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Sorry to have to start this preview with a caveat, but I thought that this is probably the best place for readers to see it. As any season gets closer to a finale it gets harder to answer some questions that get asked in the comments below, as many of you probably noticed last week. So as this is the last episode (*sniff*) I'm afraid that my answers may well be even vaguer than last week, or I may not be able to answer at all. So apologises in advance if I don’t reply to you or don’t give much detail when I can do so, and I also won’t be answering any guesses on who says what in the dialogue teasers this week, though of course I'm always interested in hearing guesses and theories.

I think we are all expecting twists and turns a plenty, and it’s fair to say that the BBC have already ramped up the excitement for this last instalment, from the spoilers that they have already given us in the photos and promos they've released so far. I'm happy to report that on the whole they have delivered on their promise, the finale is jam-packed with intrigue, skirmishes, high running emotions, humour, slick plot twists, and a final street battle that is simply superb in both its intensity and direction. Every fan will find moments that they will adore, but equally I think that some fans will perhaps also find there are occasions they may not take to so well. Despite these few tiny grumbles the episode is overall a fantastic end to the season.


We have jumped forward in time a couple of months since Knight Takes Queen (this is part two of the same story) and Mellendorf's trial has just started, bringing with it pressure from Prussia and Sweden who do not believe that the Count is guilty as charged. In fact, there is only one person who does wholly believe in the Count’s deceit, but they have a tough time getting anyone else on board with their views by the end of the episode. King Louis has his burdens, having trouble concentrating on matters at hand whenever Charlotte’s heaving bosom is around, preferring to fondly reminisce over their successful hunting trip together, than the case against her father, once the young lady in question leaves the courtroom - much to his wife’s vexation.


Most of the action happens away from the court though, as we suspected, it is the Musketeers and Milady who are at the centre of the action, with the Cardinal, Sarazin and Constance making significant appearances throughout. D'Artagnan especially has come a long way from the young Gascony lad we met in the pilot, and I think this is Luke Pasqualino's strongest episode to date, as his character goes through some of the lowest and highest points of his young Musketeers career yet, proving once and for all, by the end of the hour, that he does indeed deserve that pauldron he proudly sports upon his shoulder.


The others have their moments too, Aramis and Porthos fans will be delighted at their pairing up this week. It’s been a while since the two of them have shared much screen time together and their good natured banter lightens the mood in an otherwise a dark and serious tale. Athos is brilliant too, whether he is brooding, drunk or leading his men in to battle, and his scenes with Milady are some of their finest. Constance continues to be one of the strongest female roles on television at the moment, even at her lowest point she doesn't give up and gives as good as she gets. The Cardinal and Milady show their true colours, both power hungry and possibly making promises they don’t intend to keep?

Just who will be left standing at the end once the musket smoke clears and the slowmo camera has caught every swashbuckling sword thrust and parry? Not every character gets the conclusion I expected them to, though many of the theories I have read here on the site over the last few weeks have been very close, so I think you can all give yourselves a pat on the back in that regard!

Many thanks for reading my previews this season, I have enjoyed chatting with you all about the show a great deal. Hopefully you will enjoy the finale as much as I have, and I hope to see you over the hiatus with filming updates and/or on other show posts, you have been fab!


Musketeers Don’t Die Easily airs at 9pm on Sunday 30th March on BBC 1 and BBC 1 HD, below are a few dialogue teasers and a spoiler hangman to see you through until then. Don't forget to come back to vote in our poll after the episode and let us know what you thought.


“Is one woman’s life worth sacrificing to avoid such a catastrophe?”

“If you ever fail in your duty again, I will not be so lenient”

“Madame, I have come to see D'Artagnan, this won’t take long”

“Their code of honour demands my debt, believe me I know how they think”

“Tell me what really happened between you and Athos”

“A respectable woman doesn't just disappear in broad daylight. For goodness sake!”

“Unfortunately D'Artagnan is unable to attend, he did however send me to look after you”

“I could blow your brains out now and never think of you again”

“Untie these ropes and I’ll show you what a woman can do”

“Well, now you must choose D'Artagnan. If you help her you’re not fit to call yourself a Musketeer”



Spoiler Hangman

The hang man has been cracked, congratulations! The new cryptic teasers have been added below.

It has been a long time coming but those legendary lines we've been waiting to hear do indeed happen in the last quarter of the episode. It is Porthos who initiates the four to come together and speaks the first half of the famous couplet while they ready themselves for the final showdown.


Character Teasers

Could the father figure be forced to choose a side in the rift between his charges?

Someone can't make their mind up about their ex; there's a fine line between love and hate.

One of the noble one's (lesser known) natural tendencies will be tested to it's limits; let's hope he can be relied on.

A generally jovial character sheds a few tears, but are they happy or sad? Either way, it's all a bit emotional.

Two different people call out to a certain Madame in the street; will either have good news for her?

A 'prince' becomes concerned after receiving intelligence from an unlikely source, and changes his plans accordingly.

The rookie's life gets turned upside down before the opening credits even have a chance to roll.

The loner shows, once again, that he can read a woman's true feelings better than those around him.




About the Author - Sandi
Sandi is part of the Senior Staff at SpoilerTV having been a contributor from back in the Lost days of DarkUFO, and who now writes previews for Doctor Who, The Musketeers, Banshee, and Atlantis. She also enjoys watching and commenting on other shows like Sons of Anarchy, Hannibal, Game of Thrones, Homeland, Suburgatory and Elementary.

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