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BBC’s The White Queen Episode Eight Review

August 19, 2013

I’m sorry that these next three reviews of the final episodes of The White Queen are late, but I have been away and was unable to watch it until now. Most of you readers are probably ahead of me by now, but I will try and catch up as quickly as I can and review the last three episodes. I will warn you, there are going to be spoilers in this review, especially seeing as I am so late in writing this.

So what happened in this episode? We see the king, Edward, die and the mourning that ensues, I have to say, I was also tearing up whilst everyone was saying goodbye. In Edward’s last wishes he wanted his son, also named Edward (those medieval king’s didn’t want to make it easy for us historians) to become king on his death and he appoints his brother, Richard of York, to be his Lord Protector. This horrifies Elizabeth, understandably she wanted her brother to look after her son until he is old enough to rule. But, historically we know that when a king dies, unless the son is strong and of age then there is tension in the realm, and that is the case here. So here is where the episode gets interesting, I was quite on edge, despite having read the books and knowing the history. Through his power, Richard is put on the throne, and his wife is none other than Warwick’s daughter, her father would have been incredibly proud I’m sure, and the look on her face tells the viewers she knows this.

So what happens to Elizabeth now her enemy is on the throne, sanctuary of course, she heads back to Westminster Abbey, but will this be enough to keep her sons safe? Factually, we don’t know what happened to the Princes in the Tower, there are a few options, they were murdered, probably by Richard, this is probably quite a popular belief, I’m inclined to believe it. For someone who wants the throne, if there were two boys in the way, killing them is the obvious option (not that I am condoning this behaviour). However, there are rumours, and the programme makes this very clear, that one of the boys, if not both of them, weren’t Elizabeth’s true sons, and that she switched them for servants sons. This is good for Elizabeth, but not so much for the innocent boys and their families. It is one of those things that will remain a mystery and there will always be speculation about what happened to the two boys in the tower.

Now an unusual truce forms in this episode between Elizabeth and Margaret Beaufort, Margaret puts her life on the line for this truce as it is now considered treason, we shall see how this develops in the next couple of episodes.

Lastly, we see that Elizabeth’s daughter, Elizabeth, (are we surprised), has a vision, she has the sight, which her mother and grandmother both had. This vision shows her mother as caring more for the crown than the love of her children, which I have to say I may well agree. Elizabeth will become a more prominent figure in the next couple of episodes, as those of you who have read the books will know.

And, for Doctor Who fans, a mention has to go out to Lord Buckingham, played by Arthur Darvill, it actually took me a while before I realised it was him. It’s great to see him back on our screens and in something completely different.

So that is episode eight, two more to go, I am excited for the last two, they should contain a lot more drama than we have been seeing.


One Comment
  1. I agree about Elizabeth caring more for the crown than her children too.
    I really enjoyed the whole series and I think the Battle of Bosworth is handled quite well in the last episode. I didn’t look very favourably on Elizabeth in the whole Elizabeth/Richard scenario in the next two episodes so I’ll be interested to see what you think of that!

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