‘Knightfall’ Season 1: Episode 5 Recap, “Hard Blows Will Banish The Sin”

History Channel's 'Knightfall,' Season 1, Episode 5, Hard Blows Will Banish the Sin, Landry and King Philip

[Image via Larry Horricks/History Channel]

Here’s what went down in Episode 5 (titled “Hard Blows Will Banish the Sin”) of Knightfall Season 1.

The Wedding of the Year

So, even though Knightfall went all Godfather at the end of Episode 4, the wedding is still underway. Princess Isabella (Sabrina Bartlett), is convinced Prince Lluis (Marco Franz) bragged about their night of passion and is now completely over the prince. Last episode saw the princess talk to William De Nogaret (Julian Ovenden) about her concerns and the adviser to the king was so excited at the official request that we all just knew Episode 5 of Knightfall would see De Nogaret pull out all the big guns in order to get the wedding cancelled.

History Channel does not disappoint in this regard.

De Nogaret agrees to speak to the Earl of Oxford about the horse head incident. However, when he gets there, the Earl is not there. Neither is his stuff. Gawain (Padraic Delaney) notices a smell though and declares that the Earl has been playing with Greek fire. Everyone shits themselves after this point and King Philip (Ed Stoppard) is told. Pope Boniface (Jim Carter), along with the others, decide the king is in grave danger.

History Channel's 'Knightfall,' Season 1, Episode 5, Hard Blows Will Banish the Sin, William De Nogaret

[Image via Larry Horricks/History Channel]

De Nogaret Gets Poisoned and Viewers Rejoice

During discussions about the Earl, De Nogaret takes the first swig of wine and discovers he has just been poisoned. While viewers are genuinely excited, those in the room with De Nogaret are horrified that they all nearly just died before De Nogaret stops them from drinking the wine. The Pope is so sure De Nogaret is going to die that he performs last rites over him.

While all this is going on, Tancrede (Simon Merrells) says he knows a bloke; a guy who wears a mask and who knows all about Greek fire. He also knows that Greek fire, while so flammable that water can’t put it out, can be identified with the aid of yellow of brimstone. This being more helpful than the idea that they need to track down a masked guy, means that brimstone is used in the palace until it is deemed safe from contamination.

History Channel's 'Knightfall,' Season 1, Episode 5, Hard Blows Will Banish the Sin, Gawain and Parsifal

[Image via Larry Horricks/History Channel]

The palace now being safer than the church is where the royal wedding is to be held.

But, whoever is determined to see the wedding fail (Hmmm… wonder who that could be?) has a backup plan.

As the wedding starts, a masked person appears and sends Landry (Tom Cullen) into a tizz. He takes an arrow rather than see the king be shot. After this, the room erupts into chaos and the princess is sent away in a carriage rather than risk her life inside the palace. Because everyone is still thinking this is likely the Earl of Oxford still pissed off that England lost to Catalonia.

The good prince Lluis tries to save his princess. He jumps into the carriage, but this was the plan all along. As soon as he is inside, Isabella jumps free and the carriage erupts thanks to Greek fire. Bye bye Prince Lluis, it was nice knowing you.


De Nogaret is Officially the Worst and so is Isabella

Episode 4 of Knightfall saw Isabella scheming with De Nogaret to get out of the royal wedding after De Nogaret planted the idea that Lluis told about having sex with the princess.

Episode 5 of Knightfall reveals that Isabella will go to any means necessary to get out of this wedding–even if it knowingly involves Greek fire!

She also knows about the poison and revives De Nogaret with the antidote. Seriously, this girl is a menace.

Although, to be fair, she probably has no idea the level of manipulation De Nogaret has gone to in order for her to fall in with his grand plan.

De Nogaret visits the Earl, who wasn’t missing at all, but kidnapped by the adviser and the masked person–who turns out to be a woman. Giving the typical bad buy monologue, viewers now know for certain that De Nogaret had a hand in everything and, thanks to the Earl of Oxford plot, France now thinks the Earl is responsible for everything and not England.

So guess who is going to marry the prince of England now?

It may have taken five episodes, but De Nogaret finally got his way in Knightfall.

History Channel's 'Knightfall,' Season 1, Episode 5, Hard Blows Will Banish the Sin, Landry and Queen Joan

[Image via Larry Horricks/History Channel]

All the Other Stuff

While the royal wedding is being fucked up, some other stuff also happens in Episode 5 of Knightfall Season 1.

  • Parsifal (Bobby Schofield) is convinced to give up on Marie and dedicate himself fully to the Templar Knights. Thank god for this. Here’s hoping Parsifal gets less annoying in subsequent episodes of Knightfall.
  • Adelina (Sarah-Sofie Boussnina) follows Roland (Cengiz Dervis) around.
  • Queen Joan reveals to her husband that she is pregnant. Philip is ecstatic.
  • Once Landry finds out he is the father of Joan’s baby, he gets all heroic and tries to plan for a future that involves him and Joan being together. Joan is more realistic than this, though, and tells him to just go back to being a Templar because there is no way they can possibly leave everything and just be together.
  • Landry finally catches the Brotherhood of Light with his orange bait. He agrees to give back the body of the Saracen Tancrede killed previously in Knightfall in exchange for a meeting.

What did you think of Episode 5 of Knightfall Season 1? Let us know by commenting below!


Knightfall returns to History Channel on Wednesday, January 10, at 10 p.m. ET. Zap2It lists the following synopsis for Episode 6 (titled “The Pilgrimage of Chains”).

“Landry is kidnapped and tortured by a mysterious group; a knight is expelled from the Templars; De Nogaret builds an army; Princess Isabella discovers who betrayed her.”

Season 1 episodes of History Channel’s Knightfall are available for purchase here. (This is an affiliate link.)

[Featured image via Larry Horricks/History Channel]

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