Synopsis: Vitus returns with a message for Aulus. Ania is placed in an impossible situation and The Traveller tracks down Lucius.
Review: Aulus receives an invitation Druid style.
Having been spared by Harka. Vitus is sent back to General Aulus with the severed head of one of the massacred soldiers, with a druid symbol drawn on its forehead. Aulus sees the significance of the message immediately and leaves Vitus in charge while he travels to meet Hella and try and get a meeting with Harka, but before leaving he plays Vitus and Domitius off against each other.
With Aulus out of the camp. Domitius gets Vitus to tell him everything that Aulus has done since entering Britannia. Vitus reveals that Aulus has practiced witchcraft and partook in Druid rituals and believes him to be in the thrall of the Cantii Queen Amina. Domitius who believes he now has the upper hand on Aulus sends Vitus back home to Rome with his two aids.
Elsewhere a traveller who is an old friend track down Lucius who has been living a simple life as a fisherman since leaving General Aulus’s side. The traveller believes that Lucius is in possession of a spear that pierced the skin of Jesus during the crucifixion. Lucius is confused by this given that although he wielded the spear. He has no recollection of having kept it.
Ania, who has been spying on Harka’s camp. It put in an impossible situation when Veran orders her to essentially inform on his whereabouts.
There are some terrific performances in this episode. I particularly enjoyed the scenes where Vitus tells Domitius everything he knows about Aulus. Gershwyn Eustache Jnr delivers an awesome monologue in the form of Vitus’s report, which pretty much recaps the series thus far for the benefit of both viewers as well as Domitius. The smug expression that Paul Chahidi manages to muster for his portrayal of a self-satisfied Domitius is fantastic.
Also worth mentioning is the scene between David Morrissey and Mackenzie Crook in which Aulus and Harka get to meet and trade information. Aulus and Harka both want to get to the Maiden aka Cait, who is still under the mentorship of Divis. Harka is concerned that Cait’s powers are growing.
We’re now getting to the business end of the second season now and this episode pretty much sews a few seeds for what is to come. I loved the meeting between Harka and Aulus and get the impression that their alliance is one of convenience given that I think both men will likely kill each other at the earliest opportunity. I also loved the metaphor of every living being a sacrifice given that we all live and we all die.
Overall. A solid episode, which sets things up really well for what is to come. The question is who will die come the close of the series.
- CGI & Stunts9.4
- Incidental Music9.5