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"Cage, we have a mutual enemy, and the only way to bring him down is for us all to come together."
"There's no way I'm helping you."
"We came to offer you a truce. In exchange for helping you find Diamondback, you drop your beef with us."
Mariah Dillard and Luke Cage[src]

Soliloquy of Chaos is the twelfth episode of the first season of the Netflix exclusive television series Luke Cage.


Misty digs deeper for the truth as the neighborhood's power players throw the city into confusion.


Luke Cage manages to escape from police custody, while Knight works hard to locate Willis Stryker and clear Luke's name. Stryker has Shades released on bail, then orders Zip and his thugs to kill him, but Alvarez prevails and kills them. The tide of public opinion begins to turn back to Cage, although the NYPD is still determined to bring him down. Candace Miller meets Knight and says that she will testify against Mariah Dillard if Knight protects her. Knight takes her to Soledad Temple's. Alvarez approaches Dillard and suggests they get Cage on their side by giving him evidence of Lucas's innocence, and that they all work together to defeat Stryker. Cage finds Turk Barrett, who is working for Stryker, and forces him to reveal Stryker's location before locking him in a dumpster. Domingo Colon and his men attack Stryker and his mercenaries. Stryker manages to defeat them and escape. Cage arrives and saves a wounded Colon. As the parties converge on Pop's to parley, Stryker attacks, wearing a powered suit which allows him to match Cage's strength and invulnerability. Cage tasks Knight to go after Dillard and Alvarez while he engages Stryker.


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Song title Artist Location(s)
Bulletproof Love Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad (feat. Method Man)

Method Man spits rap live on Sway Calloway's radio show dedicated to Luke Cage; Montage as the police encounter multiple people dressed as Luke Cage; Willie Gomez that Luke saved sells "bullet holed" hoodies; Thembi Wallace reports the solidarity that people are taking with their 'Hole-y Hero'.

Blood On The Cobblestones (feat. U-God, Inspectah Deck & DJ Mark Luv) Ghostface Killah

Diamondback and his men take on Colon Crime Family.


  • This episode was nominated for a Golden Reel Award for TV – Short Form Musical Score.


  • Soliloquy of Chaos is a song from the album Daily Operation of the hip-pop duo Gang Starr.
  • When Diamondback lectures Zip about Icarus, he mistakenly assumes he is talking about the rapper Icarus Moth who was featured with Kendrick Lamar for his song "Breeze Thru".
  • In the line of Method Man's freestyle rap "Now we got a hero for hire and he a black one"; hero for hire is a reference to Luke Cage's debut comic: Luke Cage, Hero for Hire (published in 1972).


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