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'Pennyworth' Season 3 on HBO Max: Who is Paloma Faith's character Bet Sykes?

A sadistic sociopath who initially works as an enforcer for Raven Society becomes a captain at an interrogation center for the Raven Union
Paloma Faith as Bet Sykes in 'Pennyworth' (Epix)
Paloma Faith as Bet Sykes in 'Pennyworth' (Epix)

Singer-turned-actress Paloma Faith is all set to take your breath away in 'Pennyworth's Season 3 yet again. Paloma Faith's Bet Sykes is the sister of Peggy Sykes. She is a sadistic sociopath who initially works as an enforcer for the Raven Society and becomes attached to Alfred's girlfriend Esme while holding her hostage in the first season. From the very first episode of 'Pennyworth', viewers witnessed how she went on missions that were quite a risk and how she was a personal friend of Lord Harwood, until the latter was killed, and she switched sides sometime after Frances Gaunt's assumption of power over the Raven Society. 

However, on Rotten Tomatoes, Season 1 has an approval rating of 73% based on 30 reviews, with an average rating of 7.30/10. The website's critical consensus reads: "While intriguing characters and impressive set-pieces make for an engaging spy-thriller, 'Pennyworth' doesn't add much to the greater Batman mythos," whereas on Metacritic the series has a weighted average score of 60 out of 100 based on reviews from nine critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Read on to find more out about Paloma Faith's character, Bet.


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Who is Paloma Faith's Bet Sykes?

During the time Bet worked for the Raven Society in the pilot series, Bet was tasked with finding and capturing Thomas Wayne, who had discovered a criminal conspiracy relating to the society. Bet took advantage of Alfred Pennyworth's feelings with Esme Winikus, taking the latter hostage and offering a trade in return for Wayne. Unbeknownst to Esme, Bet took a liking to Esme, which she described to her sister Peggy in the episode, 'Martha Kane'.

However, 'Pennyworth' was able to rescue Esme and keep Wayne safe, leading to Bet's arrest and death sentencing in the episode, 'The Landlord's Daughter'. Fearing her death, Bet manipulated her guard George the Beefeater into spending time with her until, at one point, he raped her. She was, however, able to collect his semen and use it as blackmail for him to send a letter to her sister, who used her criminal assets to save Bet, unbeknownst to the public, and a letter to Esme, confessing her growing infatuation for the latter. Eventually, her sister helped her escape from jail. Once free and living with her sister, Bet found James Harwood deformed and living on the street on one of their trips to London. She was able to make her sister take him home with them, back to Mr. Spicer and Mrs. Spicer.

Titled 'Silver Birch', the next episode is slated to release on HBO Max on October 13, 2022, at 12 am PT/3 am ET.