Queen Elena of Catalonia Plots
Not happy with the fact Prince Lluis (Marco Franz) is dead, Queen Elena (Claudia Bassols) sets her sights on the one thing she has always wanted: Navarre. Of course, this is also the place that belongs to her sister, Queen Joan (Olivia Ross). Not letting that distract her, Elena lends her hand to stirring shit up. Well, not her actual hand, but, rather, a whole bag of hands she relieved from the Navarre army.
When King Philip (Ed Stoppard) hears about this, he is obviously not impressed. Joan, on the other hand (pun totally intended), is livid. Even more so when her hubby says she has to stay home because she is pregnant. Joan ignores his demands and sneaks off in the middle of the night in order sort shit out with her sister in Navarre.
Before she leaves though, it has been announced to everyone that the queen is pregnant. On top of this, Philip thinking Landry (Tom Cullen) is his bestie and not banging his wife at all, tells Landry to cop a feel of Joan’s belly. It is awkward for everyone–except the clueless King Philip.
The King Goes Drinking
Once his queen is out of town, the king decides he and Landry need to go out on the town.
The king gets blind and has a punch up with a guy. Afterwards, he has a little chat to Landry about how stepping away from the situation helps him to see more clearly.
This, of course, leads to talk of William De Nogaret (Julian Ovenden).
The king admits he should have known De Nogaret was up to no good. After all, he knows everyone lies to him–except for his awesome dude-bro mate, Landry, of course.
Seriously, we all know where this is leading to, don’t we? It’s just a matter of when the king will find out Landry was shagging his wife, not if.
De Nogaret Creeps
De Nogaret is already back within the walls of Paris. He is dressed like a beggar and already fishing for information. Enlisting Gawain (Padraic Delaney), De Nogaret both fishes for information and plants seeds in Gawain’s mind for later on.
De Nogaret is more interested in finding the Holy Grail. However, information Gawain shares with him about Landry and his admission he has lain with a married woman and made her pregnant, leads to De Nogaret working out pretty quickly he who Queen Joan is up the duff with.
It seems like De Nogaret might be back in the king’s royal favour much quicker than anyone expected, once he alerts Philip to these transgressions.
Plus, what was I saying about when, and not if?
The Search for the Holy Grail is Shot Down in Flames
While Landry is struggling with committing adultery, he also has some pretty major Holy Grail shit to sort out.
Episode 6 of Knightfall saw him being told by the Brotherhood of Light that he would find the Grail in the place he first met Godfrey (Sam Hazeldine). So, Landry heads off to the orphanage he grew up in only to discover some kid with a candle has burned the place down.
Guess that’s it for the Grail then. So, Landry heads home and has a chat to the Pope about it. This doesn’t go well once Landry ‘fesses up to Godfrey being a traitor and to the fact that Landry may or may not give the Grail to the Brotherhood of Light if he had ever found it. Pope Boniface (Jim Carter) immediately tells Landry he is done with looking for the grail.
However, considering how paranoid this episode makes me feel by the end of it, I am wondering if Landry just told the wrong person the information he successfully withheld from the Brotherhood of Light.
Landry, the Cripple, and the Mystery Woman
Gawain is pretty pissed with Landry in Episode 7 of Knightfall. Not only does he argue with Landry over infidelity and how a Templar Master just shouldn’t do it, but they also disagree over whether Gawain should be able to drink from the Holy Grail or not.
For the record, Landry is Team No, and Gawain is Team Judas.
Landry is initially dejected and stops his search for the Gail after discovering the burnt down orphanage. However, the same woman who told him and Gawain the fire was an accident ends up revealing new information.
The woman is now super chatty with Landry and has plenty of information to share about the Grail. It turns out the fire story was just a decoy to keep people away from the search. The Grail, however, was moved prior to the fire and she is ready to show Landry where this new hiding spot is now.
For the record, she totally doesn’t trust Gawain, the cripple, hence the title of Episode 7 of Knightfall.
Regardless of her distrust of Gawain, because Landry vouches for him, the woman takes them to a nunnery. She allows Landry and Gawain make the final part of the journey through the tunnels to the new hiding spot by themselves.
The tunnel leads to a roofless room. An orange tree is growing in the middle of it–make of that what you like. In its branches is a box containing the Holy Grail cup.
Gawain, once confirming it is the grail, attacks Landry. Of course, Landry is no match for the cripple–but he won’t kill him either. Instead, he knocks him unconscious and takes the Grail.
When he returns to the woman, he tells her he will not hide it again, but take it to the Pope.
The woman says this is a great mistake and will get him killed.
“Oh, and by the way, I’m your mum.”
Right-o then. It will be interesting to see how Landry processes this information in the next episode of Knightfall.
Parsifal and the Message
While all this is going on in Episode 7 of Knightfall, Parsifal (Bobby Schofield) is asking an initiate to read him the message given to him by Adelina (Sarah-Sofie Boussnina) in Episode 6.
“I am in Paris, I need more men. IV.”
This is evidence Roland (Cengiz Dervis) was working with someone higher up. So, Parsifal, being the guy who always thinks things through before acting, demands Roland tell him who he is working for.
When this doesn’t work, he kidnaps Roland and takes him to a secluded place so he can torture him. Roland, not being a fool, can see the crazy in Parsifal and gives up the information fairly quickly. Of course, the audience has no idea what Roland said before Parsifal kills him. Did he say De Nogaret? The Vatican? I have no idea.
Parsifal goes straight to the initiate who read the note for him to tell him the big news.
And gets a sword to the guts from him for his time.
Which means viewers still don’t know who Roland was working for. *sigh*
Moral of the story kids? Make sure you learn how to read.
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Knightfall returns to History Channel on Wednesday, January 24, at 10 p.m. ET. Zap2It lists the following synopsis for Episode 8 (titled “IV”).
“The Paris Temple of the Knights Templar is under siege; De Nogaret plants doubt in King Philip’s mind; Queen Joan must decide what is best for Navarre.”
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