'Pennyworth Season 3' on HBO Max: How did Alfred's fiancee Esme Winikus die?

'Pennyworth Season 3' on HBO Max: How did Alfred's fiancee Esme Winikus die?
Emma Corrins as Esme Winikus and Jack Bannon as Alfred Pennyworth in 'Pennyworth' production still (Epix)

'Pennyworth' Season 3 is here and will amaze you with the latest episode. But did you know that Alfred had a fiancee with whom he was quite serious? It's Esme Winikus, played by none other than Emma Corrin who also starred in the Netflix series 'Crown' as the younger version of Princess Diana.

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'Pennyworth' is a series that actually follows the former British SAS soldier Alfred Pennyworth (who is also famously known as Bruce Wayne's family butler) forms a security company and goes to work with Bruce Wayne's billionaire father, Thomas, in the 1960s London. The series is executive produced by Bruno Heller and Danny Cannon and stars Jack Bannon as Alfred Pennyworth, a younger version of the iteration of the character, that is previously portrayed by Sean Pertwee in Heller's and Cannon's Fox series 'Gotham' (2014 to 2019), with the series serving as a prequel to both 'Gotham,' and 'V for Vendetta,' by Alan Moore and David Lloyd. The series' main focus is Alfred and not the Waynes although they're an equally important part of it. 

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How did Alfred's fiancee Esme Winikus die?

In Season 1's pilot, Esme (Emma Corrins) can be seen working as a dancer at a downtown club in London when she meets Alfred Pennyworth (Jack Bannon). Forwardly, Alfred asks Esme on a date the following day, to which she accepts and the two take a walk in the park the following day. Complications arise, however, when she is kidnapped by Bet Sykes, (Paloma Faith) on behalf of the Raven Society who have hopes of trading her with Thomas Wayne (Ben Aldridge). Pennyworth is able to save Esme, and the two grow closer, engaging in a serious relationship. Pennyworth asks Esme to marry him in 'The Landlord's Daughter' episode, after a short time together, and Esme agrees.

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The marriage, however, is complicated in Martha Kane, (Emma Paetz) after Esme's father refuses to bless the marriage, threatening to disinherit Esme if the marriage was to occur. This eventually leads to Pennyworth calling off the marriage and Esme handing back the ring as she gets angry. After consideration, however, Pennyworth rents an apartment for the two, winning Esme back and the two again plan to marry. Esme's relationship with Pennyworth puts her in further danger in Lady Penelope, when she is strangled to death in her own home, having left Alfred's house to paint. Alfred himself finds her lying in a pool of her own blood. It is further revealed that Esme was murdered by Captain John Curzon, Alfred's old army commander, as a result of a personal vendetta from their army days in which Alfred embarrassed Curzon in front of his comrades. Alfred visits Esme in Sandie Shaw shortly after killing John for Esme's murder. Alfred recites the story of their first date but admits that things are looking up for him. He is arrested shortly after by Inspector Aziz (Ramon Tikaram) for the killing of Curzon. 

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