A Discovery of Witches: Season 1/ Episode 6 – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)

Diana hallucinating.
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Diana learns a secret which very well may change everything as Matthew figures a way to coerce Baldwin to his side.


Network
Sky One
Director(s) Sarah Walker
Writer(s) Charlene James
Air Date 10/19/2018
Characters Introduced
Meridiana Chloe Dumas

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Trouble In Your Own Sect: Agatha, Nathaniel, Sophie

Agatha finally gets back to Sophie and ends up with quite a doozy. Her assumed demon daughter notes she has witch lineage. Meaning she is about to have a half witch, half demon grandchild. Which, with all this talk about what Diana and Matthew are doing, she didn’t know she was having people break the rules under her nose.

Yet, it is her grandchild and it seems Agatha cares more about her family than the congregation. Also, to aid Sophie in this need to meet Diana, she reveals her name unto her. The rest, well that is up to Sophie to figure out.

Commentary

Nathaniel trying to get his mother on his side about the threat to his child.
Nathaniel: She’ll be everything the Congregation fears and wants to destroy.

I’m expecting a war in season 2. Agatha is aiding her son and daughter-in-law in breaking the rules, then there is Diana and Matthew, which makes it seem only the old care for tradition at this point. The youth seemingly don’t give a damn and will act as they choose. Plus, with demons feeling isolated, and Nathaniel’s forum making it seem witches of their area aren’t as discriminatory as the ones we’ve met, while the congregation may have a purpose, it may need new leadership.

Which may include the need to boost Agatha since she seems almost like a figurehead. One which is just happy to be in the room, even if it means she doesn’t truly have a seat at the table. For at least she can report back what the masters were talking about so her fellow demons can be prepared.

Only The Truth Shall Set You Free: Satu, Diana, Gerbert, Meridiana

Satu does her damndest to see and test Diana’s powers. However, Diana seems to utterly refuse or be unable to truly contest her. She can protect herself from Satu trying to dive into her mind, but as for really fighting back? She can’t do that. However, something does happen as Satu perhaps uses the kind of spells Peter told her not to and it seemingly leads to her losing her powers. Making her attempt to refuse Gerbert, her partner in crime for stealing Diana, futile.

Luckily, it seems he just never minds the fact he has Diana trapped in a hole and just wanders off. Leaving Satu a chance to get acquainted with Meridiana – the witch whose head has been in a box. Thanks to her, an old witch, from ancient times, Satu is able to seemingly absorb her magic and get her own back. This is alongside free her. All the while, since Diana seemingly can’t be broken by the likes of her, her being Satu, when people come to Diana’s rescue, Satu just slips out.

Commentary

Meridiana's (Chloe Dumas) head before being set on fire by Satu.
Meridiana (Chloe Dumas)

Satu adds onto that rebellion idea for while a good soldier, clearly she doesn’t care much for balance and politics. All she wants is answers and to confront those who have them. Which, with assumingly having Meridiana’s powers, a witch older than Peter, she may push him for the truth. Perhaps even kill him if he doesn’t provide it.

For let’s be real, the more we see of Satu, the more we come to realize she isn’t the henchmen or soldier type. She is a general. Like Matthew, unless the status quo and established systems benefit her, she cares not for it and will fight against it. Thus bringing us, between Agatha’s family, Satu, and what Matthew and Diana bring to the table, people who could very well lead the rebellion, if not just dismantle the congregation themselves.

Spellbound/ The Knights of Lazarus: Baldwin, Matthew, Diana

After the torture caused by Satu, which left an insignia branding on Diana’s back, she learns something the following day – she was spellbound. Now, what is spellbound? Well, when it came to mad witches, those unable to control, or who would abuse, their powers, they were spellbound and limited in the abilities. Perhaps leading you to wonder who spellbound Diana? Well, from her parents to Peter, maybe her aunts? Who knows? We may find out the next episode.

However, even with her no longer being spellbound, that doesn’t mean Baldwin was going to go back to Venice empty handed, right? Wrong. Remember when Diana was in Philippe’s office and found some weird, old school, items in one of the draws? Well, apparently that was handed down to Matthew and it is for the purpose of calling the Knights of Lazarus. The knights, of which Baldwin is one of, have a lifeline oath to seemingly whoever owns the item Matthew has and this makes it where Baldwin is unable to fulfill his duty to the congregation.

Leading to him, instead, presenting a warning to all parties in Sept-Tour and noting he’ll redirect the congregation’s energy towards punishing Satu. But, he makes sure to note, that is only going to do so much and they will eventually get back to Diana. Oh, and Matthew as well.

Commentary

Diana questioning why was she spellbound?
Diana: Only witches who were mad were ever spellbound.

Who are the other members of the Knights of Lazarus? With Baldwin making them seem disbanded, who will we learn are still technically members? Also, without being spellbound, does this mean Diana is dangerous? Her powers before flared up mostly when under stress and for self-defense. What may happen now that her powers are unlimited? We’ve seen witch’s wind and water, may we see other, more powerful, spells? The kind which would reveal the existence of witches and lead to Diana seemingly being the coming of the apocalypse?

But maybe we’re getting ahead of ourselves. We have yet to see a witch that powerful and while Diana being that powerful would explain why her parents, or aunts, may have spellbound her, it wouldn’t make sense for them to be able to do so. Think about it. Matthew noted witches, like all creatures, are seemingly getting weaker. So if Diana was that powerful, how would witches, nowhere near her potential, be able to bound her powers?

So that leaves us questioning how long will the congregation focus on Satu and will she even allow herself to be confronted? Unlike the rest, Satu doesn’t come from some noble family. Alongside that, her mother taught her to fly when she was young, a power it seems only highly skilled witches have. So, with that in mind, what can the congregation do to her? Much less, upon her mention of Meridiana and Gerbert, would that not set off another scandal to rock the congregation? One which has long been rumored but now has been proven?

Question(s) Left Unanswered

  1. Considering the talk of how humans, demons, vampires, and witches are different species, how are they able to procreate with one another? Granted, I understand some close enough in genes can make offspring but would said offspring be any kind of normal? Would they truly get the best of both worlds or would they be invalid? Much less, let’s say, gene-wise, they aren’t mad in some way, would they be able to reproduce? We’ll find out with Sophie’s daughter, won’t we?
  2. Taking note of that last comment, is part of the reason everyone’s powers, ability to sire, and etc perhaps coming from intermingling with humans or within covens for too many generations? Making it so, the only way to regain power, would be interspecies mixes?
  3. Considering how spotty Diana’s knowledge of witchcraft is, who taught her the reason a witch would be spellbound and why was it brought up before?
  4. Could Meridiana be related to Diana or should the whole name thing not be seen as a big deal?

Highlights

  1. Diana learned she was spellbound and with her released, it means massive potential for new spells and the mystery of who bounded her.
  2. It being clear a war between the different creatures only relies on someone’s secrets being revealed.

On The Fence

  1. With how much Sophie’s task is brought up, it better lead to something interesting because it is starting to get annoying hearing about it fairly often.


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Season 1/ Episode 7

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Director(s) Sarah Walker
Writer(s) Sarah Dollard
Air Date 10/26/2018
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Featuring: Agatha, Hamish, Juliette, Gerbert, Domenico, Baldwin, Peter, Satu, Matthew, Diana, Emily, Sarah,  Rebecca, Steve

Season 1/ Episode 5

As it is noted how powerful Diana is, it makes the congregation not just fearful of her but also Matthew’s influence over her.

Season 1/ Episode 6

Diana learns a secret which very well may change everything as Matthew figures a way to coerce Baldwin to his side.

Season 1/ Episode 4

The congregation has an emergency session and their decision may threaten the freedom and life of Matthew and Diana.

Season 1/ Episode 3

As Diana grows closer to Matthew, it leads to Peter Knox and the vampire enemies of Matthew to ramp up keeping these two apart.

Season 1/ Episode 2

As Peter Knox begins to pressure Diana, she finds herself more allured towards Matthew and the vampires. Perhaps even romantically.

Season 1/ Episode 1 “Pilot”

Consider A Discovery of Witches a matured version of the many mystic being franchises which focus on teenagers.

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