‘Knightfall’ Season 2 Premiere: Episode 1 Recap, “God’s Executioners”

History Channel's 'Knightfall,' Season 2,  Episode 1, God's Executioners, Landry

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Welcome to the premiere episode of History Channel’s Knightfall‘s second season. Here’s what went down in Episode 1 (titled “God’s Executioner”).

Season 1 of Knightfall closed with Landry’s (Tom Cullen) world in tatters. not only was his girlfriend, Queen Joan (Olivia Ross) dead, but the Templars had totally worked out that Landry had shagged a woman. As a result of this, they want no part of him in the Season 2 premiere.

Although, Tancrede (Sam Merrells) is still on Landry’s side and agrees to take Joan’s baby to Landry and hide her away from the world. Landry names her Eve as Tancrede leaves because we really need another woman called Eve who is mixed up in religious sin.

When Eve is gone, Landry tries to get his foot back into the Templar door. And he spends a long time knocking on the door to one of the Templar strongholds until they get sick of him and invite him inside. Tancrede waxes lyrical about how Landry may have sinned but he would do anything else for the Templar Knights. In the end, they vote and thanks to a single swinging vote, Landry is invited back into the Templar Knights. However, he must start at the bottom once more.

History Channel's 'Knightfall,' Season 2,  Episode 1, God's Executioners, Talus, Landry

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Heading the initiates is Talus (Mark Hamill) and he certainly didn’t vote to have Landry back inside. So, he makes his life pretty miserable during training. Landry still manages to make a friend, though, and fans of Vikings will remember Dean Ridge as Magnus. In Knightfall, he plays the initiate called Rhone.

While Talus is really not impressed with Landry, there comes a point in the episode when the initiates are needed to help the Templars reclaim some gold hidden previously. The Templars figure this would be a good time to use the initiates. Plus, Landry is one of the only ones who know where the gold is hidden. of course, when things go pear-shaped and a battle ensues, Landry decides to ignore orders and fight his own fight. Talus tells him that maybe he should finally just lead the order and stop annoying them. By them, Talus means him.

Meanwhile, in the royal courts of King Philip (Ed Stoppard), everyone looks entirely different. Philip has grown a beard, William De Nogaret (Julian Ovenden) has a funky new hairdo and Princess Isabella, well, she’s an entirely new person with Genevieve Gaunt taking over from Sabrina Bartlett. In addition to the new look French court, Prince Loius (Tom Forbes) has also shown up.

History Channel's 'Knightfall,' Season 2,  Episode 1, God's Executioners, Princess Isabella, William de Nogaret, King Philip

[Image via Larry Horricks/History Channel]

Who is Prince Loius, you ask?

Well, he is the son of King Philip and I’m not even sure we really heard about him in Season 1 of Knightfall. Regardless, he is home and pissed that he is only just finding out now about the death of his mother.

Philip is spouting a story about how Landry killed Queen Joan. Anyone who disagrees with the “official” story gets their tongue removed. So, by the time Louis shows up, the official story is in full swing. Louis doesn’t seem entirely up with this story and exhumes his mother’s body. in the process, they only now just work out that Joan has had the baby cut from her belly.

Which means that on top of King Philip still wanting Landry dead, he also wants to find Joan’s baby.

De Nogaret is still shifty as fuck in Season 2 of Knightfall. However, this is tempered by the fact that Philip is walking the crazy line with his fury over Landry and De Nogaret is merely trying to stop Philip from fucking up royally in this episode of Knightfall.

History Channel's 'Knightfall,' Season 2,  Episode 1, God's Executioners, Gawaine

[Image via Larry Horricks/History Channel]

Gawaine (Pádraic Delaney) makes an appearance in Episode 1 of Knightfall Season 2. However, he is now called the Crusader and is in some sort of Medieval fight club scenario. De Nogaret finds him and offers a proposition. However, viewers will have to wait until Episode 2 to find out what it is. Although, let’s face it, it will likely involve a plot to have Landry killed.

What did you think of the premiere episode of Knightfall Season 2? Let us know by commenting below!


Knightfall returns to History Channel on Monday, April 8, at 10 p.m. ET. History Channel lists the following synopsis for Episode 2 (titled “The Devil Inside”).

“Landry continues his training in the Knights Templar Order under the harsh guidance of Talus, the battle-hardened Initiate master; DeNogaret implores King Philip to build a legal case against the Knights; Prince Louis is tasked with a secret mission.”

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