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TV Review: The Bastard Executioner 1.7 “Behold the Lamb/Gweled yr Oen”
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The Bastard Executioner
Season 1 Episode 7: “Behold the Lamb/Gweled yr Oen”
Directed by Ashley Way
Written by Carly Wray & Kurt Sutter
Created by Kurt Sutter
Starring Lee Jones, Stephen Moyer, Katey Sagal, Kurt Sutter, Sam Spruell, Darren Evans, Matthew Rhys, Timothy V. Murphy, Flora Spencer-Longhurst, Elen Rhys, Danny Sapani
FX
Air Date: Tuesday, October 20th, 2015, 10:00pm

Last week, The Bastard Executioner, we discovered that Lady Love (Flora Spencer-Longhurst) is a rebel, and her brother (Matthew Rhys) is The Wolf! Wilkin and Toran (Lee Jones and Sam Spruell) plan to ditch the shire, but Jessamy (Sarah Sweeney) snitches. Milus Corbett (Stephen Moyer) tries to slake their vengeance thirst by giving them one of the men that detroyed their village. Toran has a good old time torturing the man, in one of the most gruesome torture scenes ever. Annora (Katey Sagal) starts pulling bloody thorns from her body, then brings them to Father Ruskin (Timothy V. Murphy) with a warning.

Spoilers below.

The Bastard Executioner 1.7 “Behold the Lamb/Gweled yr Oen” review: Wow. Just wow. This episode put me on a twisty roller coaster of pain, and sadness, and hope. Corbett did a horrible thing, then used logic to make it seem he is not a “monster.” The logic? He found a patsy to take the fall for burning Baron Pryce’s wife alive – a man on his way to debtor’s prison. In exchange for his torture and death, the debts were forgiven, and his wife and kids taken care of for the rest of their lives. The trade for the victim was understandable. Corbett made it seem to Brattle that he was doing the man a favor. And he was, in a sadistic way. However, couldn’t he have just helped the man and his family anyway?

Wilkin and Toran go on a rebel hunting party. These are the scenes that really bother me. Not because of the plethora of violence, but because they are killing their own people, just so they don’t blow their cover. One of Corbett’s men, Leon, dies in the skirmish, and Wilkin calls it. Milus is going to blame them. A man for a man. Milus sneaks out and kills one of his – Calo.

I really like that Lady Love is a strong woman, as strong as one can be in this patriarchal world. She doesn’t let Corbett and Pryce, fool her into marrying Pryce, and slaps Pryce when he mentiones the “baron was barren.” They both seem regretful at this moment. You can really see that Milus loves this shire, and really cares for Love. That’s why Stephen Moyer is the best part of this show.

Another part that is getting more intriguing, partly because of the talent of Timothy V. Murphy, is Father Ruskin’s attempt to warn Annora about the search for the markings. His subtle demeanor was so mesmerizing. Nothing much happened , and I feel like everything happened.

Yes! Wilkin finally confessed to Love who he really was. He gave her his confession, and wanted his life to end. He can’t live with this burden any longer. She is not having it. She finally wants a man (and what a man!), and he wants to die? Nope. Not after that kiss. At least she knows everything now. Well almost everything. Wilkin was saying his goodbyes, and gave his fake wife some parting love. I’m sure she will end up pregnant, messing up the Love possibility.

The death scene at the end is one of the graphic to date. Watch and cringe.

The Bastard Executioner airs Tuesday nights at 10pm ET on FX.

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The Bastard Executioner – Next On: Behold the Lamb / Gweled yr Oen


Wilkin and Lady Love come to grips with condemning an innocent man to death.

1 Comment »

  1. I was really looking forward to this show after loving SOA but was really disappointed with the first episode. The stretch of realism was just too much. Katey Segal’s accent was silly and the guy who had the notepad in the supposed 14th century was ridiculous. My question is, has the show gotten better? Will it irritate me to watch another episode like I felt with the first one? You, the poster, seem to like it. How does it compare to Vikings (which I love)?

    Comment by KLD — October 25, 2015 @ 8:40 pm

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