Last time we saw Benvolio Montague and Rosaline Capulet on-screen, we witnessed the attack on their betrothal ceremony. Though one of the attackers was caught and identified as Truccio Montague, his partner evaded capture. In episode 4, Rosaline and Benvolio continue their search for the missing assailant.
Benvolio manages to track down Truccio’s accomplice with Rosaline quick on his heels. Unfortunately, the man is killed by a masked figure during the scuffle. Benvolio realizes too late that he has been set up and framed for murder. But at least he managed to get a good swipe at the hooded figure’s arm.
Meanwhile, Lord Montague’s sister returns to Verona for a visit. Though we don’t see too much of her, we do know that she’s trying to pitch some shady ideas—how else could we really describe someone trying to convince their brother to possibly murder his own nephew?—and her influence may have a large influence on the rest of the season.
And, of course, we see Lady Capulet nearly out of her mind with continuous grief over her daughter’s death. After a relentless search for the truth about Juliet’s suicide, she finally gets answers from none other than Count Paris. The budding relationship between him and Livia has apparently been a sham set up to get information from Livia about Juliet and Rosaline. So, Lady Capulet gets the truth she needs about Romeo and Juliet’s secret wedding, as well as a motivation for revenge on Rosaline because of her involvement in the ceremony. Most importantly, however, Paris shows her his forearm that has a slash just like the one Benvolio left on the mysterious hooded figure earlier in the night.
So, once again, there is a lot going on here. But, unfortunately, it’s difficult to start analyzing and predicting the plot since there are only 3 episodes remaining in the series. Yep, it’s unofficially official: Still Star Crossed has been turned down for a second season.
ABC has not officially announced it yet, but Torrance Coombs, who plays Count Paris on the show, tweeted a confirmation about the cancellation.
Agreed, Torrance! The plot kept rolling, the characters gained depth, and the drama just kept building. Whatever the reason was for the decline in ratings or production, we’re sad to see SSC go. It looks like the show has followed in the footsteps of its literary predecessor and will go down in history as a classic tragedy to be remembered.