Blogging about "A Discovery of Witches" gives me an outlet to process what is happening to the characters in the All Souls Trilogy TV show universe, which is adapted from the three books by Deborah Harkness. I'm grateful that I found the show during a tough summer of 2020. I didn't visit with family or visit friends; didn't take a vacation. So I went on the ADOW journey. Indeed, the story has been quite an extraordinary journey so far.
The following analysis is solely my own. Some of it offers an opinion while recapping portions of the episode. The focus is usually on a particular aspect of the story or aspect of a character. Anything in this post is created by the blog's author who is an inspired fan wanting to promote the work. Feedback is welcome. Let me know if you like or don't like something. Please leave a comment here or on Instagram @thataddamsgirl.
For those keeping track of the directors and writers of season 2 episodes:
- E1, 4, 7: Farren Blackburn
- E2, 3, 5: Philippa Langdale
- E6: Jonathan Teplitzky
- He also directed Matthew Goode in Burning Man, James Purefoy in Churchill
- E1: Sarah Dollard
- E2: Susie Conklin
- E3: Polly Buckle
- E4, 6: Peter McTighe
- E5: Lisa Holdsworth
- E7: Joseph Wilde
Shudder TV episode description: Matthew and Diana arrive in Bohemia. Matthew is pushed to the edge.
If you haven't watched episode 7, you will be spoiled if you read any further. I'll only refer to the book when it is significantly relevant.
Episode 7 begins with a recap of moments as if to give us a checklist of some of what we know so far.
- Edward Kelley is in Bohemia; Queen Elizabeth wants him to create the Philosopher's Stone, and Matthew volunteered as her spy to capture him. Kelley's likely in possession of The Book of Life. The queen's royal ambassadors were turned away by Emperor Rudolf II.
- Matthew at Sept-Tours tangled with Philippe, losing control to his blood rage, and Diana witnessed it for the first time. Gerbert and Domenico are fully aware of the de Clermont's infected bloodline and are tying two recent murders in Oxford to the family.
- Philippe's blood vow with his ouroboros onto Diana's forehead; she's a de Clermont
- Matthew and Diana's wedding vows exchanged.
- Philippe's coded message to Ysabeau that he hid for her to discover in present-day informing her that after marrying, Matthew and Diana are on their way to Bohemia to find The Book of Life.
|Alternative dialogue: "Excuse me, but I didn't give you permission to kiss the hand of my wife."|
|Matthew gave a millisecond smirk when he looked at Diana and back at Gallowglass.|
|Diana hearing she's now "Auntie."|
|Gallowglass walks in with the box saying,|
"I assume that's not you, Matthew."😂
You guessed it, a gift is delivered from Rudolf to Diana.
Picture Rudolf instructing that the messenger
say "For the goddess," loud enough to be heard inside.
It's an automaton -- The Goddess Diana; Goddess of the Hunt.
Matthew glares at it; nothing left to the imagination. Provocative, indeed.
|He recognized Philippe's scent from the blood vow; he's a vampire, too. He can only know that scent if he were also part of the family, but she doesn't yet realize this fact.|
|Loaded with information, this guy! (Jacob Ifan as Benjamin)|
|Michael Jibson as Rudolf II|
|Kelley screams "It begins with absence and desire, blood and fear, it begins with a discovery of witches!"|
|"Šárka destroyed an entire battalion of men by herself," says Matthew.|
See The Maidens' War.
|"Play nice," she says. He grunts.|
|The easy way in is not always the easy way out.|
|Giving it a score of 10 on the landing, if it were the Olympics.|
He goes on, "You've never seen what it makes me do."
She softens her voice, "You won't hurt me."
"We're still talking."
"Let me go!"