‘War and Peace’ episode 3 preview: Duels, proposals await Lily James, cast

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Just in case you did not find the first two episodes of BBC One’s “War and Peace” action-packed (we say this in many ways sarcastically, given that from this vantage point they certainly were and then some), that is going to be amplified to yet another level when the next new episode airs in seven days’ time. There will be fighting, there will be hardship, and of course there will be a little bit of romance. Specifically, Sonya will have a proposal, and Natasha is going to start questioning her own romantic future even more. Expect some great material for Lily James and Paul Dano in particular for this one … which shouldn’t be too great of a surprise when you consider that they are two of the show’s bigger stars.

The BBC, as always, has been kind enough to curate a rather lengthy synopsis for what lies ahead, and we recommend that you take a look at that below:

“Pierre fights a duel with Dolokhov. Astonished at the outcome, he tries to change his life for the better. Helene takes advantage of his absence to re-enter society and considers an exciting new relationship. Andrei, meanwhile, is depressed and full of remorse. On his father’s advice, he builds a house in the country where he shuts himself away – until an unexpected encounter offers him a second chance at life.

“At the Rostov house in Moscow, the count is struggling to rein in his spending. Natasha is surprised by the advances of an unexpected suitor and wonders whether she will ever find true love. Sonya is also faced with a proposal, while Nikolai lets an untrustworthy friend lead him down a dangerous path. He looks forward to going back to the army – but when a peace treaty is signed with Napoleon, forging an alliance between the Russians and the French, his future looks less secure.”

Here is something that many of you out there may find particularly distressing; by the end of next week’s episode, we’ll already be halfway through the miniseries. For a book that is so long, this new TV version is going by quickly!

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