Tears to Tiara – 11
Lidia’s scouts have been watching Avalon Castle, and they report back to her about Octavia being there. Remembering how Octavia wouldn’t finish her off in their duel a long time ago, Lidia moves out with her forces. Over at Avalon, Arthur and Ogam inform Arawn and Morgan that Octavia was seen with soldiers of the Empire. Morgan refuses to believe that Octavia would betray them, so she goes to find out for herself, and she’s shocked to see that Octavia is indeed meeting with the enemy. When Morgan tries to question her back at the castle, Octavia lies about what she was up to. Conflicted about what to do, Morgan confronts Octavia when Octavia tries to leave Avalon the next day with the children that she’s been teaching. The children convince Morgan to back off because they were just trying to go find some mushrooms, but all this still results in Octavia deciding to turn back and making the children promise not to go outside the castle.
Despite this, the two children go out into the forest, and one of them gets captured by Lidia’s troops. Her men use the other child to go tell Octavia what happened in order to draw her out, and when Octavia hears about it, she remembers how the earlier secret meeting had Lidia’s men demanding that she help them. She thus rushes out, but in her path stands Morgan with bow and arrow drawn. Octavia refuses to say anything to Morgan, even after Morgan tries to get her to understand that they’re friends, and in the end, Morgan decides to trust Octavia after all. Octavia is thus free to go out and face Lidia, and Lidia airs her grievances about how Octavia left her to live in shame by not finishing her off. Octavia disagrees with Lidia, but before she can say anything else, Morgan jumps in and frees the hostage. Morgan is happy to help, and as it turns out, Arthur and the entire Gael army has come out to fight.
As the two armies clash, Lidia prepares to face Octavia one-on-one, but Octavia first clarifies what she meant earlier. She explains that her way of thinking is changing because of the people she’s with, and she has decided to forgive Lidia. This is because back during their last duel, it was actually Lidia who hesitated first. Refusing to believe it, Lidia attacks, and as the two fight each other, they remember how happily they grew up together. In the aftermath of their final charge towards each other, Lidia doesn’t get back up, and with her final breaths, she notes how perfect they were as true swordsmen. Octavia agrees, and after Lidia dies, she holds Lidia’s body and admits that she loved her. She thinks that Lidia loved her too, and she cries about how back then, they both didn’t want the other to die.
Well that wasn’t quite as good as I’d hoped it be based on the preview from last episode. For starters, I thought the Morgan and Octavia confrontation was somewhat overblown because it was based on a stupid misunderstanding. I realize that they’re trying push the whole friends-trust-and-help-each-other angle, but it could have all been avoided if Morgan had just listened in on what was being said during the secret meeting or if Octavia had been a little bit more forthcoming. Things like that are frustrating to watch and tend to annoy me. And I was cursing the stupid little kids too because they got themselves captured after Octavia explicitly told them not to go outside the castle. Conversely, my issue with what happened between Lidia and Octavia was not really with the relationship itself but rather with how it was portrayed. The ending of it felt rushed, especially since they just tacked on that childhood friends montage. I could see that they were trying to go for something tragic and emotional by showing two friends who ended up on opposite sides, but the episode didn’t stir any of those feelings in me.
Since the preview seems to focus on Gaius, Riannon, and the troubadour whose name I don’t remember, I assume that Octavia’s story is done for the most part. I thought she’d become Arawn’s wife or paired off with Arthur or something, but I guess not. At least not yet anyway since the series is not even half over. More importantly, what is Riannon doing under Gaius’ control next episode?