-The year is 1470 - six years have gone by since the beginning of the story, and so much has happened. It's JUST struck me how quickly this story is moving. Isn't it incredible? People are dying, switching allegiances, going to war, having children, and marrying in secret all over the place. This is probably the most chaotic six years I've ever seen take place.
-Edward's reunion with Elizabeth at Westminster Abbey is sweet. I admire her so much for her courage and strength while her husband is always away and she is constantly in fear for her life (as well as the lives of her children). Yet again, she is told that she must be separated from her love, and she takes the news with impressive dignity.
-The kniving George has realized his mistake in allying himself with Warwick and Margaret of Anjou. He returns home to Edward and is immediately forgiven. This, I really can't believe. I'm all about kindness, but Edward seems a bit naive to me...
-Margaret Beaufort's declaration that her husband "will be dead to her" if he fights against the Lancastrians was both sad and unsurprising. I find myself feeling so sorry for her poor husband - who seems to genuinely desire to do the right thing, AND love his wife.
-Queen Elizabeth is hardly a part of the story anymore... She keeps conjuring magic with the help of Jacquetta, but for the most part we barely need to see her right now.
-The man we love to hate (Warwick) is slain in battle while fighting against Edward. This was bittersweet - he was by far one of the most interesting characters, but also arguably the most heartless. I do respect Edward a lot for refusing to display Warwick's corpse like a trophy, however. Bravo, Your Majesty.
-Jacquetta is still awesome, even though I'm seeing too little of her right now...
-Margaret of Anjou impresses me so much, and this show is making me want to research her more and more. Sure, she's cold and calculating, but she's also a warrior Queen, defending what she believes to be hers (and I guess it really IS hers...) She is a rightful queen, and she has a right to be bitter towards those who have treated her badly and ousted her husband from the throne. Also, although she is harsh and quick tempered, she is not all bad in this show - in fact, there are moments when she actually treats Anne like a daughter. She CAN be kind and gentle, but she is a fighter first and foremost! Rock on, Margaret of Anjou!
-Richard's rescue of Anne at the end of the episode warmed my heart. Does anyone else think he's kind of like the awkward kid at school who is charming and sweet underneath the dorkiness? Maybe it's just me.
-The magic that Elizabeth and Jacquetta keep conjuring is getting a little silly to me... I understand that it's a major part of their story according to Philippa Gregory, but I'm getting a little tired of seeing them casting spells, when this is a *historical* drama - not a fantasy. Calling upon a mist to take over the battlefield to help Edward's victory? A little cheesy to me...
-I hope Margaret of Anjou's arrest doesn't mean we've seen the last of her. I want more character development from her, and I want to keep enjoying how interesting she makes this show!
-I'm really excited, now that Anne is back at court and a dowager princess, to see how her relationship with Richard develops. There was definitely a spark when he saved her at the end of this episode, so I'm thinking their romantic story will begin soon!
-I hope we see some more action from Edward soon. His story is pretty dull right now, just like Elizabeth's. There was a little bit of scandal at the very end, when he and his brothers smothered Mad King Henry to death in the Tower of London, but we usually see so little of Edward during the episodes... so I'm not very hopeful that it will change. Nevertheless, I love seeing him on screen and want him to play a bigger part!
-I have no real expectation that Margaret Beautfort's ambitions will change, but it is interesting to see the dynamic between her and her son Henry change. Right now, he is in Wales and she is in mourning for her dead husband. No doubt we will see her plotting and scheming more again in the next episode!