King Philip’s beard
Season 2 finds King Philip still not over being cuckolded by Landry. Weird. To restore his wounded masculinity, he’s grown this very impressive beard. Philip is still the absolute worst; this guy keeps finding new lows to sink to and Ed Stoppard does a mesmerizing job of showing Philip’s descent into pure wickedness. But he looks like an edgy hipster pirate and I approve.
If you thought Luke was a crusty, grumpy old fart in The Last Jedi, he has nothing on Initiate Master Talus. His job is to turn trembling, awkward Templar initiates into “God’s Executioners”, and it’s clearly a role he relishes. Drill Sargent from hell, he has a particularly dislike for that “oathbreaking manwhore Landry” (er, I paraphrased). But maybe under that all that facial hair and browbeating beats a genuinely good heart. Regardless, Mark Hamill is sublimely fun to watch.
A LOT of Male Emoshuns
Landry is having a bad day. Like, weeks of bad days. Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Stripped of everything because of his sins, he must fight for redemption. But he’s not the only one trapped in a glass cage of emoshun. The male feelings are flowing fast and reckless. Philip thirsts for vengeance, for obvious reasons. His adviser DeNogaret wants vengeance on the Pope for ***REDACTED REASONS***. Former Templar Gawain wants, WAIT FOR IT, vengeance on Landry for… I don’t even remember, but he really hates Landry, and by default the rest of the Templars. And rounding them out is Crown Prince Louis, who just wants to find out why he can’t get it up for his wife Margaret. So many irrational, emotional men.
A recurring theme I’ve noticed in the first few episodes has been yearning after “impossible dreams.” These impossible dreams include Landry being able to raise his daughter, or even be in her life at all. Tancrede runs into an old flame and discovers he still harbors feelings forbidden for a Templar. A leper wishes for a miraculous healing so that he can be safely reunited with his wife and children. I don’t know how far they’ll flesh out this theme, but I’m hopeful that at least SOMEONE might be getting a happy ending this season?
With Queen Joan gone ( and that cringey love story with it, whew), Knightfall‘s female rep has been filled by Princess Isabella and new character Margaret, wife to King Philip’s oldest son Louis. The role of Princess Isabella has been recast, and Genevieve Gaunt brings a slightly more sinister air to the role. Isabella was often referred to as “The She-Wolf of France”, and AIN’T NOBODY falling for that docile, innocent face after we all saw what she did to her betrothed in Season 1. She plays the kind and dutiful sister in law to Margaret, but I have a bad feeling about those two
that may or may not but definitely was confirmed by Wikipedia. Trust no one, Margaret!!!
Season 2 of Knightfall premieres tonight at 10/9c on The History Channel! And catch up on our previous Knightfall recaps.
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