So far, “War and Peace” has not only been a fairly faithful adaptation of the Leo Tolstoy classic, but also a very strong TV series to go along with it. Andrew Davies has created something that is in some ways epic, but at other times still personal and intimate. We feel like history will be very kind to it, as well; this is not an easy novel to adapt, especially when it comes to doing so in six parts. Sure, there are events missing, but there’s also a lot of unnecessary filler that has been cast aside.
Next week the six-part series is coming to an end as Pierre takes center stage in hopes of stopping Napoleon once and for all. The BBC synopsis teases some of what you can expect to see moving forward:
“Chaos takes hold as Napoleon marches into Moscow and the Rostovs rush to leave the city. As they hurry away, Natasha is astonished to learn the identity of one of her travelling companions and finds she at last has a chance to make amends. Sonya, meanwhile, comes under pressure from the countess to make a great sacrifice for her family.
“Half-mad after his experience of battle, Pierre sets out to end Napoleon’s onslaught once and for all, but is taken prisoner. As the harsh winter sets in, he witnesses horrors and acts of kindness that change his view of life forever.”
For those of you who wondered early on in the series where many of the battles were, we’re imagining that much of the best (at least in terms of the show’s scope) has been saved for last. It was certainly the case courtesy of some of the graphic violence tonight!Let’s just hope that Davies and company stick the landing, and bring what has been an excellent series so far home.
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