Episode Breakdown: Divine Elimination

Spoilers Alert: If you did not watch last night’s episode go no further

As I reflect on last night’s episode I keep thinking 2 things:

  1. I was not bored! That episode had so much going on.
  2. Did Shakespeare write it because people were dying and getting injured left and right?

Let’s start with the two main issues dictating the action of the episode. First, the kings and queens of Fillory sit on their cursed thrones and go on a murdering rampage, which was extremely enjoyable to watch. You go Margo, I knew that you could be as deadly in action as you are with your sarcasm! The other major plot involved Julia and The Beast using Marina as bait to kill Reynard. That whole story is nightmarishly terrifying and lacks all the whimsy of the cursed kings and queens of Fillory. Seriously, it’s too scary for me to discuss.

All of this leads to 7 deaths and one character that actually dies twice, if my math is correct. I’m telling you the episode would have been totally up Shakespeare’s alley. Or if you like Eliot’s assessment, “going full Harry Potter 7/8”.

Next week, I suppose we will find out what Julia is going to do without her crew, what happens to a stranded Penny, and Quentin’s journey to bring back Alice?

All of which is fine and good, but the Quentin and Alice love story has fallen a bit flat for me. It really jumped the shark when Alice dumped Q over the emotion magic three-some, she knows how powerful that stuff is! Putting that aside, there is the scene in this episode, where Alice and Quentin are taking the carriage in their search for The Beast. I found their conversation strained and I wasn’t buying the emotion of it. It felt a bit like there was a scene or more dialogue that needed to be created for this level of emotional intensity. Quentin’s big claim of love and Alice is freaking out, while dreaming of an ice cream sundae. The scene fits the characters and trajectory of the story, but it felt really unnecessarily high in feelings. That is until Quentin has to kill Niffin Alice. As that scene unfolded, I sat back and the previous scene made way more sense. The writers were giving us a lovely setup to be emotionally devastated and to make us believe in Quentin’s hero’s journey. I get it.

That was my only complaint. The episode really paid off for all of the build up offered in the last episode. I kind of kept waiting for Chris Hardwick to show up and do an “In Memorial” afterwards, like he does for The Walking Dead. It would have been a nice catharsis. But since that didn’t happen I just keep remembering that Eliot tried to get a cartographer to kill his friends. It makes me laugh every time.

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