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Bastard Executioner recap: Behold the Lamb / Gweled Yr Oen

Brattle’s secret starts to trickle out…

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The Bastard Executioner

TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
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Stephen Moyer, Darren Evans, Kurt Sutter

And so it was that every last character on the show previously unaware of Brattle’s secret identity finally faced the bizarre truth: that Castle Ventrishire’s highly skilled hatchet man is, in fact, a noble knight slumming in the name of revenge.

In episode 7, Confession A takes place inside Lady Love’s boudoir where the existentially conflicted character breaks down the whole scheme. With sincere anguish spreading across his face, Brattle explains he was once a mounted soldier in the employ of Longshanks’ army and, after the king’s grand deception, one of the hooded men who killed her husband. Moreover, he hands the Baroness a confession of his crimes: the killings of Corbett’s half-brother, Lady Trula, and that wrong-place-wrong-time royal soldier from episode 4.

All things considered, she takes the news pretty well. As the Executioner Formerly Known as Maddox goes in for a late-inning lip-lock, the Baroness gives a minor head-fake before consenting to a pleasure-pain kiss for the ages. “My time with you — it was worth the punishment I’m about to receive,” Brattle remarks.

Confession B is purely gestural. Brattle bursts into the dungeon, rips Petra’s necklace from around the neck of Leon Tell and draws his sword; He’s taking revenge before being taken out. The Reeve and Sir Locke quickly realize who they are dealing with when Pritchard rather unsubtly exclaims, “Brattle!” But the situation is diffused when Lady Love bursts into the dungeon and tells them to play it cool. “I do not know if what I feel for you is God’s will or the work of a clever demon,” she tells the executioner. “But I am certain, Wilkin Brattle, that whatever this may be, it is the thing for which I have been waiting.”

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For the past six installments, the show has sustained intrigue by piling lies on top of secrets on top of deceptions and ruses, while twisting screws on the characters ever tighter with manipulations and power plays based on those untruths. Given Brattle’s new, “free to be you and me” outlook, though, it begs the question: Can Chamberlain Corbett continue to bend Brattle to his will absent the threat of blackmail?

Meanwhile, the rest of Episode 7 is best explained through a selective examination of certain objects appearing in Tuesday’s broadcast.

The Daffodil and Dagger do-rag: Leon and Sir Locke drag Brattle and Pritchard reluctantly out to help bust up a rebel encampment. Once there, Sir Locke uncovers a cache of golden antiques (assumedly laying around to help finance the operation) guarded by a fierce “wench” who dies by the nobleman’s sword. He pulls a Daffodil and Dagger-branded hankie out of his pocket and throws it on the woman’s body — incriminating evidence she’s in cahoots with the Wolf and his posse of rebel brigands.

This plays into an as-yet undercooked story line concerning the Wolf’s inability to keep a handle on the Welsh uprising at a time when Ventrishire shot-callers seem to want to stitch him up for crimes he hasn’t even committed.

Of course, Locke has scarcely thrown down the do-rag when a bunch of rebels on horseback show up at the encampment and fighting commences in earnest. Along the way, another member of The Guilty is stabbed through the head — a crime for which Brattle knows Chamberlain will blame him and his men. And Leon ends up saving Pritchard from a knife-wielding rebel. Will that good deed change the calculus of his revenge?

NEXT: Prepare for the gore