‘War and Peace’ episode 4 preview: Natasha, Andrei feel the pressure

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At the time of this article being written, we have reached the halfway point of BBC One’s epic “War and Peace,” giving us only three more episodes that will (likely) cover the remainder of the Leo Tolstoy epic. Time will past, relationships will be tested, and by the time we reach the end of the story there could be some further curveballs that present themselves in some surprising ways.

For example, is Natasha going to remain interested in Andrei after spending an extended period of time away from him? Meanwhile, is Pierre going to be able to up himself together in time to make his impact on the world? The series has really made some of these personal relationships its hallmark, and that is what we imagine will be further stressed as we inch closer and closer to the finale.

The BBC has already released the extended synopsis for next week’s episode, and it definitely gives you quite a bit to look forward to in terms of story:

“Andrei is in love, but his father is set against him marrying Natasha and insists on a long engagement to keep them apart. Natasha is overjoyed when Andrei proposes but shocked by his decision to delay thewedding and travel abroad for a year. She distracts herself by spending time on the Rostovs country estate, hunting and getting a taste of Moscow peasant life. But when the time comes to return to Moscow society, temptation crosses her path, and she finds her love for Andrei tested.

“Nikolai’s romance with the impoverished Sonya is also under pressure. Countess Rostova wishes her son to marry into wealth and has a new candidate in mind with a huge fortune behind her. Anna Mikhailovna is on the lookout for an heiress to marry Boris, too – although he is more concerned to move up in society. His unwitting patron is Pierre, who is growing steadily more depressed about his failure to find meaning in his life. Marya is unhappy too, when her father’s behaviour takes a cruel turn for the worse.”

If you are still watching the series now, odds are that you are in this for the long run. Let’s just hope the show delivers everything you expect in these final weeks on the air.

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