anna knows that there’s no way for her to avoid getting in trouble if the Count’s caught spying on the ministers at the dinner. And there’s a reason she’s okay with that. Marking the first time the word “love” is uttered between the two, Anna bares her heart to her man to bolster her argument before going back into that shell of hers. If doing all it takes to help the Count means she’ll be risking a one-way trip to the gulag, so be it, I suppose. 

You can imagine Manager Leplevsky’s frustration now that Stalin’s death has shaken things up and he’s lost the connections he had in the party. Sofia makes good use of the change as she adds a bluesy twist to Beethoven’s Fur Elise—a celebration of sorts, given that the man who banned jazz is gone. But could Leplevsky let it slide? There is not a chance in hell. The sadistic moron even goes the distance to call Sofia into his office just so that he can speak ill of her mother. The timing’s pretty bad, given Sofia is supposed to play at that dinner. And if she’s peeved enough to bend the rules while her papa’s all wired up to record the conversations, things could very easily go sideways. 

Fortunately, the Count going through the first security checkpoint was pretty smooth. But what he probably didn’t expect was a guard walking around with a security scanner in the dining room. Who knew that the Count would be so smooth with improvising in such an anxious situation? He’s noticed that the lamps in the room make the machine beep. So he stays close to the lamps before distracting the guard and getting his machine out of the room.

In A Gentleman in Moscow episode 7’s ending, the Count’s success is capturing the hush-hush discussions about Russia’s future. But he has rather sad news for Osip. Osip was aware that Khrushchev’s taking the throne would mean he’d go for those who were loyal to the previous regime. And that means the likes of Osip will be “excised.” From what the Count’s gathered, Osip’s worst fears are about to come true. He’s not one to kick someone who’s already down. But Osip has his hands stained with the blood of many innocents. The time’s come for him to look back on his mistakes now that he’s the one about to lose everything—much like Mishka, I guess. 

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Lopamudra Mukherjee
Lopamudra Mukherjee
In cinema, Lopamudra finds answers to some fundamental questions of life. And since jotting things down always makes overthinking more fun, writing is her way to give this madness a meaning.

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