The BEST Episodes of The Brink

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 24, 2019

Network: HBO

An epic dark comedy focusing on a geopolitical crisis and its effect on three disparate and desperate men: U.S. Secretary of State Walter Larson; Alex Talbot, a lowly Foreign Service officer; and Zeke Tilson, an ace Navy fighter pilot. These three compromised souls must pull through the chaos around them to save the planet from World War III.

There Will Be Consequences

#1 - There Will Be Consequences

Season 1 - Episode 10

There is a looming global crisis, which Walter tries to avert with other heads of state via videoconferencing. Zeke and Glenn end up in a compromised state. Alex attempts to make a personal connection with Zaman.

star 8.18
471 votes
Directors: Michael Lehmann
Writers: Dave Holstein, Kim Benabib, Roberto Benabib
Just a Little Crazy Talk

#2 - Just a Little Crazy Talk

Season 1 - Episode 9

Walter seeks to make a deal with Zaman's highest-ranking general. A grounded Zeke and Glenn find a way to pass the time. Rafiq's translation helps Alex determine how to go about implementing Walter's "Plan B".

star 7.84
462 votes
Directors: Adam Bernstein
Writers: Dave Holstein, Kim Benabib, Roberto Benabib
Who's Grover Cleveland?

#3 - Who's Grover Cleveland?

Season 1 - Episode 8

Alex makes amends. Zeke is forced to face the women in his life. Walter urges caution in the Situation Room.

star 7.80
487 votes
Directors: Michael Lehmann
Writers: Wes Jones
I'll Never Be Batman

#4 - I'll Never Be Batman

Season 1 - Episode 4

Alex gets advice from Walter before his crucial rendezvous with Raja. Walter works around a medical emergency and interference from above to cut a deal with India's foreign minister. Zeke realizes he's promised more than he can deliver to the women in his life.

star 7.67
554 votes
Directors: Michael Lehmann
Writers: Dave Holstein
Sticky Wicket

#5 - Sticky Wicket

Season 1 - Episode 7

Alex plans an escape for some Pakistani schoolgirls. Zeke is challenged to a fight. Walter fakes a medical emergency.

star 7.61
482 votes
Directors: Scott Winant
Writers: Aasif Mandvi

#6 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1

An unlikely trio try to prevent World War III: the U.S. secretary of state in Washington, D.C., a low-level diplomat in Islamabad, and a stressed-out Navy fighter pilot on an aircraft carrier in the Red Sea.

star 7.55
768 votes
Directors: Jay Roach
Writers: Kim Benabib, Roberto Benabib
Baghdad My Ass

#7 - Baghdad My Ass

Season 1 - Episode 3

Alex needs to get to the U.S. embassy to send a message to Walter. Zeke and Glenn land in the brig to await their disciplinary hearing. Walter's desperate flight to India could be in jeopardy due to a medical emergency.

star 7.54
604 votes
Directors: John Poll
Writers: Kim Benabib, Roberto Benabib
Swim, Shmuley, Swim

#8 - Swim, Shmuley, Swim

Season 1 - Episode 5

Zeke and Glenn are rescued by an eccentric English couple after escaping their armed captors. Alex and Rafiq find Fareeda hiding at her school with a group of female students who have nowhere to go. Walter defies the president by flying to Israel to meet with the prime minister.

star 7.52
527 votes
Directors: J Michael Muro
Writers: Jack Kukoda
Tweet Tweet Tweet

#9 - Tweet Tweet Tweet

Season 1 - Episode 6

Walter runs into Joanne in Tel Aviv and tries to use her new position to his advantage. Zeke and Glenn, who are being held hostage by Martin and Vanessa, agree to participate in role-playing games in hopes of being released. Kittredge shares a revolutionary dream with Alex.

star 7.51
528 votes
Directors: Michael Lehmann
Writers: Sam Forman

#10 - Half-Cocked

Season 1 - Episode 2

Alex is captured by Zaman's soldiers and subjected to intense interrogation when they suspect he's working for the CIA. Walter begs the president to delay the air strikes until he can reach someone in the Pakistani government. Zeke and Glenn continue their high-stakes mission under extreme circumstances.

star 7.44
612 votes
Directors: Tim Robbins
Writers: Kim Benabib, Roberto Benabib