Anne. She's becoming entangled in her own web of lies and deceit. Granted, it's an intricate web she's constructed at the behest of her father and her uncle, but she would be wise to stay out of it. Still, there's something about Henry that keeps drawing her in. He's actually showing some restraint (shocking!) and he's professed that his intentions are honorable. I mean, what young woman wouldn't want to be queen? Who wouldn't fall for that? His charms are many, as are his promises, and she can't help but fall in love with him.
Boleyn and Norfolk. The puppet masters. They see what Henry's attention is doing to Anne and they remind her that she must put her family first. She is only an instrument to help them bring down Wolsey and advance their own desire for power. When they finally make their move, exposing Wolsey's deception about seized monies that should be going into the king's coffers, they're smart about it. And they decide to bring Brandon into their scheme. Not a moment too soon.
Brandon. He's miserable away from court. He can't stand leading a life of leisure. It's boring. When Boleyn and Norfolk come to him with their plan, he has a moment of hesitation before joining them. After all, they promise to get him an audience with the king so he can come back to court. Who wouldn't want that?
Henry. He sends Wolsey to Paris to get him a divorce but also writes to the pope directly when he hears that the pope is no longer a prisoner of the emperor. Desperate for a divorce from Katherine, he pursues separate avenues all in hopes of one thing: He wants his divorce now. He's tired of waiting.
Wolsey. When the cardinals fail to show up in Paris, he knows his influence and power are slipping. If he had been able to form the conclave, he would have been the de facto pope. He would finally have the power and influence he's been striving for. But he fails again. He can't even get More to pledge his support or loyalty
Tallis and Wyatt. They are both separated from the ones they love. Compton has professed his love but when Tallis is invited to Paris to accompany Wolsey he knows he cannot turn down the invitation. And Henry wants to be rid of Wyatt. He knows Wyatt and Anne were once an item and doesn't want any reminders of the man.
There was much to enjoy in tonight's episode. Watching Anne really fall in love with the king was moving. It was a nice change after seeing her be manipulative. And Henry is clearly crazy about her, too. It's kind of sad that there are so many machinations going on around them, so much jockeying for position. I'm not sure anything could be pure or real in Henry's court. Everyone is always trying to get ahead, and if you show any real emotions they'll just be exploited. I say again, I'm so happy to be alive in this day and age.
It's the beginning of the end of Wolsey, and I say hallelujah. I'm so ready for that man to go down in a fiery blaze. I want him to suffer. Don't get me wrong: I would also like Norfolk and Boleyn to go down, too. But I guess if I'm wishing them ill I've got to wish that upon almost everyone. I just want people to show their real faces. Does everyone have to be so deceitful? Although I guess we're the same way today, so I'm wishing for something that doesn't even exist now. I'm not saying everyone lies (hopefully I'm not that jaded), but it does seem that people in positions of power or wealth still like to bend the truth.
Sigh. Can't they all just get along?
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Anne. Shes becoming entangled in her own web of lies and deceit. Granted, its an intricate web shes constructed at the behest of her father and her uncle, but she would be wise to stay out of it. Still, theres something about Henry that keeps drawing her in. Hes actually showing some restraint (shocking!) and hes professed that his intentions are honorable. I mean, what young woman wouldnt want to be queen? Who wouldnt fall for that? His charms are many, as are his promises, and she cant help but fall in love with him.Boleyn and Norfolk. The puppet masters. They see what Henrys attention is doing to Anne and they remind her that she must put her family first. She is only an instrument to help them bring down Wolsey and advance their own desire for power. When they finally make their move, exposing Wolseys deception about seized monies that should be going into the kings coffers, theyre smart about it. And...