'Britannia' Season 2 Episode 4 Review: Aulus chops off his finger in his pursuit of Cait
So far, Season 2 focuses more on scheming as Veran finds an adversary in the powerful Harka
Spoilers for 'Britannia' Season 2 Episode 4
Midway through Season 2 Episode 4 of 'Britannia', Willa (Jodie McNee) is asked by Aulus (David Morrissey) to use her powers on him. For this, she needs a part of him and asks for his little finger. This is shortly after Willa had sent her tormentor to burn alive by himself after catching hold of a piece of his hair. When she takes his finger in her hand to cast a spell on him, she is confronted by who he really is — Lokka.
This episode is yet another instalment of the relentless Aulus putting all his might into hunting down Cait (Eleanor Worthington Cox). Following the events of the previous episode, the Romans returned home empty-handed. But Aulus gets information from an unwelcome source — Hella (Laura Donnelly).
On the other side of the land, Phelan (Julian Rhind-Tutt) is on his way to fulfil the task given to him by Harka (Mackenzie Crook). He finds the three boys and brings them back to Harka. In yet another chapter of Phelan being played into believing he's working for the greater good, Harka makes complete use of him to find Cait and even finds out where she is.
Cait, meanwhile, tells Divis (Nikolaj Lie Kaas) about the vision she has about Harka. But Divis stops her midway, refusing to believe that The Dead Man is alive and back. Even when the skies literally cry tears, Divis doesn't want to acknowledge that Harka is back. Perhaps he thinks they can escape him before he catches up with them — perhaps he thinks Cait will grow stronger if he keeps her (and himself) away from the truth.
When Willa tells Aulus about the next step for finding Cait, she tells him that he must employ Amena (Annabel Scholey) to get into the Devni land. The Queen of the Cantii is threatened at the thought of returning home and meeting her sister, who is the queen of the tribe. However, Aulus' bidding must be done and who else but Amena to do so.
It is difficult to gauge what is happening on 'Britannia'. Since a lot of the story relies on ancient folklore with a healthy fusion of contemporary fiction, the show takes all liberties it can. Episode 4 is a strong reminder of what is left behind in Season 1 — unnecessary gore and violence. So far, Season 2 focuses on more scheming as Veran (also played by Crook) finds an adversary in the powerful Harka.
Divis and Cait's journey is painfully slow, but guess you can only progress a small amount with the entire Roman army behind you. He criticises Cait for being reckless and nonchalant but we think their cause would benefit a lot more if he was just a little truthful with her.
'Britannia' airs on Epix on Sundays at 9/ 8c.