‘War and Peace’ episode 5 preview: The battle wages for Lily James, Paul Dano, cast

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For those of you who are wondering whether or not “War and Peace” has focused too much on the peace aspect of things and not enough on the war, rest assured that this is going to change as we move into something a little more violent and political as we get into the final two episodes. Napoleon is charging forward, and everyone is going to be diving into the conflict of war in one way or another. Nikolai, Andrei, and Pierre are all thrown into the conflict in one way or another, and this forces these characters to be pushed to new and dark places.

BBC One has already released a rather-lengthy synopsis, and it makes it rather clear that Lily James and Paul Dano will once again be given some fantastic material as we start to move forward towards the grand finale:

“Napoleon outrages the Russian emperor by crossing the border and marching his army towards Moscow. In his path stands Prince Bolkonsky’s country estate – but the old prince isn’t prepared to let the French through without a fight. Marya is shocked to be placed in terrible danger. Nikolai, meanwhile, is stationed far away from the action, but he gets a chance at glory when he crosses paths with a stranger in distress.

“Andrei learns of Natasha’s betrayal. He cannot forgive her and resolves to take revenge on his rival. When Natasha falls ill and Pierre is left to take care of her, he struggles to keep his feelings in check. Unsure of his place in the world, he chooses to join Andrei on the eve of battle. As the two massive armies gather, Pierre is flung into a fight to the death to save Moscow and Russia.”

In the end, we just have to wait and see what happens when the story comes to a close, and how Andrew Davies chooses to wrap up the work of Leo Tolstoy. Not everyone is going to find happiness; if you have read the books, you already know that much.

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