Price and Zaillian spent the entire season crafting intricate trajectories for their characters. At times, the details are so pointed, they feel like clues to a mystery that may never manifest. We see this in people like John Stone (John Turturro), Naz's on-again, off-again attorney whose foot problems are at once inane, gross, and metaphorical. We see this in Mr. and Mrs. Khan, who are forced to reconcile with the possibility that they "raised an animal" in Naz.
Most important, we see this in Naz's devastating transformation. From nebbish tutor of basketball players to drug-smuggling inmate, our protagonist undergoes a complete metamorphosis. He shaves his head, bulks up, and tattoos the words "Sin" and "Bad" on his knuckles.