Here’s what went down in Episode 10 (titled “Do You See The Blue”) of the Knightfall Season 1 finale.
Landry Lives to Fight Another Day. Like, Literally, the Next Day
Now, everyone was shocked when Gawain (Padraic Delaney) took what looked like a sledgehammer to Landry’s (Tom Cullen) knee in Episode 9 of Knightfall. So, when Landry is still screaming when Episode 10 starts, I figure it’s pretty bad. However, the doctor looks at it, lets a bit of blood flow and, Bazinga!, that knee is pretty much recovered.
King Philip Turns in a Darker Version of Prince Humperdinck
Mostly, it has been Queen Joan (Olivia Ross) who has been saying King Philip (Ed Stoppard) is the worst. However, in Episode 10 of Knightfall, viewers get to find out just how mean he can be.
First, he and William De Nogaret (Julian Ovenden) get together an army and a plan to take out Landry quietly in the forest of Versailles. Since that ninja assassin was working for De Nogaret, they now have the Holy Grail in their hot little hands and use that as leverage to lure Landry back to Paris.
Once Landry gets his knee sorted out, that is exactly what he does. Even though Pope Boniface (Jim Carter) is now besties with him (and, no, the audience still doesn’t know what Landry’s mum said to flip the switch), the Grand Master, Jacques (Robert Pugh), is too old-school to break the rules and follow a womaniser into a battle with the king. So, Landry takes his small group and heads back to France.
King Philip gives his wife, Joan, one last chance to be by his side in Episode 10 of Knightfall. He apologises for what he did to her handmaiden and offers they reset themselves back to when they first met. As Joan reminds him, that was when she was three. And, no, she doesn’t want to cuddle with him ever again. This pisses Philip off and he pulls the patriarchy card and reminds her that she is his possession anyway.
Joan then has a gyno appointment and, while there, she overhears a conversation that completely outlines Philip and De Nogaret’s plan to kill Landry’s group in the forest in Versailles. There is so much information included in this conversation that I am sure the king wanted Joan to know all this.
Queen Joan then tries to suck up to Philip, hoping he won’t kill Landry if she pretends to love him. Philip doesn’t fall for her shit, so Joan has to bash him over the head with a candlestick, steal the Holy Grail, don a blue coat, and ride off in pursuit of Landry.
Battles and Birthing and Blue Things
Luckily, she finds Landry before the fight breaks out. Unfortunately, for her, though, she is now in the early stages of labour. She is then stretchered out of there so the men can prepare for battle.
Once they all side up, it becomes apparent that Gawain is fighting on Team Philip. Being his usually mouthy self, he can’t wait to tell everyone that his leg is now fixed thanks to the royal doctor and a metal brace.
And so, commences the epic battle part of the Season 1 finale of Knightfall.
There are the usual slo-mo and speed-ups that make every battle scene in Knightfall good value. However, interspersed with all this is Joan getting more and more labour-y. So, of course, they have to stop well before Joan is in the safe zone to help her birth the baby.
Meanwhile, Gawain manages to goad Landry into coming at him. Once again, Landry is totally predictable and he walks right into Gawain’s trap. Gawain’s men surround Landry with their shields and spirit him away from the battle.
No one notices this for a very long time.
Once separated, King Philip casually walks into the circle of shields and starts to monologue. Except, this time, the baddie really does get to fuck shit up (ie. Landry) before being foiled. He manages to get the upper hand with Landry thanks to his conveniently injured knee and beats the living shit out of him.
While all this is going on, the Grand Master shows up at just the right time to clean up Team Philip.
A single Templar saw Landry being taken and turns up at Joan’s side. I’m not really sure why he didn’t return to the fight and get someone more qualified, but, there you go. When Joan hears Landry is in trouble, she staggers off to find him. This is pretty easy to do by now as the battle has followed the Templar to Joan and the others that were trying to help her are distracted.
So, Joan turns up and begs Philip to spare Landry. Of course, the king isn’t going to do that because he’s so mad that Landry has been fucking his wife under his nose for all these years.
Oh, hang on; he has a change of heart. He will let Landry live.
And then he stabs Joan in the belly.
After that, Team Philip disappears then rather than have the Grand Master deal with them and Landry is left to cry over a dying Joan.
The doctor takes one look at Joan and declares she’s unfixable. Landry, knowing Joan has pinched the Grail from Philip, fills the cup with water and gives that a try. Joan says she feels better but, as is the way when you’re dying, she isn’t in pain anymore because she is dead.
Hugging Joan, Landry feels movement in her belly and an emergency C-section is performed. The baby is healthy and a girl. Which is lovely, but what the hell is Landry going to do with a baby now?
Episode 10 of Knightfall ends with the Templar called Berenger (Peter O’Meara) sneaking around and digging out a tiny scroll with a message from the base of the broken Grail cup. I have no idea what the note says but I’m pretty sure the fact Landry’s name is written in red and that Berenger swallows the scroll after reading it, that this shit is very important.
However, viewers will have to wait to find out–hopefully!
According to SpoilerTV, Knightfall has been renewed for Season 2. However, there has been no official word from History Channel yet. Stay tuned and we will let you know as soon as an official announcement is made!
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