'Barkskins' Episode 4 Preview: Will Duquet kill Thom? How will Hamish and Yvon find what happened at massacre?
Spoilers for 'Barkskins' Season 1 Episode 3 'The Sugared Plum'
For what seems like a long time now, Charles Duquet (James Bloor) has been trying to survive in the wilderness of New Canada. Brought here as an indentured servant by Monsieur Claude Trepagny (David Thewlis), he successfully breaches their contract and escapes the woods. He realizes that manual labor like the kind that Trepagny was expecting from him is not fit for him so he tries to escape but is lost in the wildness of New France.
After that, Sachem (Chaske Spencer) finds him and tries to berate him, but Duquet has no shame and follows the tribe into the Wendat Village. Here, in the latest episode, Teyaronhiio' (Gail Maurice) examines him and rules that their village does not have place for one more person, and sternly, without a second thought, asks the Frenchman to leave. Duquet is practically shooed off.
Soon, he runs into Elisha Cooke (Thomas M Wright), the man responsible for the massacre and Gus Lafarge's (Matthew Lillard) eventual death. It seems like Duquet is on one never-ending adventure that pits him against himself.
Cooke might have dismissed him at first but desperate after Lafarge's body is hanged in the middle of the town, seeks Duquet's help. Duquet is to go into the woods with Thom (Kyle Breitkopf), Lafarge's son, and return alone. In a comical sequence, Duquet asks him if he is to only lose the child, but given he has never worked with Cooke yet, he doesn't know what he has in store for himself.
With three episodes in, this is by far his biggest test for survival. If Duquet is to successfully get rid of Thom for Cooke, he will be working under the vile Englishman. This could lead to troubles with Trepagny, as Duquet was his contractual servant and can't break the law like this. In addition to this, Cooke and Trepagny have differences because the Frenchman owns more land than him.
If Thom is killed, how will Hamish Goames (Aneurin Barnard) and Yvon (Zahn McClarnon) find what happened at the massacre and the truth about Cooke's involvement in it?
'Barkskins' airs on National Geographic on Mondays at 9/8c.