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April 12, 2016 8:15 AM - Season 1, Episode 13 - Subscribe

The gang is in Fillory, where things get weird. And violent. And there are a lot of flashbacks, some of which are really unpleasant. [Season finale]
posted by filthy light thief (12 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
I thought Penny got both hands chopped off, but one of the recaps said it was one hand?

Not sure what I think about this finale. I was forewarned by a tumblr post that there was rape, though I hadn't clicked through the post to get the specifics, I'm glad I didn't stumble into it completely blind.

It's definitely unsatisfying in the way that all cliffhangers are. And it being a book adaptation means there's little to be gained in speculating on what will happen next, as one normally does with cliffhangers. All I can do now is decide whether or not the show has interested me enough to read the books during the wait for season 2. Is the rape & violence in the books at this same level of gruesomeness generally?
posted by oh yeah! at 7:22 PM on April 12, 2016 [1 favorite]


Well, fuck me.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 8:25 PM on April 12, 2016 [1 favorite]


Is the rape & violence in the books at this same level of gruesomeness generally?

I don't think this counts as spoilers so, basically, yes. It's not quite as gory (by which I mean the text descriptions don't dwell on blood and such the way the TV visuals do), but it's just as brutal.
posted by 256 at 8:55 PM on April 12, 2016


And it being a book adaptation means there's little to be gained in speculating on what will happen next, as one normally does with cliffhangers.

By this point, the show has diverged sufficiently from the books that large swathes of the plot are up in the air for everyone.
posted by jdherg at 11:59 PM on April 12, 2016 [1 favorite]


Since we have some book people in here, did anyone notice the beast has 6 fingers? I was wondering since magic is so much about using hand gestures if the 6th finger was part of what made him a master magician. A little enhancement to make his magic more powerful as I don't believe Martin has six fingers although it's possible I simply didn't notice.
posted by miss-lapin at 5:03 AM on April 13, 2016


I need to look more closely, but I thought the whole "six fingers" thing came up from when Quentin saw Plover learning about advanced magic:

"Oh, I have the best news. I am so close to figuring it all out. Wild magic, too strong to do with human hands. I'd have to grow another finger." (Transcript of The Writing Room, episode 9).

Skimming through the Google books search results for the second and third book, I came across this reference to Martin having more fingers, from book 3:

“... What’s Martin Chatwin got that the three of us don’t have?”

“Like about six more fingers,” Josh said. “For starters.”


I rather forgot that bit, so maybe I'll let others dig into the show vs book parallels and divergences regarding the number of fingers on the hands of The Beast/Martin.
posted by filthy light thief at 11:46 AM on April 13, 2016


The Beast had 6 fingers in the pilot; there was a closeup of his hand when he took over the classroom. Whether Martin did in the finale, I didn't notice.
posted by Elementary Penguin at 12:59 PM on April 15, 2016


Martin had six fingers in the finale as well.
posted by johnofjack at 3:17 PM on January 7, 2017


This was a very satisfactory episode. Jules goes through hell, comes out stronger (god I hope I have that right - that she is stronger) and takes the story in an unexpected direction.

Very satisfying. Now I just have to decide if I'm going to read the books or not as I gather the disparity between the two is growing.
posted by From Bklyn at 1:02 AM on September 28, 2017


a production error: They didn't know that Umber was dead, but I spotted "Umber's grave" marked on the map under the table they drew as kids.
posted by vibratory manner of working at 11:56 AM on December 14, 2017 [4 favorites]


good god the misogyny in this show is staggering. I've hand-waved it away because i'm magic school trash, but this episode may have been the last straw
posted by FirstMateKate at 6:49 PM on January 27


I didn't know where to put this but I made a post on Our Lady Underground
posted by the man of twists and turns at 8:51 PM on February 23


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