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BBC’s The White Queen Episode Six Review

July 22, 2013

I must begin with a warning, there will be spoilers in this review, now for this episode, episode six, but instead for the past five episodes, particularly episode five. So now that the formalities are done with, I can move onto the review.

The last episode of The White Queen ended on a rather interesting note, Elizabeth hears her husband has left their bed and so follows him, what she finds shocks her, and quite right too. She sees Edward and his two brothers enter Henry VI’s room and she watches from the door as Edward smothers him, and kills him. He had his reasons, I’m sure, he needed to secure his throne after all that had gone on, the next heir to throne after Henry VI, if we disregard Edward and his newborn son, is Henry Tudor, son of Margaret Beaufort, as such, Jasper Tudor, takes Henry to exile in France, where he shall be safe. Probably a good move on their part, so he will not share the same fate as Henry VI.

This episode features Anne Neville quite a lot, we left her at the last episode as a traitor of sorts, because of her husband’s actions, but Richard, Edward’s brother, takes her under his wing, and back to court to face Edward. In this episode, we see her standing in front of the King, begging for his forgiveness and swearing her loyalty. If this event actually happened, she would still have been in her teens when she had to come before the King, with the possibility of being called a traitor, a label, which could carry a death sentence, so she must have been utterly terrified. The poor girl had been forced to leave England, then forced to marry a traitor, she then lost her father, and now, has to go back to court to face the King. Back to the program, she is put in a position that essentially leaves her a prisoner, until she gets an offer she simply can’t refuse, one that will change her life. This episode shows that Anne is a strong woman, willing to fight for what she wants, and deserves, she is not a girl any more who can be pushed around, we can assume that spending time with Margaret of Anjou has rubbed off on her.

Elizabeth, Edward’s wife, the Queen, has some mixed emotions in this episode, she finds out that she is pregnant, once again, and her mother is sure that it is another boy. Boys are always good, the more boys, the more secure the throne is. However, throughout her pregnancy, tragedy strikes close to home, twice and Edward rushes to be by her side and support her. Elizabeth in this episode doesn’t seem happy with anything that happens at court, she isn’t happy about Edward’s decision on Anne, or the fact that her son is to go to Ludlow, which is royal tradition. I kind of think she needs to stop whining, she is Queen, and as such she needs to act like one, she has to obey her husband, not just because he is her husband, but because he is her King. She has to conform to tradition, which she must have known going into her marriage, and of course, that peace is of far higher importance than personal comfort.

I’m not as impressed by this episode as I have been with the first five. I feel it was rather jumpy, with small details happening, but nothing big. It feels fairly repetitive and not as entertaining as the others. One other thing I noticed, was the crowns of Edward and Elizabeth, they are wearing their crowns during the scene in which Anne is begging for forgiveness. The crowns look as if a child has made them out of plastic gems and gold cardboard, they look cut and stuck. I don’t know why this is, but if anyone could tell me I would be very grateful, or indeed if anyone else had an opinion on the crowns. I know it is a small detail, but it really caught my attention.

So, we shall wait a week for the next episode, hopefully with a bit more drama and a better pace, and maybe with a crown that wasn’t made by a child!

  1. I agree with everything you said; I enjoyed the episode but probably not as much as the previous episodes. I would also warm to Elizabeth a lot easier if she would stop the whining, I know she is strong-willed but it is a little irritating at times, as I found it in the novel too.
    I thought Anne came across well in this episode, she has just the right amount of coldness to her! I also really like the actor playing George, he does a good job I think.

    I’m looking forward to the rest!

  2. This is a great review, and I also agree that it wasn’t as great as previous episodes. Hopefully the next one will make up for it!

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