Poldark season 4 episode 5 was another fascinating, smart, and political episode — and also one that shook up the series in a way in which we have not seen to date.
Basically, what we saw tonight was Drake pretty much detonating his whole life with one key decision: Leaving Rosina. He left his bride-to-be at the altar almost immediately after learning the news that Ossie Whitworth had died. Basically, his decision to take off made him a prime suspect in what happened to Ossie. Beyond just that, Rosina’s infuriated father then led the charge to burn down Drake’s home. His entire life was gone just because of his pursuit of the woman he loved and unfortunately, Morwenna did not even want him when he showed up at her door.
Of course, there is a much larger reason for that than just her heart actually being open to him. Instead, her choice was more of a function of her understanding what would happen in the event that he was in her life again. We feel like her attitude was, in part, a way in which in order to protect him. Yet, it’s also bringing him about tremendous mystery. We ultimately think that the facial expression that Drake had upon seeing his destroyed home really spoke for itself.
In the process of this crisis came another in the political realm, as Ross had to figure out a way in which to stop the grain crisis. His strategy was to figure out w ay in which to make it so that workers could earn a living wage. He wanted the wealthy to help fun the initiative and of course, this was so much more complicated than it seemed thanks to George — who is also still trying to find a way to punish Drake without making Elizabeth mad in the process. Ross is still trying to fight the good fight in London, but there are no guarantees of just about anything.
One of the final scenes of this episode was among the most painful, with Morwenna casting her bracelet, the only thing she owned that symbolized her love for Drake, out to sea.
As a whole, Poldark season 4 episode 5 was a tale of love gone awry — there were some good moments still for Ross and Demelza, but beyond that plenty of reminders that there is much to be done both to shape the individual lives of Cornwall, as well as the town as a collective. George is still wicked, Drake is devastated, and the future of Morwenna remains to be seen now that she is considered to be a widow.
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