By the end of “Rough Diamonds” Season 1, Noah has made more enemies than he and his family had at the beginning of the series. Noah had wanted to leave everything behind—all the illegal businesses, the schemes, and the dealings that kept putting his family and his son at risk. He had told Kerra that neither he nor Tommy’s mother, Joanna, wanted this for their child. Kerra had been on board with this idea, and even Noah’s family would have supported him. Noah had really prepared to tie up all the loose ends but hadn’t taken into consideration that the Albanian mafia might have someone in the police force as their informer. This ruined all of his plans, and he was forced to give up Kerra to protect himself and his family. Either Kerra or Noah himself must have mentioned Matthias, and he turned state witness, leading to him being shot down by the mafia.
It is possible that the source got to the root of the information that Jo Smets got, which led her to the diamonds in the first place. The Albanian mafia still has Wolfson’s share of diamonds, and if they come to know that Noah betrayed them, not only will he and his family never see the diamonds, but they will have a greater price to pay going forward. As for the other enemy, Kerra must have understood that it was Noah who landed her in prison. She wouldn’t let this go so easily, but she also can’t ignore the fact that he is Tommy’s father. Kerra might want to take Tommy away from Noah before she executes her revenge. She might also make it so that Noah has no choice but to return to South London to work for her, as she always wanted him to. Though she had agreed that Noah could walk away from this life, that is no longer an option after his betrayal. But it is not just external enemies that Noah has to deal with. Adina seems to want to take a step back from the company’s affairs. Eli is coming to terms with the fact that he doesn’t necessarily have what it takes to run a business. That places the responsibility on Noah’s shoulders. However, this is the exact thing he ran away from all those years ago.
The diamond business is just the tip of the iceberg. Accepting it would mean reintegrating himself into a way of life that Noah did not have much regard for. Would he be able to keep his business and his faith separate, especially in a business community that holds the Jewish values so close to heart? Does he even want to do that? There is also the question of his son’s faith. Kerra insists that he is a McCabe, and though Noah is letting him form his own opinions, the way Tommy is taking to the Jewish faith and its community might need Noah to have a talk with his son. Tommy is free to pursue Judaism, but a lot of the community’s rituals depend on family, and Noah doesn’t necessarily partake in them. How would he go about explaining to his son why he has stepped away from religion without clouding Tommy’s own judgement of things?
There is also the question of Gila. She made the right choice by agreeing to marry Yehuda instead of leaving with Noah. She knew that Noah was just going to get more and more entangled with his family, and he might just choose to be with them in Antwerp. If Gila married him, she would have to face a level of disgrace that she could never escape from. This disgrace would limit her life even more than now. If she were with Yehuda, she would at least be allowed to follow her passion if and when she ever found it. She could find friendship with him, and that seemed to be enough for her. But it seems to us that her feelings are also very strong. The tension between her and Noah might continue, and they may have an affair. Or Yehuda might notice the tension and decide to set her free.
There is also the case of Marie. I don’t think that she is done yet. What if she discovers that it was Noah who staged the robbery by taking undue advantage of his closeness with her? She wouldn’t forgive him, and that could lead to her making a few decisions against him. Then there is Eli. Toward the end of the season, everyone suspected that he might be on the verge of giving up his life. While that did not happen, the recent developments have forced him to reconsider what his place is in the family and the business. He is not the best person to run it, and everything he and the Wolfsons have stood for so long is on the verge of collapse. Eli’s depression is intensifying, and we might see him deal with it more in the second season.
Adina, throughout the eight episodes, was just someone who was there. But if you look at it, she has quite an interesting story to tell. She is an honest woman who is extremely good at her job. She has had to fight everyone in her family to allow her to work. Even during the season, she was the one who came through for the family multiple times. We would like to see more of her struggles and her perspective on things if a second season happens. The thing is that “Rough Diamonds” Season 2 does not need to be as long as Season 1. It can be just 5–6 episodes of a crisp narrative, and that is enough. Additionally, the writers must remember that when they expect the audience to commit to 6 hours of the runtime of anything, the characters have to be exciting. This was forgotten in the brief of Season 1, despite Noah having the potential. If he is going to headline Season 2 as he did Season 1, he would need to be a little bit sharper for us to gain some insight into his psyche and his past. That would be a significant improvement that would bring us back to our screens again for the remaining narrative of “Rough Diamonds.”