In “Poison and Malmsey Wine”,the latest episode of “The White Queen”, which aired on Starz on Saturday, September 28, at 9/8 p.m. central more characters had to say good-bye, as George’s conspiracy plans find their end at the bottom of a barrel of Malmsey wine.
His greed for power and titles has no limits so it shouldn’t come as a surprise when he suggests to invade France and take back what was theirs. King Edward, who wants to leave a legacy behind, agrees and the three York brothers go off to war – again.
But things quickly change when Edward (Max Irons) decides to come to a peaceful agreement with the King of France, accepting a large amount of gold. George (David Oakes) is furious because he won’t get to be regent in France and feels betrayed by Edward.
Back in England, his wife Isabel is with child again and hopes for a boy this time, fearing that George will blame her if it is a girl again. When Queen Elizabeth mentions how fertile her mother was, giving birth to 14 children, and hopes that Isabel, her sister and herself will be just as fertile, Isabel claims the Queen cursed her, wanting her to only have daughters and no heirs for George.
After she tells George about the curse, she also informs him that she believes Queen Elizabeth killed their first son by brewing up that storm. Now George goes on a rampage, spreading the word about Elizabeth being a witch. He openly accuses her of it when he makes a cross with his fingers, protecting himself against her witchcraft.
King Edward doesn’t take it very serious though, but George is relentless. He poisons his dog and then tries to blame Elizabeth (Rebecca Ferguson), saying she wants to poison them all and leaves the castle with his pregnant wife.
After Isabel gives birth to a boy, she becomes ill and George of course blames the Queen again and hires a sorcerer to fight “her fire with our own fire”. Too bad that he also “foresees” King Edward’s death, and after hearing about the sorcerer and finding out about George’s plans for Edward’s death, King Edward has the sorcerer executed and imprisons his brother George. Poor Isabel however, dies, not of poisoning by the Queen, but of child-bed fever, leaving Anne and her mother left as the only ones sharing Warwick’s fortune.
Richard tries to intervene, as well as the mother of the King, who clearly shows a preference for George over her other two sons. But Edward’s mind is made up. He himself is the prosecutor in George’s trial for high treason. There is no defense. The only thing Edward is willing to grant George is to choose which way he will die. And always the fool, George chooses to be drowned in a barrel of wine.
Meanwhile, Margaret Beaufort found a way into the Queen’s heart, by saving her newborn son’s life. When the boy wasn’t breathing immediately after the birth, Margaret Beaufort held him in her arms until he started to cry. A sign to the Queen that maybe Maraget’s prayers did indeed work.
As her new confident, Queen Elizabeth even asked her to pray with her when George was about to be executed. What better way to gain the Queen’s trust by helping her with two huge issues? Enough at least to get her son’s title back, now that the previous owner (George) was deceased and with some luck and time she might even be able to bring Henry home again.
With only two episodes left, who else which plot will come to an end and who else might die? Don’t miss the new episode “Long live the King”, which will air on Saturday, October 5, at 9/8 p.m. central.
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