Fucking major plot twist in episode 8 of World Without End holy shiiiit.
And at only 6 minutes in.
The first time I watched the first episode of World Without End, I thought it was stupid and boring and switched to something else after 10 minutes.
The second time around… damn. What an awesome series. I mean for one thing, it’s a great contrast to The Tudors and the various Borgia series, in that it’s not so much “intrigue of the rich people” (although there is a little of that). There’s lots of really kickass characters, including a bunch of women who are all awesome (Gwenda the Saxon -who is not a Saxon in the book?) - is THE BEST). Of course there’s violence and rape and nudity, eh.
There’s also some stuff that was maybe more important in the book? Like the 1 minute lesbian scene in that one episode that is never referenced again, or the one character having a wife and daughter who die pretty much the next scene after they’re introduced. The plot is kind of… jumbley. I don’t remember if they ever actually get the funds to build a new bridge, for one thing (not sure why they didn’t just build it for free since they all need it…) And I’m not a huge fan of some of the actors (Caris never seems to emote much), but some of them are awesome (Cynthia Nixon of Sex and the City fame was pretty great). Also Filch from Harry Potter is in it because goddamn he’s in literally everything that features British people.
But it’s still pretty awesome. And it’s only 8 episodes long, and it’s on Netflix.
It’s certainly not going to be to everyone’s tastes, so I’ll just tell you not to go into it expecting it to be the greatest thing you’ve ever seen. If you enjoy Game of Thrones, you’ll either find this series similar but with less of a feeling that the series is going nowhere, or else you’ll find it similar but watered down and more boring.