'Knightfall' review: A foul murder makes revenge a sweet thing in season 2 episode 2

As William De Nogaret gets his long awaited sweet revenge, he advances closer to destroying Landry and the Knights Templar


                            'Knightfall' review: A foul murder makes revenge a sweet thing in season 2 episode 2

This Knightfall review contains spoilers.

The murder is foul, and so is redemption. However, revenge remains sweet.

In his thirst for revenge, King Philip IV (Ed Stoppard) tries to attack the Knights Templar and sets the wheels in motion, but nothing compares to the revenge William De Nogaret (Julian Ovenden) gets on Pope Boniface VIII (Jim Carter), when he sharply and strategically avenges the murder of his parents that happened years ago.

 

Opening with a flashback, we see two people tied to a pyre and burned alive. The allegation is the worship of a pagan god or a "false god."

"Mamma, papa," a young boy calls out in the year 1279 A.D. The desperate cry falls on deaf ears as a man in a black robe declares that there's no mercy, only punishment for those who do not choose Christ as their god. 

In a heart-wrenching scene, the little boy goes to the site after witnessing his parents being burnt alive and collects their ashes.



 

 

Fast forward to the day of Landry (Tom Cullen) being demoted as an "Initiate," we see the hero being tried and tested by the new Master, Talus (Mark Hamill), and there's no mercy for him too. The "Initiates," as those yet unqualified to be a Templar Knights and are "bullied" by the Knights and especially the Masters. Tasked with an almost impossible task to climb a slippery wall by Master Talus, the Initiates are mocked by the Knights. However, with Landry's strategy, ideas and resolute determination coupled with his belief in team effort, his team finish the task, much to the dismay of haters. Of course, that comes with intense background music and an even more intense monologue by Landry in perfect 'Knightfall,' style. We can tell Talus is impressed, but he never shows.

Tom Cullen as Landry and Mark Hamill as Master Talus in Knightfall season 2 (History Channel)
Tom Cullen as Landry and Mark Hamill as Master Talus in Knightfall season 2 (History Channel)

A complaint on one Initiate, Rhone (Dean Ridge), leads Landry and few others to bear the brunt of Landry's ill-timed heroic deeds, such as owning up to a mistake he did not commit. Tasked with another challenge to cut a tree at night, debark it and drag it to the Templar on foot, Landry and his fellow Initiates have their plates full. Now, it so happens that the woods where the fierce soldiers of Christ operate, a devil-worshipping cult lurks around, and Landry and his team discover the site. Attacked even before they could make out what's happening, one of the brothers, namely, Quentin, is brutally stabbed to death by a member of the satanic cult.

Landry blames himself for that, and so do few of the Knights. They go to the extent of claiming that he is possessed by the devil and perform a kind of an exorcism, where a burning brand is stamped on his chest to make a cross. When a friend asks Landry who committed that violence, he, of course, does not give away. "The is no place in a Templar for a man who betrays his brothers," says Landry, echoing Talus, who expelled an Initiate for complaining about Rhone.

 



 

While Landry is all gearing to redeem, De Nogaret has his revenge. Killing all the guards and granted permission by King Philip, who was threatened by Pope Boniface VIII to "submit or be damned," De Nogaret has a strong message before he does what he intends.

"Each time you visited Paris, I hoped somehow you'd recognize me," De Nogaret says as Pope Boniface VIII looks with furrowed brows and confusion. It does not take long for the audience to guess that he is the little boy screaming "mamma, papa."

The revelation does little to make Pope Boniface VIII regret, as he still believes his parents were "heretics" and deserved to die. Pope is smacked on the face and his golden white robe twirls as he hits the ground. He recognizes the ex-Knight Templar accompanying De Nogaret before he is strangled to death by King Philip's loyal advisor.  The ash is smeared on his forehead with a sign of a cross as he lies dead. What a sweet revenge that was. RIP.