Wolf Hall Recap: The Devil’s Spit
“Wolf Hall” Season 1 Episode 4 “The Devil’s Spit” aired on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, at 9:00 p.m. on BBC Two. The Queen has given birth to her first born, a baby girl, and her stature in the monarchy is threatened until she can give the King an heir to the throne. Find out what happened in the episode in the recap below.
King Henry VIII (Damian Lewis) is told of the news: Queen Anne Boleyn (Claire Foy) has given birth. However, it’s a girl, and the king is rather disappointed that he still doesn’t have a son. There’s an even bigger problem for Anne because now, her grasp on the monarchy is standing on shaky ground. If she doesn’t produce an heir soon enough, she may end up like the first queen.
Then there’s the matter with the Holy Maid, whose prophecy about the king’s reign, one that will apparently be short, is already causing a potential rebellion. Upon the king’s bidding, Thomas Cromwell (Mark Rylance) sets to find out who’s behind this. So, he had the Holy Maid summoned before the other church leaders. Once again, she reiterates that there will be many problems with King Henry’s rule, and many of them will die. The Holy Maid is charged with treason, while Cromwell starts asking questions among those that the maid allied with.
Cromwell, with his spies everywhere, somehow manages to make it known to the potential rebels that he’s in control, and whoever attempts to cause menace may find themselves suffering. Cromwell is cunning like a mafia boss, and the king knows this. Later, during a confrontation, the king tells him that it’s part of the reason why he keeps Cromwell close to him. It’s because he’s a serpent.
Meanwhile, amidst the political maneuvering, King Henry gladly tells Cromwell that Queen Anne is pregnant again. But then, this ends up in a miscarriage. Could the Holy Maid be right after all?
Then there’s the other matter with Thomas More (Anton Lesser), Cromwell’s adversary and the former Chancellor, who refuses to sign his allegiance with the king that states the Queen’s stature as legitimate. A chunk of this episode also deals with convincing More to change his stand, of More’s wife negotiating with Cromwell, and of Cromwell taking away More’s privileges so that he gives in and signs the document. But More persisted to make his stand. He’s even hoping that Cromwell sees his stand as well. But against many charges, More is beheaded by the end of the episode.
After the incident, Cromwell fell to bed for days due to high fever and was on the verge of death. But he makes it out well and alive and proceeds to chart the king’s next itinerary, which includes returning to Wolf Hall. There, Cromwell once again gets to Jane Seymour, one of the ladies he’s got his eyes on.
That’s the recap for “Wolf Hall” Season 1 Episode 4 “The Devil’s Spit,” which aired on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, at 9:00 p.m. on BBC Two. PBS will begin airing the show on April 5, 2015 in the United States.
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