Now we whip! All of it occurs at a quick tempo and we zoom in on the Seymours Falls. Though I harbor a sure distaste for the way in which they portrayed Thomas and Elizabeth’s relationship (does it have to appear then romantic when he most likely simply wished energy and he or she’s a child?), I respect that shade depiction of Edward Seymour, the Lord Protector. Good. Not Lord Protector for for much longer.
It is simple for govt branch-level tales to get slowed down in particulars, characters, paperwork, and alliances, and this present does an incredible job of protecting it easy and simple, regardless of an incredible solid. Everybody’s character and look are very totally different and have notable qualities. Bishop Gardiner is that Catholic man who’s on Mary’s facet, however much more so on the facet of Catholicism. Henry Grey is that man nobody likes. John Dudley is Somerset’s vigorous and hearty good friend, who has the romantic son and the ineffectual son (poor Guildford). This fast change in Lord Protector’s place might have turn out to be extraordinarily complicated, however it wasn’t. So let’s watch Elizabeth on trial (unofficially), Thomas shedding his thoughts, Somerset shedding his job, and Robin Dudley assembly Amy Robsart.
However what about our Boy King? Edward is a tiny tyrant, and I am glad he will not keep on the throne for lengthy. What would have occurred!! I do not know and I do not need anybody to put in writing a hypothetical novel about it. I would have learn one the place Mary, Queen of Scots, turns into Queen of England as a result of she can be the one to say, “Is this how do you handle a rustic? and everybody stated, “No!” after which she would proceed to take action. Ha. This Mary. At all times making horrible decisions after which being championed by nineteenth century German poets.
Edward is indignant as a result of persons are rebelling and his uncle tried to kidnap him. The latter is right. I perceive. He orders his falcon to be skinned alive as a result of it reminds him of what he is been put via? Meaningless ? You hear fowl calls. I hate this time for animals. Somebody has to cease Edward, and that somebody is an unknown illness.
Thomas is a prisoner and Elizabeth is underneath home arrest. Thomas will not speak to anybody, pulling off a Bartleby “I would slightly not”, and John Dudley visits Elizabeth to interview her and provide you with some model of the reality. Dudley calls it “a battle of wills”, and am I not supposed to consider The princess to be married? I do know it is “the spirit”, however they appear alike, so it counts. Elizabeth may be very decided to not reveal something, however Kat Ashley has no less than revealed a number of the issues (she’s in a cell! With so many rats!). Kat hasn’t confessed to something that incriminates Elizabeth, however she did share particulars about Thomas’ improprieties, like when he cutting Elizabeth’s dress while Catherine held her. I can’t overcome this truth.
Dudley tries to attract a line between Thomas eager to marry Elizabeth and Thomas making an attempt to kidnap the king. Elizabeth does not assist him till Dudley says certainly one of them have to be responsible. Elizabeth is self-preservation! Her actions listed here are how she ascends to the throne. She is aware of what to say to remain alive and out of jail (normally). As a result of it is her or Thomas, Elizabeth tells Dudley that Thomas acted inappropriately, that he proposed, and that she was unaware of his silly plan to kidnap Edward. She will be able to say her well-known quote about Thomas being “a person of a lot wit, however little or no judgment” (such an excellent line) and that if he tried to kidnap the king, he deserves to die. Shit, Elizabeth!
Kett’s Riot continues to be ongoing in Norfolk. Somerset, underneath stress to convict Thomas and stress, stands in Dudley’s face and shouts that he should obey him and go to Norfolk to crush the riot. It does not say “cancel”, however what an ideal time to do it. Dudley decides to deliver Robin and Guildford, however he is aware of Robin needs to say goodbye to Elizabeth, so he lets him go in annoyance.
Robin and Elizabeth have a really cute scene! What a gradual, low-key burn of a relationship. Robin is livid that Elizabeth cares a lot about Thomas when he is not even that nice. What a relatable feeling. WE’VE ALL BEEN THERE, ELIZABETH. I imply. Not precisely the place you might be. However partially. Robin says Thomas does not deserve it and did not deserve it.
The Dudleys go away for Norfolk, the place Robin pulls a Romeo and goes from craving one lady to a different. It is Amy Robsard! Oh no! That is the unique The staircase thriller. For many who do not know, Amy Robsart is finest recognized for being the primary spouse of Robert Dudley who was discovered lifeless on the backside of a flight of stairs, and all people thought it was suspicious, and so they nonetheless do it virtually 500 years later. I simply now understand what number of Tudor girls are largely portrayed as moping round being unhappy, or else they’re raging shrews or licentious prostitutes. He is so bizarre; it is virtually as if the story was written from one facet solely.
Amy Robsart is one other Tudor Sadgirl as soon as she and Robin bought married (spoilers? Is the story spoilers? I nonetheless cannot inform), and whereas that most likely true, I am so glad we are able to see her as an individual and never a strolling model of the scowling face emoji. She has political opinions! I imply, yeah, these opinions are for killing all of the rebellious peasants, however she flirts with Robin and he or she argues along with her mom, and it is good to see her getting greater than she normally will get.
The council pressures Edward to signal Thomas Seymour’s demise warrant for treason. I suppose we do not technically know that is his demise warrant, however he is already underneath arrest, so. Logic. Somerset (I actually like him, despite the fact that he did not do an incredible job!) struggles to co-sign him however in the end decides to take action because it’s his job as Lord Protector. A job he will not have for a very long time!
Elizabeth visits Edward to actually hammer residence how loyal she is, and I’ve to touch upon how very fairly Edward’s barred doublet is. I like him a lot. When Elizabeth involves see him, Mary is there and mainly says I instructed you about Thomas and Catherine’s home till Elizabeth stated cannot you. Edward says possibly Thomas will spend his life within the tower, and Elizabeth says no, traitors positively deserve demise. Shit once more, Elizabeth! I am not clear on his motives right here. Does she ever need to be tied to him? Is she fearful if he survives, she’s going to really feel linked to him? Does she really feel at risk of getting him alive? A lot of choices right here.
The council tries to decide on a brand new protector and presents the place to Mary; and I do not know if that truly occurred. It might be enjoyable if it did! The providing, I imply, since she positively by no means grew to become Lord (Woman?) Protector. Mary needs to do it, and he or she mentions how terribly her father handled her, and he or she needs to maintain Edward secure from that. I adore it, besides she says it to Somerset on his approach to his brother’s execution, and he or she says it within the bigger context of “I am changing you” after which ends it with “I feel your brother is ready for you, sir.” Shit, Mary!
Somerset loses his shit about Mary usurping his place, so he grabs Edward and leaves him from there, sending an emergency message to Dudley for assist. Besides Dudley’s solely assistance is – betrayal!! The Lord Protector isn’t Somerset, it’s not Mary, it’s John DUDLEY. Flip!
Due to Edward’s seizure and flight, Somerset doesn’t seem at Thomas’s execution. The execution of Thomas the place he tries to get his servant to ship a notice in Thomas’s shoe to Elizabeth, besides simply earlier than Thomas’s head is minimize off (with an axe! ahhh!), the servant catches up and Thomas dies figuring out the 15-year-old he provided most likely will not get his grade.
Besides that she Is. Elizabeth has conferences along with her two siblings about Thomas after his demise. Within the first, Mary walks into Elizabeth’s room and reads whereas they each wait. When Mary is fairly certain the execution is over, she kneels subsequent to Elizabeth and tells her that what cannot be healed have to be endured and that she lived via that when she was youthful. She additionally says that when Elizabeth was a baby she favored to carry Mary’s hand and “you continue to can”. OH NO, MY HEART. Once more, all content material from the Tudor Siblings. I am right here for all of it. They’re the kids of Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn and Jane Seymour. That is to say stunning. And so they all consolation one another and combat and have non secular disagreements. I like him a lot.
Elizabeth’s last check is with Edward. He tells her that Thomas wrote her a notice and presents it to her saying that he hasn’t learn it. Elizabeth tells him that these are the final phrases of a traitor and throws the notice into the hearth. IT WAS THE ONLY OPTION. I imply, I am certain it was robust, despite the fact that he was impolite and terrible and made horrible selections, however what else was she going to do? Show to his paranoid child-king brother that his biggest loyalty was to not him?
Edward smiled at her and hugged her. Peace between brothers and sisters once more! For a second, anyway.