Synopsis: Veran and Harka face each other in a challenge only one of them can survive. Cait is forced to face her destiny.
Review: The season two finale sees everything come to a head where Harka and Veran are concerned, but it also rearranges the pieces a fair bit as well.
Having just killed Mallin. Phelan thinks he has redeemed himself and proceeds to bury his dead sisters head in the ground, but it seems he is not going to get off so easily because of a meeting with Quane gives Phelan new information about his place in the story. Quane is also on hand to pull Cait out of her grief and gives her the truth behind the Veran and her destiny.
While General Aulus is setting up camp in the newly conquered land. He is met by Amena who is a changed woman given everything that has happened. The two share a few hours before Amena heads out to be alone to grieve.
Elsewhere the battle of wits between Veran and Harka comes to a head as the two meet and fight. They are fully aware that only one of them will leave alive. As to how it will happen is a question that only the gods can answer. It does not end the way you think it will.
The episode ends with Cait looking to the horizon with intent to take on Aulus.
David Bradley is given a lot to do this week as Quane winds up having to advise Phelan and then talk to Cait about her destiny. To put it bluntly, Cait has a belly full fire and is set to take on Aulus by the close of the episode. But it is the scenes that Bradley shares with Julian Rhind-Tutt that provide some of the lighter moments in this otherwise very dark episode. The scenes he has with Cait basically serve to explain a bit more of the backstory of Veran and Harka and how they were both taken by the Druids as young boys and set up to fight each other from the very start.
This episode didn’t really have any big battles to end on. Instead, it kind of rearranges the various key players on the board. General Aulus pretty much has what he wants in terms of a throne to sit on. But you get the sense that the bigger story is waiting in the wings given what we learned about Phelan and his subsequent reunion with Amena toward the close of the episode. If Phelan does embrace his role as leader of The Cante then he can most likely make good use of Amena’s insights about Aulus as one of the few weapons he has to fight with.
By the end of the episode, you are left wondering when the next shoe is going to drop and also wondering if indeed we will see a third season for the series. Hopefully, we will because to leave things like they are would be a true disappointment.
- CGI & Stunts9.5
- Incidental Music9.7