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A Discovery of Witches – E05 Review

After the last episode, in which we see Matthew tell Diana that they won’t be breaking the Covenant (ie. They won’t attempt to be together romantically) We see a devastated Diana follow him outside and as he drives away begins to cry. This turns quickly into Witch Water, we learn that WitchWater is another thing that as Marthe tells Diana, hasn’t been seen in centuries.

Meanwhile back in Oxford, Matthew deals with a break-in in his laboratory, The Congregation, after having heard that Matthew and his contemporaries are studying witches’ DNA and their blood (of course skipping over the fact that they’re also studying Demon and Werewolf’s blood and ancestry as well…. Looking to solve the larger problem that not many have even realized exists yet… but that’s another matter) jump onto the offensive. The Witches broke in successfully but had unsuccessfully attempted to hack into the computers, they failed in doing so but still got a rough idea of some of the work that was being done.

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Back in France, Ysabeau, in an attempt to scare Diana off or perhaps awaken her to the realities of having a relationship with a vampire, takes her hunting. Telling her that “It’s not as romantic as it looks in the movies.” Again, we witness the dichotic scenes presented side by side, as this delightful director is prone to indulge in. We have Diana witnessing Ysabeau’s hunt in the Forest amongst the wilderness; juxtaposed with Matthew’s hunt for Miriam, the way he and his maman ‘stalk’ their pray draws many parallels.

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Whilst feeding off of Miriam, Matthew is able to see her memories, and specifically searches for her very recent trip to his lab, to see exactly what she saw. We see her taking pictures after failing to get past the safeguards in place for the fridges and containment structures holding the genetic testing materials. He leaves her on the floor, severely weakened, but alive. Matthew upon arriving at the scene of his laboratory recognizes the scent of the person who broke in…. Gillian Chamberlain. During their conversation, we see even more of Gillian’s bigoted, small-minded and xenophobic self, that inherently represented her entire coven, and in part, the Congregation. Each tolerates the existence of the other, creating the Congregation as a way of keeping matters between the different creatures entirely separate.

Ysabeau shows Diana the church in the village near her house Sept Tours, one that Matthew helped build, and where a remembrance stone lies for his wife and child (Blanca &Lucas) who perished. She tells Diana that she doesn’t believe Matthew will ever truly love, or mate, again. Interestingly, they share a conversation in this episode that in the book series, in the second installment, is actually done by her husband Phillipe. Nearly word for word, Diana professing that she would never leave Matthew and Phillipe telling her that one way or another she will, she’ll fall ill, die, and leave him alone. Only its portrayed by his less than amiable mother in the series.

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Diana later, when using Matthews desk to work, happens upon a box of seals. Our first glimpse into the long-awaited arrival of The Knights of Lazarus and their mysterious origins, functions, practices begins.. Anyone who has read the book will feel their ears perk up at this particular moment.

When we flash to Matthew, we find him sitting in his lab, where he’s been all night.. “Comparing Diana’s DNA to pre-11th Century witches.” Something about her DNA reverses what they had thought, that every test result they’d seen pointed to species decline. Mathew says “This changes everything.” This is followed by an official declaration of both Matthew and Diana to each other. Matthew told her that after this “there’s no turning back. You have to understand that.”

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After a night together, Diana goes for a run on the grounds of Sept Tours, only to be captured by a flying Satu. It is on this incredibly dramatic and shocking note, the episode leaves us… awaiting the next installment.

A critical review and analysis of the fifth episode of the series 'A Discovery of Witches'.
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