I’m three episodes in and one scene in the third episode grabbed me. Warwick’s plot to raise a rebellion, turn on King Edward, and put George on the throne is in motion. This is his second or third attempt to do so, and the stakes are high, as they often are when committing treason and trying to oust the King. The major male players are on the field where they will battle the next morning, but it was the other half of the scene that really worked for me.
The focus is on the women. Each of them pray ardently for their desired outcome, which of course, are all different. Queen Elizabeth prays for Edward to win, to kill Warwick, and to get out alive. Lady Beaufort prays for Edward to lose, die, and open the throne to her son, Henry. The Countess of Warwick prays for her husband to win and come back alive. Isabel Neville just wants her husband, George, to live.
Focusing on the disenfranchised women who generally have to support their husband’s plots and schemes, for better or for worse, refreshed the scene. In every other “night before battle,” the story focuses on preparations, last minute sex, and betrayal, all done by the men on the field. The show focuses more on the women anyway (which makes it so much better), and to do so in a scene like this, it really worked for me.