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- Director: Jamie Donoughue
- Writer: Lisa Holdsworth
- Description: Matthew and Diana return from Elizabethan London to find tragedy at Sept-Tours; Agatha challenges Knox in the Congregation; Diana learns she's carrying twins.
The story continues as we see the Congregation member and daemon, Agatha, saying goodbye to her son, Nathaniel (Daniel Ezra). She's heading for Venice to call a meeting with The Congregation to deal with Peter Knox. Notice the portrait to the far right of the screen just barely visible with a dim, amber light above it. It is the portrait of Philippe de Clermont, whom we previously met in episodes 5 and 6 of season 2.
Philippe became one of the most beloved characters of season 2 and was a key part of Matthew's arc; his coming to terms with his past. In season 2 we saw Philippe welcome Diana, a witch, into the de Clermont family. Philippe had previously established The Covenant that states species should be kept separate and not cross-mate or even socialize with species other than their own. For centuries the creatures have existed under the radar, blending in and avoiding detection by humans. Vampires and witches are particularly forbidden from being with each other. Philippe changed the rules by welcoming Diana but he kept their presence secret all of these centuries, which keeps The Covenant intact. The Congregation still thinks the species cannot have relationships with others outside of their species like a vampire and a witch or a witch and a daemon, or a daemon and a vampire. In season 3, episode 1, The Covenant's usefulness/uselessness is debated, but we'll get to that in a moment.
Portrait of Philippe de Clermont in the entryway of Sept-Tours.
This is a screen capture using the stream at HD 1080p. The indoor photography for this show is notoriously darker, which can be quite frustrating.
One of my favorite scenes of this episode follows the meeting. Phoebe (Adelle Leonce), Marcus’s girlfriend, introduces herself to Matthew. He’s very tense and acts quite in the same patriarchal manner as Philippe, who was rather cold when Diana and Matthew arrived at his command back in season 2. Matthew's attitude is stern and reprimanding. In fact, Phoebe finds Matthew looking out of the window where we last saw Philippe doing the same at the end of episode 6 of season 2. Matthew is standing in the very space that was Philippe’s office when he loses his cool. Matthew echoes Philippe’s tone of disapproval in addressing Marcus who enters shortly after Phoebe. At the end of season 1, Matthew entrusted him with the responsibility of the Grand Master of the Knights of Lazarus. He sees Emily Mather’s murder as something Marcus (Edward Bluemel) should have prevented regardless of the powers that overcame him when he went to the temple to stop Peter Knox.
|Beautiful framing that calls back to Philippe in S2|
|The funeral for Emily Mather|
“There, there.” Gallowglass lifted her into a bear hug. “It’s been some time since the sight of me brought a woman to tears. Besides, it really should be me weeping at our reunion. As far as you’re concerned, it’s been only a few days since we spoke. By my reckoning it’s been centuries.”
|Steven Cree portrays Gallowglass. You can almost see his grin beneath the beard.|
|If you are an All Souls book reader, Gallowglass's hug likely made your heart swell as it did this writer.|
|The index finger has a tattoo with a combination of runes from the ancient alphabet. Bind runes may be depicted in this shot of Gallowglass's index finger.|
|Matthew Goode as Matthew de Clermont|
|Agatha's eyewear is by Campbell Marson.|
Thank you for the info, Molly Emma Rowe, costume designer.
Tanya Moodie portrays Agatha Wilson.
|Satu (Malin Buska) voting to banish Peter Knox from The Congregation.|
Miriam (Aiysha Hart) is holding the page from Ashmole 782. Matthew walks over and looks at a painting across from him. It is another portrait, but this time it is of both Ysabeau and Philippe, which is also dimly lit. We fans really loved the distant relationship in episode 6 between Ysabeau and Philippe. I know it was one of the most memorable episodes of season 2. This is a loving acknowledgment of their undying love for each other.
|Portrait of Ysabeau (Lindsay Duncan) and Philippe (James Purefoy)|
Diana sets up a meeting with an old friend and research scientist, Chris (Ivanno Jeremiah). The goal is to analyze the page's DNA from the book (actually printed on the skins of ancient witches) and to study the genetics of the disease that causes blood rage. It sets up next week's episode in which we see Matthew talking to an audience about the fact that he is a vampire.
|Blood rage is going to throw off the balance of everything in Matthew and Diana's world. Domenico hands Baldwin evidence that ties the killer to Matthew and Diana. He makes it clear that he's not helping to take down the de Clermonts, unlike Gerbert.|
|Gerbert (Trevor Eve) hates the de Clermonts and is determined to rid them of their power.|
|Jacob Ifan plays Benjamin Fuchs|
Indeed, Matthew and Diana land back in the 21st century to deal with threats in what's to come as they try to unravel the mystery of The Book of Life. It is likely more characters are going to be introduced as Marcus sets about to form a scion. This is explained in the episode, however, if you have the book, go to chapter 5 where you can find the explanation. I've copied it out of the book for you here:
"Any male with full-blooded children of his own can establish a scion, provided he has the approval of his sire or the head of his clan. The new scion will be considered a branch of the original family, but in all other ways the new scion’s sire shall exercise his will and power freely."
We're also going to see a couple of other characters return from season 2. Stay tuned for more posts!