Outlander Cast hosts Mary & Blake discuss Outlander episode 5.10, “Mercy Shall Follow Me”.
In this episode we chat the motivations of Bree and Bonnet, why setting is some important to this episode, and why were getting shades of the movie Hannibal…
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Hi Mary and Blake. Thanks for keeping me company during social distancing. Such great news, Blake. Glad you are okay.
I loved this episode. 5 kilts. It had me riveted from start to finish.
I’d call it Battle of the Bastards, but that’s another show, ha ha. Maybe “Bastards get what they deserve,” is a better, more fitting title.
Sorry, buy my good was that little troll, Forbes nearly having a stroke listening to Jocasta joyously wanting to amend her will to include Roger, Bree, Marsali, Fergus, Lizzie and Ian. He was just turning purple and couldn’t control himself. “How dare you give away my money!”
The elegant Ulysses saved his mistress Jocasta (0r his love with the way he said her name, it was obvious that he holds a torch for her) and killed the irritating troll without a second thought.
In my opinion, Forbes wasn’t long for this world anyway, Bonnet would have killed him eventually. Forbes might have been influential to him, but once he served his purpose, he would have been a loose end for Bonnet.
My better/best is a tie between Bree and Bonnet! For way too long we’ve heard about how Jamie feels he had the right to kill Bonnet, and we’ve heard –at length– how Roger had to learn how to steel himself to kill him. What we did not hear was how Bree felt about Bonnet.
She was the actual victim of Bonnet’s sadism. He had raped her, made her feel humiliated, insecure, unsafe, and possibly had his baby from that rape.
I say the line to kill Steven Bonnet forms behind Bree. Sophie Skelton as Bree did not disappoint. She’s normally so good at playing the wounded doe, but she totally rocked it as the avenger!!!
Bree got in touch with her inner Momma Bear, and got rid of her rapist once and for all. During the kidnapping, she had to rely on her brain, her wits and her courage not to fight even though every fiber in her being wanting to escape.
But when it came to him selling her into slavery, separating her from her child, and realizing that he was going to take Jemmy, it was Bree’s moment of truth. After all of the torture Bonnet put her through, the fact that he was going to casually take her child away, Bree had nothing left to lose.
In the end, she found the strength of a ten momma bears with a bulls-eye bullet to the head when she made sure that Bonnet was drowning and experiencing his greatest nightmare.
Ed Spleers was utterly creepy as Bonnet. Such a far cry from happy go lucky, good looking Jimmy from Downton Abbey.
The rapist from last season was frightening enough, but Ed Spleers added another layer to the character and it is even more horrific. Bonnet craves being a gentleman, to have that slick veneer of sophistication to cover up the fact that he was soulless.
He wanted that money, influence and power that comes with the wealthy.
What galls Bonnett is that he’d never get the respect that comes with that life.
In a way, he wanted to have the family that Jemmy (and Bree) could have offered him, but not really. That was just the facade. All through his kidnapping Bree he tried to behave like a gentleman would, asking about manners and such. But he knew deep inside that he could never measure up to that station in life, and that rotted away at him.
Inside he still was the man who killed children without a second thought because they had no value and raped women because they were disposable.
His listening to Bree read and sharing that he was indeed terrified of the seas was interesting. Bonnet often thinks he can control everything, but the sea is a power in itself.
When Bree could not kiss him, Bonnett’s sadistic true nature took over. His having sex with the prostitute with Bree trying to suppress memories of her rape in the other room was sickening. I felt every bit of Bree’s terror and disgust.
Bonnet reveled in her discomfort, and when he attempted to sell her into slavery for 6 pounds, he treated her, not as the mother of his child (a child that he had said he wanted to care for) but as someone who was disposable.
Even still when Roger was beating the hell out of him later, Bonnet was still was unrepentant. The cocky expression on Ed Spellers face said it all: Bonnett’s wealthy and influential friends were going to get him out of this mess.
But with Jamie’s words “Gov. Tryan owes us,” Bonnet knew he was screwed (and not in the way he likes).
Ed Speleers acting was amazing! With that scream, I could feel Bonnett’s fear of drawing. He was really suffering as he was bound and the water closed in on him.
He definitely joins Black Jack as a memorable villian
Mary, thanks so much for mentioning Bonnet’s balls! I am in no way a #Poutlander, but I did regret missing out on that scene. “Do you keep your powder dry, Stephen?” Boom!
As for Bonnet’s interaction with Bree in this episode, I saw it as him believing what he WANTED to believe. Even if you’re not a sociopath, people do this all the time. Mary, you are spot on in noting that it’s a dream of his – in his twisted way, he thinks he can achieve it.
As for Bonnet as a character, I’m certainly not the only book reader who saw flickers of humanity in him, and wondered what he may have been like with a decent upbringing (Matt Roberts noted this as well). Was he evil because of nature, or nurture?
Finally, regarding Forbes, remember that this is a man not only of privilege but a privileged WHITE man in a slave-owning society. He certainly snapped, but it would have been easy enough to smother Jocasta, quickly straighten things up, then call for help. “She just fell over! I tried to help her, but…” Ulysses would of course have suspicions, but who would listen to him? And it’s not like they have a county medical examiner to explore cause of death. (Yes, of course Claire could, but Forbes doesn’t know that.)
Glad to know you and yours are doing well. Stay safe!
I think there is still one more villain to get rid of. Lionel Brown. Something Sam said in an interview makes me think the finally will be saving of Clair from Lionel Brown and the group he was raiding with. This is early in book six, and still plenty of story left.
I think Bree shot Bonnet partially mercy but also taking back control from him.