This is a weekly discussion of The Tudors. SPOILERS below!
I know I’ve mentioned this before, but this show is moving so fast! I can’t believe Queen Jane is dead already. The show has managed to cover almost a year and a half in just 4 episodes. (Henry and Jane married in May 1536 and she died in October 1537).
I’m really glad we are done with the whole peasant rebellion thing. I think the show does much better when it focuses on intrigue. The whole Robert Aske situation was heartbreaking – I had a lot of trouble watching the scenes with him. I am glad that Charles Brandon showed up to his hanging. It seems as though he will be haunted by what he has done for some time, though he told his wife that he has a clear conscience.
I do like it when the show is subtle, rather than depicting gory violence. Brandon saying the Lord’s Prayer while listening to the villager’s screams was much more effective than actually showing them being rounded up and murdered (and/or hanged.) Though after that, they showed the body of the child, along with all the other bodies, which was horrible.
One thing I have liked about the peasant rebellion scenes, especially in this episode, was their juxtaposition with life at court. They are two completely different worlds.
Mary seems eager for marriage, though from history, we know that this marriage doesn’t actually end up taking place. I wonder what goes wrong for her? It’s amazing how much Henry has come to rely on Mary in the short time she has been back at court. It’s nice that the formality in their relationship has melted away a bit.
Ahh, Jane. I was sad to see Jane go – I felt like we hardly got to know her. I know I said earlier that I didn’t think Henry actually loved Jane, but I take that back. This episode has some of the most tender moments between the two of them, from when she was washing her hair to his prayer at her deathbed. I think he held her at an arm’s length until she got pregnant. And it was touching that he saw her as more than a baby-making machine, which is what I was a little afraid of.
It’s easy to see Henry being horrible to those around him, but hard to remember how much heartbreak he suffered. First Anne (who he was convinced betrayed him) and now Jane – it has to be difficult. I wonder if he’s going to just lose it after this.
This was a great episode. I felt like the season has been a little off so far, but this one put it right back on track. Also, the show (unsurprisingly) was renewed for another season, and at this rate that will probably take us to the end of Henry’s life!