Tonight, Poldark season 4 episode 2 delivered what was the first major gut-punch of the entire season — and no, we’re not talking about the punches that Sam got in the midst of his brawl over the course of the episode.
Instead, we’re discussing here the departure of Hugh Armitage from the world of the series. Hugh’s failing health was the primary motivation for Ross to find his larger place in politics. This is going to cause him to spend more time away from Cornwall and also in London, which is going to test his relationship — but also test him. This is not a character altogether used to life in the big city and with that, this is going to be quite the adjustment for him.
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Yet, losing Hugh impacts Ross’ personal life just as much as it does his political career, given that his relationship with Demelza has been on the rocks for a while with his presence making matters even harder. Yet, we continue to contend that one of the biggest reasons for this has more to do with Ross’ own behavior than anything that Hugh did. Were it not for Ross shunning his wife, we have a hard time thinking that this character would even really be entering the picture in the first place. We’d probably be looking at a very different relationship and, in turn, a very different series.
Still, what is rather interesting about the legacy of Hugh is that he wasn’t a particularly terrible person. He was someone going after a married woman, but he also didn’t seem to be doing it in a particularly malicious way. He was seeing the neglect that Ross was giving her and just developed feelings for her that he struggled to control. He also was somewhat of a sad soul given his sickness; were it not for that and he was an overconfident braggart, maybe we’d feel a little different about this storyline as a whole.
What did you think about Poldark season 4 episode 2 overall? Sound off with more of your thoughts in the comments. (Photo: PBS.)